We’ve written extensively about the benefits of using small DAC-enabled amplifiers to elevate the quality of sound you play through your laptop. A DAC is simply the circuitry that converts the digital audio file into the analog sound that you hear through headphones and speakers. And like most things, not all DACs sounds the same; in fact, many will argue that the DAC built into your laptop is basic and far from sounding as great as it should.
Outboard devices like the newly announced Meridian Explorer2 is a small, portable DAC/amplifier that connects via USB to your laptop or computer. Inside the Explorer2 are essential audio enhancements from Meridian that bring out the details in your music, outputting a more natural and realistic representation of the sound as it was meant to be experienced. It succeeds their popular Explorer1 with major enhancements that may bore the average consumer but will be critical to audiophiles. What we can tell you is that you can expect typical Meridian excellence from the Explorer2.
If you are a budding audiophile or are looking to experience high-quality sound from your laptop or computer, the Meridian Explorer2 is a great buy at $299.