Meridian announces 271 Digital Theatre Controller, able to integrate any AV processor with DSP loudspeakers

posted on Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 by Steve May

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Meridian Audio has announced the 271 Digital Theatre Controller, designed to integrate any analogue or digital AV processor on the market with Meridian’s DSP loudspeakers.

“The ambition to generate maximum performance and the ultimate audio fidelity from any source is in Meridian’s DNA,” explains Barry Sheldrick, Meridian’s Director of Sales. “That’s exactly what the 271 does for home cinema. For the first time, this Digital Theatre Controller enables the integrator to benefit from our DSP speaker technology using their processor of choice, giving their clients the best possible experience. As clients continue to move from physical media to streaming content, where lossy, low resolution codecs are the norm for the foreseeable future, our 271 is also the premium performance option for Atmos, Auro and DTS-X 3D formats.”

271 Front View Crop

271 Provisional Rear View Crop

Equipped with Meridian High Resolution (MHR) technology the 271 offers 16 channels of analogue audio on any combination of single-ended or balanced input connections (RCA phono or 2 x 8 channel DB25 connectors);  16 + 4 digital audio outputs on SpeakerLink connections for use with Meridian DSP loudspeakers; 16 + 4 analogue audio outputs on unbalanced RCA connectors to allow simple integration of Meridian DSP speakers with passive loudspeakers; Optional balanced digital input options available to support 16 channels of digital audio fed from processors including those from Trinnov, Datasat and Storm Audio (2 x RJ45 and 1 x DB25).

The company says multiple 271’s can be used where more channels are required (such as 32 or 48).

A key focus for Meridian in the design of the 271 has been ease of installation and integration. The 271 is only 2U high and is designed for easy rack-mounting. Integrating the 271 into an existing AV system is siml;ified with the provision of an IP controlled set up and configuration platform, and there are control modules for a number of third party systems.  As with all 200 series components, the 271 runs cool and requires no ventilation.

Rayner Sheridan, Meridian’s Director of Marketing commented, “it seems very fitting that as we celebrate our 40th anniversary we are releasing a product that embodies the fundamental core philosophies of Meridian and our ongoing commitment to provide unrivalled, high performance audio solutions. This ethos remains as strong today as it did in 1977, and will continue long into the future of the company.”

The 271 will retail for £1,500/$2,000  (for the analogue version).  It will ship in September.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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