My first exposure to Meridian came in the form of the very interesting Meridian Prime headphone amp and DAC. I loved the look and sound of the Prime, but could never justify the price and wasn’t sure if it was an amp with a DAC thrown in or a fully-fledged flagship all-in-one. What I loved about it most though was the MQA decoding it is capable of, so when I had the chance to grab a secondhand Explorer 2 DAC (the Prime’s much, much smaller brother) I had to take the opportunity to get some MQA goodness.
FiiO’s X7 is their long-awaited flagship player running on a custom Android operating system and designed to be the ultimate expression of FiiO’s portable music capabilities. It will retail at a little less than $1000 here in Australia so it’s up there with some stiff competition. After being disappointed by the X5ii I was keen to see if the X7 would be a return to form or a continuation of the slide for FiiO.