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#67617 - 2007-12-20 09:34 The Meridian Q&A / FAQ Thread
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http://www.meridianunplugged.com/wiki/index.php/FirmwareList
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Useful threads:

The firmware thread

Thread rules:

Whether or not there are further Q&A sessions with Mother at CES, CEDIA, or in the Mothership itself, I think it would be useful to maintain a thread of outstanding questions. This thread can serve as a central list and an opportunity for Mother to chime in if she wishes. There are several rules:

1) Ask the forum first! Only post to this thread if the forum cannot answer the question.

2) Constructive questions only. Negative or complaint posts are not welcome; if you have an issue with a Meridian product or service, please take it up with Meridian directly or elsewhere in the forum rather than venting your frustration here.

3) Do not ask questions about future products or release schedules. The exception to this rule would be where new products have already been announced explicitly (e.g. at a hifi show) or implicitly (e.g. in a price list).

4) Do not ask questions specific to yourself which could be answered by a query to the forum or to Meridian Support.

5) This is not a discussion thread; it is primarily for questions that the forum cannot answer. However, posts with additional information are welcome.


I will edit/delete any posts which are in breach of these rules.


Edited by VirusKiller (2015-01-07 04:13)

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#67618 - 2007-12-20 09:35 The Meridian Q&A Thread [Re: VirusKiller]
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Consolidated Q&A

Q. How does Meridian intend the USB input in the new G68AXD and XXD variants to be used? Is the USB input limited to 16/44?
A. Meridian provides the device code which makes the G6x products appear as a generic USB loudspeaker. It is limited to 1x rates (i.e. 44.1 or 48K sampling frequencies). No 2x or greater inputs are currently supported. (Bob Stuart - CEDIA 2008)

Q. What were the actual design changes to the X-overs in the new DSP firmware ? Was anything else tweaked?
A. They changed the X-over point. The code is the same. (George Mills)

Q. How do you (Mother) approach the development of [DSP speaker] firmware changes like this? Do you listen to the speaker and think you can make it better or do you hit upon a new code appraoch and decide to test it out?
A. Meridian`s research showed that there was a better way of handling the bass crossover and that it integrated better with our other models. The (controlled) listening tests indicated this change offered sonic improvements and was implemented. This is the case for all changes along these lines and is partly also a result of more DSP resource in recent platforms. (Bob Stuart - CEDIA 2008)

Q. Any confirmed dates / prices for availability of the i80 iPod dock for F80?
A. n/a - the i80 is now available.


Edited by VirusKiller (2008-10-21 10:53)

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#67619 - 2007-12-20 09:39 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: VirusKiller]
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The new G68AXD and XXD variants have a USB input. The latest version of MConfig implies that a USB upgrade will be offered for some of the original G68 variants. How does Meridian intend this input to be used?
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#67693 - 2007-12-23 14:28 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: VirusKiller]
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Just noticed that if you select 'Other' from the bottom of the list of 'Sources' to insert , under the 'USB' Audio option you can choose either 'Input' or 'Output'. That might imply some flexibility in its use .

I just got a 24/48 disc of a concert I was at recently which only plays on my Pc , not on my Toshiba , Pioneer or Meridian players so it would be nice to be able to send it over from my laptop .

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#67884 - 2007-12-30 12:16 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: Mnyb]
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What were the actual design changes to the X-overs in the new DSP firmware ? Was anything else tweaked ? How do you (Mother) approach the development of firmware changes like this? Do you listen to the speaker and think you can make it better or do you hit upon a new code appraoch and decide to test it out?

Just curious.
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#67957 - 2008-01-02 13:46 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: Fiddler]
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Any confirmed dates / prices for availability of the i80 iPod dock for F80?

I need to find a new dealership as Grahams Hifi is nolonger a convenient location to me. So getting a straight answer from Mother direct is likely to be easier than getting one from a new dealership - the other Meridian dealers (Audio-T) that I use to use are no longer M dealerships.

[edit]Just noticed Weybridge Audio is new on the list - apparently 'mostly' F80 only - an interesting departure since Audio-T told me that minimum stock level was around £30-40k mark. Told Feb time - 'software issues' and no price although most units of this type are around £175 mark.

Mother - if you want to ship an early unit and have someone beta test for you then it will get some good use over the next few months wink [/edit]


Edited by Ian (2008-01-02 13:54)
Edit Reason: Just phoned a new local dealer
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#67959 - 2008-01-02 14:27 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: Ian]
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Ok. Having cleaned up this thread a bit, I'm now thinking perhaps I should soften the discussion rule and use the second post to consolidate a concise list of questions and answers? I don't want to prevent someone chiming in with new information that is pertinent to a question.
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#68492 - 2008-01-11 16:53 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: VirusKiller]
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When is 196/24 available?
Today the 800 makes downsample to an 196/24 DVD-A.
What Hardware will be changed 0n 800/861/8000 ?

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#68518 - 2008-01-12 09:07 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: RobertW]
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Robert, Meridian doesn't comment on future products or modifications so there is little point asking. In any case, nothing can happen until there is a method of transferring 196/24 PCM between player and processor as SPDIF is limited to two channels or 96/24; this new method is likely to be HDMI and Meridian is keeping very tight-lipped on this.

Do 196/24 DVD-As exist? 196/24 seems a little overkill to me as 96kHz is more than capable at reproducing audio at more than twice the limit of human hearing.
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#68528 - 2008-01-12 12:36 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: VirusKiller]
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Yes, there are a few DVD-A's with (stereo) 192/24 tracks. Eagles' "Hotel California" , Alan Parson's Project "Eye In The Sky", "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" and "I Robot" and Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty" come to mind.

