Meridian has launched a new addition to their range of devices this week in the form of the Meridian Explorer, which combines both a portable DAC and headphone AMP into a small portable package, weighing just 50g.
The new Meridian Explorer measures just 102 x 32 x 18mm in size and features 3 x white LEDs showing the connection state and audio stream rate.
“Explorer replaces your computer’s sound card with a USB-powered DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) featuring Meridian’s high quality audio circuitry and design derived from Meridian’s award-winning Reference Series components, along with a powerful headphone amplifier with on-board analogue volume control. Whatever your choice of content – iTunes, Spotify®, YouTube® or a High Resolution downloaded file, Explorer makes it sound its best. Simply by plugging it in and listening with it, you’ll experience significantly higher sound quality.”
The Meridian Explorer Portable DAC and Amp requires no drivers to work with Linux and Mac systems, and drivers for Windows are provided in the box. Other features include an analogue volume control for headphone output, controlled from PC, with control law modified to match connected OS. Together with S/PDIF output downsamples 4x (192/176.4kHz) to 2x (96/88.2kHz).
The Meridian Explorer is now available to purchase for $299