Meridian Audio Products Are Now ‘Works with Sonos’ Certified

Meridian has gained the ‘Works with Sonos’ designation for its products, allowing them to work seamlessly with Sonos’ range of products.

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Meridian Audio is now certified by the Works with Sonos program to offer instant integration for its audio equipment with Sonos to seamlessly connect with the Sonos sound system.

This new integration option makes it easier for homeowners to enjoy Meridian’s high-performance audio capabilities while streaming from more than 100 music services available in the Sonos app by providing the ability for Meridian speakers to instantly wake and change inputs by simply pressing play in the Sonos app.

The Works with Sonos program certifies products that seamlessly connect with the Sonos home sound system. Now with added capabilities to automatically wake and change inputs, it’s easier for Meridian products to become part of an existing Sonos system or be the start of a new one. 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.

“I’m delighted that we have added a certified Works with Sonos integration to our award-winning zone controllers,” comments Barry Sheldrick, director of sales at Meridian.

“This is a key move in enabling integrators to easily connect a high-performance zone from Meridian, whilst offering the client the Sonos user interface that they know and love. Sonos is an incredibly popular platform that supports so many streaming services. Combining this flexibility with our resolution enhancement technologies and incredible loudspeakers is a perfect partnership.”

Meridian Works with Sonos Integration Easy

To set this integration up, integrators must 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.

With this Works with Sonos integration, Meridian products will seamlessly connect with Sonos, instantly waking, changing inputs, and playing at the desired volume when initiated using the Sonos app. For existing Sonos customers, this integration provides an easy way to enjoy Meridian’s high-performance audio using the simple and familiar interface of their Sonos app.

Any product that is plugged into the Meridian controller and compatible with higher resolution audio benefits from a full suite of resolution enhancements. This means that the audio that is 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.

“We’ve already had fantastic feedback from integrators who have been on our beta test program,” adds Barry. “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.”

“There is no doubt that the Sonos app has been a huge success among our clients,” comments Jean Laurent, President of BlueVision. “The ability to now control Meridian speakers with the same interface is giving us a chance to introduce more clients to high-performance audio in a very convenient fashion. It’s really a fantastic feature!”

The 218 Zone Controller and 251 Powered Zone Controller are available now, with the other products coming to market in 2021.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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