Meridian DSP 5200.2 Centre Speaker

£3,750.00

Meridian DSP5200.2 HC/VC DSP Active Centre Speaker is designed to complement the DSP5200.2, the DSP5200.2HC provides full range playback in a horizontal centre channel package. The DSP5200.2HC offers unique DSP technology that allows it to be placed on a shelf or in a cabinet without sonic penalty.

Like its larger sibling, the DSP7200.2HC, it is designed to sonically integrate with any Meridian DSP Loudspeaker including the latest range of In-walls. DSP5200.2HC is included in the Meridian Select program, offering 270 bespoke colour finishes making this centre channel at home in any décor.

Technologies

Sharing technologies found in Meridian’s entire range of DSP Loudspeakers, the DSP5200.2HC employs purpose built electronics that are housed within its beautiful lacquered cabinet. This approach enables the DSP5200.2HC to provide performance equal to passive loudspeakers of four times its physical size.

In addition, it incorporates the latest in SpeakerLink connection technologies, eliminating the need for large expensive cables to deliver high-quality sound. This combination provides the DSP5200.2HC with beauty both inside and out that cannot be beat.

Speaker Link

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. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.

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.

Tech Specs

  • Frequency response in-room within 3dB from 35Hz to over 20kHz.
  • Linearphasemid/top crossover.
  • Output >108dB spl @ 1m on music material.
  • Noise less than 15dB spl.
  • Overall distortion typically 0.02% at any frequency or level.
  • Meridian SpeakerLink in and out (RJ45)
  • S/PDIF digital input, 32kHz–96kHz
  • sampling rates at up to 24-bit with MHR support (phono)
  • ‘21/2-way’ acoustic reflex system.
  • Singleport (vertical model) or dual-port (horizontal)
  • 2 x 160mm polypropylene bass drivers.
  • 1 x 25mm composite-dome tweeter, silver wire, short horn-loaded
  • Two precision 24/192 oversampling converters for bass/mid and tweeter signals.
  • Active bass/mid crossover.
  • Digital and conversion electronics constructed using advanced surfacemount techniques and partitioned 6-layer printed-circuit boards
  • 150MIPS digital signal processor.
  • Digital crossover at 2.6kHz.
  • Response correction for the whole system.
  • Bass protection.
  • User tone controls.
  • Analogue/digital volume and phase control
  • Three 75W power amplifiers, one for each driver
  • 8-character display w/system lights
  • Dimensions (HWD): 903 x 300 x 356mm
  • Weight: 35kg packed

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