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Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier / D-A Converter with MQA

Designed and built in the UK, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier delivers more immersive, authentic sound from your headphones.

Personal listening on headphones is now one of the most common ways in which we experience music. Whether it’s to enjoy music on the move, or to listen without disturbing others, headphones can put you in closer touch with your music – if it’s done properly.Meridian’s Prime Headphone Amplifier is headphone listening done right. It features an extremely high quality analogue signal path, powerful amplifier, multiple inputs and even special Analogue Spatial Processing to help you forget you’re listening on headphones at all.

This product is MQA-ready.* Allowing you to experience the full, intricate detail of a live performance for the first time in the history of recorded music. Find out more

“The Prime is a top-class headphone amplifier and a surprisingly talented stereo preamp. Treat the DAC section as a nice bonus too”. What Hi-Fi? Read full review here.


  • Analogue signal path throughout
  • 6-layer PC board for maximum signal isolation and enhanced performance
  • Analogue Spatial Processing offers dual-mode loudspeaker-like listening on headphones – with bypass
  • Audio components mounted near rear-panel sockets for ultra-short signal path
  • Analogue logic switching
  • USB 2.0 asynchronous playback at up to 192kHz/24-bit featuring Meridian resolution-enhancement technology including low-jitter clocking, upsampling and Apodising.
  • Externally-powered USB input: disconnecting deactivates all digital electronics
  • Dual 1/4in stereo headphone sockets with separate-wire grounding (may be used with separately-wired headphones) plus 3.5mm stereo jackHigh-quality gold-plated sockets
  • Headphone-only mode powers down preamp output
  • Analogue volume control driven from front panel via flexible coupling to minimise microphony
  • Relay muting on power-up and power-down for thump-free operation.
  • Hand made in Meridian’s state-of-the-art headquarters near Cambridge, UK.
  • New, elegant and durable metal enclosure design by Allen Boothroyd, double-skinned for lower noise


In good condition 


This product comes with a 3 month warranty from the date of purchase.


Pickup from our Christchurch store or enquire for shipping rates.

  • INPUTS: 1x stereo line input (2x gold-plated RCA phonos), 1x stereo line input (3.5mm jack socket), 1x USB input (mini-B USB connector)
  • OUTPUTS: 1x stereo line output (2x gold-plated RCA phonos), 2x 1/4in TRS A-type jack sockets (tip=left), 1x 3.5mm stereo jack socket (tip=left) Relay-controlled power up/down muting on all outputs
  • USB INPUT: 192kHz/24-bit sampling Meridian Resolution Enhancement technologies including upsampling and Apodising Interface-powered: disconnecting USB powers-down all digital subsystems
  • ANALOGUE SPACIAL PROCESSING: Audio processing circuits provide “outside the head” headphone listening resembling listening on loudspeakers, Two different modes plus bypass, Analogue switching. Short audio path
  • CONTROLS: Alps analogue volume potentiometer with flexible shaft coupling from the front panel controls all outputs Input selector button: push to select between line level, 3.5mm jack and USB Analogue Signal Processing selector: i, ii or Bypass
  • INDICATORS: 1x, 2x, 4x digital sample rate indicators A/B/Bypass Analogue Signal Processing indicators RCA/mini-jack/USB input selector indicators Power button illuminates blue in standby, white with all outputs active, green when preamp output disabled (hold button down to toggle)
  • POWER: Plug-in PSU provided; may also be powered by Prime Power Supply for superior performance
  • CONSTRUCTION: Silver metal finish uniform with G Series
  • DIMENSIONS: Width: 160mm; Depth: 150mm plus connectors; Height: 50mm
  • WEIGHT: 0.9 kg