Meridian 218 Zone Controller
Meridian 218 Zone Controller has comprehensive functionality to create a Hi-Res audio zone accommodating both local and distributed audio. Equipped with lip-sync technology and digital/analogue connections, 218 is also an endpoint for the award-winning Sooloos platform.
Incorporating both digital and analogue input and outputs, the MQA–enabled Meridian 218 zone controller suits a broad variety of distributed audio applications whether in single or multi-zone mode. IP/IR control features are included enabling easy partnering between the versatile unit and any Meridian power amplifier or DSP loudspeaker.
Sooloos is Meridian's patented intuitive visual music management interface. It offers a simple solution for storing your CD collection, uploading digital music library or streaming music using TIDAL, all in flawless, hi-res audio quality. Meridian Sooloos can be controlled from anywhere on your network; simply setup for one or multiple zones on a range of devices including Mac, PC, mobile or tablet for one-touch access.
Video processing typically delays the picture. As sound travels slower than light, the effect of the sound arriving before the picture is highly noticeable. For installations where the audio and video are separated before video processing, the Meridian 218 has adjustable audio delay to realign the audio with the video.
Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result is a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.
MQA is a technology that captures the full magic of an original studio performance. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download so you don't have to choose between quality or convenience.
Using a complex digital filter, Meridian 218 can double the sample rate from a source to improve resolution of the finer details in the record. This means that even with a standard source such as CD, upsampling technology is able to significantly enhance the listening experience.
- Audio Outputs: ,Speakerlink: 2x digital ,RCA: Single output ,Analogue: 2-Ch unbal (192kHz DAC)
- Audio Inputs: ,Coaxial S/PDIF: 44.1-96kHz/24bit ,Meridian Speakerlink: 44.1-96kHz/24bit,Optical TOSlink: 44.1-96kHz/24bit
- Analogue Input: 1 x 2 Channel
- Meridian Sooloos: Via Ethernet
- IP Control: RJ45 connector
- IR: 3.5mm jack
- 12V trigger: 3.5mm jack
- LEDs: Source selection/MQA status
- Supply: 100/110-120/220-240V AC (50/60Hz)
- Dimensions (HWD): 42 x 204 x 150mm
- Weight: 0.56Kg [1.2lbs]
- 1U tall rack kit (space for 2 units)
- All-aluminium chassis