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Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Lee Scoggins, Aug 29, 2003.
Lots of looksies but no takers.
There's much more detailed info up at another site here. Regards,
Well, one of those days when I can afford them[my definition not Meridian's],I'll be more talkative.
Good link John.
I just read the link and I must say I am a bit disappointed. It appears that you need at least $6K to get a DVD Audio player. This hardly seems "more affordable", even if less constly than prior models. I was thinking they might hit the $2-3K range which might be doable. Maybe I can hold out for the updated Arcam DVD player with DVDA... The construction of these units looks terrific and I am sure they sound good. I will be visting Meridian's office in September and will be able to report back on the sonics. I'm surprised at this price point, you don't also get Super Audio-what with all the great titles and all. John, I hope you can secure some review samples for WSR.
Although I need to hunt down a better DVD-A player, the Meridian gear is still very much out of my ballpark. I'm considering the Arcam route as well (waiting for a couple of dealers to get something in), but also considering going the mod route on a less expensive universal player (albeit a more hit or miss proposition), which has the added potential benefit of being my #1 SACD / DVD-A / redbook player. Doug
Too rich for my blood! I love what little I've heard in Meridian products, but barring a lottery win I can't imagine buying even this 'affordable' range of products. I heard their top-line 800 series + DSP8000 multichannel setup (exquisite!) at the HE show in SF in June, where I asked the Meridian rep about any possibility of implementing SACD... his response was they are not even remotely considering it... they are married to DVD-A... understandable I guess, since they've devised and set the MLP standard. Back to my humble Marantz...
It just seems that Meridian could implement some of their great sounding chips into a $2K DVD Audio and Video player. The new line looks awesome, but $6K, even with all these features, is a lot of cash for even us hardcore audiophiles. I will listening to it soon at their headquarters. I will report back how it went. Maybe I will look into a purchase anyway. I seem to recall that in the late 90s, Meridian had some CD players for around $2K...
Does anyone know if the new prepro has 5.1 inputs so you could attach an SACD player if you wanted to? Cheers Steve
Yes, the G68 has a 5.1 input. I have been told it functions the same as an 861, with 24-bit 96kHz A/D conversion so that it's "Just Another Digital Source" in the end. I haven't heard G98, but the 861 A/D is wicked transparent. Regards,
My system converts everything to PCM anyway so that's not a problem. Well, this is officially the first prepro that makes me ponder upgrading. Steve
Sorry for the slow reply to this one.... Lee said: