The Explorer 2 is the latest pocket USB DAC and headphone amp from Meridian, coming with support for the company's new MQA technology thanks to more powerful digital signal processing.

Following in the footsteps of the original Meridian Explorer, the Explorer 2 has a similarly slim, compact design, and is still handmade in the UK. 

Promising to connect to virtually any computer with a USB port, with drivers provided for Linux, Mac and PC, the Explorer 2 upsamples all incoming audio signals to 176.4/192kHz

The new DAC also supports Meridian's new MQA technology, which aims to package studio quality files in to smaller sizes for downloading and also streaming of high-res content. This is thanks to "a significantly more powerful DSP capability" compared to the original Explorer DAC. 

MORE: Meridian Audio MQA paves way for high-res streaming

 

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The new model weighs just 50g and features an all-metal enclosure. Three LED indicators show the status of the DAC and the sample rate. 

Meridian's apodising filter (inherited from the Reference 800 Series) is also on board, which claims to deliver a "clearer, more transparent sound."

The Meridian Explorer 2 USB DAC is available now for £199.

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