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Meridian Adds L/C/R DSP Speaker

9/29/2011 01:19:12 PM Eastern
New York - Meridian added an active DSP speaker that can be used in more home theater setups than its other DSP speakers as either a center-channel or left/right-channel speaker.

DSP3300 L/C/RAt $3,995 each, the two-way DSP3300 L/C/R speaker can be positioned horizontally for use as a center channel on furniture or positioned vertically as a left-right or surround speaker. Meridian uses a combination of driver design and DSP to deliver a wide and accurate stereo image whether the speaker is positioned horizontally as vertically, the company said.

The driver design consists of a 3.35-inch wide-range driver surrounded on two sides by a 6.5-inch woofer.

A rubber mount can be used to angle the speaker up when placed horizontally on furniture. The same mount can be used to cradle one of the speaker's curved ends for vertical positioning.

The biamplified speaker features digital active crossover, digital upsampling, and digital-to-analog converter that converts the signal to analog for amplification by a 2x75-watt amplifier. The amp is said to offer high linearity, low noise, and low distortion.

The DSP also incorporates loudness control said to deliver "a bigger sound that remains balanced at low listening levels." DSP also provides "dynamic bass protection" to ensure that when the speaker plays at very high levels over prolonged periods of time, the performance remains "clean and controlled," the company said.

The DSP3300's sealed cabinet is available in high-gloss white or black finishes.

The launch follows the launch earlier this year of the company's smallest active DSP speaker, the $6,000/pair two-way DSP3200, which replaced the DSP3100 as the smallest loudspeaker in the Meridian line.

All of the active DSP speakers can be connected by a proprietary SpeakerLink connection to Meridian's music sources, including its music servers. SpeakerLink delivers balanced 96kHz/24-bit digital audio and control signals over up to 300 feet over CAT-5e RJ-45-terminated cable to the speakers. SpeakerLink eliminates signal losses and coloration induced by analog signals riding on a cable, and it simplifies cable connections because Meridian DSP speakers can be daisychained to avoid home-running cable from each speaker to a Meridian component, the company said.

Meridian also offers the $3,000 AudioCore 200, which features multiple analog- and digital-input types to connect a variety of audio components via SpeakerLink cables to Meridian's active DSP speakers.
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