Meridian 568 A/V Preamplifier

4.73/5 (15 Reviews)


Product Description

24-bit 96kHz DACs and 96kHz Audio Processing. High resolution upsampling to 88.2kHz or 96kHz 24-bit. FIFO memory-based dejittering system (previously only available in the 800 Series). Eight analogue outputs plus balanced outputs for the front three channels. Eight digital outputs for connecting to Meridian’s astonishing DSP speakers


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EP a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I own the 568.2
One of the best processors available and at the current price they are selling on the used market it's a steal. Audio sounds as good as anything else I heard, too many too list. This is all you need if you want to set up a home theater and still be able to enjoy the best audio sound when you are in the mood for music. My favorite option is listening to music in Trifieild, this directs the sound to your front and center speakers, it sounds unbelievable. It has 2 channel direct stereo for purists and I have compared this to many high end processors and the meridian was the top performer. It has endless features. If you see one for sale grab it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jwh a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Just got this beauty. I must say this is the finest sounding machine I have ever used! I recently upgraded from Sunfire Ultimate Receiver to McIntosh Amp and this Meridian. The sunfire was a fine piece but cannot hold a light to the delicacy with which music and HT are reproduced! I must encourage anyone interestef in Meridian to take advantage of the 568 line which is at a bargain since the release of the G series. I auditioned Anthem, Lexicon, Theta( both casanova and casablance), and EAD theater master 8000. Each wonderful and I would have been pleased, however, the Meridian is the best and the price is outstanding.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2450.00

Purchased At:   audiogon.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Bif Masterson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I traded my tube (Jolida, McIntosh) gear in Sept '02 for some a trip down Meridian lane. Listen, I'm not going to get into the age old debate over tube versus solid state gear - but, boy am I sorry I made this switch. My experience with Meridian gear has only left me more convinced of tube superiority. But to the review - Let's start with the remote - I've got smaller typewriters... How about looks - nothing really to look at - no glowing lights, no real heat disapation... One thing that really bothers me is the inability to tool around inside the box (I built a radio home kit on time - so I usually like messing around inside) - this thing is nothing but cards and epoxy boards... I guess I could write some sofware... OK - sound - let's just say after bing accustomed to a nice, smooth - well behaved sounding system, I was quite shocked at my first impression of the 568's jacked up, psycho accoustic mumbo jumbo, and totally unbelievable sound. Upsampling? How completely fake - modern mathmatics has proven that in order to accomplish this (why in the first place?) so much noise is brought into the equation that any benefits are outweighed by an unnaturally altered sound. Tripled buffered fifo memory - well buffering once is fine and isn't fifo an accounting term?

Too much trickery going on here for me. Give me back my tubes and turntable.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $5600.00

Purchased At:   Sneaky Pete's



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nils Fredrik Torp a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a fabolous product if you dont need a tape loop I use it with meridian 557 and 500. Else i've got the super senterchannel CC electra 901 with a Meridian monoblock to drive. The sound is stunning, even better than 588, 502 and557. I think they have made a troughlu imressive preamp, prosessor and dac. You can get bettter if you have a hole lot of ekstra mony, but this is a godie.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JayMac a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The new 568.2 MM is the finest Surround Processor/Preamp I have ever heard. The ability to upsample all 7 channels to 24/88 is a computing marvel. The ablility to accept DVD Audio digitally is a blessing. Frankly, DVD Audio is so superior to CD, the presence, detail, soundstage and analog-like coherence it is amazing. I've decided to just use the 2 channel information on the disc: main left and right and a pair of subs only. As I don't agree with the remixing decisions made by the studios in regards to instrument and vocal placements. The overall sound from the 568.2 MM is everything you could ask for: dynamic yet smooth, detailed with great depth yet full of body and soul. I truly believe that this will be in my system for a long, long time to come...

My system is:
Meridian 598
Meridian 568.2
Plinius SA-250 MKIV with the latest mods.
Plinius SA-100 II mono-bridged for Center
Bryston 3BST for the rears
Dynaudio Crafft mains
Dynaudio T2.1 center
B&W 7 Signature in-walls for rears
Pair of REL Storm III subs
All Cardas Golden Cross cabeling

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $7750.00

Purchased At:   JS Audio




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Meridian 568 or EAD theatermaster 8000

I currently own the meridian unit and like it a lot but am tempted by the anaolg pass through of the ead. Any opinions on the two like sound in both 2 and 5.1, build quality, service?? thanks for any input, JWHRead More »

Meridian 568

Have recently purchased a used version 1. How do you guys like this unit for two channel? HT? I understand it has a great reputation but unfortunately I have not been able to audition one. Thanks JWHRead More »

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