Meridian Explorer 2 review

It’s unlikely that many budget DACs (digital-to-analogue converters) will suffer from enochlophobia (the fear of getting lost in a crowd).

Of late, the likes of the Award-winning Audioquest DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red, the HRT microStreamer and dSp, and the TEAC HA-P50 have been go-to options in the sub-£200 terrain, sitting under next-level models from Oppo, Chord and Arcam.

But thanks to its support of full native playback of 192kHz sample rates – greater than the 96kHz of its peers – and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support, Meridian believes its Explorer 2 will stand out from the competition.

Alongside several Meridian products, such as the Prime Headphone Amplifier, 808v6 Reference CD Player and its 40th Anniversary Systems, the Explorer 2 is the first of its kind to get onboard with MQA codec technology, which packages music efficiently into smaller files that are easier to download and stream.

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