DSP5200.2 Digital Active Loudspeaker
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Designed, engineered and built by hand in the UK at our factory in Cambridgeshire, the DSP5200.2 creates authentic, natural and lifelike sound. Meridian’s world-renowned DSP technology and on-board amplification replaces a traditional, lossy passive crossover.

Crafted to fit small to medium sized rooms (20-30m2), the DSP5200.2 has a small footprint and modest height. Meridian’s proprietary Enhanced Bass Alignment technology (EBA) guarantees sound is time-aligned across the full frequency range, producing a coherence unattainable in a passive loudspeaker.

The cabinet of the DSP5200.2 is formed from low resonance, multi-layer, cold-grown, birch plywood and is available in standard piano black or white finish and an array of custom paint finishes which, in combination with Meridian’s Design and Specification Service, means you can design your space in your style.

Meridian’s latest DSP code ensures all audio signals, including MQA Core streams, are rendered at 88.2/96kHz regardless of the incoming sampling rate, maximising the potential of the loudspeaker’s DSP engine.

 

Key Features

Outstanding performance. Three powerful wide range 75W amplifiers deliver a maximum output level of 116dB 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.

We are the 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.

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

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.

WE ARE THE PIONEERS OF HI-RES AUDIO

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.

The Science of Emotion

Meridian’s incredible innovations can transport the listener to the emotions of a live performance.

AUDIO INPUTS

Meridian SpeakerLink (RJ45) & RCA phono digital inputs accepting 32kHz to 96kHz sampling rates at up to 24-bit, with MHR support

AUDIO OUTPUTS

Meridian SpeakerLink (RJ45) & RCA phono digital outputs delivering 32kHz to 96kHz sampling rates at up to 24-bit, with MHR support

PERFORMANCE

Peak SPL: 116dB at 1m

Noise less than 15dB SPL

Frequency response in-room within 3dB: 35Hz to over 20kHz

AMPLIFIERS

3 x 75w (225 w)

Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level

MID/BASS DRIVER

160mm polypropylene long-throw

LOW-BASS DRIVER

160mm polypropylene long-throw

TWEETER

25mm (1”) aluminium composite dome, silver wire voice-coil, dual magnet, semi-hornloaded

DSP FEATURES

1 x Freescale 56367 running at 150MHz

FIFO memory buffer input for the lowest possible jitter from almost any source

Bass protection

Response correction for the whole loudspeaker

Hybrid analogue/digital volume control

Balance control with proportional delay compensation

DISPLAY

Eight-character display with additional status indicators; can be blanked during use 

 

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT

HEIGHT: 903mm [36in] (Without feet/spikes)

WIDTH: 178mm [7in] tapering to 300mm [11.8in]

DEPTH: 220mm [8.7in] tapering to 360mm [14.2in]

FOOTPRINT (W x D): 300mm [11.8in] x 360mm [14.2in]

WEIGHT: 35kg [77.1lbs]

POWER

20VA standyby; 600VA max

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