Pros: Musical. Adds depth and spaciality to the music. Inexpenisve for the results.
Cons: Requires too much power for OTG. Would have preferred a longer cable.
Absolutely killer product at the price
I originally got into the audiophile game about 5 months ago when I bought a pair of Thinksound On1 headphones at an extremely good price. I was floored by these woodies and the sound that I was able to get from them, even through my phone, but I felt that my PC audio was an absolute let down as it always felt like it was much flatter and less alive than my phone.
I started reading around Head-Fi, trying to find something to take the place of my poor onboard sound. I needed something that was able to be plug in and play as I work from a laptop and my home PC. Honestly, thank God I found the Meridian Explorer. I had to have my girlfriend's uncle bring it down from the US on his business trip to South Africa, but it was well worth the effort.
First Listen and life with the Meridian Explorer
I unboxed them as soon as I got home and listened to the mastered Red Hot Chili Peppers album with my girlfriend. Although this is a well known badly mastered album (which I would find out afterwards) I still watched with excitement as I gave it to her and her eyes darted around, following the music.
This little guy puts everything in its place and lets you know where you are sitting in the mix. Sometimes I suppose I get a little too comfortable with my sound and think that maybe it isn't all that, then I give a listen to my laptop's onboard and I remember why I got this. It really is incredible how you know the size of the room and how much clearer the bass and treble is. Voices might sit a bit more forward and the drums are in the back with the guitar on either side ... AND YOU CAN HEAR IT !
I'm super happy with the purchase and am currently looking to improve my headphones (Philips X2, not available here in SA but looking into importing) and buy an IEM (most likely the Klipsch X11i ... we only have Klipsch, Shure and AKG in SA) and I'm truly looking forward to discovering my music all over again.