MERIDIAN: Their 101/105 pre power combination

I read your comments about vintage Meridian equipment, very interesting. I have a 101 preamp and twin 105 power amps, and I’m amazed at how they still sound after 25 years. Such wallop – as close to live as I’ve come across. I recently heard Musical Fidelity’s much-praised A5 pre/power combination – very smooth and […]

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MERIDIAN: Explorer 2 test review

  WHAT HIFI wrote… It’s unlikely that many budget DACs (digital-to-analogue converters) will suffer from enochlophobia (the fear of getting lost in a crowd). Of late, the likes of the Award-winning Audioquest DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red, the HRT microStreamer and dSp, and the TEAC HA-P50 have been go-to options in the sub-£200 terrain, sitting […]

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From the archives: Boothroyd Stuart Meridian: Their gimmick-free golden years of 2-channel music

Howard Popeck: Emerging phoenix-like or perhaps Cinderella-like out of the turmoil of Lecson via the short-lived Orpheus designs, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd announced the arrival of BS Meridian in Hi-fi News 35 years ago. The series 1 system comprised initially the 101 preamp, the 103 power amp and the astonishing M1 active speakers with […]

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Meridian Audio 101b/104 Tuner/M1 Active Speakers

A article we found particularly interesting; we read it start to finish! Meridian Audio was established in 1977 by the designers Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd who had made their name with the Lecson ( http://www.lecson.co.uk/faq.html, http://www.thevintageknob.org/THEVAULT2/LECSON/LECSON.html 1974) and Orpheus (1975) range of amplifiers. Bob Stuart has a background of psychoacoustics and electronic engineering while […]

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Benchmark DAC into Meridian G08

Hello Howard. I have read HFA now for some months, deriving great pleasure and stimulation from it’s diverse contents… around the pursuit of the art of listening to music. Interested in recent exchange around the benchmark dac1. I currently have a meridian g08, along with a range of meridian pre power equipment of varying ages […]

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MERIDIAN: Retaining a Meridian source for a keen lover of Beethoven’s music

Beethoven string quartets are not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but for some they are a musical destination worth evolving towards. The equipment I play them on is Meridian 200 series CD transport, Meridian 263 Delta Sigma DAC7, Pioneer A400 amplifier and Ruark Talisman Mk I speakers, with budget quality cables and interconnects. I […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stuart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stewart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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MERIDIAN: F80 CD Receiver System – test review

  STEREOPHILE When I first learned that Meridian had co-badged, with Ferrari, a $3000 table radio, I was tempted to cynically dismiss it as a marketing gimmick—an attempt by the audio manufacturer to leverage the brand loyalty of the Italian automaker to its own highly developed industrial designs. The problem was, that required that I […]

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MERIDIAN: 808.3 Signature Reference CD player test review

Jason Kennedy: Meridian has been at the forefront of CD player technology since 1984 and the 808.3 Signature Reference is its flagship disc spinner, so no digital stone has been left unturned in the quest to make its third incarnation the ultimate. As early pioneers in technology to reduce the ‘ringing effect’ of conventional digital […]

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