posted on Tuesday, 16th August 2016 by David Slater
Providing a stunning example of new tech meets heritage home, integration outfit Media Max has given the historic Russian Cottage, in Surrey, a Meridian AV makeover. The Russian cottage belonged to an offshoot of the Russian Royal Family, who shipped the entire cottage with them to England when escaping the Communist Revolution of 1917.
Homeowner Steve Peaks first encountered Meridian in his Range Rover. “We loved the sound they created, so when Media Max suggested them for our home, we were really keen,” he says. A visit to Meridian HQ was enough to convince him that it was the way to go. “When we heard Meridian’s speakers, we fell in love with them. The audio quality was absolutely incredible, it sounded so natural compared to other systems we’d heard. Seeing the facility made us feel we were in expert hands.”
Media Max drafted in a pair of Meridian’s DSP7200SEs for the main lounge, along with a DSP5200SE centre channel, two M6 speakers for the rear, plus a DSW sub-woofer – the cottage’s traditional wooden logs contrasting with the high-spec finish of the Meridians. Media Max paired a 65-inch Samsung flatscreen with a media server, giving the homeowners access to a library of movies and TV shows.
Media Max also used Meridian’s G55 power amp to drive three sets of outdoor passive speakers which provide music to the patio area.
As the homeowners tend to only use their lounge at weekends, spending the majority of their time during the week in the kitchen and dining area, so it was important that they could enjoy top-quality audio and video entertainment in the kitchen area as well.
To counter an unusual design, Media Max constructed a false wall 190 mm deep to house a Samsung 55-in TV and in-wall speakers. They required an audio solution that could fit into this space – enter Meridian’s DSP520 speakers. Their slim profile allowed an easy fit into the false wall, while still offering audiophile-grade audio. The plan is to add additional zones, as the homeowner expands their collection of Meridian products.
Meridian’s music management system Sooloos was deployed to provide Hi-Res Audio to the kitchen and living room, with each space assigned its own zone. Sooloos also offers single interface access to both a personal music library as well as streaming services such as Tidal.
For added convenience, Media Max integrated Sooloos with Control4. In addition to driving their music collection, the homeowners could also manage lighting and security.
“Working with Meridian on the Russian cottage project was a fantastic experience,” says Daniel Lee, Director at Media Max. “The products are obviously of the highest quality but, just as importantly, the support and customer service is second to none. They even helped us to colour match a pair of DSP3200 speakers to the Peaks’ Range Rover, producing a beautiful Balmoral Blue finish for the speakers positioned in the master bedroom. They have helped us to create a fantastic whole home audio solution that the client is delighted with, and we can’t wait to get started on the next project with Meridian.”
“We’re delighted with the results of the installation,” enthused homeowner Steve Peaks.
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