Meridian DSP8000 digital active loudspeaker Specifications

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Description: Remote-controlled, powered, three-and-a-half-way, floorstanding, sealed-box loudspeaker with two Meridian Comms ports (5-pin DIN), 9-pin D connector for RS-232 PC setup and control (null modem, 9600 baud, 2N1, no handshake), two digital (S/PDIF) inputs, and one digital (S/PDIF) output mirroring selected input. As supplied, handles input sample rates of up to 96kHz; FIFO buffer locks at 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96kHz, ±150ppm (LPCM or MHR encoding); 176.4kHz or 192kHz supported with special firmware and cabling. Drive-units: 1" (25.4mm) composite-dome tweeter, 6" (160mm) plastic-cone midrange unit, six 8" (200mm) plastic-cone woofers. Crossover frequencies: 200Hz, 2.6kHz, linear-phase filters, ±30 degrees realized in DSP running on two 100MHz Motorola ICs. Power amplifiers: complementary bipolar design with output-stage error correction and low feedback; three by 150W RMS (bass); 100W RMS (midrange); 100W RMS (tweeter). Frequency response: 25Hz-35kHz, ±1.5dB in-room. Distortion: typically <0.01%, or <0.02% up to full power at all frequencies. Noise and hum: <-94dB at all volume settings. Acoustic noise: <15dB SPL at 1m. Maximum acoustic output: typically >115dB SPL at 1m. Power consumption: 20VA idle, 900VA max.
Dimensions: 51.2" (1300mm) H by 15.7" (400mm) W by 20.8" (528mm) D. Weight: 231 lbs (105kg) each.
Finishes: piano-black lacquer; other colors available by special order.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: 10091A & B.
Price: $40,000/pair. Approximate number of dealers: 120.
Manufacturer: Meridian Audio Ltd., Stonehill, Stukeley Meadows, Cambs PE29 6EX, England, UK. Tel: (44) (0)1480-52144. Fax: (44) (0)1480-459934. Web: US distributor: Meridian America Inc., 3800 Camp Creek Parkway, Building 2400, Suite 122, Atlanta, GA 30331. Tel: (404) 344-7111. Fax: (404) 346-7111. Web:

3800 Camp Creek Parkway
Building 2400, Suite 122
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 344-7111

Kevin Johnstone's picture

This is quoted as 0.02% at any frequency or level. - This is at least an order of magnitude better than quoted for top passive loudspeakers. Can this huge improvement be heard? Is this why Meridian sounds different? Is this improvement because there are no analog crossovers but dedicated DAC and Power Amp for each driver?

steve59's picture

Meridian homepage offers multiple reasons why the finished product succeeds at recreating the recording.