MQA One Year Later …… Suddenly, More Questions

Doug Schneider writes …. On April 1, 2016, we published “Myriad Questions About MQA,” my article about Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), a digital music format for high-resolution music files developed by Meridian Audio and now spun off as MQA Limited. (Audiophiles define high-resolution music file as a PCM digital file with a bit depth and/or […]

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LECSON: 1974 Design Arts Journal Text

From the 1970s ….. Lecson AC1 and API pre-amplifier and power amplifier audio Units. Made by Lecson Audio Ltd, St Ives, Huntingdonshire. Designed by Robert Stuart, BSc (Eng), MSc, DIC of Lecson Audio and Allen Boothroyd, Mdes RCA, MSIA, DA (Manc), of HuIme Chadwick & Partners. Approximate retail prices: AC1 £100 API £75 ex VAT […]

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LECSON: AP1, ProAc, Celef, Lentek Monitors, Sonab, LS3/5a and Harbeth HL1 Mk3

Hello Howard. Memory test! I remember a couple of years ago you recommended a speaker that mated particularly well with the Lecson AP1 power amplifier.  Hope all is well, John Hello John. Oh wow. At my age, trying to remember? You are kidding, right? On a more serious note though, here are the ones that […]

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LECSON: The official site

Long before there was a Meridian audio, the Boothroyd/Stuart team formed Lecson Audio.   Aficionados from the 1970’s will remember Lecson primarily for their flat multicolored preamplifier and cylindrical amplifier, but like most enterprises the story goes much deeper. They are also one of the few audio firms to win a Design Council Award and be […]

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MERIDIAN AUDIO: Pre-owned pieces FOR SALE – updated April 2020

506 16 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/cd-spelers/m1835382783-meridian-506-16-gezocht 506 20 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/cd-spelers/m1835207513-meridian-506-20-cd-speler 204 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/overige-audio-tv-en-foto/m1816581916-meridian-tuner-204 DSP 5000 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/stereo-sets/m1818496171-meridian-500-en-dsp5000 507 … https://www.marktplaats.nl/v/audio-tv-en-foto/cd-spelers/m1835059395-meridian-507-cd-speler G08 … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/meridian-g08-8182528503 CORE 200 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisah250-meridian-media-core-200-media-servers?refsource=hifishark 551 … https://www.audiodoo.de/hifi-marktplatz/inserat.html?tx_pnmaudiodoo_pi5%5BshowAd%5D=22394 EXPLORER 2 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisah1d0-meridian-explorer-2-da-converters?refsource=hifishark 205 … https://www.audioscope.net/meridian-205-mono-power-amplifier-p-2405.html?ref=3 101 https://www.2dehands.be/a/audio-tv-en-foto/radio-s/a68535017-boothroyd-stuart-meridian-101-control-unit-voorversterke.html 561 … https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/pre-amplificatori/56050/ 201 … https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/pre-amplificatori/255978/ 861 v8 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisaff71-meridian-861v8-reference-surround-processor-processors?refsource=hifishark 201 / 209 … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649611544-very-good-condition-meridian-201-and-209-preamplifier-and-remote-phono-headphone-220v/ 508.24 … https://www.subito.it/audio-video/cd-meridian-508-24-bit-venezia-423244942.htm […]

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MERIDIAN: DSP 5000 speakers – bin, keep, replace or what?

I have recently acquired a Meridian home theatre system as a result of a house move. I’m more into audio than movies so thinking of replacing this with a Naim-centric system making use of my existing UnitiServe. The main stereo speakers are DSP5500s which although having a tremendous sense of power and control are a […]

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BOOTHROYD STUART 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: 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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LECSON: Gale chrome beauties, vintage Quad and … Mr Lothar Kissinger

Howard Popeck writes ….. I’ve ‘known’ Lothar for some years despite never having met him nor sold him anything. That’s because in part we share a common audiophile history. He owns and uses some truly terrific state-of-the-art vintage equipment including, as you’ll see from the images, Lecson and Gale. My connection is that through serendipity […]

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MERIDIAN: M2 active speakers – problems re bringing them back up to spec

Hi, I have a pair of Meridian M2 active speakers I have owned since new in 1983 which I wish to upgrade. The original tweeters have been replaced with a new / secondhand pair of Kef speakers. I had intended to remove the amps from the back of the speakers to send them to the […]

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SUBJECTIVE AUDIO: The great sounds; Radford, Spectral, Lecson, Infinity, SoundLabs, JBL Century, Beveridge, Beard and more

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck: What were the best reproduced sounds you ever heard in the early days? Not easy to answer. Depends on one’s definition of best. If you take just listenability i.e. the customer’s sound is so good right now that I’m not going to unpack my demo gear, then it would have […]

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