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Media Core 200
Here you will find all of the information that you require to get the most out of your Media Core 200.
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Some form of control interface is required – this can be provided using iPad, iPhone, PC or Mac. The Media Core 200 must be connected to an Ethernet network (Internet connection is required to access streaming services and Internet radio.)
This can be seen by running the program “Meridian Sooloos Configure” on a PC connected to the Sooloos network. It is also shown in the relevant section of the “Devices” area when using Touch PC or a Control 10/15. Other, third-party network scanning tools can be used too.
The LED pulses during start-up and shut-down and it lights solidly during normal operation.
The Media Core 200 is not fitted with any internal fan-cooling, relying instead on convection to allow heat to escape through the vents in its casework. It is therefore designed to be used in an upright position in a location with sufficient through-flow of air.
Check-boxes are available for “DHCP”, “Fixed Analogue Output Volume” and “Force 1x Digital Output Sampling Rate.”
Unless the “receiver” product is extremely old, a digital connection should be used. All Meridian products introduced since 1993 which feature both analogue and digital inputs convert their analogue inputs to digital signals internally. The use of an analogue connection would add unnecessary conversion between the digital and analogue domains. Even with the use of high-quality circuitry, this superfluous conversion can only degrade sound-quality.
This will depend on the internal design of the “receiver” product. Overall performance of the two connection methods is affected by many aspects of the two respective audio paths through the system. If the receiver product converts its analogue inputs into the digital domain, then it is usually advisable to use a digital connection. This will bypass superfluous conversion between digital and analogue formats. If the receiver product converts its digital inputs to the analogue domain, this this process will have to be carried out extremely well to exceed the sound-quality offered by the analogue outputs on the Media Core 200. Ultimately, listening tests may be the best arbiter of performance.
No, the two connection methods are not directly compatible. However, there are third-party devices which convert between the two connection methods. These adapters require a power source – usually in the form of a wall-wart mains PSU – but they are usually mall and easy to accommodate within a system. Even the relatively affordable models of these coaxial-to-optical adapters usually offer acceptable performance.
The Media Core 200 is capable of upsampling 44.1kHz and 48kHz audio to 88.2kHz and 96kHz respectively. If the product “downstream” of the Media Core 200 is not capable of receiving digital signals running at these higher rates than the upsampling must be switched off by selecting “Force 1x Digital Output Sample Rate”
No. If more storage is required, it can be added using another device; either an additional Sooloos product or a QNAP NAS can be used to achieve this.