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Meridian Enters Headphone-Amp Market

New York — Luxury-audio supplier Meridian entered another new audio product category, this time launching its first headphone amplifier.

Earlier this year, the company launched its first portable USB DAC and first home USB DAC.

The $2,000 Prime headphone amplifier plays music from analog and USB sources. It is available through Meridian dealers and the company’s online store.

The component, which works with almost all types of headphones, switches among two analog sources and a USB source. The USB input features 24bit/192kHz native conversion capability, asynchronous data transfer, and separate low-jitter crystal oscillators for 44kHz and 48kHz sampling rates.

It also features Meridian’s Analog Spatial Processing (ASP) technology to provide a more natural spatial soundstage, the company said. The three soundstage options include off, out-of-head, and out-of-head with bass boost.

The headphone amp can be powered by its provided wall-mount supply or, to boost audio quality, by an optional Meridian Prime Power Supply available early December. The external power supply keeps AC noise away from the amp’s analog stages, the company said.

The amp’s all-metal extruded chassis resembles the designs of Meridian’s larger audio components.