In 1977 Meridian embarked upon a mission. Their goal was simple: to put the listener at the heart of every recorded performance. Since then they’ve been continually pushing the boundaries of sound. Redefining the possible at every step of the way. Almost forty years later and their journey continues. Read on to discover more about Meridian and their award-winning audio systems. But remember, when it comes to sound this incredible, you really have to hear it, to believe it.
Meridian has been designing and creating state-of-the-art audio and video home entertainment systems for over 35 years. The driving force behind their pursuit of perfection has always been the desire to lose as little of the original source material as possible – a passion for audio and video reproduction so pure, you’ll find yourself at the heart of every performance. The underlying design philosophy for their systems is to combine the ground-breaking functional performance of all the components with a striking visual appeal; aesthetics that make a bold design statement, but one that’s always in harmony with the surroundings – whether that means elegant, curved loudspeaker cabinets, available in 270 colours thanks to the Meridian Select programme; or in-wall loudspeakers where all the ingenuity is there - but you can hear it rather than seeing it. Their striking and innovative home entertainment systems can be incorporated seamlessly into all your design aspirations, to create an all-encompassing experience of pure quality in both form and function.
Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) It wasn’t until Bob Stuart, CEO of Meridian, studied human listening and music processing that he was able to develop MQA, a music technology that reduces 100% of damage to music in its conversion process. Sourced from the original studio master recording as approved by the creative team, MQA combines an advanced new digital sampling technology that captures remarkably high-frequency timing and detail in an audio signal with an equally novel system to “encapsulate” that data into a form for delivery using any lossless file format or streaming. The listener’s decoder reconstructs the entire original signal, bringing up an indicator confirming that what they are hearing is the same as the original master. Without the decoder, the listener enjoys CD-quality reproduction. Its most advanced form, “MQA Studio," uses the technology in the studio to generate an even higher quality master recording as the source.
Meridian Room Correction (MRC): Room shape, size, furnishing, and loudspeaker positions all influence the sound of a system in a room. The sound is often uneven, especially at the bass end, where low frequencies are too loud in some places and too quiet in others due to resonances. Meridian's Room Correction system uses powerful DSP to smooth out uneven room resonances, removing muddiness for clearer sound and better imaging.
Meridian Lossless Packing (MLP): MLP is a technology developed by Meridian to deliver higher-quality stereo and surround sound by reducing the file size or the required bandwidth of the audio signal without causing a reduction in quality (as is experienced with "lossy" systems like mp3). MLP compresses the signal losslessly so it takes up less room, making it possible to provide higher quality audio within the same bandwidth or media limitations. On replay, the original signal is recovered with guaranteed bit-for-bit accuracy. MLP was originally mandated for inclusion in the DVD-Audio format, and it is now part of Dolby TrueHD, which is part of the Blu-ray Disc format.
DSP Loudspeakers: The traditional setup of amplifiers driving passive loudspeakers is inefficient, and limits sound quality. Meridian loudspeakers contain a complete, matched audio system with efficient DSP crossovers, multiple DACs, and driver-specific amplifiers, giving higher overall quality, lower power consumption, and the performance of a traditional loudspeaker eight times the physical volume.
Enhanced Bass Alignment (EBA): At a live musical event, all the frequencies you hear – all the wavefronts – arrive at the correct time. In any loudspeaker, however, bass frequencies arrive late, and the lower they are, the later they arrive. Many manufacturers ameliorate this by changing the position of the mid and high-frequency drivers or adding delays to bring them back into time – this is often called "time alignment". But while this is a good solution for mid and high frequencies, there is quite a time variation across the band covered by the bass drivers themselves. Meridian uses a series of special DSP-created digital filters, each of which delays just a small range of frequencies, each with exactly the right amount. It's so ingenious, we've applied for a patent. The result is a clearer soundstage with improved imaging and transient response – improvements you can clearly hear. And it's something only a Meridian DSP Loudspeaker can do.