Meridian Explorer2 MQA-Enabled USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier
Pocket-Sized Meridian Explorer2 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier Plays MQA, Offers Exceptional 24-Bit/192kHz Resolution, Asynchronous USB, Detailed Sound, and Firmware Update Accessibility
True Meridian quality from a pocket DAC and stunning MQA playback ability (via a user-installed firmware update) comes in the form of the significantly improved Explorer2 DAC and headphone amplifier. 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 headphone amp makes it ideal 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 mean Explorer2 produces 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.
“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+