Special Edition DSP5200HC Digital Active Loudspeaker

The Special Edition series of Meridian loudspeakers represent the pinnacle of Meridian’s loudspeaker design and development programme and are the most advanced loudspeakers that Meridian has produced to date.

With all the features of the freestanding Special Edition DSP5200, the Special Edition DSP5200HC provides full range playback in a horizontal centre channel package. The SE DSP5200HC is ideal for mounting under a large-screen TV, behind an acoustically-transparent projection screen and in partnership with other Meridian free standing or in-wall loudspeakers.

A new Horizontal Centre feature allows the Special Edition DSP5200HC to be placed below the screen while having its sound image move along with the video image on screen, providing an immersive movie experience.

 

Key features

Outstanding performance. Three powerful wide range 75W amplifiers deliver a maximum output level of 116Db at 1m.

Light weight, dual voice coil, Beryllium tweeter for refined high frequency performance (up to 32kHz).

Clamp rings ensure that the bass and midrange drivers are isolated from the cabinet, giving the most controlled and detailed sound possible.

Centre elevation adjustment technology raises the perceived image location for an incredibly lifelike listening experience.

We are the
masters of Digital Signal Processing

Find out more about DSP

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.

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As pioneers and leaders in the field of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Meridian is able to deliver your music authentically to recreate the passion and involvement of your musical moments. Power-efficient, active DSP crossovers are individually tailored to distribute music to each speaker, bringing your music to life.

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.

When a centre-channel loudspeaker is below the video display, that's where the sound seems to emanate, not from the screen, detracting from the experience. Loudspeakers behind the screen introduce other problems. DSP in a Meridian centre loudspeaker psychoacoustically raises the sound image to centre-screen – where we expect it for the most involving movie or concert experience.

Traditional audio systems often require large, expensive cables to maintain their performance. Meridian's SpeakerLink uses an “Ethernet style” cable that delivers pristine digital sound and control down a single cable between Meridian components. The result is simple, unobtrusive, and cost-effective cables that are easy to install

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.

Watch our film about EBA

WE ARE THE
PIONEERS OF HI-RES AUDIO

Find out more about Hi-res Audio

MQA is a technology that captures the full magic of an original studio performance. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download – the days of sacrificing quality for convenience are over. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.

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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.

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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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The Special Edition Loudspeakers

Meridian’s goal has always been to reproduce the sound of the original performance exactly, and let nothing else get in the way.

AUDIO INPUTS

Meridian Speakerlink (RJ45) & S/PDIF digital input

32kHz–96kHz sampling rates at up to 24 bit with MHR support (phono)

AUDIO OUTPUTS

1x RJ45 with balanced digital audio and control for 2nd loudspeaker. Carries infra-red pickup for system automation

PERFORMANCE

Peak SPL: 116dB at 1m (music material) Noise less than 15dB spl.

Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level Frequency response In room within 3dB: 35Hz - over 32kHz

AMPLIFIERS

3 x 75w (225 w)

BASS DRIVERS

2 x 160mm polypropylene long throw bass drivers

MID DRIVERS

160mm x 1

BERYLLIUM DOME TWEETER

1 x 25mm (1”) Meridian piston in short horn, beryllium dome with silver voice-coil

DSP SPECIFICATION

2 x Freescale 56367 running at 150MHz

2 x 24-bit Multi-bit delta-sigma DACs with 128x oversampling Crossover minimum-phase at 2.6kHz

Bass protectionResponse correction for the whole system
User tone controls.

Analogue/digital volume and phase control

DISPLAY

Eight-character display with system lights, can be blanked

 

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT

HEIGHT: 201mm [7.9in]

WIDTH: 735mm [29in]

DEPTH: 267mm [10.5in] (At deepest point)

WEIGHT: 35kg [77.1lbs]

POWER

20VA standby: 600VA max

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