Meridian Audio joins Works with Sonos programme

posted on Thursday, 17th December 2020 by Steve May

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Meridian Audio now Works with Sonos, the certification allowing its audio equipment to seamlessly connect with a Sonos sound system.

The development allows Meridian owners to stream the more than 100 music services available in the Sonos app, and provides the ability for Meridian speakers to instantly wake and change inputs by simply pressing play in the Sonos app.

The Works with Sonos programme certifies products that seamlessly connect with the Sonos home sound system. The integration is available by simply pairing a Sonos Port or Connect with a Meridian 218 or 251 controller, and any loudspeakers that are connected to the controller.

To set integration up, integrators should connect Sonos Port or Sonos Connect to the coax digital input on the Meridian controller. By setting the Sonos product to Pass Through in the Sonos app, it ensures a fixed digital output that will provide maximum resolution at all times. Integration is made simple via the Meridian control app or web interface. Once set up, the Meridian system can be grouped with other Sonos devices on the network using the Sonos app or it can be enjoyed independently.

Once done, Meridian products will seamlessly connect with Sonos, instantly waking, changing inputs, and playing at the desired volume when initiated using the Sonos app.

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Sonos may not offer native hi-res audio, but any product plugged into the Meridian controller benefits from a full suite of resolution enhancements. This means that audio streamed from the Sonos S2 app will benefit from de-jittering, Fifo, upsampling, and apodising, which is designed to take a standard resolution source and increase that resolution.

Barry Sheldrick, Director of Sales at Meridian, describes this as a key move in enabling integrators to easily connect a high-performance zone from Meridian, while offering the client the Sonos user interface they’re comfortable with.

“We’ve already had fantastic feedback from integrators who have been on our beta test programme,” he says. “They see this as a great opportunity for their clients and their business. A simple, scalable solution, offering the best possible audio quality from Sonos’ great user experience.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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