New Price, Design For Meridian Speakers



Meridian comes to International CES with an active floorstanding DSP speaker that departs from the company’s usual industrial design and reduces the company’s opening price point on a floorstanding speaker to $8,000/pair from $15,000/pair.

The company is also launching an upgraded Sooloos-controlling iPad app, which now performs all of the functions of the touchscreen that comes with the $7,500 Sooloos Control 15 music server but can be paired with Sooloos music servers priced down to $4,000.

In speakers, the company’s new M6 two-way tower speaker is shaped like a cylinder that narrows at the top. Its dense, braced molded cabinet is covered in cloth in sharp contrast with more traditional Meridian cabinet designs, which feature flat surfaces, MDF cabinets and laquered finishes.

The new design also sports a smaller footprint than the company’s other towers, coming in at about 1 meter high and 10 inches in diameter.

The two-way speaker, shipping in February, was developed to meet dealer demand for a lower priced tower, said CEO Peter Wellikoff. The company’s other active DSP speakers range in price from a $6,000 bookshelf pair to a $65,000/pair tower.

The M6 is covered in cloth except for the bottom portion, which consists of a black metal-cast housing. The speaker combines a combination tweeter-midrange driver with a 6-inch downfiring ported woofer that delivers high power handling with deep bass extension, Wellikoff said.

With its lack of edges that would create diffraction distortion, the speaker delivers “spectacular” imaging, Wellikoff said.

The speaker incorporates all of Meridian’s core DSP technologies as well as SpeakerLink connection technology. SpeakerLink delivers balanced 96kHz/24-bit digital audio and control signals over up to 300 feet over CAT-5e RJ-45-terminated cable from Meridian components to DSP speakers.

For its new Sooloos app for iPads, Meridian is going beyond the limited control and information display of its first app to “emulate everything a Control 15 [touchscreen] can do,” including display of high-resolution graphics as well as fast metadata display, Wellikoff said. The free app is due in January,

A third new product is the $15,000 Reference preamp 818, shipping in February. It controls the company’s Sooloos music servers.


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