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#264300 - 2017-05-16 08:59 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: PiXeL8]
Ludwig Offline
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What I want, what I really really want is:
  • a 218 with a screen, front panel controls, and a nice case!

Needs to be family friendly and I don't want my 8-yr-old forced to use an iPhone to organise her TV viewing.
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#264301 - 2017-05-16 09:12 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: PiXeL8]
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Originally Posted By PiXeL8
Originally Posted By VirusKiller
Anyone fed a 176k or 192k PCM signal to the 218's coax inputs? What do the SE speakers say?
Fed 192kHz and my SL displayed 96kHz, afaik this is correct as 218 downsamples. That said, I suffered intermittent audio dropouts which I have yet to resolve.
Thanks, but I asked for what *SE* loudspeakers say. SpeakerLink has the ability to convey the capabilities of the destination hardware to the source. I would expect exactly what you see for 96/24-capable speakers!
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#264303 - 2017-05-16 09:34 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Ludwig]
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Originally Posted By Ludwig
What I want, what I really really want is:
  • a 218 with a screen, front panel controls, and a nice case!

Needs to be family friendly and I don't want my 8-yr-old forced to use an iphone to organise her TV viewing.


Should it support video too? And would you expect to use it in-conjunction with a surround processor or instead of?
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#264310 - 2017-05-16 14:54 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: GMT]
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Has anyone linked this into an all SpeakerLink 5.1 system with G65 or other processor, putting it between the G65 and the front two speakers?

Did you change your FR or FL to be the master speaker?
Did you also reprogram the G65 to take account of this?

How did you setup the 218 to turn off the rear speakers / pause the G65 when using it for MQA from Sooloos?
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#264320 - 2017-05-16 22:12 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: GMT]
Ludwig Offline
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Originally Posted By GMT
Originally Posted By Ludwig
What I want, what I really really want is:
  • a 218 with a screen, front panel controls, and a nice case!

Needs to be family friendly and I don't want my 8-yr-old forced to use an iphone to organise her TV viewing.

Should it support video too? And would you expect to use it in-conjunction with a surround processor or instead of?

No, just stereo is fine. Just a 218 in a nice case with front panel stuff. Obviously the 218 is for a different market.
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#264321 - 2017-05-16 22:38 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: AudioImages - Rick]
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I have now used my 218 for a couple of weeks and I can now say why use the 218 if you have an 861+ID41 or MS600 as endpoints.

To get an improved SQ I'm sure that you must have at least an 818. Maybe I can use the 218 as endpoint connected to my AD88.
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#264322 - 2017-05-16 22:59 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Ludwig]
GMT Offline
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Quote:
No, just stereo is fine. Just a 218 in a nice case with front panel stuff. Obviously the 218 is for a different market.
A modern day 562?
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#264324 - 2017-05-16 23:28 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: HermanAtHome]
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Herman. Would you say it's pointless to buy a 218 even for MQAmaterial over an 861 with ID40?
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#264329 - 2017-05-17 05:10 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Bee]
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MQA will not come out the other end. There is no pass through feature on an 861.
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#264330 - 2017-05-17 05:55 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Mtns]
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@Mtns
I think Bee is referring to comparing playing a file streamed from Roon through an ID40/ID41 into & then out of an 861, to the same file streamed through the 218, MQA decoded, with the 861 bypassed completely.
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#264332 - 2017-05-17 08:01 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: GMT]
dpstjp Offline
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Originally Posted By GMT
A modern day 562?
The 218 needs better connectivity to be a modern day 562.

I have two sources with mine (media player and TV) but I still need an optical to coax converter added where my AC200 was because the 218 only has one optical input.
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#264333 - 2017-05-17 08:04 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Bee]
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Registered: 2012-11-04
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I had earlier an ID40 in my 861 and I am sure that the ID40 was much better than MS600. I can not be sure but I think that the ID40 is a better choice compared to 218.
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