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#271866 - 2018-01-15 15:58 Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like?
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Soundserge Offline
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This is a very open ended question, but with the wealth of choices we have and the trade-offs that come with each, I'm curious what your dream Roon+Meridian system would look like and why. Do you choose end-to-end Meridian 818v3 with DSP8000SE because convenience, integration and ostensible MQA benefits? Meridian Ultra DAC + analogue speakers because better DAC? Something else because room correction is more important than MQA? I think some people here use dCS Rossini but still stick with DSP8000SE and I wonder what their rationale is. Etc.

Also, moderators, I couldn't find an ideal forum for this as it concerns both Roon and Meridian hardware, but not necessarily Meridian streaming hardware.

Assumptions:
- Start from scratch, no concerns about existing investments
- Roon as the interface
- At least one Meridian component in your system
- Only currently shipping products (e.g. no 861v9 or 818v3 with RAAT, please)

Discuss!

Soundserge


Sonictransporter + Roon, 818v3, DSP 5200SEs, 218, DSP3200s
Edited by Soundserge; 2018-01-15 19:46.
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#271875 - 2018-01-15 19:11 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Soundserge]
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CMB Integrations - Bruce Offline
Meridian Partner Working on the ultimate question
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Meridian Partner
Working on the ultimate question

Registered: 2009-11-10
Posts: 1,370
Loc: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
Ultra DAC
Revel Salon 2
Mark Levinson 515 Turntable
Mark Levinson No53 monoblocks
Rega reference pro phono preamp.
Audioquest interconnects that prove their worth in listening tests.
Shunyata power products
Auralex room treatments
A really comfy chair.


www.cmbintegrations.com

Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Revel F228be, Revel B112, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Shunyata Denali 600S, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
Mark Levinson No515 Turntable

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#271876 - 2018-01-15 19:50 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Gianni Offline
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Analogue 1:

- UltraDAC
- Meridian 857 ('cos it will integrate easily and Meridian make great power amplifiers)
- Magico (wow!) or Martin-Logan speakers (also pretty good)

Analogue 2:

- UltraDAC
- ATC Actives

Digital:

- 818v3
- DSP8000SE


I've thought about this because the SE upgrade to the DSP8000s is what £12k so the 857 plus analogue speakers, or ATC actives, look like pretty good VFM alternatives


Wonderful perfect quadraphonic sound with distortion levels so low as to make a brave man weep smile
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#271878 - 2018-01-16 02:41 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Gianni]
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Bruce and Gianni- since money is no object, we need you to get some really cool machines on which to run Roon core, not to mention quite the display on which to view and control the action😉


James
NC1: 861v4+ID40, 218, MS200 (to outdoors), DSP8000SE (upgraded). 5500VC, 5500s, Hsu Research ULS15x2, DirecTV, Oppo BD103, QNAP251, Roon
NC2-see FL 2 with Triad Silver Speakers

FL1: G61R, 218, DSP8000SEs, 5500HC, DSP6000s, MS600, DirecTv, Oppo BD103, QNAP469, Roon
FL2: Marantz 7005, M60s, M60C, M33s, Oppo BDP-93, MS200, Roon
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#271879 - 2018-01-16 10:08 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Mtns]
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CMB Integrations - Bruce Offline
Meridian Partner Working on the ultimate question
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I tried to tray with really good but still sensible (cannot help it) Ideally including the costs of constructing a new room with proper dimensions for good sound, custom power feeds, HVAC with low velocity vents. Audio optimised wall construction, etc.


www.cmbintegrations.com

Personal System #1 Theta Digital Cassablanca 4, 218, DSP8000.2SE, DSP7200SEHC, Revel F228be, Revel B112, Monitor Audio Silver 10, ATI 200WX5 Amp, JVC RS15, Shunyata Denali 600S, Black Diamond Zero Edge screen. QNAP TS-251 3TB
Mark Levinson No515 Turntable

Crestron control and multi room audio via Meridian 258 amplifiers.
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#271880 - 2018-01-16 10:33 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Gianni]
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Albert Offline
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UHD722
861v8
DSP8000SE*5
Revel Rhythm2*3
For Trifield or multichannel MQA


HT: Audiocom Oppo203 signature with Vanity HD/HD621 861v8, DSP6Ks(LCR), DSP5200.1
Revel b112 b110 AntimodeX4 JVCx790
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#271881 - 2018-01-16 10:57 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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First priority would be a new abode with no neighbours.
Second priority would be listening room design considerations as per Bruce above.
Third priority would be Meridian Ultra DAC and 857 with Magico as per Gianni above for his stated compatibility, ease of use, reasons.

