Meridian's G Series Surround Controller Honored by CEA

Meridian Audio Limited is thrilled to announce that the G68 Surround Controller has been honored with the prestigious 2004 Innovations Design and Engineering Award.

Cambridgeshire, England, December 15, 2003 -Meridian Audio Limited recognized international high -end leader in digital audio and video for home theater and music systems, is thrilled to announce that the G68 Surround Controller has been honored with the prestigious 2004 Innovations Design and Engineering Award.

Innovations 2004 is sponsored by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Since 1989, this prestigious awards program has given manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their products judged by a preeminent panel of journalists, designers and engineers. As the most widely renowned consumer technology awards program, Innovations 2004 recognizes the best designed and engineered products in a variety of categories.

Meridian's G68 Surround Controller is a unique, modular, and upgradeable THX Ultra2 component serving as a digital -and -analog A/V surround preamp -processor with RDS/RDBS tuner. It is also one of the first Dolby Pro Logic IIx processors on the market, and provides a variety of multichannel inputs including two 6 -channel digital inputs, which accept Meridian MHR Smart Link signals from compatible Meridian disc players. By upsampling these signals, the G68 offers an improvement in sound quality from movie and music multichannel recordings. Numerous stereo digital and analog inputs are also present for audio and A/V sources, and balanced -out analog options are available. Flexible video configurations can include broadcast -grade switching incorporating multiple S - and component -video inputs and outputs. Its proprietary Meridian DSP room -correction system counteracts room resonances for outstanding real -world sound, eliminating `muddiness` and dramatically improving stereo and surround imaging.

The G68 is now shipping and the pricing depends on configuration ($6,995 to $8,995).
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) represents more than 1,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA`s members account for more than $80 billion in annual sales. CEA`s resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

Meridian Audio Limited is based in Cambridgeshire, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Allen Boothroyd and Robert Stuart. With a 25 -year history of innovation and development of the highest quality consumer audio systems, the award -winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in digital and analog audio reproduction. Meridian developed the world's first audiophile CD player, the world's first consumer digital surround controller, developed the MLP lossless packing systems mandated for use in DVD -Audio, and is the only UK audio manufacturer to be a member of the DVD Forum Working Group 4. The company's optical disc players, DSP -based loudspeakers and Digital Theatre systems are unique in the industry, maintaining a super -quality digital audio signal throughout the path from the source to the amplifier, and using digital signal processing to generate advanced crossover characteristics that would be impossible with conventional passive analog systems.

The G68 will be showcased during the 2004 CES Show in Las Vegas, January 8 -11, 2004 at Meridian's booth #17220 in the LVCC South 1&2 and also in the Innovations Award Winners Circle

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