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#276030 - 2018-05-14 19:04 DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World?
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I’ve been contemplating buying a pair of the DSP5500 as DSP5200 seem to be a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

What is the wider concensus of thought on these speakers?

Do they represent a good buy at for example £1300 or less (upgraded 24/96) or would it be considered a risky purchase due to the age of the units (original ones, not smiley faced)?

Thanks for any thoughts.


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#276032 - 2018-05-14 20:34 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Hi

Make sure you hear them before you buy, and don't assume that any bass heavy overhang you hear is down to poor placement or set up; they do sound very bass heavy, unlike the DSP5000 or DSP6000 from the same design era.

If you like the sound, that's great, but if you are ambivalent though, don't assume you can tame them at home by more careful positioning etc. I have heard them at two different dealers, once in a domestic set up, and perhaps foolishly pulled the trigger and bought a pair anyway, thinking I knew better on the set up front!

I much prefer DSP5000's or DSP6000s, having lived with all three for lengthy periods.

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#276033 - 2018-05-15 01:36 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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The 5500s are great speakers. You can use the boundary and corner settings to help tame the bass (I did this before getting a processor with room correction).

I am fortunate to have all 3 of the older ones mentioned (6000s, 5500s and 5000s). They are all excellent and represent terrific value on the used market. Listen and decide before you buy if you can- this is good advice.


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#276036 - 2018-05-15 07:04 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Jdb-si]
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Would you say from your experience they better the 5000 sonically or would you perhaps feel they are just aimed at a different market, AV users vs pure audio only?.

Thanks for any comments. I’m not a lover of being overwelmed with incredibly thunderous low frequency to be honest but love a natural and honest bass sound.


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#276037 - 2018-05-15 07:04 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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Mr Meridian,

Thanks George for the advice, appreciated.


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#276038 - 2018-05-15 07:08 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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You are welcome to come and hear mine if you want, I am in Harrogate. I have had the 5000's as well and much prefer the realism of the 5500's

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#276041 - 2018-05-15 10:35 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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StuWils,

That was a very kind gesture, would you recommend them wholeheartedly then perhaps?


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#276042 - 2018-05-15 11:39 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Lest I cause offence to advocates of the 5500, my comments above are, of course, purely personal opinion, and not an absolute assertion of it's capability!

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#276043 - 2018-05-15 12:02 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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Even though I have yet to hear a pair, I feel you have a similar sound that your ears tolerate like myself.

I personally cannot really get on with bass that obliterates everything else it it’s path (sort of like JBL used to be renowned for in the past) my partner on the other hand absolutely loves bass with the bass control knob on full (she equates bass with quality).

I always run over to her amp and press the tone defeat button (but she would notice straight away - Audiolab 8000a amplifier, which I personally like on flat response). Maybe I’m slightly moving away from my topic but I feel people have different perceptions of what sounds right to them?

I used to own DSP5000s a couple of years ago and really liked the sound, but at the time I had a neighbour with bionic hearing who I remember stood outside the block of flats wondering were the noise (speakers were only on 1/8 full volume and you could easily hold a conversation). I had to get rid of them which I regret to keep the neighbourly peace (he never knew it was me and thought it was coming from 100 metres away which I found hilarious at the time. I remember leaning out of my window and the chap saying from below do you think that noise is coming from across the street (ain’t got a clue I said and quickly turned it off !).

Sound must certainly carry in mysterious ways, what we do for an easier life!. And I’m not one for loud music myself but like clarity as we all do.

I must stress that the speakers where on a volume that you can easily have a conversation with before anyone thinks must have been on loud not even on number two, thankfully my current neighbours accept that occasionally playing your stereo on normal levels is entirely acceptable!


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#276044 - 2018-05-15 15:12 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Speakers are a very personal item and no offense should be taken by others opinions, you have to live with your own ears after all. I used to have 2 systems to satisfy my needs a pair of linn isobariks to cater for my sense of scale and a pair of electrostatics to cater for my imaging requirements.

When I upgraded from 5000's to 5500's I only needed one system, can’t say more than that really.

In the past I have owned:

lS35A
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Epos ES14
Rogers Export Monitors
Linn Isobariks
M2's
M20's
D600's
Magneplanar 1.4's

I wont be moving the 5500's on for some time.

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#276058 - 2018-05-15 23:49 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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There are other things to consider like the 5000s are certainly easier to move around. The 5500s are very heavy. However, the 5000s have the load resistor issue, whereas the 5500s seem to be very robust (my pair are 20 years old this year).

