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Meridian Unveils A "More Affordable" DSP Loudspeaker, The DSP7000 Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 October 2002
Meridian Audio Limited has introduced its latest “DSP Loudspeaker.” Meridian’s new DSP7000 model is derived from the company’s groundbreaking DSP8000. The new design brings its predecessor’s unique enclosure materials and cutting edge digital-speaker architecture to a smaller and more accessible package while retaining the same level of performance. “With the DSP7000 we are evolving our state-of-the-art digital-speaker effort in an important way,” says Meridian Chairman Bob Stuart. “Our concept of the digital-active DSP loudspeaker is well-proven as the most musically and dynamically accurate and effective way by far to tackle sound reproduction. With the DSP7000 we now have an attractive new proof that is well suited to even the most demanding playback systems.”

As do all of Meridian’s DSP Loudspeakers, the DSP7000’s design rests on the pillars of digital signal processing for crossover filtering and all other signal manipulation, and multi-amplified active-speaker topology in which each individual driver is served by a dedicated amplifier channel: In the DSP7000’s case, 100 watts each. The advantages of these concepts include: Employing ultra-accurate DSP makes possible crossover characteristics and precision that would be inconceivable for any passive, analog-domain system, for a perfection of driver-integration that is otherwise unobtainable. Additionally, individually powering drivers after the dividing network pays dramatic dividends in enhanced dynamic potential, eliminated distortion, and idealized time-domain behavior.

Each DSP7000 accepts a digital bitstream directly from a Meridian preamp, CD, DVD player, or system-controller, accommodating bitstreams up to 96/24 including the company’s proprietary Meridian High Resolution (MHR) up-sampled, enhanced-resolution format. This arrangement eliminates speaker cabling and its associated losses, colorations, and clutter. More importantly, a DSP loudspeaker brings unique opportunities for optimization of driver/amplifier/enclosure systems, pushing the DSP7000, like all the Meridian DSP loudspeakers, to a level of performance that is available nowhere else. At the same time, Meridian’s concept gives listeners unprecedented control over music and cinema-sound playback. Whether in a two-channel stereo DSP7000 system or as part of a multichannel home-theater array, the DSP7000 enables precision command of frequency balance, listening axis and time-compensated balance, and, of course, master volume—all implemented utterly transparently using DSP. The visual confirmation via the matrix-display is inset discreetly into DSP7000’s front baffle.

The DSP7000’s four 100-watt amplifiers are specifically engineered for the new system. Two amps drive a pair of newly refined 8-inch, long-throw bass units separately housed in their own optimized enclosure, the base of the system. The 6-inch midrange unit and 1-inch composite-dome tweeter, (the latter deployed with Meridian’s "short-horn” loading), operate from a second, completely separate enclosure atop the bass/electronics module, an arrangement derived from the DSP8000.

Both cabinet structures are crafted from Meridian’s innovative, multi-layered “sandwich” of selected woods and metal, formed in curved, pressure-laminated panels that produce almost perfectly vibration- and resonance-free enclosures, for unmatched midrange transparency and overall freedom from coloration. The exteriors of these unique cabinets are painstakingly finished in Meridian’s trademark gloss piano-black lacquer or a selection of special order colors.

Meridian's DSP7000 speakers will be available November 2002, at a manufacturer’s suggested price of $27,500.00 per pair.

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