The Meridian 861 sits at the heart of the theatre, linking all of your audio sources such as Blu-ray disc players, at the highest quality.

Featuring our patented filter which makes standard resolution sources sound like high-resolution and Meridian Room Correction (MRC), the 861 also adds extensive connectivity options. Its modular approach delivers complete isolation between analogue and digital signals for world-leading performance.

Surround Sound

Reference 861V8

The most advanced example of our ground-breaking DSP control and processing system for the very highest-quality audio performance. Featuring Meridian’s patented filter which upsamples standard resolution sources to high-resolution, the 861 also adds extensive connectivity to a system. Its modular approach delivers complete isolation between analogue and digital signals for world leading performance

Meridian Room Correction

Unwanted resonances within the room are minimised using sophisticated filters designed to mitigate the decay times as well as the amplitude of problem frequencies.


Meridian Q-Sync deploys Meridian's multiple “First In, First Out” buffering system which minimises jitter, ensuring perfect timing and improved clarity.

Digital Precision

Meridian Digital Precision maximises the signal-to-noise ratio of the digital audio, ensuring the finest details of every song are retained.

True Link

Meridian True Link is an encryption method for transferring high-definition digital audio over SPDIF connections. It allows secure movement of digital audio whilst ensuring that the SPDIF clock signal can be transmitted with minimum degradation.

True Time

True Time is Meridian's proprietary Apodising Filter that avoids pre-ringing and cleans up the effects of early filters, converting pre-echo to post-echo.

Roon Tested

Roon Tested devices are profiled by the Roon team to ensure simple setup and effortless daily use.

Linear Power Supply

A high-capacity, linear power supply provides a solid foundation for superb audio performance.

Output connection flexibility

Features SpeakerLink outputs for use with Meridian loudspeakers as well as balanced analogue outputs for use with analogue active loudspeakers or conventional amplifiers and passive loudspeakers.

Customisable inputs

Up to twelve different sources can be assigned to any of the various input types; digital co-ax (2-ch and multichannel), optical digital, analogue (2ch and multichannel), SpeakerLink. Sources can be given custom names which suit the needs of the users.


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

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The Meridian 800 Series represents the pinnacle of technological audio innovation and, most importantly, designed and engineered to provide you with the most rewarding personal listening experience possible.

Sitting at the heart of the ultimate 7.1 movie system, the 861v8 links all your audio sources at the highest quality. The unit’s extensive connectivity includes a network socket for use with a Roon streaming system, and our patented digital filtering even makes standard resolution sources sound like high-resolution.

The Search for Authenticity

Understanding the perfect formula for sound: technology plus emotion.

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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.


Here you will find a quick overview of the product highlights and features.


Here you will find installation information and operating instructions.


Here you will find a summary of the complete range of Meridian products in one document.


The following cards are fitted as standard inside a Meridian 861 Version 8:

IA04: 6x Analogue Stereo Inputs, Phono. Can be configured as 2x six-channel analogue inputs

OE34: 8x Digital Output, SpeakerLink. L, R, C, SUB, Side L, Side R, Rear L, Rear R

IE44: 6x Digital Audio Inputs, Phono, D1 to D6 can be configured as 2x six-channel digital inputs with Meridian SmartLink performance. 2x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink. SpeakerLink Input, RJ45. Meridian Multi-channel High Resolution (MMHR) Input, RJ45

CO00: Control computer card. Complete with Flash memory, RS232 port for control and status, 3x configurable trigger outputs and 2x Meridian Comms

ID29: Digital Input card with 1x USB input, 3x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink, 2x SpeakerLink inputs, RJ45

ID41: Audio endpoint card with 1x network input (Ethernet) for connection to a Roon system or an alternative control interface

OA18: Analogue output cards each with 4x analogue outputs, XLR, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC (2 cards)


IA04: 6x Analogue Stereo Inputs, Phono. Can be configured as 2x six-channel analogue inputs

OA08 Analogue Output card, with 4x Analogue Outputs, Phono, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC


Front-panel facia controls for: Source, DSP, Mute, Volume, and Off

Hinged control panel provides additional swithes for: Display, Copy, Store, parameter menus, Assign, Calibrate, and Configure


HEIGHT:175mm [6.9in]

WIDTH: 489mm [18.9in]

DEPTH:411mm [16.2in]


As standard – 14kg (31lbs)


20-character dot-matrix display: adjustable brightness and contrast

Lights for Dolby, Digital, THX, DTS, and MPEG




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