Meridian Rolls Out Upgraded 808v6 Signature Reference CD Player

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Meridian-808.jpgMeridian has announced the v6 version of the company's 800 Reference Series CD player, the 808. The updated version adds support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) and DSD high-resolution sources and upgraded SPDIF and USB inputs that support 192-kHz digital audio. This audiophile CD player offers full controller/preamp functionality and carries a price tag of $22,000.

From Meridian
Meridian has introduced the latest generation of the 808, a proud member of the 800 Reference Series, specifically developed to render the very best sound from Compact Disc and network audio. In addition, the 808v6 now decodes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) sources.

Part of the Reference 800 Series, the 808v6 is the highest performance CD Player ever manufactured by Meridian. The latest edition of this ground-breaking product offers several significant improvements including the decoding and rendering of MQA sources to deliver studio-quality reproduction--guaranteed--via both digital and analog outputs.

At the heart of Meridian's ultimate music system, the 808v6 offers CD playback from an internal CD ROM based drive which allows for data recovery and error correction many times better than that employed in standard CD systems, as well as external analog and digital sources.

Meridian strongly believes that CD remains a significant music source, with an impressive depth of recorded catalog. All the more reason, then, for the company to continue its quest to make Compact Disc replay sound the very best it possibly can. The 808v6 inherits Meridian's tradition of over a quarter-century of award-winning players, yet sets a whole new benchmark.

Meridian 808v6 Signature Reference Compact Disc Player - New Features
• Built-in MQA decoder--fully supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) encoded music playback, guaranteeing a studio master quality experience
• Upgraded S/PDIF and USB receivers--enables USB and RCA inputs to receive up to 192-kHz digital audio
• Enhanced DSP chip--offers lip-sync control, DSD playback (DoP) and MQA rendering capability for analog outputs. The analog outputs also feature Bass, Treble and Balance Controls
• Improved analog output card--features an upgraded circuit with filtering that broadens the bandwidth and maximizes the potential of high-resolution music

Product Highlights
• Audiophile CD Player including full controller/preamp functionality with Meridian technology including ROM drive, triple FIFO buffering and DSP apodising upsampling filter to deliver the best possible "high definition" sound from the popular CD medium

• Advanced S/PDIF receiver enables Meridian SpeakerLink interconnection for superb quality: twin outputs for simple, robust "home run" installation

• Unique proprietary 'apodising' upsampling filter provides audibly enhanced performance

• Direct connection to a Meridian Sooloos System for the highest possible sound quality digital media playback, with direct Play Queue control

• Advanced linear power supply

• Available in black and the complete range of Meridian Select colours (Meridian Select bespoke colour service is available at a $1,100 upcharge)

U.S. Confirmed Recommended Retail Price
808v6: RRP $22,000 

Additional Resources
Meridian Debuts Two New DSP Active Loudspeakers at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Meridian Announces Explorer2 USB DAC at HomeTheaterReview.com.


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