As I said, they are all excellent, and represent tremendous value given current prices. Hard for me to say one if 'better' than the other.

If you do not want heavy bass, the DSP33s image really well and may be worth thinking about. Everyone will have his/her own opinion, so best to listen and decide for yourself.


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#276060 - 2018-05-16 06:22 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Jdb-si]
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A trip to Harrogate with some of your own listening material sounds like a good idea?

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#276071 - 2018-05-16 11:50 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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It does for sure but the guy is really wanting to sell them and it’s first come first served, so I really need to go by my instincts.

I don’t know what references price wise these would command ie highest and lowest without boxes. Wish he had those as really need them to transport safely.

If anyone has a price lowest and highest for these I’d appreciate an idea they are 24/96 without boxes.


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#276096 - 2018-05-16 21:14 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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I have had both 5K system and a 3x 5K5 system and have now coalesced them into one OTT 7.1 epic sounding system for home theatre

Bass related comments are - is your room big enough?
Wife related comments are - is the room big enough?
Neighbour related comments are - yeah we heard you listening to that last night

The extended bass can easily overwhelm a small room
They are also physically large and overpowering in a small room.
Expect to have to put some effort into getting the best out of them

But no way would I part with them, nor would the wife, and the neighbours seem to want to take a listen whenever they call by.

The 5Ks on their own are great but anaemic in comparison.



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#276104 - 2018-05-17 07:27 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gruffle]
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I think you have answered a lot of questions there in one go. Although I have got a great neighbour in the flat below mine, I don’t think she would be impressed with the ceiling potentially vibrating!. Also my lounge is 14ft x 8ft so im guessing these would overface everything else in the room. I would think these ain’t for me due to both points?.


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#276105 - 2018-05-17 07:35 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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When I first went from 5ks to 5500s (in the same room) I remember being amazed at the step-up in SQ; every aspect was improved, to me at least.


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#276108 - 2018-05-17 07:52 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Not'arf]
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I've had 5k, 5.5k and 6k and my view is the 5500s are the sweet spot, far closer to 6ks than to 5ks... a major step up from 5k's ... at 1300 quid you have nothing to lose.

They are more bass heavy than 5ks and have a different bass to the 6ks (ported vs sealed box) but not overly so, placement, DSP placement compensation and the bass tone control all help if you find the bass too much.


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#276109 - 2018-05-17 08:26 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Rodney Gold]
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Apart from the size, the move from 2.5-way to 3-way with the 5500 (vs 5k) made the biggest difference. Muddled bass on the 5k was better handled on the 5k5, this was the main reason I moved from 5k to 5k5. It is a disease so you know that 8k is out there.

I pretty much concur with all the other comments above. At that price they are a bargain.


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#276117 - 2018-05-17 10:57 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: ncpl]
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With a room of 14 x 8 feet they would need the corner setting for sure. Will they be firing along the short or long direction of the room?

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#276118 - 2018-05-17 11:13 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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The long side. I’m going to pick them up tomorrow , hopefully I won’t be disappointed?.

Do you personally think they sound better than 5000, 5200 for example?


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#276119 - 2018-05-17 11:36 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Much better mid than the 2 that you mentioned.
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#276120 - 2018-05-17 11:38 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Remember to take the side panels off for transportation as at 13 stone each the are easy to ding.

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#276122 - 2018-05-17 12:28 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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+1 very good advice.


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#276127 - 2018-05-17 14:57 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Any idea how big the side panels are and the thickness of them so I can make some cardboard boxes please to put these in.


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#276130 - 2018-05-17 15:42 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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The side panels are 1x16.5 x 41.5 inches, you will need an 8mm hex key to remove the bolts.

I have transported mine without boxes, some flat card between the side panels would suffice. it will be a 2 man lift.

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#276132 - 2018-05-17 16:07 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Thank you so much for taking the time out to supply advice and information cheers.

I’ll let people know how I get on tomorrow, if my back holds out!!


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#276148 - 2018-05-17 19:36 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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#276149 - 2018-05-17 19:41 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: ncpl]
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Originally Posted By ncpl
Apart from the size, the move from 2.5-way to 3-way with the 5500 (vs 5k) made the biggest difference
Agreed this is most likely the decisive SQ factor.

On a slight tangent I've often wondered just how good 5K5s could sound remodelled with opposing bass drivers (as D6K) and a much lighter weight composite cabinet.


