Meridian DSP8000.2 DSP Active Loudspeakers

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GRACE UNDER PRESSURE

Designed without compromise, the DSP8000.2 cabinet features a unique construction with a dedicated bass enclosure and a separate head-assembly for the midrange and high-frequency drive units.

Utilising a multi-layer, multi-material construction technique, the DSP8000.2 pushes boundaries with the most inert cabinet Meridian has ever made. The narrow, tapered shape of the head-unit offers optimum dispersion across a wide listening area. In addition, its design emulates aspects of the human form, which psychoacoustics suggests provides a more realistic performance.

Meridian DSP8000.2 DIGITAL ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKER

Psychoacoustics, the psychology behind how humans perceive sound, is applied throughout the design of the DSP8000.2, delivering authentically natural vocal reproduction and lifelike imaging. Deep, effortless and room-filling bass is produced without a hint of distortion by three pairs of horizontally opposed, eight-inch drivers within the bass enclosure.

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.

DESIGN

The Meridian DSP8000 is the ultimate expression of the art and science of loudspeaker design. Meridian’s flagship digital active loudspeaker sets completely new standards for clarity, dynamics, imaging and realism. It is, for example, one of few loudspeakers in the world that can accurately reproduce both the power and subtlety of a concert grand piano.

The DSP8000 is designed to reproduce sounds at up to full natural level while providing all the resolution required by high-definition audio sources up to 24-bit. Such demanding dynamics required a new approach to cabinet construction and selection of advanced drive units.

DSP8000 is constructed from the finest materials, including a cabinet made from "Meridium" – a special wood/metal laminate – and all electronic parts are carefully chosen for sound quality. The result is beyond words – listen for yourself.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • The DSP8000 includes Meridian's innovative SpeakerLink for simple audio installation with Cat 5 cable
    • ‘3½’-way DSP active loudspeaker
    • New filter and buffering design for superb performance
    • Eight custom drive units
    • One 150W power amplifier per bass speaker pair, plus 150W amplifiers for midrange & tweeter
    • Max output level 118dB spl

    Each DSP8000 loudspeaker uses six high-efficiency long-throw custom bass drive units. The bass units are mounted symmetrically in pairs on the sides of the bass cabinet, cancelling vibration in order to minimise interference with the mid-range and treble units. The treble and mid-range drivers are mounted in a separate sealed head assembly.

    The treble unit is a semi-horn-loaded composite dome design with a silver voice coil. The mid-range unit incorporates a cone made from a uniquely light and stiff combination of polymers to give unparalleled transparency.

    POWER AMPLIFIERS

    The drivers are fed by five independent high-power low-feedback power amplifiers mounted on a multi-finned extruded heatsink. 150W amplifiers are used to drive each of the three pairs of horizontally-opposed bass units, while separate 150W amplifiers drive midrange and tweeter.

    The combination of idealised magnetic design, careful star earthing, and very fast output devices gives the amplifiers extremely low noise, high detail, and fast bass. The whole electronic assembly is supplied from two substantial toroidal transformers feeding high-quality audiophile-grade capacitors.

    ADVANCED DIGITAL PROCESSING

    The DSP8000 features a new digital upsampling filter system that delivers an impressive improvement in the sound of standard sample rate (44.1/48 kHz) recordings. The filter is so advanced it can even clear up some flaws in the original recording. In addition, there is a new buffering system for even lower jitter. Overall the result is superb imaging and transparency.

    PERFORMANCE

    • Frequency response in-room 20Hz – >20kHz ±3dB (for inputs at 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
    • ‘31/2’-way crossover system
    • Linear-phase mid–top crossover; 6th-order Linkwitz-Riley bass–mid crossover
    • Output >118dB spl @ 1m on music material
    • Noise less than 15dB spl
    • Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level

    INPUTS

    • SpeakerLink balanced digital (2ch, RJ45)
    • S/PDIF unbalanced digital (2ch, phono)
    • 32kHz–96kHz sampling rates

    AUDIO PROCESSING

    • FIFO memory buffer input for the lowest possible jitter from almost any source
    • Four 24-bit D/A converters
    • 3x150W amps on bass (1 amp per driver pair)
    • 2x150W amps on midrange and tweeter
    • All upsampling and processing is performed by a 150MHz digital signal processor (DSP)

    CONSTRUCTION

    • Two separate enclosures: mid/top and bass.
    • Horizontally opposed and profiled bass system introduces minimal vibration to the mid/top enclosure
    • 6 x 200mm long-throw bass drivers
    • 1 x 160mm polypropylene (TPX) mid driver in separate enclosure
    • 1 x 25mm dome tweeter, silver wire, short horn-loaded with protective grille
    • Black, graphite or silver gloss finish with glass front bass cabinet
    • Also available in Meridian Select colours

    CONTROL

    • Rear-panel controls for Power On/Off. Full control via MSR+ and RS232
    • SpeakerLink carries Comms, serial and balanced digital audio via RJ45/CAT 5

    FRONT DISPLAY

    • Multi-character display with system lights

    POWER

    • 20W standby, 920W max.

    DIMENSIONS

    • 1350mm H, 400 W, 528 D

    WEIGHT

    • 105kg each