Meridian Audio to Bring Hi-Res Solutions to ISE 2018

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Meridian Audio to Bring Hi-Res Solutions to ISE 2018

Meridian Audio will be showcasing innovative new products and exciting partnerships at ISE 2018 (Stand 7-E210).

Visitors can see and hear Meridian’s hi-res audio solutions, including a number of versatile new products, and learn how to create the best possible listening experience for their clients.

“Integrators and our customers care about an authentic audio experience,” says Katy Bradshaw, Meridian’s director of marketing. “We’ve listened to what they’ve told us, and we’re delighted to bring a great series of Meridian products to ISE 2018. These innovations underline how we share the same goals – transforming the way people experience sound.”

Meridian will unveil the UHD722 Ultra High Definition Audio Processor at ISE 2018. This 4K switching solution incorporates Multichannel Meridian High Resolution (MMHR) output, enabling connection to existing processors, which results in a significant uplift in the audio system’s sound quality. Providing the perfect link for seamless, high-resolution audio, the UHD722 features Meridian’s unique high-resolution Upsampling and Apodising technologies to offer the best possible performance from Blu-ray Disc®, satellite/TV receivers, and gaming consoles.

In addition, with new, updated features, the award-winning M6 Digital Active Loudspeaker will also be demonstrated. For the first time, The M6’s signature room-filling sound is now available with just a single loudspeaker thanks to its new “mono” mode. Both the left and right channels are summed, meaning you don’t lose any of the information, enabled using Meridian’s unique mono algorithms, first developed for the popular in-wall DSP320. The M6 is not only visually stunning but also provides perfectly matched and sonically balanced sound in any room.

Exclusively for ISE 2018, integrators will be able to preview the 210 Streamer, designed to bring Bluetooth, Apple Airplay, and Spotify Connect to Meridian products. Additional innovations from Meridian’s growing 200 series range are also on display. These include the 271 Digital Theatre Controller, which provides the perfect link to integrate any analog or digital AV processor or receiver with Meridian’s DSP loudspeakers, and the 251 Powered Zone Controller, bringing Meridian’s superior audio performance to a variety of analog speaker applications.

For the complete home cinema solution, Meridian will be on hand to inform visitors of its complimentary Design and Specification Service. This service delivers complete schemes quickly, featuring Meridian products alongside technologies from Meridian partners, including Barco Residential, Display Technologies, and Cinema-ATS acoustic treatmentsallowing integrators to save design time on a project. Visitors to Barco’s sound room at ISE 2018 (Sound Room E107) will have the opportunity to experience Meridian’s renowned sound quality together with Barco projectors.

As part of the Professional Development Program at ISE 2018, Meridian’s Education Manager, Hugo Fitzjohn will host Streaming Hi-Res Audio in the Home on Tuesday, February 6th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Room D201 at the Amsterdam RAI. To find out more information and to book a seat during this education session, visit www.iseurope.org/shop.

To learn more about Meridian’s range of audio solutions and services, visit stand 7-E210 at ISE 2018 or www.meridian-audio.com.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk

PR Contacts for Custom Installation in the US:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at katye@kmbcomm.com

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. The Meridian Audio experience is now available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Meridian’s renowned audio quality has extended to new markets including consumer electronics, in partnership with LG Electronics (LGE), marine and airline, ultimately transforming the way people experience sound, wherever they are.

Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube @MeridianAudio.

MERIDIAN AUDIO PARTNERS WITH LG TO DELIVER HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO SOLUTIONS

Meridian and LG form new partnership

December 2017

MERIDIAN AUDIO PARTNERS WITH LG TO DELIVER HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUDIO SOLUTIONS

Meridian Audio is delighted to announce a new partnership with LG Electronics (LG), established to bring high-performance audio to more people across the world. With Meridian’s unrivaled sound quality and pioneering approach to audio, and LG’s reputation for producing award-winning, innovative consumer electronics, the collaboration is set to deliver unique solutions for the ultimate listening experience.

Since its inception over forty years ago, Meridian has continuously driven the audio industry forward, adding power, simplicity of integration and premium performance through its audio solutions for home cinemas and whole home applications. As the pioneers of high-resolution audio, an authority on Digital Signal Processing (DSP), creator of the world’s first digital active loudspeaker and experts in the field of psychoacoustics, Meridian’s influence has been felt in every corner of the industry. Meridian has also played a fundamental role in the development and adoption of revolutionary audio technologies, including Hi-Res Audio and MQA, as well as undertaking pioneering work with Dolby. In addition, Meridian’s expertise has led them to set new standards for automotive audio, designing the world’s first in-car 3D surround sound system in 2012 for Range Rover.

