DSP5200.2HC Digital Active Loudspeaker
More than skin deep

The DSP5200.2HC provides full range playback in a horizontal centre channel package. Built by hand in the UK, each Meridian DSP5200.2HC is a Digital Active loudspeaker which uses Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology. This ingenious, yet elegant design means that the loudspeaker enclosure contains the entire system’s electronics including its amplification. With all the features of the freestanding DSP5200.2, the DSP5200.2HC provides full range playback in a horizontal centre channel package.

The DSP5200.2HC is ideal for mounting on a shelf, under a large-screen TV, or behind an acoustically-transparent projection screen and in partnership with other Meridian free standing or in-wall loudspeakers. The DSP5200.2HC features unique Centre Elevation adjustment technology which raises the centre image for the perfect movie experience.

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.

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

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.

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.


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 Search for Authenticity

Understanding the perfect formula for sound: technology plus emotion.


Meridian Speakerlink (RJ45) & S/PDIF digital input, 32kHz–96kHz sampling rates at up to 24 bit with MHR support (phono) and Meridian BNC Comms


1x RJ45 with balanced digital audio and control for 2nd loudspeaker.


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 20kHz


3 x 75w (225 w)


2 x 160mm polypropylene long throw bass drivers


160mm x 1


1 x 25mm Meridian piston in short horn, aluminium dome with silver voice-coil.


1 x Freescale 56367 running at 150MHz

2 x 24-bit Multi-bit delta-sigma DACs with 128x oversampling

Active bass/mid crossover - minimum-phase at 2.6kHz.

Bass protection Response correction for the whole system
User tone controls

Analogue/digital volume and phase controll


Eight-character display with system lights, can be blanked


HEIGHT: 201mm [7.9in]

WIDTH: 735mm [29in] (Max at base)

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

WEIGHT: 35kg [77.1lbs]


100-125; 200-250V AC 50-60Hz

20VA standby; 600VA max

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Containing all of the functionality needed to stream high res audio
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