Meridian Explorer V1 Compact DAC/Amp (OPEN BOX)


$329.95 $97.00
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Meridian Explorer Compact DAC/Amp




Technical specifications

Digital media form an increasingly popular source of entertainment, with superb ease of access. Now there’s no need to compromise quality to achieve that convenience. Explorer is the size of a USB stick, yet embodies the same style and performance as any other Meridian product.


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.

  • True Meridian quality from a pocket Digital to Analogue Converter
  • Includes USB DAC, Preamp and Headphone Amplifier
  • Asynchronous USB Audio Class Compliant 2.0 HS 480Mb/s for best-in-class performance
  • USB-powered; plugs into any computer with a USB port
  • Highest resolution on the market (24-bit/192kHz)
  • 6-layer circuit board with audiophile-grade components throughout
  • 192kHz fixed & variable analogue and 96kHz optical outputs
  • Ultimate playback performance limited only by the source material – makes any file sound its best
  • Compact, elegant and rugged metal enclosure
  • Cable connection to avoid motherboard stress
  • Hand made in the UK 
  • Fully portable, including carrying case & USB cable

Inputs • USB mini type B.

Outputs • 3.5mm combination analogue/digital jack with mini Toslink digital optical

Construction • Extruded Aluminium shell with moulded plastic endcaps and rubber foot.

Power • USB, nominal 5V at <500mA.

Indicators • Three white LEDs show connected state and audio stream rate.

Implementation • USB audio class compliant 2.0 HS 480Mb/s bandwidth. • Asynchronous: device is the clock source for high quality. • Firmware upgrade 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. • S/PDIF output downsamples 4x (192/176.4kHz) to 2x (96/88.2kHz).

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

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

Weight (approx) 50g (1.76oz).