Meridian has developed a new custom-install line-up of high-resolution audio solutions said to be easy to install and seamlessly integrate with existing systems — including those from other suppliers. Designed and manufactured in Meridian’s UK facility, the three new products include two new power amps and a new zone controller.
The Sooloos/MQA-enabled Meridian 218 Zone Controller is a versatile unit that combines digital and analog inputs and outputs, making it an ideal solution for a wide range of distributed audio applications from single zone to multi-zone use. The 218 has a comprehensive range of audio input and output options, including Meridian Speakerlink, optical, and analog inputs, and digital and analog outputs.
The 218 can be used as a DAC, takes up only 1U on a rack, and needs no dedicated cooling or ventilation, making it very easy and efficient to install. The 218 has a number of installation options, including optional bracket- and rack-mounted versions, and has a built-in universal voltage power supply. The 218 comes equipped with lip sync technology, and also features IP control so it can be easily configured through a webpage, and Crestron and Control4 integration modules ensure that the 218 fits seamlessly into an existing home automation system. An iPad app offers intuitive, straightforward control of functionality such as volume and switching of sources.
The Meridian 258 is a dedicated rack-mount 8-channel power amplifier that delivers a premium experience in a small, efficient, cold-running chassis easily integrated into multiroom audio systems (and more). This powerful, high performance cold-running Class D amplifier is suitable for a wide range of applications and delivers greater than 100W per channel into 4 ohms. The amp is only 1U high and carries a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Meridian 857 is a Reference 2-channel power amplifier delivering 500W per channel into 4 ohms. The 857 is bridgeable to greater than 1.5KW, and is available as a dedicated rack-mount variant. Similar to the 258, the 857 is said to have been specifically designed to work with any audio product, so that dealers can include Meridian hi-res-enabling technology with their client’s preferred brand of loudspeaker.
For more information on Meridian Audio products and pricing, please visit Meridian’s site.