For decades, LG has poured vast resources into its audio product development while listening attentively to its global consumer base to deliver higher quality audio experiences. Building on these foundations, the Korean electronics giant is now partnering directly with audio innovators Meridian to incorporate their expertise into their projects. LG shares Meridian’s philosophy of bringing natural and authentic audio to customers through meticulous attention to detail and rigorous research and development.

John Buchanan, Chief Executive Officer at Meridian Audio commented, “We are thrilled to have entered into this unique partnership with LG. We are confident that our expertise and shared values will see us bring a great number of innovations to the market together, both now and in the future.”

This partnership with Meridian is an example of LG’s commitment to creating premium audio systems that can rival the best in the business,” said Seo Young-jae, head of CAV (Convergence Audio & Video) at LG Home Entertainment. “This partnership is all about delivering an outstanding entertainment experience for LG customers worldwide.”

To learn more about Meridian’s range of audio solutions and partnerships, visit www.meridian-audio.com/LG-partnership.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk

PR Contacts for US Custom Installation:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett at KMB Communications katye@kmbcomm.com

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. The Meridian Audio experience is now available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Meridian’s renowned audio quality has extended to new markets including consumer electronics, in partnership with LG Electronics (LGE), marine and airline; ultimately transforming the way people experience sound, wherever they are. Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.  Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube @MeridianAudio.

MERIDIAN POWERS FORWARD WITH NEW PRODUCTS AT CEDIA 2017

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MERIDIAN POWERS FORWARD WITH NEW PRODUCTS AT CEDIA 2017

AUGUST 2017—Meridian Audio celebrates its 40th Anniversary in style during CEDIA 2017 (Booth 4329) with a host of new products and industry partnerships designed to showcase the best possible home theater and audio performance in the home. The much-anticipated 271 Digital Theater Controller and 251 Powered Zone Controller will be on display, alongside flagship products from Meridian’s 200 series, demonstrating the company’s commitment to premium quality in the residential custom installation channel.

CEDIA attendees can experience this legendary Meridian quality in a dedicated sound room at the show. Created in partnership with Barco Residential, this exclusive space will create an immersive home theater experience, thanks to Meridian’s new 271 Digital Theater Controller, Barco’s highly acclaimed Loki 4K DLP laser home cinema projector and a Contempo micro-frame screen from DT Screens. Alongside Meridian’s own audio systems, DT Screens are now fully integrated into Meridian’s complimentary Design and Specification Service with Barco’s projectors and Cinema–ATS’ acoustic treatment solutions, to provide installers with a complete audio-visual lineup from the one company.

The 271 allows technology integrators to provide the best immersive, hi-res audio for home theater, with the ability to integrate any analog or digital AV processor or receiver with Meridian’s DSP loudspeakers. It’s the perfect option for Atmos, Auro, and DTS:X 3D systems, offering 16 unbalanced inputs, 16 balanced inputs and the option of 16 digital inputs.

Extending the 200 series further, the new 251 Powered Zone Controller brings Meridian’s superior audio performance for a variety of analog speaker applications. Its compact design features two powerful cool-running channels of onboard amplification enabled for hi-res audio including Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio.

Meridian will also preview two additional new products at CEDIA. Shipping by the end of this year, Meridian’s new UHD722 HDMI Processor will provide a 4K switch solution with MMHR output for connection to existing processors. The second new product, the Meridian 210 streamer, is designed to bring Bluetooth, Airplay and Spotify Connect to Meridian products. Pre-orders for these products can be taken at the CEDIA 2017. The popular 218 Zone Controller and 258 Power Amplifier products will also be available to view and experience at CEDIA this year, featuring Meridian’s unique up-sampling technology.

Meridian’s high-quality audio will provide the soundtrack for several other booths including Barco Residential, where visitors will be able to experience a range of Meridian loudspeakers driven by the 218 Zone Controller. The 218 will also be shown in Josh.ai’s booth, alongside a pair of Meridian’s loudspeakers, and attendees will be able to experience the new 251 Powered Zone Controller in Leon Speakers’ booth.

Hugo Fitzjohn, Meridian’s Technical Education Manager, will lead the CEDIA training session “Making the Most of Hi-Res in the Theater” on Thursday, September 7th from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in room 28E. This insightful session will explain how to install the ultimate home theater, as well as exploring the importance of high-resolution audio, how to specify the correct screen and projector, and how acoustic treatments can enhance the home cinema experience. Hugo will also look at the impact of cinema design on a room’s audio performance. The course, EST0034, will provide 1 CEU unit to those who attend and must be booked online prior to the show.

To complete the day, and celebrate Meridian’s 40th Anniversary, CEDIA attendees are invited to join the Meridian team for a drinks reception and networking Friday afternoon, September 8th. From 3-5pm, visitors can learn about high-resolution audio, new products, and Meridian’s complimentary Design and Specification Service.

