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Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

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15 900,00 $

Recently, the headphone market has greatly increased in popularity, and for many it is the primary way to experience music. This choice is based not only on performance, but also feel, comfort, and style. It is with this in mind we introduce Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier.

With a new chassis design instantly identifiable as Meridian DNA, Meridian Prime delivers lifelike performance from any headphone and is designed to appeal to audio enthusiasts who seek the highest possible performance from conventional analogue audio sources.

PERSONAL SPACE

Meridian Prime provides three inputs, one dedicated and optimised to USB sources for computer audio, discrete pure analogue inputs on RCA for traditional sources, and a 3.5mm connection for portable devices such as a smart phone or tablet.

ASP, or Analogue Spatial Processing, is an option for “outside the head” listening through headphones.

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Despite its diminutive size, Meridian Prime echoes the design elements of any other Meridian product, including a double skinned, bead blasted metal chassis found on Meridian’s full size components. This ensures that noise is kept away from critical audio components for lifelike details that are critical for headphone listening.


The Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier can be powered by the wall- mounted supply provided, or by the similarly sized, and styled, Meridian Prime Power Supply for even higher audio quality. The use of an external power supply means that AC noise is kept well away from the pure analogue stages of the Headphone Amplifier.


Virtually all the active audio components are at the rear of the unit, as close to
 the connectors as possible to minimise 
the audio path length, and are essentially remote-controlled from the front panel. This is even true of the volume potentiometer, a high-quality Alps-type mounted near the rear of the unit, which controls the level
 of all outputs. A special flexible shaft coupling is employed to avoid microphony, resulting from operation of the volume knob.


An analogue output is also provided so the product can be connected to an active loudspeaker, or conventional amplifier and loudspeaker system for a high-performance simple system.


A 6-layer circuit board provides ground-planes and maximises signal isolation.


The product is DC-coupled, for outstanding low frequency control and overall audio reproduction, and absolute phase is maintained throughout.

INPUTS

1x stereo line input (2x gold-plated RCA phonos)

1x stereo line input (3.5mm jack socket)

1x USB input (mini-B USB connector) 


OUTPUTS

1x stereo line output (2x gold-plated RCA phonos)

2x 1/4in TRS A-type jack sockets (tip=left)

1x 3.5mm stereo jack socket (tip=left)

Relay-controlled power up/down muting on 
all outputs 


USB INPUT

<192kHz/24-bit sampling Meridian Resolution Enhancement 
technologies including upsampling and 
Apodising

Interface-powered: disconnecting USB 
powers-down all digital subsystems 


ANALOGUE SPACIAL PROCESSING

Audio processing circuits provide “outside the head” headphone listening resembling listening on loudspeakers

Two different modes plus bypass

Analogue switching.

Short audio path

CONTROLS

Alps analogue volume potentiometer with flexible shaft coupling from the front panel controls all outputs

Input selector button: push to select between line level, 3.5mm jack and USB

Analogue Signal Processing selector: i, ii or Bypass 


INDICATORS

1x, 2x, 4x digital sample rate indicators

A/B/Bypass Analogue Signal Processing 
indicators

RCA/mini-jack/USB input selector 
indicators

Power button illuminates blue in standby, 
white with all outputs active, green when preamp output disabled (hold button down to toggle) 


POWER

Plug-in PSU provided; may also be powered by Prime Power Supply for superior performance 


CONSTRUCTION

Silver metal finish uniform with G Series 


DIMENSIONS

Width: 160mm (6.3in); Depth: 150mm (5.9in) plus connectors; Height: 50mm (2.0in) 


WEIGHT

0.9 kg ( 2.0 lbs)

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