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#276170 - 2018-05-18 14:07 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gruffle]
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Yes, without wanting to go OT; if Meridian ever got around to designing a new mid-range floor stander like a modern 5500, it could have the opposing bass drivers, a modern DAC, no need for the incredibly heavy steel side-panels (no-one runs CRT tellies any more). But then again I guess the 7200 does most of that...


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#276195 - 2018-05-19 06:39 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Well I collected the speakers yesterday, didn’t have much time to audition them to be honest due to the previous owner having a lot to do, not ideal but I’d driven so far I decided to take a chance.

It took as a while to dismantle them. The side panels are considerably more weighty than I expected them to be and removing these did bring down the weight to a more manageable (just) level for two. They are currently in the boot of my car and will stay there till Monday at the earliest.

What I did notice whilst listening was the bass which although plentiful didn’t seem to be as overbearing as I expected. The seller assured me that they are 24/96 but on auditioning, (although I didn’t think at the time) I cannot confirm they are?.

I wanted to ask a query if possible? If I attach my DVD transport and play a DVD for 48 quality would the original DSP5500 be able to decode the audio signal or is it 16/44 fixed?. This is in only way I can check to confirm they indeed are as the seller told me or is there another easier way perhaps?

Also what can I clean the wood veneer side Panels with whilst off the cabinets Mr Sheen perhaps as they need a clean.

Any advice appreciated.


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#276197 - 2018-05-19 07:08 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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If they are 24/96 (upgraded) there should be a circular certificate on the back.

You could also check the software version by putting them in standby and pressing Display on your MSR.


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#276198 - 2018-05-19 07:17 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gianni]
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Also track down the serial numbers - usually two per speaker - one for cabinet (may be hiding inside a port - assuming they are ported) and one for electronics.

If serial numbers start with different digit, then they are upgraded. Don't know about 5500's, but with 5000's, if electronics start with 2 or higher then they are 96/24.


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#276199 - 2018-05-19 07:45 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gianni]
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Originally Posted By Gianni
You could also check the software version by putting them in standby and pressing Display on your MSR.
Can I ask what is specific about the software to designate 24/96 in comparison to 16/44 only please?

Are 16/44 capable of running a maximum software and the 24/96 a different one specific to 24/96?


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#276200 - 2018-05-19 09:40 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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18 bit 5.5ks will do 24/48... no sound if you feed them a 24/96 signal.

I replaced the black side cheeks of mine with thicker oak panels to suit my decor.

The port is a slot at the back


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#276210 - 2018-05-20 01:45 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gianni]
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Originally Posted By Gianni
If they are 24/96 (upgraded) there should be a circular certificate on the back.

You could also check the software version by putting them in standby and pressing Display on your MSR.
Agree, this is likely the easiest way. Above V 4.x is definitely 24/96, but I do not know the lowest version that was 24/96.

Also be aware that after all of these years, the certificate or sticker could have fallen off.


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#276213 - 2018-05-20 09:52 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Jdb-si]
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I’ll let you know when I get them out the car and set up away at moment thanks for the advice everyone.


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#276241 - 2018-05-21 13:02 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Originally Posted By StuWils
Remember to take the side panels off for transportation as at 13 stone each the are easy to ding.

Originally Posted By Not'arf
no need for the incredibly heavy steel side-panels (no-one runs CRT tellies any more)
I have never thought of that, brilliant! Are the panels used solely to not mess up CRTs?
Can the speakers be used without much change in the sound without the panels?

I have a Projector screen that would benefit greatly if I could lower the HC by 2 inches.


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#276244 - 2018-05-21 16:34 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Gcap]
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I would keep them on, it gives additional bracing to the large resonant sides.

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#276246 - 2018-05-21 17:35 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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I've heard the 'bracing' argument once before (was it Fiddler?) but remain unconvinced. Having said that I've never A-B'd them with / without but I'd be surprised if there was a noticeable difference in SQ. Possibly there might be an effect at high volumes.

Re Gcap's welcome appreciation of my CRT-related point, Yes, my understanding is that was the sole reason for the inclusion of the steel panels. They may aid stiffening (see above grin) but if stiffening was the requirement, steel panels wouldn't have been the answer; bracing could have been achieved much more cheaply without having to resort to X kgs of steel & all the associated shipping costs. The steel is there to prevent adverse impact on CRT image quality.


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#276262 - 2018-05-22 10:58 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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I've stumbled upon a very good offer for a used 5.0 DSP5500 set (smiley edition).
I'm thinking about replacing my current Genelec active speakers, but I wonder if the DSP5500 are strong enough for watching movies in my room (8m x 4m x 3m).