For more information, visit www.meridian.co.uk.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Rayner Sheridan at rayner.sheridan@meridian.co.uk or Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk

PR Contact for US Custom Installation:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at katye@kmbcomm.com

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. Meridian Audio are also official distributors of Display Technologies, Barco Residential, and Cinema Acoustic Treatment System Products. Together we are able to offer the ultimate home cinema experience.  The Meridian Audio experience is now available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube @MeridianAudio.

Meridian Introduces New 251 Powered Zone Controller for High-Resolution Audio Performance

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MERIDIAN INTRODUCES NEW 251 POWERED ZONE CONTROLLER FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO PERFORMANCE

 AUGUST 2017—Meridian Audio has extended its popular 200 Series with another high-resolution innovation for home integrators. The new 251 is a compact Powered Zone Controller with two powerful, cool-running channels of onboard amplification capable of generating Meridian’s statement superior audio performance for a variety of analog speaker applications.

Enabled for hi-res audio, including Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), the 251 can act as an integrated amplifier, delivering 2 x 100W for two passive loudspeakers or a soundbar for media room projects. It can be deployed to run a 2.1 system with a separate subwoofer, using the unit’s pair of analog outputs, or be used as the hub for distributed audio applications from single zone to whole-house distribution using the 251’s digital and analog inputs. This Powered Zone Controller can also be the endpoint for Meridian’s award-winning Sooloos music management platform as well as offering support for Roon. In all these applications, the 251 will elevate the listening experience by bringing Meridian’s trademark fidelity and high-resolution audio performance to the system.

Other Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies within the unit include upsampling and apodizing filters, jitter reduction and lip synching to enhance the audio experience and eliminate signal timing and alignment issues.  An incredibly flexible solution, the 251 provides installers with a controller for a huge array of applications, whether it is a single room install or a whole home project.

The 251 Powered Zone Controller is quick and simple to install and set up. As a 1U, half rack width unit, it can easily be installed behind a TV or within an AV rack. An optional rack mount kit or VESA mounting bracket is available. A web based setup page makes for simple, repeatable and quick configuration.

Meridian provides a range of versatile control options for seamless integration and flexibility within a bigger home technology installation. The 251 offers IP and IR control, a native iPad network control app and Meridian Sooloos control, as required.

Boasting a huge variety of applications, the 251 can be used in conjunction with a range of analog speakers, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the quality of Meridian systems. As part of the 200 series of products, this innovative solution highlights Meridian’s commitment to the custom installation sector and its ambition to provide the best hi-res audio experience for its customers.

  • Price: $1,500 MSRP (5 year warranty)
  • Shipping: September 2017. Available for pre orders now.

Find out more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk or Brandon Leeming at brandon.leeming@meridian.co.uk

PR Contact for US Custom Installation:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett at KMB Communications katye@kmbcomm.com 

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. The Meridian Audio experience is now also available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube @MeridianAudio.

Meridian Unveils New 271 Digital Theater Controller

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MERIDIAN UNVEILS NEW 271 DIGITAL THEATER CONTROLLER

August 2017—Meridian Audio has launched the 271 Digital Theater Controller. This breakthrough product allows technology integrators to deliver the most exceptional and immersive home cinema experience yet to their customers, complete with the highest quality dynamics and clarity, in analog, digital and 3D format applications.

The 271 is designed to integrate any analog or digital AV processor on the market with Meridian’s DSP (Digital Signal Processing) loudspeakers, renowned for bringing the best, high-resolution, immersive audio into home cinemas.

“The ambition to generate maximum performance and the ultimate audio fidelity from any source is in Meridian’s DNA,” says Barry Sheldrick, Meridian’s Director of Sales. “That’s exactly what the 271 does for home cinema. For the first time, this Digital Theatre Controller enables the integrator to benefit from our DSP speaker technology using their processor of choice, giving their clients the best possible experience. As clients continue to move from physical media to streaming content, where lossy, low-resolution codecs are the norm for the foreseeable future, our 271 is also the premium performance option for Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X formats.”

Installation flexibility is achieved through more Meridian design innovation. Equipped with Meridian High Resolution (MHR) technology the 271 offers the following:

  • 16 channels of analog audio on any combination of single-ended or balanced input connections (RCA or 2 x 8 channel DB25 connectors).
  • 16 + 4 digital audio outputs on SpeakerLink connections for use with Meridian DSP loudspeakers.
  • 16 + 4 analog audio outputs on unbalanced RCA connectors to allow simple integration of Meridian DSP speakers with passive loudspeakers.
  • Optional balanced digital input options available to support 16 channels of digital audio fed from processors including those from Trinnov, Datasat and Storm Audio (2 x RJ45 and 1 x DB25).
  • Multiple 271’s can be used where more channels are required (32, 48 etc).

