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#274182 - 2018-03-13 16:34 Upgrade to 7200SE's
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Jeremy A-H Offline
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Well, I've finally bitten the bullet on this and upgraded my 7200.2's to the SE models - and it was so worth doing. The sound is the closest to a holographic image I've ever heard, the realism of the music is incredible, and it brings back the part of the intense sense of enjoyment that I felt was lost somewhere between my original A500's (some 22 years ago) and my previous DSP5000's.

While the sound has become clearer/more accurate and the imaging has improved incrementally with each revision over past two decades of Meridian ownership, I never felt I got quite the same level of toe-tapping addiction to listening that would so often keep me up until 3am! That changed yesterday :-)

I'm still debating whether to go for the 818v3 upgrade or return to the Trifield route with the 861 (with the bonus of MRC). Anyone else either gone from the 818v2 to 818v3 or from the 818v2 to the 861 and have any thoughts on this?

PS A quick shout out to Sevenoaks in Reading who managed to do the install in a couple of hours at my home, rather than having to return the speakers to Meridian (which is what other dealers were suggesting had to be done). Very professionally done (and even traced a tiny errant screw that had fallen out of the main board, likely during the original manufacture).

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#274183 - 2018-03-13 16:47 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I went from an 818v2 to an 818v3 (itself upgraded from 818v2).

The change over was a side-by-side swap so there was little delay between stopping listening to one and starting the other.

IMHO it makes a significant difference and is an excellent value-for-money upgrade. The change was easily audible via non-SE DSP speakers.

If you stream via TIDAL then the MQA support is an added bonus, especially with your SE speakers.


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#274184 - 2018-03-13 17:45 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Gianni]
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+1. Being able to run full MQA is a great listening experience. Well worth the upgrade price.


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#274185 - 2018-03-13 18:48 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Jeremy

I would recommend a home demo of an 818v3 to make an informed decision.


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#274187 - 2018-03-13 20:29 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I just replaced my 5000 with 7200SE and am truly bowled over by their capability and foot-tapping enjoyment. They are paired with a 218 to access MQA from TIDAL, and I splurged on Roon to complete the setup (also accessing my CD/hi-res files). Roon opens up an encyclopaedic world of musical exploration when linked to TIDAL - I’ve probably listened to more new artists in the past month than previous 2 years.

All-in-all unequivocally recommended,

Mat


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Edited by Mat; 2018-03-13 20:36.
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#274189 - 2018-03-13 22:26 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Mat]
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Thanks everyone. I've already migrated to Roon and it looks like the 818 is next in line for an upgrade. My only issue of Roon at the moment is that they still don't seem to flag MQA tracks on Tidal (unless I'm missing something?).
Originally Posted By Ratbert
I would recommend a home demo of an 818v3 to make an informed decision.
Yes, you are, of course, correct. This might be difficult, though, as my diary is filled with so much travel, it’s difficult to fit the upgrades in, let alone extended testing. I realise this is slightly dangerous, however...


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#274191 - 2018-03-14 01:12 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I'm just going to add that I'm becoming more amazed as each hour goes by just how good the SE's are. I'm not sure whether it's the speakers burning in or my ears, but it feels pretty magical right now! I should have gone to bed an hour ago and I can't bring myself to reach for the off button...


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#274207 - 2018-03-14 14:35 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I would upgrade the 818 personally.

I have the 808 and the jump from 5 to 6 was significant. Im not that bothered by MQA actually, but all the work to get there ie the SE/8x8 upgrades sure has benefited redbook and FLAC playback.

Cheers
Greg

EDIT: It also upgrades the USB/SPDIF connection which may be of interest
Upgraded SPDIF and USB receivers – enables USB and RCA inputs to receive up
to 192 kHz digital audio


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Edited by Greg Wright; 2018-03-14 16:15.
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#274214 - 2018-03-14 15:48 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Greg Wright]
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+1
Totally agree Greg, on 818v2 to 818v3 upgrade. Like you 808v6 is superb.
Hector


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#274215 - 2018-03-14 16:08 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Hector]
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I agree that upgrade is worthwhile on all materials and the MQA capability is very worthwhile IMHO.


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#274255 - 2018-03-15 20:41 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: ncpl]
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One additional question (as I’ve seen different views on this), do people feel the SE’s require more toe in or less than the 7200’s? I’m verging on more, but interested in hearing what other people have discovered (and, potentially, the pros and cons of both...

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#274257 - 2018-03-15 21:50 Re: Upgrade to 7200SE's [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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More toe in is required, this applies to 8k’s SE’s as well.


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