818V3 REFERENCE AUDIO CORE
FLEXIBILITY MEETS PERFECTION
The ultimate home audio system hub, the 818v3 Reference Audio Core is the highest performance two-channel preamplifier and Sooloos end-point manufactured by Meridian. This is a high-performance pre-amplifier with a full suite of the unique resolution enhancement technologies that have made Meridian famous.
With extensive connection options for all of your audio sources, the 818v3 also has our award winning Meridian Sooloos end point built in, for the ultimate streaming experience. The 818v3 also contains a brand new DSP chip that offers lip-sync control and DSD playback (DoP) and full MQA support.
Meridian has been designing and creating state-of-the-art audio and video home entertainment systems for over 35 years. Meridian products not only sound unique; they look unique. Great industrial design is as much at the heart of the products as the electronics or the principles behind it. The design is not only there to look good: it also contributes significantly to the smoothness and sweetness of the sound.
'-Multiple analogue and digital inputs enable connection to any source within a system.
-Unique Meridian High Resolution up-sampling offers the best possible performance from all of your sources.
-A reference Sooloos zone delivers pristine lossless audio quality for all your music.
-Re-clocking of the digital audio signal removes timing errors for superior clarity and resolution.
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.
MERIDIAN APODISING FILTER
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.
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
AUDIO OUTPUTS- ANALOGUE
-1x unbalanced on phono, 1x balanced on XLR-3M, rendering of decoded MQA streams
AUDIO OUTPUTS - DIGITAL
-Coaxial S/PDIF ≤96kHz/24-bit
-Twin SpeakerLink, RJ45 balanced (AES/EBU) digital interface for single-cable connection to other
Meridian equipment, ≤96kHz/24-bit with MHR, and MQA signals for rendering by Meridian DSP
AUDIO INPUTS - ANALOGUE
-6x unbalanced on phono
AUDIO INPUTS - DIGITAL
-2x Coaxial S/PDIF ≤192kHz/24-bit, DoP, 2x Toslink optical ≤96kHz/24-bit, 1x SpeakerLink ≤192kHz/24- bit, 1x Asynchronous USB ≤192kHz/24-bit, DoP, MQA source decoding, DSD (DoP) native decode
-Meridian Sooloos System: RJ45 Ethernet connection
-Meridian Comms: 2x 240 degree 5-pinDIN, 1x SpeakerLink input with Comms, 2x SpealerLink outputs with
-RS232: 9-pin D-sub, remote control & configuration
-Triggers: 3x 12V (barrel connectors)
-Front panel: Source, Play/Pause, Previous, Next, Mute, Volume+, Volume-, Off
-Behind long door: Menu, Up, Down, Left, Right, F-Fwd, F-Rwd, Setup, Source, Display, Mute, Volume+,
-Remote Control: Via MSR+ (supplied) and RS232
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT
-HEIGHT: 175mm [6.9in]
-WIDTH: 480mm [18.9in]
-DEPTH: 411mm [16.2in]
-WEIGHT: 16.0kg [35.2lbs]