I think, though, the 192/24 recordings are a minority, I believe 96/24 is far more widely used for digital recording.

Given the scarcity of 192/24 material, it looks like Meridian's decision to fully support 96/24 and allow for 192/24 support later if needed makes a lot of sense.
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#68774 - 2008-01-16 16:41 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: GoodOldDog]
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I know this is true but.

"Meridian doesn't comment on future products or modifications"

But can M answer very vague Q's about the uppgrade path for the G series:

The simple'st Q of them all: Will there be uppgrades for the G series.
simple Yes/No answer would do.
The answer to this will arouse some intrest as this was a promised feature during the release of the G series

The follow upp: will the HD audio input (HDMI or own design) be aviable as uppgrade. No time scale or how it's done is needed only Yes/No answer
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#69223 - 2008-01-27 14:55 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: Mnyb]
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Have we not seen some new investments into Meridian lately? Its possible there were some real unknowns so they might not want to risk commenting. That said, I think they would be well advised to make some general comments to their loyal customers.

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#69344 - 2008-01-31 08:08 Re: The Meridian Q&A Thread [Re: JerryL]
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Thread restructured to reduce the number of stickies. The Meridian FAQ sticky thread (a single post) is now merged into this thread at the top.
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#70008 - 2008-02-13 20:51 Re: The Meridian Q&A Thread [Re: VirusKiller]
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Q: How many PCM streams can the G68 USB 2.0 connection handle simultaneously?



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#71658 - 2008-03-18 13:39 Re: The Meridian Q&A Thread [Re: Crion]
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Received my G61R today cool

Have just completed the configuration and measurements. Curious about the USB audio I plugged in my Mac Pro (Leopard). Checked the sound preferences and the Mac now lists a Meridian 48k/16 on USB.

Q: It is great that it worked but I wonder if 48k/16 is the limit for the USB-audio input?
Q: How do I pass bitstreams like DD or DTS over USB?


Edited by Mikael (2008-03-18 14:11)

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#77549 - 2008-08-12 02:07 Re: The Meridian Q&A / FAQ Thread [Re: Mikael]
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Q: Could Meridian comment on the G68 Optical Input firmware change and the general problem some folks have with Pops,Clicks,Slow Locks, and Hangs from reasonably quality sources (like a SlimDevices Transport with ripped CD's Legal). The problem is more commonly on Sat/Cab TV Boxes (e.g. SKY). But even with Poor Digital Source enabled problems persist. While other processors in the industry (e.g. Denon) DON'T have these issues with like sources.
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#99432 - 2009-08-26 15:43 Re: The Meridian Q&A / FAQ Thread [Re: Fiddler]
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Taking into account the strength of Meridian's processor range, why bother with a source that has any analogue elements at all? Strikes me that if Meridian made a BD with a full analogue compliment, that they'd feel obliged to do a pretty serious job, which is going to do nothing but end up with some serious costs associated.
My personal preference would be a digital transport with both HDMI and MHR connectivity on the back.
If they were going to do that, then what about a PS3 slimline with some Meridian fairy dust sprinkled on it?
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#107691 - 2010-01-10 11:44 Re: The Meridian Q&A / FAQ Thread [Re: Mr_Sukebe]
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I think any BD player from M would have difficulty justifying its price differential from the rest of the market.

They stopped doing digital transports a long time ago. The 808 in its various iterations is stuffed with dacs and analogue balanced outputs etc, presumably so as to feature innon-M systems.

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#121856 - 2010-07-30 15:28 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: GoodOldDog]
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Hi, my current system is the 602/606 & 501/555 combos with Wilson Benesch Arcs. I am tempted by the Sooloos system with the 5200's Can anyone confirm the improvement in quality will be worth the outlay. Any advice much appreciated. i also use Stax Lamda pro electronic earspeakers via didgital inputs to its own amp. Should I wait for the 600 piece of equipment about to come out or will any DAC be ok. Thanks
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#137588 - 2011-03-05 14:36 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: GoodOldDog]
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Originally Posted By: GoodOldDog
Yes, there are a few DVD-A's with (stereo) 192/24 tracks. Eagles' "Hotel California" , Alan Parson's Project "Eye In The Sky", "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" and "I Robot" and Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty" come to mind.

I think, though, the 192/24 recordings are a minority, I believe 96/24 is far more widely used for digital recording.

Given the scarcity of 192/24 material, it looks like Meridian's decision to fully support 96/24 and allow for 192/24 support later if needed makes a lot of sense.


I can understand Meridian's view point, but if the upgrade is a simple software/firmware upgrade, then it might help convince the record labels to step it up a notch. Most of the ad/da converter companies that market to the recording studios have been selling more of the converters ov the past couple of years and someone needs to get labels to be more responsive in putting out more 24/192 recordings.

I guess the consumers are always in the position of having to buy and rebuy their favorite classics in multiple formats until it reaches the maximum resolution that is noticeable.

I know that some studios won't do basic tracks at 24/192 due to the file size limitations of the DAW software and WAVE files.


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#193042 - 2013-07-10 15:29 Re: Questions for Meridian (sticky) [Re: DrOne]
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I'm locking this thread as Meridian Q&A sessions seem to be, for the moment at least, a thing of the past. The thread will remain sticky as there is a lot of information in the links in the first post.

Please use the appropriate forum to ask any question that you cannot resolve using the Forum Search and Google Search functions.
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