Meridian Audio has extended its popular 200 Series with another high resolution innovation for home integrators. The new 251, pictured above, is a compact Powered Zone Controller with two powerful, cool-running channels of on-board amplification.
Enabled for hi-res audio, including Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), the 251 can act as an integrated amplifier, delivering 2 x 100W for two passive loudspeakers or a Soundbar for media room projects.
It can be deployed to run a 2.1 system with a separate subwoofer, using the unit’s pair of analogue outputs, or be used as the hub for distributed audio applications from single zone to whole-house distribution using the 251’s digital and analogue inputs.
This Powered Zone Controller can also be the endpoint for Meridian’s award-winning Sooloos music management platform as well as offering support for Roon.
Other Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies within the unit include upsampling and apodising filters, jitter reduction and lip synching to enhance the audio experience and eliminate signal timing and alignment issues.
Meridian claims it provides a range of versatile control options for seamless integration and flexibility within a bigger home technology installation. The 251 offers IP and IR control, a native iPad network control app and Meridian Sooloos control, as required.
Boasting a huge variety of applications, the 251 can be used in conjunction with a range of analogue speakers, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the quality of Meridian systems.
It is is priced at £1,25 0r $1,500 with 5 year warranty and is due to ship in September. Available for pre orders now.