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Meridian Explorer

Worth the price

A review on: Meridian Explorer
zolkis

Pros: gets the timbre right, gets very close to dedicated component DAC quality, scales well with external USB power quality

Cons: not really suitable as headphone amp

I am mainly using the Meridian Explorer on the road, from laptop.   Setup is painless on Mac and Linux. Note that on Linux, it is worth checking the gain settings in alsamixer (only once is enough): - run 'alsamixer' from a terminal command line, - list audio sources with F6, - select Meridian Explorer, and - set the clock selectors, depending on your system. On my Lenovo X230...
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Best way to get digital output without spending a fortune
Best way to get digital output without spending a fortune
High end in your pocket
High end in your pocket

iFi Nano iDSD

Pros: DSD support , wide codec support , details displayed.

Looks cheap and anonymous, sounds golden and memorable.
Looks cheap and anonymous, sounds golden and memorable.

Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC

Pros: Tiny size, tiny price, easy compatibility, fabulous natural sound

Cons: ? yet to be identified

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Schiit Gungnir

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“I purchased the Gungnir and the Meridian Director at the same time. At first I thought the Meridian was a better sounding dac, and regulated the Gungnir to headphone listening. The Gungnir was rather congested sounding out of the box, where the Meridian was open with a wide soundstage.  I had a very expensive Krell set up before my divorce and I sold all of my equipment as depression set...” --dwest1023

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Meridian Explorer

Meridian Explorer

“I am mainly using the Meridian Explorer on the road, from laptop.   Setup is painless on Mac and Linux. Note that on Linux, it is worth checking the gain settings in alsamixer (only once is enough): - run 'alsamixer' from a terminal command line, - list audio sources with F6, - select Meridian Explorer, and - set the clock selectors, depending on your system. On my Lenovo X230...” --zolkis

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Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC

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OPPO BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player

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Matrix Mini i DAC

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Audiolab M-DAC

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