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.
Room shape, size, furnishing and loudspeaker positions all influence the sound of any system. The result is often uneven sound - low frequencies are too loud in some places and too quiet in others. Meridian's Room Correction system uses powerful DSP to smooth out uneven room resonances for clearer sound and better imaging.
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.
Music, movies and other sources each need their own settings to play correctly. Usually you have to select the right settings yourself. A Meridian system, however, analyses the incoming content and automatically selects the correct group of settings – we call them presets – for the source. You just sit back and enjoy the experience.
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.
CORE CARDS: 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)
OPTIONAL 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
CONTROLS: 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
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT:175mm [6.9in] WIDTH: 489mm [18.9in] DEPTH:411mm [16.2in]
WEIGHT: As standard – 14kg (31lbs)
DISPLAYS: 20-character dot-matrix display: adjustable brightness and contrast Lights for Dolby, Digital, THX, DTS, and MPEG