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Inside Meridian’s NYC Showroom, Reference Theater

Meridian encourages dealers to leverage the reference home theater, 10-megapixel projection system in its new New York offices for selling to high-profile clients.

Arlen Schweiger · April 11, 2011
The video delivers what you would hope to expect from a $250K system, as the 810 Reference Projector revealed stunning black-level detail on aspects such as the dragon scales and image depth that really brought out elements in the landscape. For the CGI-produced Christmas Carol, detail like the facial wrinkles, wood grain and iron gates made the image seem incredibly lifelike.

“The goal is to trick you into thinking that you’re watching 35-millimeter film,” Forsythe says. “The thing that always gets me is that about 80 percent of that image we’re creating from the processor, because the projector is 10 megapixels (4096x2400) but Blu-ray is 2 megapixels (1920x1080).”

The sound quality delivered dynamics to match, exemplified by the extreme silence during quiet passages and extreme intensity that made me jump from my seat during one scene in A Christmas Carol. Combined with the attention to detail like chains rattling, floorboards creaking and Scrooge’s labored breathing, the DSP8000s and DSP7200s that comprise the theater’s surround sound complete this powerful package.

That’s why Meridian invites dealers to bring their uber-affluent clients to the headquarters in New York. “The showroom has proven to be a valuable asset to us,” says Robin Bogle of Advanced Home Theater in Miami. “We’ve already used their space to close a high-profile client on Meridian who was otherwise not interested in stepping into a retail store.”

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