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#32492 - 2005-10-11 20:30 First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Thinking about taking my first steps into the Meridian world and need to replace my pre-amp.
Is a 501 a good pre-amp, would it compare with a Linn Kolektor or should I be looking at something else?

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#32493 - 2005-10-12 00:30 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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The Meridian 501 is a great pre-amp and it does an outstanding job of what it`s designed to do, you cannot find better in this price range.

How it compares with the Linn I don`t know but one thing for sure if you do buy a 501 and you want to sell in 5 years time you`ll get your money back.

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#32494 - 2005-10-12 01:35 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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first steps into the Meridian world
Is your plan to replace your preamp or is that the first step in a larger plan?
If so, what Meridian System are you aimimg for? (e.g. CD + Preamp + Poweramp OR DVD + processor + DSP speakers OR ?)

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#32495 - 2005-10-12 02:02 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dark Lord:
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first steps into the Meridian world
Is your plan to replace your preamp or is that the first step in a larger plan?
If so, what Meridian System are you aimimg for? (e.g. cd + Preamp + Poweramp OR DVD + processor + DSP speakers OR ?)
Good point. A 562/562.V2/562.V3 might be an alternative.
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#32496 - 2005-10-12 04:54 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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If you are thinking a 501 Pre amp I would look for a 541 Meridian Analoge Surround processor.

The same quality as the 501 but you can do Trifield as well, also other Meridian cinema modes.

They are often on sale on eBay. I saw one today.
A secret bargain.

I have one that I dont use now, but I will not sell it as it sounds sooooooooo sweet and for the money I would get its better to keep it.

It will get a second room status as soon as i have funds to buy some old Meridian active speakers.

You have some rewarding listening ahead if you go the Meridian way, 2nd hand 500 series kit has never been better value.

Enjoy, Chris
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#32497 - 2005-10-12 05:28 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Hifiplus,

What is your budget? These days, in the S/H market, even 561 processors are relatively affordable.

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#32498 - 2005-10-12 18:44 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Thanks for the replies.
My budget is about 250pounds - which I think rules out the 562.
I will check out the 541, but I already have a half decent surround proc/power-amps - does it have a phono stage?
At the moment I would like to replace my valve pre-amp (faulty) and long term look at getting a matching power-amp, maybe CD as well. My current CD & DAC are pretty good though.
Speakers are DIY so will be keeping them.

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#32499 - 2005-10-12 18:53 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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I would echo chrislayeruk's advice concerning the 541. They pop up more often than the 501s and usually go for a bargain price. It was my first piece of Meridian kit and did everything I could ask for - until I was seduced by the dark side (Meridian's digital speakers).
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#32500 - 2005-10-13 10:03 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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The 541 Is good just as a 2 cha Pre amp.
But then you can add a active centre for Trifield.
The can have a phono stage. Ask!
And so begins your Meridian Journey to the centre of surround.
You wont regret it.
Cheers, Chris
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#32501 - 2005-10-13 17:41 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Thanks everyone - will look into the 541 a bit more, wasnt sure if it had phono but now I see it is optional. The quest begins...

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#32502 - 2005-10-14 16:44 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Registered: 2004-05-12
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That 541 was quite a product. It's a pity that there is no longer a Meridian Processor at the equivalent price point.

There is unfortunately a limit to how cheaply a digital processor (it wouldn't make sense to return to analogue) can we made even if the room correction and many inputs are removed.

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#32503 - 2005-10-18 20:03 Re: First steps into Meridian, 501?
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Loc: Sydney, Australia
Hi everyone, I was so excited this morning as I won an auction on eBay for a 541 - (it was listed in the UK) so I only found out 10 hours after it finished. I then get an email from the seller saying he has relisted because he wont post it to me, without even contacting me first!
Although I live in Australia I was planning on getting it sent to my relatives in the UK as I am visiting them next year, plus they often post me packages, sorry to rant, but eBay really sucks at times!
Now has anyone got a 541 they would like to sell?

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