Meridian 861 A/V Preamplifier

4/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $13000.00


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JoseAlvarez a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Meridian 861 s/n 100803. Tested with:
Pioneer DV747 DVD Player, Marantz CD17 KI Signature, 5 Marantz MA500 THX Mono Power amplifiers, ProAc Response 2.5 front, ProAc Response CCone center, ProAc Response One SC rear speakers, Rel Q100E subwoofer, Van den Hul First Ultimate and Inspiration cables, Kimber Reference Powerkord mains cables, Kimber Powerblock, etc.
This Meridian 861 digital surround controller has been installed and set up in my home, customizing it to my system by Meridian Marketing Manager.
This unit should be, in theory, a truly reference to any home cinema system but I really cannot use it due its awful noise.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $21614.00

Purchased At:   Meridian



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by SergioGomez a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Meridian 861 s/n 100843.
This unit is part of the following system:
- Pioneer 747 DVD Universal Player
- 5 Musical Fidelity M250 mono power amps
- ProAc Response 3.8 front speakers
- ProAc Response CC2 center speaker
- ProAc Response 2.5 rear speakers
- Rel Stadium III subwoofer
- Van den Hul First Ultimate interconnect cable.
- Van den Hul Inspiration speaker cable
- LAT AC-2 mains cables, etc

The system above should be a reference music and cinema system.
As a reference heart of a digital theatre system, Meridian 861 seemed to me a very good machine until it turned off by itself in unpredictable way. After turning off, this machine was blocked. Once it turns on again the sound had been lost.
This failures on its basic functions can be repeated in any uncertain moment.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $21000.00

Purchased At:   Meridian



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zenga a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
simply the best processor money can buy worth every penny

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcus Khoo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2000

Bottom Line:   
It is the most expensive piece of hi-fi that I have ever purchased but I feel like it is a lifetime investment. This is the type of kit that you will have till the end of time. The modular architecture of the system means that it theoretically can be upgraded well into the future. I for one will want to keep it till I retire - and then would want to hand it down as an inheritance to my children. Since is it designed around a passive backpane with removable cards for inputs, outputs and processing power, it can be upgraded and upgraded. Now, that's now something you can't do with most other hardware.
I have it connected up to two DSP5000 24/96's, a DSP500C 24/96 with two Acoustic Energy AE1's for rears being powered by a Meridian 556 power amp.
It continues to amaze me - how clear and realistic the sounds can be from this combination - and with Trifield - well most of my friends are astonished.
If you have ever been to a hi-fi show and listened to top end gear and then gone home, put your own hi-fi on and been dissapointed then buy one of these and say goodbye to post hi-fi show blues.
At the last hi-fi show, I heard some pretty expensive kit such as Wilson Bensch, Naim etc. But, when I got home and turned on the Hi-Fi, well, I was grinning from ear to ear.
If you want to invest in a product that will stay with you for you entire audio "career" and you are fed up with a continual cycle of upgrades and system changes, then I would highly recommend you audition one of these babies. However, make sure you have a portable PC available too. If you don't then the configuration of this beast would be most difficult indeed!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $9000.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sammy Jones a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I think the others here have said it very well. I can detect a slight improvement with upsampling. I like the modular approach and the fact that it can be software upgraded. When comparing to the Lexicon MC-1 I was very surprised at how much better the 861 sounded, not just with music but also on any surround sound (DD,DTS,DPL). As a matter of fact, their DD sounds so good, its easy to get it confused with DTS! The price is expensive, but as the others have said, it is well worth it.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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