Meridian G08 CD Players

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)


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G08 24-bit Upsampling Compact Disc Player


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

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2009

Bottom Line:   
A friend of mine brought one a few months ago when I was still using a Meridian G98DH transport a very good machine but due to wanting a cd only machine & a s/h one coming up at bargain price could'nt turn it down :)
I tested both machines side by side & the G08 is better for music there was not a huge gap but better separation tighter bass more detail etc,Meridian is good smooth detailed kit always erring towards the same quality sound anyone who says the G08 is bright it's ether mismatched or the brightness is elsewhere in your system certainly not the player.
If you use glass shelved racks thats a main culprit for brightness since Iv made my own perspex/carbon legged diy rack I had to sell all my isolation products cos they just compress the dynamics of the soundstage on all my kit.

Anyhow back the the G08 in use it's superb the way it can convey a huge inky black space between notes revealing huge beyond wall over & above your head in all directions imaging never getting to harsh or bright with female vocals brass etc bass is quite a bit deeper than i had before & I thought that was the best it could get amazing how wrong you can be with newer kit.

To go beyond this level it'd take a special machine maybe a Wadia or Esoteric but costs will soar & can one justify if your getting the best from them in a given setup ?

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



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

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Meridian G08 player to replace an Ayre CX7e. I auditoned the Ayre at a local dealer in a system consisting of all Ayre components and Piega monitors. In that system it was a great performer, with explosive dynamics and great low level resolution. I was sold. Now, ofcourse, like any other component, a CD player's performance is system dependent, and in my system, comprised of a Balanced Audio Technology integrated amplifier and Aerial Acoustics Model 6s floorstanders, the Ayre proved to be fatiguing. Even after 100s of hours of play, it still proved to be too bright and forward to me.

My search for a replacement led me to audition the Meridian. I also planned to audition a McIntoch player, but after listening to song after song on the Meridian, I knew my mind was made up. The Meridian was smooth, silky, dynamic, and refined, all at the same time. It offered all the detail you could want, but was utterly unfatiguing. I brought in a broad range of recordings to audition the Meridian with, from artists including Fiest, Jill Scott, Dave Brubeck, Wilco, Allison Krause and Sade. Every song I listened to was absolutely thrilling. (I am sure it didn't hurt that the system I auditioned it on included Bryston and McIntosh integrated amps and Dali Euphonia and Linn Akurate speakers)

I bought the Meridian the same day and hooked it up to my system (BAT and Aerial Acoustics). I am happy to say that it provided the same gorgeous, smooth, silky performance in my system that it had in the store. The Meridian does not highlight any frequency range above any other, offering an extremely well balanced sound. Its bass response and impactfulness continue to impress.

The unit I purchased was a store demo so it was fully broken in by the time I got it. I have owned the unit for about three weeks and in that time hardly a day has gone by that I did not play at least one or two cds on it. In fact I have had several two to three hours listening sessions with nary a hint of fatigue. Female vocals are rendered with all the breath and high frequency extension the recordings offer up, without a trace of grain or edginess. This was proved out when listening to Allison Krause on "Jacob's Dream" and Fiest throughout her "Reminder" CD. The voices of Sade and Norah Jones are presented in all their smooth, lush, rich glory. Guitars, drums cymbals, horns of all sorts, strings, you name it, are all presented with great tonal accuracy and depth. Whether playing music loud or soft, this player will bring you closer to the music.

I have auditioned players from Ayre, Rega, and Arcam, and I must say that the Meridian smoked them all in its ability to remain composed at the highest frequencies. The Meridian's bass output is every bit the equal of the Ayre, and it offers all the suave sophistication of the Arcam FMJ CD 36, but with more life and excitement. The Rega Apollo is a great CD player at its price, but it cannot begin to compete with the Meridian in resolving complex musical passages.

In sum, I have no criticisms of this player. No matter what your budget I recommend giving the Meridian an audition. The Meridian will be staying in my system for a long time.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   local dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Boy a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Bottom Line:   
At this price the Meridian G08 can hardly be considered real value for money......but you might be surprised! What this machine offers is an awful lot even for £2500, for example you have one of the most fetching looking compact disc machines in the history of CD, a CD player that sounds as impressive as any machine worldwide including those 'twice' the price, and finally a machine that is really well built....like a rolls royce car. The one thing I really like about the G08 is that it sounds REALLY powerful at low volume which means you can listen for hours on end without fatigue.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Musical Images



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

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I found the Meridian to have the deeper soundscape, with pinpoint location of instruments.
It`s ok accept the price

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Indonesia



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

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
The sound of this player is hard to beat - by any player. It needs quite some time to burn-in properly but eventually it will give you everything you have been looking for. In addition to all positive attributes you can imagine when describing the sound of a cd player it will take you inside the music on an emotional level. With the G08 the music comes alive and thrills you to the bone. In comparison, other players just reproduce the music.

A little turnoff are the three wobbly buttons on the left and the simple CD-ROM transport. The tray is pretty loose on my unit and that takes away the highend look & feel. Last but not least I would expect a digital in on players in that price range. It would be so cool to be able to connect other digital sources (like computers) to it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006




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