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#253760 - 2016-09-21 14:47 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: GMT]
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Until I have a box in hand along with a command set, we will see. At the very least it will act in a similar fashion as a Distributor 1 so any input can be directed to the outputs simultaneously. Will it offer matrix switch type operation? That I don't know.


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Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 818v3, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Boston Acoustics Lynnfield 500L series 2, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
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Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#253763 - 2016-09-21 16:29 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: GMT]
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Originally Posted By GMT
Do you know how many simultaneous outputs are available? Also can everything inputted make it to every output possibility e.g. Can an analogue in signal come out through SpeakerLink?
If true, this must be the "Matrix Revived" can't wait.
Broadcast companies do this don't they! grin


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#253774 - 2016-09-21 19:07 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Originally Posted By CMB Integrations - Bruce
4 of these with the 258 provides a very capable multiroom system with Sooloos, MQA, other input switching all controlled via an iPad or other control system.

All of this for a grand is a pretty good deal.
Silly question, but any reason why you used "4 of these"? I cannot imagine there is a limit to the # you can use in a mutli room system?

On a related item. Do you get the sense they are doing more of these installer friendly devices? For instance. Would be great to have a 2/4 channel amp for remote location installation.

Finally, how will the products be distributed? Seems like these could see demand from a much wider set of installers. Limiting to dealers who DSP custom installs seems like it would severely limit its potential?

I agree, seems like a good deal!


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#253776 - 2016-09-21 19:49 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Yetis]
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Not a limit but an example of 4 258's with the appropriate number of analog stereo channels. I am not sure that they will be opening more dealers or even custom installation only dealers. The idea is to have products with a broader appeal and to get Sooloos and MQA into more hands. I would think if there was enough intrest in a 2 or 4 channel amp as you suggest, they would consider making them. Meridian was able to create three new products that are highly useful and desirable with off the shelf, in house technology. Pretty smart business move.


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Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 818v3, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Boston Acoustics Lynnfield 500L series 2, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
Personal System #2 F80.

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#253972 - 2016-09-30 12:50 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Hi Bruce

Any news on the spec sheets?

Cheers
Tom


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#254114 - 2016-10-06 15:10 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: AudioImages - Rick]
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I was just wondering, what is the minimal system to use the 218 for streaming? I suppose you can use Roon, but that involves extra costs. Is there another pure software solution? I have an Ubuntu server with the audio tracks (amongst things).

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#254119 - 2016-10-06 17:39 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Evdberg]
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Right now it is Sooloos or Roon


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Personal System #2 F80.

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#254120 - 2016-10-06 18:03 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Why not any other streaming option plugged into a spare input in a single room? I assume Roon and Sooloos feed multiple rooms?


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#254121 - 2016-10-06 19:03 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Mtns]
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Hi,

The term streaming is normally associated with USB or network data delivery.
As there's no USB port that only leaves the Sooloos network protocol ... hence the reply "Meridian or Roon".

There is a SPDIF input but that could only be used to stream if a 3rd party streaming endpoint device (like a SBT etc.) was hooked up to it.

Hope that helps.

Regards,
Carl


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#254123 - 2016-10-06 19:53 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Carl]
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Raspberry Pi and Logitech Media Server into the coax digital input?


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#254126 - 2016-10-06 20:24 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: Mtns]
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The beauty of the 218 is that it can switch between the coax, toslink, analog, or Sooloos endpoint.

So yes, it can be a Sooloos or Roon endpoint and have local source switching as well with variable analog or SpeakerLink outputs.


www.cmbintegrations.com

Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 818v3, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Boston Acoustics Lynnfield 500L series 2, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
Personal System #2 F80.

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#254129 - 2016-10-06 21:44 Re: Meridian 218 Zone Controller Announced! [Re: VirusKiller]
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Originally Posted By VirusKiller
Raspberry Pi and Logitech Media Server into the coax digital input?
Plus a HiFiBerry board and unless you need SpeakerLink, you could probably dispense with the 218. I think if I was in the market for a 218, I'd bite the bullet and go with Roon.


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