I took great care in matching the volume levels of the three DACs, using a Hz test tone and a voltmeter. DACs – everything you need to know. With non-MQA music, the Explorer 2 was very pleasant to listen to. Counterpoint DA digital processor. Recording of June So where does that leave the Meridian Explorer 2? And beyond the low price, there was yet another good reason for pulling the trigger:
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SoundStage! Hi-Fi | – Meridian Explorer USB Digital-to-Analog Converter
It looks just like its predecessor, which was reviewed by Art Dudley in in the September issue. With its sonic genes having been passed merivian from the original, the presentation is clean and balanced, with an accompanying smoothness and refinement that almost seems instinctive. Leave this field blank.
The sounds were different; neither was a clear winner. Against Up against some explorsr capable rivals that are cheaper.
Furthermore, the Explorer employs USB audio class 2. The Meridian Explorer ticks all the right boxes for its portable design.
Meridian Audio is, after all, hi-fi royalty, being the first British manufacturer of CD players way back in The Explorer 2 remains, as of this writing, the cheapest ticket into the world of MQA, and that world needed. The Meridian Explorer did a great job of putting some life and excitement into my AKG K headphones, which are usually difficult to perk up.
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Using Roon, I was able to define different zones for each converter and set dxc volume levels for each. DACs – everything you need to know.
Thanks you for Stereophile: This is far preferable, as the timing circuits inside the Explorer are of a much higher quality than those used in computers — which means there are fewer digital timing errors jitterleading to a better sound.
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How the Future Would Be. Thanks for any feedback! With non-MQA music, the Explorer 2 was very pleasant to listen to. Setup was glitch-free as I suspected it would be with a product aimed at a youthful on-the-go market. It sounded fine with my JHs, but your mileage may vary. Power comes from the USB connection — no outboard power supply is needed.
I was lying on a mattress on the floor of an empty apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There are no volume buttons or dials on the DAC itself: Life, Love, Songs, and Exp,orer. The piano notes clunk and glide along with the right amount of weight, and the accompanying string instruments work together in an open and well-placed soundfield.
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The Groove, however, lacks a line output though you can use it with your home system via the headphone output and a stereo miniplug-to-RCA cable.
Apogee’s Constant Current Drive technology “may result in uneven frequency response when used with certain models” of in-ear monitors that have multiple balanced-armature drivers, Apogee says on its website.
Sonically all are impressive—mini-miracles if you will—yet the Meridian is a little more intrepid dynamically with a dimensional complexity that makes it stand apart. Change gears to a WAV recording of Elephants by Them Crooked Vultures, and the Meridian shows off its timing talents by reproducing the fast rhythms with energy and confidence. The difference between the Meridian and AudioQuest processors was exceedingly slight in this merisian Stereophile’s Products of Meridian has pipped its peers to the post with MQA compatibility, embedding the support well into its design functionality too.
The added processing power allows the Explorer 2 to upsample lower-frequency inputs to