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Review - Meridian Ultra DAC

Meridian Ultra DAC

Meridian Launch The Ultra DAC
A s the name suggests the Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter is a statement DAC from Meridian. 20 years in the making it incorporates Meridian's best knowledge of digital to analogue conversion, including dual Mono DAC cards, DSP filter options, up sampling and apodizing. Apodizing is a mathematical correction to add back information lost from a recording due to the use of brick wall digital filters. Needless to say the Ultra DAC can decode MQA computer audio and to our knowledge, a first from Meridian with DSD decoding also possible. Retail price is £15,000 or $23,000 in the U.S.

Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Announce An MQA Firmware UpGrade
F rom February 4th 2016 - Meridian are releasing a free firmware update for all MQA compatible Meridian products (MQA stands for Master Quality Authenticated - Which is a new computer audio format that allows Hi-Res Audio to be delivered in files the size of CD rips). The Firmware update allows all compatible Meridian devices to now decode MQA and is applicable to the Meridian Explorer2 USB DAC, Prime Headphone Amplifier, 808v6 Reference CD Player, 818v3 Reference Audio Core, Special Edition Loudspeakers and Meridian's 40th Anniversary Systems.

Review - Meridian 808V6

Meridian 808V6

Meridian Launch The 808V6 - CD Player
T he 808V6 £11,000 is the latest version of Meridian's 808 CD Player and USB DAC (a member of the Meridian 800 Reference Series). Key upgrades made by Meridian in the 808V6 are the incorporation of a built-in MQA decoder and upgrades to both the S/PDIF and USB Inputs.

Review - Meridian 818V3 Reference Audio Core

Meridian 818V3 Reference Audio Core

Meridian Launch The 818V3 Reference Audio Core
M eridian Audio launch the 818V3 Reference Audio Core (£8,000), the 818V3 is the latest version of its ultimate home audio system hub, so offers streaming, preamp and USB DAC capabilities in one box. This third generation machine adds significant upgrades to its multi-talented forebear’s impressive audio arsenal and, in keeping with Meridian’s inclusive engineering disciplines, offers an upgrade path to existing 818 owners. Ranged as standard in Black the £8,000.00 model also embraces Meridian’s Select Programme bespoke colour service, opening-up a choice of 270 colours for a £500.00 premium.

Review - Meridian DSP5200.2 and DSP7200.2 Speakers

Meridian DSP5200.2 and DSP7200.2 Speakers

Meridian Launch The DSP5200.2 and DSP7200.2 - Digital Active Speakers
M eridian has launched two new DSP loudspeakers. These are the £6,000.00 DSP5200.2 and the £17,000.00 DSP7200.2. Both speakers improve on Meridian’s proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology via a number of technological innovations.

Review - Meridian Sooloos

Meridian Sooloos

Meridian Launch Tidal On The Sooloos Streamer
M eridian Audio and the on-line music streaming service TIDAL, have combined to offer TIDAL on the Meridian’s Sooloos digital media system. Sooloos owners will be able to seamlessly stream TIDAL’s extensive library of CD-quality music from Jan 2015.

Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian launch the Meridian Explorer2 DAC
T he £199 Meridian Explorer2 DAC is an upgraded version of the previous model the Explorer DAC. Looks wise the Meridian Explorer2 DAC is very similar to the previous model with the 2 in the name (or to the power of two as it appears) as a distinguishing feature. Internally though there's a much more powerful DSP which gives the Explorer DAC 2 the ability to decode and render the MQA format, delivering authenticated master-quality replay. MQA stands for Master Quality Authenticated a new Meridian developed means of lossless Hi-Res Audio compression resulting in much smaller file sizes than previously possible.

Review - Meridian DSP 25th Anniversary speakers

Meridian DSP 25th Anniversary speakers

Meridian Special Edition Loudspeakers Now Available to Order
M eridian Audio is proud to announce the availability of three new Meridian DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers - Special Edition DSP8000 SE, DSP7200 SE and DSP5200 SE.

Review - Meridian Launch Special Editions of their DSP speakers

Meridian Launch Special Editions of their DSP speakers
H onouring the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the world’s first digital loudspeaker, 2014 will see Meridian launch a new Special Edition series of DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, featuring a beryllium domed tweeter, new electronics and driver clamp rings to deliver the highest-performing Meridian DSP Digital Active Loudspeaker available. Meridian will be previewing the new models at CES and Special Edition DSP8000, DSP7200 and DSP5200 (pictured above) will be announced.

Review - Meridian G65

Meridian G65

Meridian launch the G65 Surround processor
M eridian’s G65 is the definitive surround processor of the G Series. In conjunction with the HD621, it allows connection of a diverse range of audio and video sources with unified control over time alignment, bass management and surround sound processing. The latest in the G Series line of high performance components, G65 builds on the achievements of our flagship 800 Series, with entirely new circuitry developed specifically for the product.

Review - Meridian G57 power amp

Meridian G57 power amp

Meridian launch a new 2 channel power amp the G57
T he Meridian G57 2 channel power amp is based on the unique DSP8000 Amplifier and offers 2 x 200W continuous amplification – ideal for the most demanding music systems or theatre applications. The Meridian G57 can be bridged to provide 1kW for the ultimate in passive theatres or may be combined with the new G55 (5 channel power amp) for 7.1 theatres.

Review - Meridian Sooloos

Meridian Sooloos

Meridian Control 15 Now Available in a New Stylish Black Anodised Finish
H iFi Enthusiast already gave a "sneak preview" of the Meridian Control 15 in a New Stylish Black Anodised Finish. now it's official :-

Review - Meridian Prime Headphone amp DAC

Meridian Prime Headphone amp DAC

Meridian's launch the Prime Headphone amp and USB DAC
M eridian's "Mystery" Product has been revealed as the Prime Headphone amp which can also function as a USB Dac and a pre-amplifier. Price is £1200.

Review - Meridian

Meridian's "Mystery" product
S eason of mystery products perhaps ( Cyrus Lyric range ?) but all will probably be revealed before Christmas day and no wrapping paper needed either !

Review - Meridian Audio

Meridian Audio's New West London Boutique Store - Coming Soon
M eridian Audio announces the imminent opening of its latest boutique store opening January 2014. Located in the heart of the Chelsea Design Quarter, the Meridian West London Boutique features the complete range of Meridian Audio's systems. The Boutique is set across dedicated zones housing the multi award-winning line up including DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, Meridian Reference Series and Meridian Streaming Systems. A technical and design consultation area and a state-of-the-art home cinema theatre for one-to-one demonstrations complete the Boutique layout.

Review - Meridian developing an in wall active digital speaker

Meridian developing an in wall active digital speaker
W atch the video below where company founder Bob Stuart explains the advantages of the digital active speaker approach and hints at an in wall version !

Review - Meridian QNAP compatibility

Meridian QNAP compatibility

Meridian Streamers Now Compatible with QNAP NAS servers
M eridian Audio has announced its streamers are fully compatible, from 5th August 2013, with selected products from QNAP a leading NAS (network attached storage) manufacturer.


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