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post #181 of 1031

Couple of notes now that I've had the Explorer running for a couple of days. 

 

* No hiss or hum whatsoever with my JH16s. 

* The Explorer plays in integer mode in Audirvana, which is cool 

* No problems playing my growing collection of high-res m4a files sourced from HDtracks. I'm finally satisfied with the availability of high-res music that suits my tastes.

* The only issue is that I can't get albums to loop multiples times in iTunes/Audirvana. Not sure why, but I can't blame the Explorer for this.  

* Looking forward to the new Thom Yorke album next week... Should be a good match for this system.

* Overall, sound quality is all I could hope for in a compact portable system. 

post #182 of 1031

Cool little trick to try on OSX... you can force upsampling any output on the machine (ie. streaming, which I tend to do alot of with MOG) by using Audio Midi setup with the Explorer plugged in.  I pump it up to 192k and the Explorer has all 3 lights going.  I can hear a pretty audible difference doing this - tighter, leaner, more focused, air, etc.  I think it's a pretty worthy thing to check out it you don't have high res material you're listening to or an audio player with a good upsampler built-in.

post #183 of 1031

 

Has anyone tried it with the Explorer?

post #184 of 1031
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Originally Posted by bcwang View Post


I once had a buzz coming from a dac/amp combo that didn't appear in my other dac/amp separates when swapped in position using the exact same cabling. I thought it was defective or sucked until another person tried it in their setup and it was silent. Anyway, after much debugging I found out the buzz was coming from it being near the cordless headset base a foot away from where my equipment lay. Somehow my other equipment was not susceptible to the effects of that cordless base.

So I'd suggest try moving the explorer around, away from other electronics and see if it changes the buzz or makes it go away. If it starts changing at all by moving it around, then it is probably some sort of airborne interference. You may also want to try keeping all cables away from other electronics as it may be coupled in through the cables.

 

Another way to look at the statement I bolded and underlined above is that somehow the piece of equipment that WAS susceptible to the RF emission from your cordless headset base wasn't properly shielded, which I would classify as a design flaw, and your other gear was shielded properly. As for moving the Explorer around, keeping cables clear, etc., etc., all of that has already been tried to no effect. This ain't exactly my first rodeo, pilgrim. wink.gif


Edited by swmtnbiker - 2/16/13 at 3:11pm
post #185 of 1031

Using the Meridian with a Wireworld Ultraviolet 0.5m (~$50) cable from my MacBookPro - sounds great, No buzz.

 

I'm not sold on much differences with USB cables with the following distinctions :

 

1) A USB cable without the power wire (or disabled) (Of course that requires the DAC to have its own power input)

2) A USB cable that has separate digital and power cables (as mentioned above, with a separate power supply going to the USB plug)

3) A USB cable that separated the power and digital wires. (The flat cable that I use fits this category)

 

There are some issues with the digital signal bouncing and reflecting within the wire.  This seems to be affected by cable length, and wire shape + composition.  This is the part that the higher priced cables are hitting at.

 

I can tell a small difference with my flat cable vs the generic USB cabling.  I use the same cable for my music server > SPDIF converter.

post #186 of 1031

the problem i see with the ifi products is that from a computer to headphones, you have to get the dac and amp separately, which makes it a much bigger setup at roughly twice the price of the meridian, which is an all in one

post #187 of 1031
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Originally Posted by Bones13 View Post

Using the Meridian with a Wireworld Ultraviolet 0.5m (~$50) cable from my MacBookPro - sounds great, No buzz.

 

3) A USB cable that separated the power and digital wires. (The flat cable that I use fits this category)

 

 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

I'm pretty much of the same mind.  I also have an Ultraviolet that I used with my AP2 (same theory, creating distance between power and data).  I honestly had trouble telling the difference but I also had it feeding an AQVOX ps.  I haven't really played with others so it remains a theory for me.

post #188 of 1031
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Originally Posted by fuzzyash View Post

the problem i see with the ifi products is that from a computer to headphones, you have to get the dac and amp separately, which makes it a much bigger setup at roughly twice the price of the meridian, which is an all in one

 

The iFi iDAC has an integrated headphone amp, so it's directly comparable to Explorer, and has the same price. iFi also makes a dedicated headphone amp, the iCan. As well as the iUSBPower. Were you to run the table with iFi, you'd have $750 invested in three modular components that you can subsequently upgrade or mix/match separately, which is not terribly bad. By comparison, a Schiit Asgard 2 amp with Bifrost SPDIF DAC will set you back $600, which is $50 more than the iDAC+iCan. 

post #189 of 1031
I thought this was a thread for the Meridian Explorer.

I just ordered the ultraviolet .5m for the ME. Looking forward to it.
post #190 of 1031
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Originally Posted by Poimandres View Post

I thought this was a thread for the Meridian Explorer.
 

 

Obviously. 

post #191 of 1031
Obviously. So why don't we stick to the ME?
post #192 of 1031

Are we not?

post #193 of 1031
Maybe you should reread your last few posts.

I am curious if anyone has used any premium usb cables other than the ultraviolet with the Explorer. As mentioned earlier I know that there are at least 2 different schools of thought on the effect of sound quality however it appears that the build quality and ergonomics would be better.
post #194 of 1031
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I am curious if anyone has used any premium usb cables other than the ultraviolet with the Explorer.

 

This thread is for the Explorer not USB cables wink_face.gif.
 

post #195 of 1031
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Originally Posted by Poimandres View Post

Maybe you should reread your last few posts.
 

 

Well, you've made two passive-aggressive statements about the thread topic and now one about my last few posts, so I guess that's the closest you'll come to stating what the problem is. My last post before your first statement about the thread topic (posts #192 and #193, respectively) directly referenced the Explorer, which I own, and about which I've offered thoughtful commentary previously in this thread.

 

I encourage you to take a more accommodating attitude about what constitutes an on-topic contribution to a product thread, which absolutely includes discussion of like alternatives and accessory equipment, which is what my last few posts have been about. I also assert those contributions are more productive than declaring that the Explorer "hits above its price." I think the cliché that you're looking for is "punches above its weight."

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