DSP8000.2 Digital Active Loudspeaker
Grace Under Pressure
Every aspect of our flagship DSP8000.2 design is in the service of reproducing authentic music. The unique construction of a separate head provides convincingly natural voice reproduction, while the discrete bass cabinet provides effortless deep bass. Its cabinet material, “Meridium,” was carefully chosen to have no influence on its reproduced sound.
The DSP8000.2’s engineered curved cabinet provides a graceful and perfect home for the high performance electronics. Designed as a complete system, the DSP8000.2’s five independent amplifiers are tuned precisely for the bandwidth and drive units they are attached to. This allows the DSP8000.2’s to play at concert levels without stress while achieving an efficiency that lesser designs strive to attain.
Outstanding performance. Five powerful wide range 150W amplifiers deliver a maximum output level of 120dB at 1m.
Advanced, high-efficiency composite dome tweeter.
Listener controls including time-compensated balance, listening axis and Enhanced Bass alignment – enables considerable speaker placement flexibility.
On-board DSP provides thermal and dynamic bass protection – enables high level use for prolonged periods of time.
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masters of Digital Signal Processing
With its extensive Research and Development programme Meridian has pioneered the development of a host of innovative audio technologies many of which feature in today’s Meridian products.
The traditional setup – amplifiers driving passive loudspeakers – is inefficient, limiting sound quality. Meridian loudspeakers contain a complete, matched audio system with efficient DSP crossovers, multiple DACs and driver-specific amplifiers, giving higher overall quality, less power use, and the performance of a traditional loudspeaker eight times the physical volume.
Loudspeaker enclosures often vibrate, colouring the sound, making it less lifelike. Our most advanced loudspeakers use a cabinet construction material unique to Meridian: Meridium features highest-grade laminated plywood layers bonded to an aluminium core, allowing the loudspeaker to reproduce music accurately without adding its own sound.
Each sample of a digital recording must remain evenly spaced in time. Unfortunately, timing can vary, especially when reading discs. This is “jitter”, degrading music's sense of space and diminishing realism. Meridian's multiple “First In, First Out” buffering system minimises jitter, ensuring perfect timing and improved clarity. You enjoy a clearer feeling of the instruments and their interrelationship.
Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.
High or low, all sounds travel at the same speed, so all the sounds from a live musical event arrive at your ear at the same time, whatever frequencies they contain. Loudspeakers, however, have a problem when playing low frequency sounds at the same time as mid and high frequencies – the bass arrives late, and the deeper the sound, the later it arrives. This delayed bass causes music to lose its impact and reduces the sense of the recorded space – it is often described as “boomy”.
The goal is to have time-accurate loudspeakers, where all reproduced frequencies start and end at the same time. In a loudspeaker, this timing is affected by the crossover, driver, and enclosure type. To eliminate the delay between low, and mid and high frequencies, Meridian has designed a combination of digital filters and time delays for the mid and high frequencies. This solution enables the mid and high frequencies to “wait” for the low frequencies, delivering perfectly-timed music playback.
Mid and high frequencies are delayed to time-align them, while upper bass is delayed with a special type of patented filter. These features must be implemented entirely in the digital domain, making them impossible to achieve in any passive or analogue-active loudspeaker design.
Enhanced Bass Alignment provides accurate time-alignment of the drivers in the system, delivering exceptional imaging and a clear, transparent, more life like sound.
MHR was the first approved encryption method for transferring high definition digital audio between components. Previously, it had to be in the analogue domain, reducing quality. MHR allows secure movement of high resolution digital audio within a Meridian system, without compromise, improving quality by reducing cyclic repetition.
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Uses a complex digital filter to double the rate of samples from the source to improve resolution of the finer details in the record. This means that even with a standard source such as CD using our upsampling technology we are able to significantly enhance the listening experience.
A patented Meridian audio format that combines high bandwidth, security and low jitter. MHR gets the highest possible sound quality in playback systems that use Meridian and enables the encoded transmission of PCM, MQA and DSD.
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Meridian Speakerlink (RJ45) & S/PDIF digital input
1x RJ45 with balanced digital audio and control for 2nd loudspeaker. Carries infra-red pickup for system automation
Peak SPL: 120dB at 1m
Noise less than 15dB spl. Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level
Frequency response In room within 3dB: 20Hz - over 20Hz (for inputs at 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
5 x 150w (750w)
200mm x 6
160mm x 1
1 x 25mm (1”) dome tweeter, silver wire, short horn-loaded
FIFO memory buffer input for the lowest possible jitter from almost any source
Four 24-bit D/A converters
Linear-phase mid–top crossover; 6th-order Linkwitz-Riley bass–mid crossover
All upsampling and processing is performed by a 150MHz digital signal processor (DSP)
Eight-character display with system lights, can be blanked
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT
HEIGHT: 1350mm [53.2in] (Without feet/spikes)
WIDTH: 158mm [6.2in] tapering to 400mm [15.7in]
DEPTH 210mm [8.3in] tapering to 528mm [20.8in]
FOOTPRIMT (W x D): 400mm [15.7in] x 528mm [20.8in]
WEIGHT: 105kg [231lbs]
20VA standyby; 920VA max