Meridian DSP 3300
Meridian DSP3300 DSP Active Centre Speaker is ingeniously engineered to be versatile within your home, an ideal building block in a compact Meridian system.
The DSP3300’s precision-manufactured cabinet includes a rubber mount, enabling the speaker to be placed horizontally or vertically with no reduction in sound quality. The design is also suitable for wall mounting.
Centre Speaker Option
This speaker can also serve magnificently as the ideal centre channel, to complement a pair of compact and elegant DSP3200s or M6s. Used in a surround sound system, the smooth-lined DSP3300 will expertly handle any of the front, centre channel, and surround duties.
A testament to the effectiveness of our pioneering DSP technology, even the compact DSP3300 cabinet houses three drivers, plus the advanced electronics necessary to deliver room-filling sound equal to the performance level of a conventional speaker four times the size.
The traditional setup – amplifiers driving passive loudspeakers – is inefficient, limiting sound quality. Meridian loudspeakers contain a complete, matched audio system with efficient DSP crossovers, multiple DACs and driver-specific amplifiers, giving higher overall quality, less power use, and the performance of a traditional loudspeaker eight times the physical volume.
Traditional audio systems often require large, expensive cables to maintain their performance. Meridian's SpeakerLink uses an “Ethernet style” cable that delivers pristine digital sound and control down a single cable between Meridian components. The result is simple, unobtrusive, and cost-effective cables that are easy to install.
Triple FIFO Buffering
Each sample of a digital recording must remain evenly spaced in time. Unfortunately, timing can vary, especially when reading discs. This is “jitter”, degrading music's sense of space and diminishing realism. Meridian's multiple “First In, First Out” buffering system minimises jitter, ensuring perfect timing and improved clarity. You enjoy a clearer feeling of the instruments and their interrelationship.
Meridian High Resolution
MHR was the first approved encryption method for transferring high definition digital audio between components. Previously, it had to be in the analogue domain, reducing quality. MHR allows secure movement of high resolution digital audio within a Meridian system, without compromise, improving quality by reducing cyclic repetition.
Meridian Apodising Filter
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 for a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.
Wide Range Driver
Loudspeakers use crossovers to “divide” music into bands their drivers can reproduce. This introduces distortion, reducing sound quality – particularly on human voice recordings. Designing a single driver for both mid and high frequencies made a crossover within the vocal range unnecessary, avoiding distortion and reproducing more lifelike vocals at all volume levels.
Enhanced Bass Alignment
High or low, all sounds travel at the same speed, so all the sounds from a live musical event arrive at your ear at the same time, whatever frequencies they contain. Loudspeakers, however, have a problem when playing low frequency sounds at the same time as mid and high frequencies – the bass arrives late, and the deeper the sound, the later it arrives. This delayed bass causes music to lose its impact and reduces the sense of the recorded space – it is often described as “boomy”.
The goal is to have time-accurate loudspeakers, where all reproduced frequencies start and end at the same time. In a loudspeaker, this timing is affected by the crossover, driver, and enclosure type.
To eliminate the delay between low, and mid and high frequencies, Meridian has designed a combination of digital filters and time delays for the mid and high frequencies. This solution enables the mid and high frequencies to “wait” for the low frequencies, delivering perfectly-timed music playback.
Mid and high frequencies are delayed to time-align them, while upper bass is delayed with a special type of patented filter. These features must be implemented entirely in the digital domain, making them impossible to achieve in any passive or analogue-active loudspeaker design. Enhanced Bass Alignment provides accurate time-alignment of the drivers in the system, delivering exceptional imaging and a clear, transparent, more lifelike sound.
- Meridian SpeakerLink in and out (RJ45)
- Left/Centre, Right selector switch
- 2-way sealed enclosure system
- 2 x 165mm polypropylene bass driver
- 1 x 85mm aluminium cone wide-range driver
- 2 x 75W power amplifiers, bass and widerange
- Overall distortion typical: 0.02% at any freq or lvl
- Rear-mounted LED
- Dimensions (HWD): 206 x 555 x 235mm
- Weight: 11.5kg (25.3lb) per unit
- Use free-standing horizontally or vertically eg on shelf
- Rubber mount: place vertical or angle up when horizontal
- Wall mounting via König & Meyer 24471 bracket
- Recommended ?80mm (3.15in) clearance behind unit