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post #346 of 993

Meridian always had one of the cleanest mutli power supply in all their DACs... The Ifi advertisement is a non sense here, as the Meridian is already such a clean sounding DAC...

All the good rap about the Explorer isn't because it's the new toy in town, it is just because it is a Meridian DAC that comes at 300 bux folks, and all the older audiophile folks around here know how expensive that brand is. If you want a better DAC than the Meridian, you would have to put a lot more money on the table.

post #347 of 993

 So I'm temporarily deciding to keep my Explorer and test it against a Bifrost I have coming in. Can anyone comment on how they compare? I might just end up using the Explorer with my Apex Glacier for a portable rig.... Thoughts?

post #348 of 993

New Head-Fi Meridian review is up.  Looks like that rascally Purrin is up to it again, harshing our buzz.

post #349 of 993
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New Head-Fi Meridian review is up.  Looks like that rascally Purrin is up to it again, harshing our buzz.

 

"Excessively forgiving and polite?  Sounds like a Brit to me."  biggrin.gif

post #350 of 993

that review is a joke, the guy is on his rashes.. Who can believe those childish statements like : the computer out is better.. yeah right...

And he bears with classical music except the romantic movement, oh let's bow in front of him!... maybe he is joking?!

post #351 of 993
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that review is a joke, the guy is on his rashes.. Who can believe those childish statements like : the computer out is better.. yeah right...

And he bears with classical music except the romantic movement, oh let's bow in front of him!... maybe he is joking?!

 

It wasn't so much a review or a joke but an amusing, thinly veiled attack on a certain mindset... the ME was more of a prop.

post #352 of 993
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Meridian always had one of the cleanest mutli power supply in all their DACs... The Ifi advertisement is a non sense here, as the Meridian is already such a clean sounding DAC...

 

Doesn't mean Meridian's power suppies in its expensive kit extend to its $300 portable DAC, which is precisely the kind of device iUSBPower is designed to pair with, and mentioning that doesn't constitute an "iFi advertisement," and it's certainly not nonsense.  

post #353 of 993
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It's probably posted already, sorry for my laziness, but where can you find the  iFi USB power?

Saw it on ebay for $225 plus shipping and that seemed high. 

 

Try Stereodesk.

post #354 of 993

I just got the iFi iUSB PowerPlant!  Crazy, I named an article the "Birth if iFi" in 2009 in PFO and now I see products w/ that name! Mind-boggling,

so I reached out to them and got the unit.

 

It works brilliants w/ my Sonicweld Diverter going into my dCs Purcell & Delius DAC.

I'm going to try it w/ other units ASAP!!

 

looks like they do great work thus far...

post #355 of 993

Yeah, for those who are considering the Meridian Explorer, I would discourage any thinking that it can't perform well in the absence of an external 5V power supply.  Seriously, if you buy the Meridian Explorer and don't hear any noise or hum, then your USB port is most likely providing sufficiently clean power from your laptop or PC.  The End.    

 

But if you buy the Explorer (or any other USB-powered DAC) and you do hear noise, or hum, or you later just want to find out for yourself if things can be improved when using the portable DAC as a desktop solution, then go for it  - spend another $199 for the iFi iUSBPower.   (Say goodbye to portable operation, and say hello to the AC outlet.)  

 

This reminds me of how I felt when everyone got excited about using a 15V external battery pack to power the Meier Audio Stepdance - unanimously finding that the Stepdance sounded better when running on 15VDC than when using an internal 9V battery - even Jan Meier said so.   Next thing you know, everyone is thinking the Stepdance is no good without the 15V battery.  Wrong!   It's just better with the 15V battery thanks to everything that improves with an increase in power.

 

In the case of the Meridian Explorer, there is no guarantee that it will actually sound better with the iFi iUSBPower on your equipment - with any USB-powered DAC, depending on how clean (dirty) your PC or laptop's USB power is.  It could easily be clean enough to make the iFi iUSBPower a waste of money.

 

Don't fix what ain't broken.

 

Mike

post #356 of 993
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Yeah, for those who are considering the Meridian Explorer, I would discourage any thinking that it can't perform well in the absence of an external 5V power supply.  Seriously, if you buy the Meridian Explorer and don't hear any noise or hum, then your USB port is most likely providing sufficiently clean power from your laptop or PC.  The End.    

 

...

 

Don't fix what ain't broken.

 

Mike

+1453

post #357 of 993
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

 

In the case of the Meridian Explorer, there is no guarantee that it will actually sound better with the iFi iUSBPower on your equipment - with any USB-powered DAC, depending on how clean (dirty) your PC or laptop's USB power is.  It could easily be clean enough to make the iFi iUSBPower a waste of money.

 

Don't fix what ain't broken.

 

Mike

 

Exactly. And if power *is* your problem I'd seriously consider an altogether different approach, i.e. a desktop DAC with a good power supply of its own.

post #358 of 993
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 So I'm temporarily deciding to keep my Explorer and test it against a Bifrost I have coming in. Can anyone comment on how they compare? I might just end up using the Explorer with my Apex Glacier for a portable rig.... Thoughts?

 

Could you compare the Explorer and the Glacier? Both standalone (with their own DAC).

Thanks ;)

post #359 of 993
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

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In the case of the Meridian Explorer, there is no guarantee that it will actually sound better with the iFi iUSBPower on your equipment - with any USB-powered DAC, depending on how clean (dirty) your PC or laptop's USB power is.  It could easily be clean enough to make the iFi iUSBPower a waste of money.

 

Don't fix what ain't broken.

 

Mike

 

Well said and agree.

post #360 of 993

My Explorer has arrived.

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