Get MQA Into Your System for Under $200: Pocket-Sized Meridian Explorer2 USB DAC/Headphone Amp Plays MQA, Offers 24-Bit/192kHz Resolution, Asynchronous USB, Detailed Sound, and Advanced Volume Control
True Meridian quality from a pocket DAC and stunning MQA playback ability come in the form of the high-value Explorer2 DAC and headphone amplifier, available for less than $200! Now you can get MQA into your system and enjoy TIDAL Master quality for pennies on the dollar. There's no easier, cheaper way to hear what MQA offers. Explorer2 is your ticket to audio's burgeoning high-res format. An upgraded extended-range 0-100dB volume control that allows for finer adjustments, proprietary technologies taken from the top-of-the-line Reference 800 Series, increased DSP power, and a trademark apodizing filter are among the enhancements on Meridian Explorer2. A combination USB DAC, preamplifier, and headphone amplifier with exceptional 24-bit/192kHz resolution and in-demand Master Quality Authenticated playback, Explorer2 also offers asynchronous USB, a six-layer circuit board with audiophile-grade components, an auto-sensing headphone input, and 192kHz-derived analog outputs. The extremely powerful built-in headphone amp also makes it a great match for any pair of headphones.
Hand-built in the UK, Explorer2 features rugged metal casing with two 3.5mm jacks for headphone
listening and dual-sensing outputs. Better yet, improvements over the original critically acclaimed Explorer allow Explorer2 to produce clearer, cleaner, richer sound and removes even more digital artifacts from your music, meaning you'll hear more information and enjoy a much more realistic presentation. Explorer2 is also ready for the future as it has the ability to accept firmware updates to remain compatible with emerging audio technologies. Amazing, and of course, backed by Music Direct's Satisfaction Guarantee.
“Music is spacious, detailed and transparent enough to invite comparisons to more expensive DACs. High-res ‘to-go’ for less than the price of a decent set of headphones!”
–The Absolute Sound, April 2016
“At the price, I have not heard a better portable DAC/headphone amplifier than the Meridian Explorer2”
– Hi-Fi Choice, April 2016
"Only time will tell for MQA, but regardless the Meridian Explorer 2 comes highly recommended as a great value DAC even without MQA. However, when MQA files start to become more freely available, you'll start to crave that little light!"
– Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+