The Meridian Story
Where did it all begin?
Meridian Audio Ltd was founded by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd.
Prior to this, Bob Stuart studied at Imperial College, London, where his passion for music soon led him to specialise in audio design. Allen Boothroyd trained as a mechanical engineer, going on to study industrial design at the Royal College of Art.
Boothroyd and Stuart met in Cambridge, where they discovered shared interests and philosophies in audio equipment design. Their first collaboration was on the Lecson hi-fi system, a design so innovative that it’s now part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
“The Lecson made the leap from something that was not merely acceptable as a piece of audio equipment, but was actually desirable as an objet d’art,” Allen Boothroyd.
Bob and Allen founded Meridian in 1977 based on their joint belief in good audio engineering, good acoustical engineering, and the value of psychoacoustics – the understanding of how human beings perceive sound and how we respond to it.
Revolutionary Technologies and World Firsts
These core values led to the first product from Meridian: the M1, an active loudspeaker system, unknown in consumer electronics at the time.
Since then, Meridian products have gained extensive acclaim at home and abroad, winning the coveted Design Council Award for Outstanding British Product an unprecedented three times, the EISA European Product of the year award twice, and over 300 further international awards and accolades.
Following the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1984, Meridian produced the world’s first audiophile-quality Compact Disc player, the MCD. Meridian went on to release the world’s first digital surround processor, and was ideally placed to take advantage of the explosion of the home theatre market. A string of other “firsts” followed.
Meridian’s achievements are not limited to the home with its systems found in McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover for whom it is the sole audio brand partner.
For a Lifetime
Watch this film exploring Meridian’s uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship and innovation and our passion for making the highest quality products. We achieve this by dedicating ourselves to achieving the highest level of craftsmanship.