Computers are ideal for storing your favourite music but they are not designed with hi-fi in mind. Meridian’s portable Explorer DAC bridges this gap by accessing audio files up to 24-bit/192kHz via the computer’s USB output and converting them into glorious stereo music. The Explorer is powered directly from the USB hub, so there’s no need for batteries or external supplies, includes three LEDs that provide an indication of audio file sample rate and offers two 3.5mm outputs. One combines a fixed-level analogue with an optical digital output, while the other is purpose-designed to drive headphones via its integral analogue volume control. The very natural and transparent sound of the Explorer is as sophisticated as its all-aluminium case is stylish, bringing a taste of the high life to your notebook.