Meridian - Explorer2 USB Audiophile DAC

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This product is MQA-ready.

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Meridian’s new Explorer2 is the successor to the popular and widely acclaimed Explorer pocket USB DAC. Featuring a dramatically increased complement of DSP, Explorer2 is able to incorporate the full suite of Meridian’s audio enhancement technologies to provide a more realistic, natural sound than ever before.

The Meridian Experience in your hand

Explorer2 replaces a computer’s audio outputs with a USB-powered DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) featuring over 30 years of Meridian’s digital expertise in high-quality audio circuitry. Explorer2 includes digital clocking derived from Meridian’s award-winning Reference Series components, for precise timing of digital signals.

Meridian has paid as much attention to the analog circuitry as the digital. Explorer² features a pure analog volume control with a powerful headphone amplifier and a line output. This provides sophisticated volume control with an extended range of 100dB – ideal for sensitive headphones. Whatever you listen to, Explorer² makes it sound its best.

Allowing you to experience the full, intricate detail of a live performance for the first time in the history of recorded music. Find out more, here.


USB mini type B


3.5mm analogue line out, fixed 2v RMS.
3.5mm headphone jack with variable-level output, impedance 0.47Ω.


Extruded Aluminium shell with moulded plastic endcaps and rubber foot.


USB, nominal 5V at <500mA.


Dual Tile XMOS DSP with 16 cores and 1000 MIPS


Three white LEDs (1x, 2x, 4x) show connected state and audio stream rate.


USB audio class compliant 2.0 HS 480Mb/s bandwidth.
Asynchronous: device is the clock source for high quality.
Firmware upgrade is via USB.
Windows drivers provided, no drivers required for Macintosh OS X or Linux.
Analogue volume control for headphone output, controlled from PC, control law modified to match connected OS.

OS Requirements:

Macintosh OS X 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard) or later.
Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 or later
Linux kernel 2.6.37 or later and ALSA version 1.0.32 or greater


102 x 32 x 18mm (4.0 x 1.25 x 0.7in) – approx.


50g (1.76oz) – approx.

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