At ISE 2017 Meridian Audio showcased a number of new products and exciting partnerships. The company says it had a number of conversations at ISE with dealers eager to offer clients Meridian’s home theatre and audio solutions offerings: “With an ever expanding portfolio of market-leading audio products and partnerships with premium home theatre technology suppliers, now has never been a better time to be a Meridian dealer.”
The brand recently entered into a new partnership in the UK with Barco Residential that enables dealers to specify Barco projectors into Meridian projects.
Meridian has also signed recent partnerships to distribute Cinema-ATS in the UK, an easy to install acoustic treatment solution for home theatres, and DT Screens, projection screen specialists who have developed a superior masking technology for improved screen size accuracy.
One clear booth highlight was the Meridian 258,(pictured above) a dedicated rack-mount eight-channel power amplifier that can be integrated with any existing passive loudspeaker system. This powerful, high performance cold-running Class D amplifier is suitable for a wide range of applications and delivers over 100W per channel into 4 Ohms. Just 1U high, and carrying a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty, the UK-made 258 is priced at £1250 (ex VAT).
Meridian says its High Res Audio solutions were received “very positively” by dealers visiting the booth, with a large number of pre-orders received at the show.
Meridian also displayed its new 857 Reference Two-Channel Power Amplifier delivering 500W per channel into 4 Ohms. This £5,000 Hi-Res Audio amplifier, bridgeable to >1.5KW, available as a dedicated rack-mount variant, incorporates a totally new design. Meridian describes it as a step change in amplifier design. Similarly to the 258, the 857 has been specifically designed to work with any audio product, so that dealers can partner it with their client’s preferred brand of loudspeaker.
Also previewed at ISE was the new 218 Zone Controller. With digital and analogue inputs, the Sooloos/MQA–enabled Meridian 218 is suitable for a wide range of distributed audio applications from single zone to multi-zone use. With control features including IP and IR, it can be easily integrated with third party control systems.
The 1U-high product can be rack, shelf, VESA or wall mounted. It’s priced at £625 (ex VAT).
Meridian also announced updates to its complimentary Design and Specification Service at ISE, which aims to save design time and reduce costs for dealers working on whole-home, home theater, or super-yacht projects.
All dealers have to do is send a plan of the room or home where they are installing the system, and Meridian will return a schematic that details where to position speakers, audio panels, and projector and screen to ensure that the technology is optimized to provide the ultimate movie-watching experience. The service can also show how Meridian components can interface with third-party control options and existing audio and video distribution systems.
On the Wednesday evening, Meridian hosted dealers and integrators on its booth to enjoy drinks and food (pictured above) while listening to a pair of Meridian’s DSP5200 Special Edition Loudspeakers.
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