Meridian DSP8000.2


Every aspect of the flagship Meridian DSP8000.2 DSP Active Speakers design is in the service of reproducing music. The unique construction of a separate head provides convincingly natural voice reproduction, while the discrete bass cabinet provides effortless deep bass.

Its cabinet material, “Meridium,” was carefully chosen to have no influence on its reproduced sound. Even its beautiful lacquer finish enhances its performance.

Grace Under Pressure

The DSP8000.2’s engineered curved cabinet provides a graceful and perfect home for the high performance electronics. Designed as a complete system, the DSP8000.2’s five independent amplifiers are tuned precisely for the bandwidth and drive units they are attached to. This allows the DSP8000.2’s to play at concert levels without stress while achieving an efficiency that lesser designs strive to attain. Finished as standard in high-gloss black or white, the DSP8000.2 is also available in any of the 270 Meridian Select colours.

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.


Loudspeaker enclosures often vibrate, colouring the sound, making it less lifelike. Our most advanced loudspeakers use a cabinet construction material unique to Meridian: Meridium features highest-grade laminated plywood layers bonded to an aluminium core, allowing the loudspeaker to reproduce music accurately without adding its own sound.

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

  • Freq resp in-room 20Hz –20kHz ±3dB: 44.1/48kHz
  • ‘31/2’-way crossover system
  • Linear-phase mid–top crossover
  • 6th-order Linkwitz-Riley bass–mid crossover
  • Output >120dB spl @ 1m on music material
  • Noise less than 15dB SPL
  • Overall distortion typical: less than 0.02% @any freq or lvl
  • SpeakerLink balanced digital (2ch, RJ45)
  • S/PDIF unbalanced digital (2ch, phono)
  • 32kHz–96kHz sampling rates
  • FIFO memory buffer input for lowest possible jitter from almost any source
  • Four 24-bit D/A converters
  • 3x150W amps on bass (1 amp per driver pair)
  • 2x150W amps on midrange and tweeter
  • 150MHz digital signal processor (DSP)
  • Two separate enclosures: mid/top and bass
  • 6 x 200mm long-throw bass drivers
  • 1 x 160mm polypropylene (TPX) mid driver
  • 1 x 25mm dome tweeter, silver wire
  • short horn-loaded with protective grille
  • Gloss black or white piano-lacquer cabinet
  • Rear-panel controls for Power On/Off
  • Full control via MSR+ and RS232
  • SpeakerLink serial + bal/dig audio (RJ45/CAT 5)
  • Front: Multi-character display w/system lights
  • 20W standby, 920W max
  • Dimensions (HWD): 1350 x 400 x 528
  • Weight: 105kg each

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