|Warranty length||2 years standard (5 years on registration)|
The following cards are fitted as standard inside a Meridian 861 Version 8:
IE44 6x Digital Audio Inputs, Phono, D1 to D6 can be configured as 2x six-channel digital inputs with Meridian SmartLink performance.
2x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink. SpeakerLink Input, RJ45. Meridian Multi-channel High Resolution (MMHR) Input, RJ45.
IA04 6x Analogue Stereo Inputs, Phono. Can be configured as 2x six-channel analogue inputs.
ID29 Digital Input card with 1x USB input, 3x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink, 2x SpeakerLink inputs, RJ45.
OE34 8x Digital Output, SpeakerLink. L, R, C, SUB, Side L, Side R, Rear L, Rear R.
CD20 & EF20: Internal (no rear panel) 48-bit DSP cards
each containing two Motorola 56367 chips running in dual precision mode,
each card offering 300 MIPS capability.
CO00 Control computer card.
Complete with Flash memory, RS232 port for control and status,
3x configurable trigger outputs and 2x Meridian Comms.
OA18 Analogue Output card 4x Analogue Outputs, XLR, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC.
OA08 Analogue Output card, with 4x Analogue Outputs, Phono, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC.
ID41 Digital Media System Card. Audio endpoint card with 1x Ethernet network, RJ45
Dimensions (WHD) 480 x 175 x 411mm
Weight: 13.5kg (30lbs)
Meridian 861V8 Reference Digital Surround Sound Processor sits at the heart of the ultimate movie system, linking all your audio sources such as Blu-ray disc players, at the highest quality.
Truly the brains of your home theatre operation, it represents the most advanced example of our ground-breaking DSP control and processing system for the very highest-quality audio and video performance.
Regularly revised since launch, the 861 skilfully combines award-winning performance with the very latest technology. Featuring our patented filter which makes standard resolution sources sound like high-resolution, the 861 also adds extensive connectivity including the award-winning Meridian Sooloos. Its modular approach means that as new technologies develop, the 861 can be easily upgraded, maintaining its world-leading performance levels as well as its value. There is simply no better way to the get the very highest audio quality from high definition sources.
The 861v8 core card complement includes: a digital output card; a new card with eight SpeakerLink outputs, for simple, single-wire connection to Meridian DSP Loudspeakers, supporting the latest set of SpeakerLink features including Enhanced Bass Alignment and Centre Elevation with supported loudspeakers; a digital input card with six coaxial digital inputs (configurable as two multichannel SmartLink inputs), plus two Toslink optical inputs, one SpeakerLink input, and one MMHR Meridian Multichannel High Resolution input; an analogue input card with six stereo analogue inputs (phono) with 96/24 ADC, configurable as two multichannel analogue inputs. Also new to 861v8 is a new USB input card for computer playback at maximum quality. The card also includes two SpeakerLink inputs and three optical digital inputs.
Meridian Room Correction
Room shape, size, furnishing and loudspeaker positions all influence the sound of any system. The result is often uneven sound - low frequencies are too loud in some places and too quiet in others. Meridian's Room Correction system uses powerful DSP to smooth out uneven room resonances for clearer sound and better imaging.
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.
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.
Music, movies and other sources each need their own settings to play correctly. Usually you have to select the right settings yourself. A Meridian system, however, analyses the incoming content and automatically selects the correct group of settings – we call them presets – for the source. You just sit back and enjoy the experience.
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.