Meridian - Explorer
Asynchronous USB DAC

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Meridian has announced the introduction of its Explorer, a pocket-sized high-resolution asynchronous USB converter that delivers best-in-class sound from any computer. Featuring a range of connectivity, the Explorer can be used in a variety of applications from private headphone listening to full system playback.

Explorer replaces a computer’s sound card with a USB-powered DAC featuring Meridian’s award-winning resolution enhancement technologies, and makes any audio file, from MP3 to high resolution, sound its very best.

From its best-in-class audio performance to the elegant presentation packaging Explorer is the perfect introduction to the Meridian Experience, allowing users to discover more from their music.


  • 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 analog 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 analog/digital jack with mini Toslink digital optical <96 kHz output and 2-ch analog line out, fixed 2v RMS. 3.5mm jack with variable-level headphone output, 130mW into 16Ω.
  • Construction: extruded aluminum 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. Analog 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).
  • Dimensions: 4" (102 mm) x 1.25" (32 mm) x 0.7" (18 mm)
  • Weight: 50g (1.76oz).
  • 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
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