Meridian Ups Capacity, Outputs Of Latest Server

By Joseph Palenchar On May 23 2011 - 4:01am

NEW YORK — Meridian Audio has shipped its $12,000-suggested Sooloos Media Core 600 sixzone audio server, which provides more storage capacity and more output types per zone compared to the company’s other multizone servers.

It’s also Meridian’s first Sooloos server with proprietary SpeakerLink output, which delivers balanced 96kHz/24-bit digital audio and control signals up to 300 feet over Cat-5e cable to Meridian’s active DSP speakers, which can be daisy-chained to avoid home-running cable from each speaker to the server.

The single-chassis server, which can be rackmounted or used as a standalone unit, features a pair of 2TB hard disk drives configured as a RAID 1 array, capable of storing music from about 5,000 CDs in lossless FLAC format as well as a mirrored copy of the content. The device can also be configured to deliver 4TB of primary storage, with mirrored copy storage on an external hard drive.

Multiple servers can be daisy-chained to deliver dozens of playback zones, the company said.

The server also accesses thousands of Internet radio stations as well as the Rhapsody music service, and connects to multiple control systems, including the free Sooloos App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The server features two analog outputs, two coaxial S/PDIF digital outputs, and two SpeakerLink output per zone.

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