Meridian Audio named Manufacturer of the Year

posted on Thursday, 23rd May 2019 by Steve May

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Meridian capped off its participation in EI Live! 2019 this year by taking the trophy for Manufacturer of the Year at the Smart Building Awards 2019.

The award, ‘Manufacturer of the Year,’ comes after an impressive year for the brand. Its recently launched DSP640.2 and DSP520.2 In-Wall Digital Active Loudspeakers winning plaudits for their high audio performance.

Zak Vracevic, Director of M.E.G.A AV Installations and a judge for this year’s Smart Building Awards commented, “What I liked about Meridian was its new in-wall loudspeakers with their all-in-one design, properly designed back boxes, and integrated amplification with DSP. The back box is as important as the rest of the speaker, and there are many manufacturers still selling expensive speakers with open-back designs. Inadequate DIY back boxes can seriously impact the sound and performance of in-wall speakers. The in-built amplification is just the icing on the cake! Meridian are worthy winners of this award.”

On winning the award, Katy Bradshaw, Director of Marketing at Meridian commented, “Our passion is to provide the most authentic experience for our customers, no matter where they listen. Our goal is to enable more people to enjoy their favourite music and movies, wherever they are. We achieve this through constant product development and refinement which, combined with our evolving technologies, means Meridian remains at the forefront of innovation. This award win is testament to our dedicated team and commitment to the industry to have won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ is a great achievement for us.”

Meridian Design And Specification Service (1)

On the Meridian stand at EI Live!, Meridian showcased a range of audio solutions, including the new DSP640.2 and DSP520.2 models from its Architectural range, powered by the all-new Meridian Class-M DSP engine. The 200 Series was also on display, including the 251 Powered Zone Controller, 218 Zone Controller, 271 Digital Theatre Controller, and 258 Hi-Res Eight Channel Power Amplifier.

The Meridian team were on-hand to explain how its Design and Specification Service, which integrates its own products as well as those from Barco Residential, Display Technologies, and Cinema Acoustic Treatment Systems, can make it quicker and easier for integrators to specify the right products for the perfect installation. An extension of the Service, integrators can also create their own instant cinema and media room designs by using the award-winning The CEDIA Designer (TCD) software, which is offered for free to Meridian dealers.

In the show’s Technical Theatre, Meridian’s Education Manager, Hugo Fitzjohn revealed how to make multi-room audio more profitable. Hugo examined the size and shape of the market space, the common service providers, and the options available to integrate these services into multi-room systems to significantly improve the experience for customers whilst increasing profitability.

Meridian Audio DSP520.2

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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