Meridian 208 CD player/preamplifier Review System
Amplification used with the Meridian 208 consisted of either an Audio Research Classic 60 or a pair of Mark Levinson No.20.5 monoblocks fed via 15' lengths of AudioQuest Lapis or Audio Research unbalanced interconnect.
Loudspeakers used during the auditioning included the Celestion SL700, Avalon Eclipse, Icon Parsec, Monitor Audio Studio 10, Infinity Modulus/Modulus active subwoofer, Meridian D600, and Dick Olsher's Black Dahlia design, all except the active Meridian bi-wired with 5' lengths of AudioQuest Clear.
For reference, LPs were played on a Linn Sondek LP12/Ekos/Troika setup sitting on an ArchiDee table with RIAA equalization and gain provided by a Mod Squad Phono Drive EPS, this feeding one of the line-level inputs of the Meridian 208. (The Linn was fitted with the new Lingo external power supply—enthusiastic review to follow shortly.)—John Atkinson