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861v8 Surround Controller

861V8 REFERENCE DIGITAL SURROUND SOUND CONTROLLER
TOTAL PERFORMANCE AND FLEXIBILITY
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 including the award-winning Meridian Sooloos. Its modular approach delivers complete isolation between analogue and digital signals for world-leading performance.


Description

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.

'-A reference Sooloos zone delivers pristine lossless audio quality for all your music.
-Unique Meridian High Resolution up-sampling offers the best possible performance from all of your sources.
-Re-clocking of the digital audio signal removes timing errors for superior clarity and resolution.
-Multiple outputs which enable the creation of both passive and DSP based systems from the same Surround Controller.

ERIDIAN ROOM CORRECTION (MRC)
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.

SPEAKERLINK
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

FIFO BUFFERING
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.

SMART SOURCE
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.

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.

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 Ethernet network, RJ45, enabling highest possible playback
performance with Meridian Sooloos
-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

POWER
-26W

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