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Meridian Intros
Flagship DSP8000 XE
Active Loudspeaker
The first product it says to result from
Meridian's Extreme Engineering Program
incorporates new Precision Sonic
Transport design concept.
By Arlen Schweiger
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
digital active loudspeaker
specialist Meridian Audio
introduced a new flagship
model, the DSP8000 XE,
which it says is the first to
result from the venerable
U.K. audio company's Extreme
Engineering Program
that began more than six
years ago.
As the company explains
of that research & development
project, the Extreme
Engineering Program
leverages psychoacoustics
and expert engineering " to
re-imagine every element of
Meridian's product platforms,
including both software and
hardware. "
A major development
Meridian says of its R&D is a
new design concept, Precision
Sonic Transport (PST),
which the $125K DSP8000
XE is the first to incorporate,
with further product developments
to be announced,
the company adds (on the
architectural side of reference
performance, it showed
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the lofty DSP750 in-wall
models during Integrated
Systems Europe in 2020).
Introduced in November,
the DSP8000 XE is built on
a new audio architecture,
using higher specification,
more powerful components,
according to the company.
Among the highlights:
Atlas Software Core. A new
audio processing and control
platform that incorporates
Meridian's most powerful
DSP engine to date, Atlas
Software Core facilitates
new enhancement technologies
and features. Meridian
says it also yields even more
performance from its existing
proprietary technologies.
R1 Electronics Platform. The
essential hardware infrastructure
that deploys the
Precision Sonic Transport
design concept in DSP8000
XE, the company says. It
has new, digital and analog
circuitry and signal enhancing
developments.
With production slated to start in March, the sleek and powerful
DSP8000 XE speakers from Meridian will run $125K.
Command Board: Processing
center dedicated
to the DSP engine and
controlling the functionality
of the speaker.
Sync-Link: Transporting
precision re-clocked digital
audio via shielded RJ45
links from the Command
Board to the new DAC
boards.
New DACs and Amplifiers:
Separate dedicated
higher-performance DAC
boards and more powerful,
application-specific amplifier
boards are hard-wired
via short balanced audio
connections to minimize
signal interference.
Next-Generation Drive
Units. Meridian used advanced
drivers throughout to
elevate performance.
" DSP8000 XE embodies
all of Meridian's core values
and breaks new ground
in Meridian loudspeaker
performance with the first
implementation of our Precision
Sonic Transport design
concept, " John Buchanan,
Meridian Audio CEO, stated
after recently previewing
the new flagship digital active
speaker for dealers and
distributors.
" The all-new hardware and
software platforms combine
to unleash a new level of accuracy,
power and emotional
connection, and the result is
a holographic sound experience
so immersive that it's as
if the loudspeakers are not in
the room. "
The company says orders
are being taken for the
DSP8000 XE, whose production
is slated to begin in
March 2022.
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