Sunday, 01 October 2000
Jerry Del Colliano
800 is their flagship source component, responsible for reference level
playback of compact discs, DVD-Video discs, DVD-Audio discs and beyond.
The 800, like its AV preamp brother, the Meridian 861, is vastly
configurable and highly programmable, allowing the end user to elicit
incredible playback feats with true ease. Pricing starts at $19,440 for
a basic CD/DVD transport, while a fully loaded unit complete with 5.1
analog outputs, Meridian’s proprietary digital output and an internal
video processor weighs in closer to $25,000.
Music lovers dedicated to stereo-only playback can use the 800 as a CD
player and/or high-performance audio preamp that drives the owner’s
existing high-end stereo amplifier(s) and speakers. Alternatively, the
800 can be directly and digitally connected to Meridian’s cutting edge
digital speakers. If you subscribe to the less is more theory, these
configuration options are as good as it gets, and if you are
simplifying a stereo system, you can sell off ...