Recently we were invited to check out the new Meridian showroom in SoHo. Of course being the audio and video nerds that we are, we were eager to see the incredible offerings from this high end British maker in person. After all, it is not all that often that we get to hear $65,000 loudspeakers in an apartment setting...
The Meridian showroom is designed to showcase their solutions in an environment that looks and feels very much like a luxury apartment. Of course, most Manhattan apartments we've seen do not contain a very large home theater room, but let's not split hairs. Here you will find everything from the compact M80 to the Reference 810 Video System, it's all on display just waiting to be demonstrated.
For those unfamiliar with the Meridian brand, it was founded in Cambridge, UK in the 1970s by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd two audiophiles who wanted to build better audio equipment. With backgrounds in Psychoacoustics, Electronic Engineering, and Industrial Design, it's easy to see why the Meridian products sound and look the way they do. One of the great things about the brand is although they have expanded and have products available outside of the UK, they stay true to their roots... every Meridian piece is still conceived, engineered, and built in the UK.
One of the items we found particularly interesting in the showroom is part of a DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeaker with cutaway so that you can take a look at the materials inside the loudspeaker. Of course the showroom is a great place to see the Sooloos products in action and navigating the massive media library was a cinch with Control 15.
If you are in the market for premium audio and video, be sure to make an appointment and visit the Meridian showroom. It is a great way to hear and see the Meridian solutions in action and to fully appreciate them. One can read specs on their site all day long, but it is another to be in the showroom and experience the slightly jaw dropping amazing audio and video quality for yourself. We are now no longer even remotely satisfied with our home How to Train Your Dragon viewing experience, thanks, Meridian.
[Images: Joelle Alcaidinho]