Listening to music or trying to enjoy high-quality sound from your computer setup can get difficult, tricky, and expensive, if you’re not careful. It doesn’t help that audiophile-grade products for computers often cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, there are companies out there that offer quality audiophile products for budget-friendly prices. High Resolution Technologies (HRT) is one of these companies, and its release of the HRT MicroStreamer is its reasonably priced contribution to the portable digital-to-analog (DAC)/headphone amplifier market meant to support computer setups.
Meridian Audio might not be that known in the mainstream, but you could bet that audiophiles are very familiar with its high-end audio products. The company was there to provide a high-end equivalent of the CD format, so it’s serious about trying to provide the best auditory experience to consumers concerned with sound. Though Meridian has been lagging a bit in the world of portable audio, its Explorer Portable USB Headphone Amp is about to change its course.