New York — Meridian will launch a series of in-store events starting in April to promote the brand and the introduction of its Special Edition DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, developed to mark the 25th anniversary of the company’s — and the industry’s — first active digital speaker.
The U.S. road show begins April 8 and continues through the year. Consumers attending will get the chance to hear the Special Edition speakers and hear from Meridian engineers, the company said.
The three new digital speakers, promoted as Meridian’s “best ever” speakers, are the DSP8000SE, DSP7200SE and DSP5200SE. They ship at the end of the month. Pricing wasn’t released. They will be available in addition to the current DSP8000, DSP7200 and DSP5200 speakers.
All three special-edition speakers, the company said, offer the following improvements over the standard versions:
* Meridian-designed semi-horn-loaded tweeters with a new beryllium dome to deliver “outstanding transient response” and wide bandwidth;
* wide-bandwidth analog electronics optimized for high-resolution recordings;
* new DSP processing that includes enhanced bass alignment (EBA) technology, said to deliver fast, clean bass and an open transparent sound-stage; and
* all drive units clamped with machined rings for enhanced mechanical stability.
The new speakers will be available in piano lacquer black or high-gloss white as standard finishes but custom finishes will also be available.
The standard versions are priced at $15,000/pair for the DSP5200, $38,000/pair for the DSP7200 and $65,000/pair for the DSP8000.
The following road-show venues have been scheduled so far:
April 8: Audio High, Mountain View, Calif., 3-8 p.m.
April 10: Elite Audio, San Francisco, 6-9 p.m.
April 16: Access Networks, Los Angeles, 6-9 p.m.
April 29: Audio Advisors, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2-7 p.m.
May 1: Meridian Boutique, Fort Lauderdale, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
May 15: Meridian America headquarters, New York City, 6-9 p.m.