Dreaming sleep Hector


AV: Thorens TD160B, SME, ShureV15MK2, 500, 598, 861v4, DSP7200.1LR, DSP3300HC Samsung UE55, SkyHD.
DINING: MS600, AC200, DSP5200SLLR.
STUDY 504, SB Touch, 2x MD600, C15, 808.6, 5200SE, Mac & PC, Explorer v1, Prime+PS Grado GS1000i
HORIZONTAL: M80, MS200, Red Rose Spirit + Sonus Faber Toys
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#271893 - 2018-01-16 14:40 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Hector]
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Ian Offline
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Loc: Surrey, England, UK
McLaren P1
Raspberry Pi with Roon Bridge plugged into aux in - will only work when close to home - at other times I would have the P1 to listen to - except when in electric mode.


Meridian owner since 1992
DSP5000 96/24, MC200, Prime & PSU, Focal Elear, Explorer 1 & 2, F80, 200/203 and various Sonos.
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#271901 - 2018-01-16 17:34 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Ian]
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smile add a trailer with room for Roon core, plug it in to the P1’s ample batteries for clean power.


Sonictransporter + Roon, 818v3, DSP 5200SEs, 218, DSP3200s
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#271903 - 2018-01-16 17:53 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Soundserge]
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Analogue, assuming dedicated listening room:

- Ultra DAC
- some sort of RAAT ethernet-to-USB endpoint
- D’Agostino or Accuphase power amp
- Sonus Faber Stradivari Homage speakers

Sticking with Bruce’s sensible philosophy and limitations imposed by living room and family members:

- 818v3
- DSP7200SE
- Shunyata power conditioning
- room correction on Roon Core (don’t know how this interacts with EBA and/or loudness compensation at low volume, however)

Soundserge


Sonictransporter + Roon, 818v3, DSP 5200SEs, 218, DSP3200s
Edited by Soundserge; 2018-01-16 19:43.
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#271947 - 2018-01-17 17:25 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: Soundserge]
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Ian and Soundserge - I suggest that your Raspberry Pi-based transport or "some sort of RAAT... ...endpoint" be the Allo DigiOne in a digital system. I haven't spent quality time with the SOtM sMS-200ultra ($1,700 w/ psu) which many people rate more highly than the Allo, but for less than $300, including quality psu and interconnects, the DigiOne is hard to beat.


ODC

Theater: C61R, DSP5200SEs,420s,33s, NHT amp/subs, HD621, 218, DigiOne, OPPO 203, JVC RS500, Fire,Apple,DirecTVs, Mac Pro 2010+, MF V-LINK II, REGEN and iFI conditioners

Also: 598DP, 568.2mm, 565, DSP5000.2s, Roon endpoints incl Allo USBridge, Explorer², iFi nano iDSD BL, Audeze LCD-X, AudioEngine spkrs, M&K sub, Apple MBP, OPPO BDP-83
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#271952 - 2018-01-17 18:10 Re: Blank slate, money no object, what would your Roon + Meridian system look like? [Re: OldDogCan]
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With a Mclaren you can listening to music whilst racing, with a M kit in a house you cannot race whilst listening. Hmmm decisions decisions, but i would go for 2 channel and buy a new house with a separate audio room.
818v3, DSP8000SE, fed by a Roon source altough i rather keep Sooloos.


System 1: MC200, 818v3, DSP7200SE
System 2: boxed (DSP5000.1, Monarchy DIP24/96, Squeezebox Duet.)
Office: MS200, STAX SRM-323II, SR303
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