Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK, March 31st 2014 - Meridian Audio is proud to announce the availability of three new Meridian DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers - Special Edition DSP8000 SE, DSP7200 SE and DSP5200 SE.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Meridian’s first digital loudspeaker – in fact the first digital loudspeaker in the world – the D600, in 1989. From the very beginning, Meridian loudspeakers had been Active – they included the amplifiers and line-level crossovers inside the cabinet. But Meridian had taken the leap into digital audio technology with the introduction of the Compact Disc several years earlier, and it had been evident that an all-digital signal path to the loudspeaker was the future.
Honouring the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the world’s first digital loudspeaker, 2014 has seen Meridian launch and now make available to order a new Special Edition series of DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, featuring a beryllium domed tweeter, new electronics and driver clamp rings.
The DSP8000 SE, DSP7200 SE and DSP5200 SE all feature the following new improvements:
- New Meridian-designed semi-horn-loaded tweeter with new beryllium dome for outstanding transient response and wide bandwidth.
- Wide bandwidth analogue electronics, optimised to take maximum advantage of high-resolution recordings.
- New DSP including Meridian’s unique EBA (Enhanced Bass Alignment) technology to provide fast, clean bass and an open transparent sound-stage.
- All drive units clamped with machined rings to provide enhanced mechanical stability.
Confirmed Recommended Retail Pricing for the new Special Edition Loudspeaker models is;
- DSP5200 SE $20,000.00
- DSP5200HC/VC SE $10,000.00
- DSP7200 SE $46,000.00
- DSP7200HC/VC SE $23,000.00
- DSP8000 SE $80,000.00
- DSP8000VC SE $40,000.00
In introducing the new range of Special Edition Loudspeakers, Meridian has not forgotten the existing owners of Meridian DSP Loudspeakers. Models of DSP5200, DSP7200 and DSP8000 – including the Anniversary Edition – can be upgraded with the new Beryllium-dome tweeter and a complete new electronics and DSP package. This upgrade option also includes a full new warranty for the entire loudspeaker system. Further details will be announced over the coming weeks.
Commenting on the new range, Bob Stuart, one of Meridian’s co-founders and now Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, said “The new Special Edition DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers from Meridian provide the most revealing, lifelike and powerful performance of any Meridian loudspeakers to date. Developed from expertise honed over more than 25 years of true research and continual system development, these new Special Edition loudspeakers specifically benefit from Meridian’s scientific research into how humans perceive sound, or ‘how we hear’, in particular focusing on how our brains process live sound.”
Find out more about Meridian’s Special Edition Loudspeakers here: https://www.meridian-audio.com/en/campaigns/anniversary/
ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Meridian Audio, based in Cambridgeshire, UK, was founded in 1977 by two music lovers: psychoacoustics expert Bob Stuart and design engineer Allen Boothroyd. With almost 40 years of innovation and development of consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, Meridian Audio is recognised as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the world's first audiophile CD player, digital surround controller and digital loudspeaker; and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s award-winning optical disc players, DSP loudspeakers, video systems, streaming and personal audio products are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver natural sound and crystal-sharp images.
In 2008 Meridian entered the world of automotive with its partnership with McLaren Automotive. Drawing from its expertise in the home entertainment sector, Meridian developed two stunning stereo and surround systems for the McLaren 12C, 12C Spider and P1. The in-car system for the Range Rover Evoque signalled Meridian’s partnership with Land Rover in 2010. The following year Meridian extended its automotive partners to include Jaguar, launching in the XJ Ultimate. In 2012 Meridian introduced its innovative Signature Reference Sound System in the All-New Range Rover. This is the world’s first 3D in-car surround, which redefines in-car audio possibilities by applying Meridian’s unique technologies such as Trifield 3D, setting new standards in the automotive world.