Normally when someone mentions the name Meridian in consumer electronics discussions, the talk centers on digital audio and home theater.
Throughout its history, Meridian has earned a position as a market leader in the digital audio category and today, as the home audio market evolves, the company is proactively taking its digital expertise and applying it to categories like whole-house audio.
To that end, Meridian has announced its new 258 Eight Channel Power Amplifier.
“The new Meridian 258 Eight Channel Power Amplifier delivers a premium experience in a small and efficient, cold-running chasis that's easily integrated into multiroom audio systems and more,” says Ryan Donaher, vice president, sales and marketing, Meridian America. “As a brand that is committed to Hi-Res audio and delivering the best possible experience for any application, we understand the importance of seamless integration.
“That's why our design and engineering team is bringing products like the Meridian 258 amplifier to market, and what gives the custom installation community a real opportunity to offer something tangibly better. Moreover, the Meridian 258 offers a fantasically powerful and efficient way to drive passive loudspeakers at a price point that is profitable for the dealer and palatable by their customers.”
Easy Installation; Balance of Cost & Performance
The 1U-high amp incorporates Class D amplification technologies that enable the amp to produce 70-watts of power into an 8-ohm load, 100-watts of power into a 4-ohm, and because of its Class D architecture, the amp runs cools without the aid of cooling fans, which could potentially add noise to its operation.
The U.K.-based company also points out the 258 doesn't compromise performance and reliability either. The amp employs an aluminum chassis and audiophile-grade internal components that fully support the playback of high-resolution audio content in whole-house audio systems.
The amp's construction is designed to be robust to enable dealers to view it as a “fit and forget” solution.
MSRP for the new Meridian 258 Eight Channel Power Amplifier is $2,000.