Meridian's DSP5200 offers a wealth of solutions

Meridian Audio Ltd. is pleased to announce that the DSP5200HC is now shipping, joining the vertical units in the DSP5200 series. The beautifully crafted horizontal center channel adds to the company's expanding line of unique DSP-based loudspeakers.

CEDIA Expo 2005, Indianapolis, IN, September 9, 2005 -Internationally -acclaimed Meridian Audio Ltd, based in Huntingdon, near Cambridge, England, is pleased to announce that the DSP5200HC is now shipping, joining the vertical units in the DSP5200 series. The beautifully crafted horizontal center channel adds to the company's expanding line of unique DSP -based loudspeakers - a concept originally invented by Meridian 15 years ago - for the highest quality audio and home theater systems.

The DSP5200 continues the elegant styling and advanced design of Meridian's flagship DSP8000 and popular DSP7000s, delivering both in a relatively compact package, the vertical unit measuring just 3ft tall. Indeed, many of the features that make the DSP5200 a truly impressive smaller loudspeaker derive from the larger systems in the line. Ideal for more spacious as well as smaller rooms, these loudspeakers will do justice to any system, in virtually any environment.

The DSP5200HC is designed for use as a center -channel loudspeaker, where the horizontal design avoids obscuring a display or screen, or in studio/mastering monitor applications where stand -mounting allows the loudspeaker to be positioned at ear level without any of the drivers being masked by studio equipment or a mixing console. It uses essentially the same components as the vertical model for truly compatible sound and performance, and has the same effective cabinet volume.

The DSP5200 models are self -contained, combining a 2 1/2 -way crossover design, three custom drivers, three amplifiers, two multi -bit delta -sigma digital converters, digital crossovers and computers to deliver an impressive, powerful and accurate sound with full remote control over bass, treble tilt, time -correct balance, absolute phase, tweeter axis and input. The latest technology gives the DSP5200 uncompromised, precise detail with pinpoint imaging and dimensionality in both stereo and surround. Advanced signal processing packs dynamics and bass into a size that defies imagination, while DSP controls allow correction of the frequency response for a variety of locations.

An enhanced basket design with sturdy clamp rings delivers the very best performance from the drivers, which are chosen specifically for their sound. The stylish, curved and tapered cabinet both increases stiffness and improves HF dispersion for a more natural top end. The ported cabinets are constructed of 19mm thick multi -layer materials, with proprietary heavy poured resin, and are inherently stiff with superior geometry and damping. The dual bass drivers use 160mm long -throw composite designs and the horizontal center cabinet vents through dual rear ports placed at either end of the cabinet, the rear of which is convex so that the ports are never blocked even if the loudspeaker is up against a vertical surface. This configuration, along with active operation and DSP correction, delivers a combination of smooth, powerful bass and very low mid -range coloration. The tweeter is a 25mm aluminum -dome, silver -wire design.

Each speaker incorporates an electronics panel in the rear part of the cabinet. The speaker accepts digital signals and has two inputs. The electronic design of the DSP5200 range as a whole is entirely new, and takes advantage of the latest advances in component design as well as techniques and approaches employed on the flagship DSP8000.

The latest miniaturized surface -mount components add control and improve linearity, while advanced high -value capacitors allow the power supply and its low -field true -toroidal transformer to be placed closer to the power amplifiers, offering lower inductance and improved power performance.

The input receiver uses a FIFO (First In First Out) memory buffer for the lowest possible jitter from almost any source. At the heart of the DSP5200 is a new DSP system based around a 150MIPS processor, running brand new software. A built -in circuit monitoring system handles both thermal and bass protection, without compromising either sound or protection capability.

High resolution, double -precision processing and upsampling, coupled with the latest 192kHz, 24 -bit DACs, ensure the digital signal path is second to none.

The three 75W amplifiers themselves are again based on those in the DSP8000, with the latest error -correcting auto -biasing technology, which runs the amplifiers with maximum linearity and minimum coloration, even at high levels.

The result of all this intensive research and careful, painstaking design is a digital loudspeaker system that out -performs anything of its size, while its visual design and elegance remain second -to -none.

Meridian products are carefully designed inside and out and the DSP5200HC - along with the standard vertical model - is available in a choice of black or silver high gloss lacquer, Rosewood, Maple, Cherry and Black Ash finishes.

The DSP5200HC is now shipping and has a suggested retail price of $5, 695.

Meridian Audio Limited is based in Huntingdon, near Cambridge, 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 now in emerging high -definition disk formats, and is the only UK audio hardware manufacturer to be a member of the DVD Forum. The company's optical disk players, DSP -based loudspeakers and Digital Theater 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 analogue systems. Meridian has recently become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Faroudja High -Definition video processors and projectors.

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