Meridian 556 Amplifiers

4.25/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $1595.00


Product Description

Power Amplifier - 100x2 Channels


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BKaz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Don't use this amp with the Meridian 501, please don't. The 501 is not very good, so go for the 556 or 557 with the 502 balanced amp instead (the 502 is a great pre.amp). That is still a great combo, while the 501 just blur the picture.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



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

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Any review is no substitute for your own ears but it's always nice to hear a user's opinion on any audio product. On to the 556: Build quality: excellent. Nothing to add. Sonics: being more a purist's amplifier than the result of marketing hype the 556 is not astonishing in any way; instead it is simply a very good link in the sound chain that does it's job of making "what comes into it" louder without adding any of it's own sonic character and for me this is why the 556 has a place in my home. Together with a stock Meridian 207 CD Pro transport (yes the old 207 A+B boxed bricks) and a PS DAC III into a variety of speakers (some presenting a difficult load) it has always and continues to provide a fatigue-free and very satisfying musical experience on the wide range of music I enjoy which goes from 'classic' rock to opera ... and just about everything in-between ... well except for RAP that is. Clean, fast, good pace and rhythm, there is nothing to not like about the Meridian 556. If you can get to audition one (with the right associated components - but that's true of all audio gear) do so, you're unlikely to be disappointed if you are looking for a power amplifier in this price range - a fair price when new and (IMHO) an absolute bargain at current used prices.

I have and use the Mark Levinson 27 (not the 27.5), a well-modified Adcom 5200 and others.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2006

Bottom Line:   
A great sounding amp. the 556 is low in distortion, very neutral in its presentation of Music and extremely capable in driving difficult speaker loads.

I also have a Densen DM10 integrated amp. ( an extreely musical amplifier, but not the most neutral one on the planet).

The sound of the Meridian is clean, accourate non coloured with an amazing ability to extract the finest detail of the recording, without becoming 'harsh' or 'offensive' to the ear, there's a silky smoothnes in its sound that leaves you in no doubt that you are listening to a very refined product.

Where my Densen makes listening to Music real fun, the Meridian presents a 'matter of fact' picture with a no nonsense approach that demands your attention to the full.

This of course, demands good recordings and a good CD player if the potential of the 556 is to be realised to the full.

Overall, a great amplifier mostly suited to Classical / Acoustic Music but capable of great performance with other types of material.

The build quality is superb, in the usual Meridian fashion, and its rather narrow width will make it popular with the 'other half' for aesthetic reasons.

I use mine with a Creek OBH 12 passive preamplifier and a pair of KEF Reference Three / 2 speakers.

CD player is courtesy of Naim Audio and vinyl comes from a Linn Sondek LP12.

This is one very happy owner of a Meridian 556.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Sydney Aus



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dizzydis a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Great amplifier. I have a Meridian CD player and pre-amplifier. Good combination. I use to have an Linn amplifier (intek) but this Meridian sounds a lot clearer. There is no sound colour and the power is enough to feed my Dynaudio's (Contour 1.1). Very stable sound and a good stereo separation.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   second hand



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

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Upgrading my 555 to 556 takes a whole year process. When I'm totally familiar with the sound of Meridian 555 (50w), I decided to give 556 a try (100w). The result came out fine and satisfying with my Dynaudio 1.1 speakers.
The strength of Meridian is smooth and fine to the ears. The power of 556 is quite enough to drive my Dy 1.1 into tears easily.

The importancd of the CD player makes 556 a dancing girl or a charming lady.

I really like the style of combo, 501 + 506. and though they're quite old now, but they still look quite NEW.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   second-hand dealer




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