I've been auditioning quite a few CD players lately to upgrade my system. I went to a local dealer the other day that happens to carry Meridian, they had the 808 Reference CD player on display. Meridian was not on my list but I decided to check it out anyway.
Words can't describe the experience, it was amazing, the amount of detail this player extracts is something special. I brought with me the 'Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet' cd, I have listened to this album countless times over the years. I went into shock when I started to play track 2, "You're my everything". Between :25 and :30 of this track while Miles is talking, I could clearly hear someone walking on hardwood floors, I could even hear the wood floors screeching with each footstep. Not only that, this was amazingly hollograpically projected right in front of me, I actually felt someone walking right in front of me. Now, I have played this track in other 'reference' players, NONE of them have extracted this level of detail, even players that cost more than this one, not even a Levinson (i can't remember which model) I once took home for auditioning. I'm not talking about a subtle if-you-pay-close-attention type of detail here, this was effortlessly projected. I'm curious if some of you guys out there with high flying systems happen to have this cd and can hear the same thing I did. I can't afford the price tag of the 808, but if there's another player that even comes close to this I'd take it.