A key focus for Meridian in the design of the 271 was the ease of installation and integration. Although it contains more than 4,000 individual components the 271 is only 2U high and is designed for easy rack mounting. Integrating the 271 into an existing AV system is simple; thanks to an intuitive IP controlled set up and configuration platform, and control modules for a number of third party systems. As with all 200 series components, the 271 is cool running and requires no ventilation.

Rayner Sheridan, Meridian’s Director of Marketing commented, “it seems very fitting that as we celebrate our 40th anniversary we are releasing a product that embodies the fundamental core philosophies of Meridian and our ongoing commitment to provide unrivaled, high-performance audio solutions. This ethos remains as strong today as it did in 1977, and will continue long into the future of the company.”

Price: $2,000 MSRP for the analog version (5-year warranty)
Shipping: September 2017. Available for pre orders now.

Find out more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk or Brandon Leeming at brandon.leeming@meridian.co.uk

PR Contact for US Custom Installation:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at katye@kmbcomm.com

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. The Meridian Audio experience is now also available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube @MeridianAudio.

Meridian Audio Celebrates its 40th Anniversary this Year 

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Meridian Audio Celebrates its 40th Anniversary this Tear

The sound of celebration: Meridian Audio is 40!

JULY 2017—The future is bright for Meridian Audio as it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. As part of this momentous occasion, the company has announced exciting plans for the year ahead, with upcoming product launches, comprehensive partnerships and a number of prestigious events in its drive to provide the very best in hi-res audio solutions.

Throughout 2017, Meridian is introducing new, innovative products to help home technology integrators put their clients at the center of the listening experience. Meridian has recently launched the 218 zone controller and 258 power amplifier. Both products help to deliver a comprehensive home theater solution, regardless of existing audio and multi-zone media systems. Adding power and simplicity of integration and performance, the 218 and 258 products use Meridian’s unique up-sampling technology to significantly improve audio quality with ease. Equally exciting new products are set to be unveiled during the company’s 40th year.

Meanwhile, Meridian is developing partnerships that give dealers access to a comprehensive range of premium home cinema solutions. Barco projectors deliver phenomenally high-quality video resolution. Distributed by Meridian, the Loki Dual Laser Projector, available in two resolutions – either 3840 x 2160 or 5120 x 2160 and with a native 2.37:1 aspect ratio, prevents no loss of light or black bars when enjoying home theater, ensuring a premium movie-watching experience. Meridian’s partnership with DT Screens and Cinema-ATS, complete the range with first class screen and acoustic products for home cinemas.

Meridian’s complimentary Design and Specification Service integrates all of its partners’ technology to make it quicker and easier for integrators to specify the right products for installation projects. Incorporation technology from Barco projectors, DT Screens and Cinema-ATS panels, the Design and Specification Service minimizes the challenge faced by integrators working on multiple projects.

Meridian has also recently launched its “Dealer School” training initiative. Hosted in its spectacular demo home theater at Meridian HQ in Huntingdon, the program focuses on giving dealers the full range of skills they need to design and create unbeatable home theaters. Integrators can now participate in new, dedicated training sessions on four key areas, as well as two existing courses.

To complete the celebrations, Meridian is organizing a 40th-anniversary event during CEDIA San Diego on the evening of Friday, September 8th, where a number of new products will be introduced to the market. This will be followed in London with a product launch event later in September, outlining plans for the coming year, and at ISE 2018 where additional new products will be unveiled to the European market as a continuation of the 40th-anniversary celebrations.

For more information, visit www.meridian.co.uk.

Meridian Audio Contacts:
For further information, please contact: Rayner Sheridan at rayner.sheridan@meridian.co.uk or Katy Bradshaw at katy.bradshaw@meridian.co.uk

PR Contacts for US Custom Installation:
Please contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett at KMB Communications
Katye@kmbcomm.com

ABOUT MERIDIAN AUDIO
Since 1977, Meridian Audio has been crafting innovative, elegant, high-performance audio solutions. From its compact DSP loudspeakers with integrated amplification to its user-friendly music management platform, Sooloos, Meridian delivers easy to install, high-resolution audio systems for home cinemas and whole home solutions. Meridian Audio are also official distributors of Display Technologies, Barco Residential and Cinema Acoustic Treatment System Products. Together we are able to offer the ultimate home cinema experience. The Meridian Audio experience is now also available in the latest models from Jaguar Land Rover, thanks to a collaborative partnership between these two leaders of British innovation and engineering. Learn more at www.meridian-audio.com.

Follow Meridian on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube @MeridianAudio.