With more than 165 international awards bestowed on their product designs, the two founders of the British luxury brand Meridian Audio celebrate 40 years since their creative partnership began.
To honor this, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd have collaborated once again to produce a limited edition 40th Anniversary System comprising an enhanced pair of the company's flagship DSP8000 loudspeakers and a special version of their 808 Signature Reference CD player.
Available in an exclusive "Ruby" finish--not available on other products in the range--this color skin comes with coordinated glass inset panels, loudspeakers grilles and tweeter surround. Even the drivers are treated with a new, polished bezel. Each system will also come with a book, illustrating the history of Meridian's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) loudspeakers, which is also signed by Bob and Allen.
Owners of the Anniversary System will be offered the opportunity to receive a Meridian Engineer to fine tune the sound system in their homes following installation.
The 808 Signature Reference CD Player features a CD-ROM-based drive which allows for data recovery and error correction reportedly many times better than that employed in standard CD systems. A master clocking system and timing circuitry are said to minimize jitter for improved sound source localization, clarity and imaging while unique Meridian DSP technologies work to add new accuracy and clarity to CD replay.
Allen says, "It is our job as product designers to create something people feel they can live with and take enjoyment in using, while instilling them with confidence that the product has longevity."
During their forty year partnership, Boothroyd and Stuart have won the British Design Council award for Outstanding British Products three times - the only design pair to ever achieve this recognition.
Available from October 2011 the Anniversary System is on sale at a suggested retail price USD $100,000.00.