Genelec 1038A
Free field frequency response: 35 Hz - 20 kHz (±2.5 dB)
Maximum short term sine wave acoustic output on axis in half space, averaged from 100 Hz to 3 kHz: @1m >120 dB SPL
Maximum long term RMS acoustic output in same conditions with IEC-weighted noise (limited by driver unit protection circuit): @1m >116 dB SPL
Maximum peak acoustic output per pair @2m from the engineer with music material: >124 dB SPL
Bass 385mm (15") cone (400W)
Mid 130 mm (5") cone (120W)
Treble 25mm (1") metal dome (120W)

DSP5500
Frequency response in-room within 3dB from 30Hz to over 20kHz
Output >112dB spl @1m on music material
2 x 200mm long-throw bass drivers
1 x 160mm polypropylene mid driver in separate enclosure
1 x 25mm aluminium-dome tweeter, silver wire, short hornloaded with protective grille
Four 75W power amplifiers, one for each of the drivers

Now: 861v4 with 2x OA13, Genelec 1038A, 1038AC, 1037B, sub 2x 7071A
Future: 861v4 with OE12 & OA13, DSP5500, DSP5500HC, DSP5500, sub 2x 7071A



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#276263 - 2018-05-22 11:10 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: thuety]
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One big difference is that the Genelec's are active and therefore require a line level or balanced analogue signal. The DSP 5500s require a digital input.

You don't mention what processor you are using.


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#276265 - 2018-05-22 12:18 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Tarik]
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Sorry about that.

My main 861v4 currently has two OA13 (balanced), but luckily I have a OE12 I can take from my spare.

I read through the very interesting Meridian Loudspeakers: The DSP Path I thought that active speakers were the most energy efficient, but digital seems even more so.


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#276266 - 2018-05-22 12:21 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: thuety]
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Originally Posted By thuety
Genelec 1038A: Maximum peak acoustic output per pair @2m from the engineer with music material: >124 dB SPL

DSP5500: Output >112dB spl @1m on music material

124dB @2m vs 112dB@1m or 130dB vs 112dB at the same distance; 18dB difference in absolute loudness or nearly 4 times the perceived loudness.

But that is like maximum speed in a car, not relevant unless you go there...


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#276271 - 2018-05-22 15:50 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Well I’ve finally got them in my living room, boy was that a struggle carrying them up a flight of stairs!. Ain’t got the energy to rig them up yet though.


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#276305 - 2018-05-24 12:11 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Syles]
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Syles,

Genelec has an active overload protection to prevent damage on high levels.

In Mconfig I could set the size to max, so no limitation on the signal side.
It seems that DSP don't have the size option in Mconfig.
What happens with the Meridian DSP when you reach the max dB level?


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#276314 - 2018-05-24 14:39 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: thuety]
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Originally Posted By thuety
What happens with the Meridian DSP when you reach the max dB level?
Meridian DSP Speakers have built-in protection and will self-limit to avoid overdriving the drivers.

That said they rairly need to be pushed that hard.

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#276317 - 2018-05-24 14:56 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Syles]
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Going there often will result in a very short time being an audiophile.


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#276320 - 2018-05-24 16:22 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Pardon, didn’t quite catch that wink


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#276321 - 2018-05-24 16:59 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Carl]
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Meaning that if you listen to your system at 115dB or greater for long periods of time you won't be an audiophile very long as you will lose your hearing.


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#276324 - 2018-05-24 17:49 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: CMB Integrations - Bruce]
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Er... Bruce... that was British humour. I am pretty sure Carl knew exactly what you meant 😂😂


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#276326 - 2018-05-24 18:18 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: ncpl]
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Yep ... I guess it was lost in translation.


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#276334 - 2018-05-25 04:47 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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I’m having a little difficulty setting these up I find the instructions manual very hard to understand to be honest (it seems incredibly complicated), I basically want to run the speakers without any other Meridian equipment attached (just my Tag Mclaren Transport and a computer connected via coaxial). If anyone who has cracked the manual can offer advice it mentions TYPE which apparently shouldn’t be confused with TYPES!!. How Meridian thought that one letter difference would specify a completely different result wouldn’t confuse people is beyond me!.

It mentions TYPE restores the memory to factory settings for all three types, them it mentions 8 TYPES in the next paragraph ( are there 3 or 8 TYPES! ).

To get intosettings it specifies you have to press N S W E I cannot see any of these on the remote but I presume they are the arrow keys?.

On page 47 of the manual it mentions if not using any other Meridian equipment (I’m only using the speakers with other brands at the moment), it says set as TYPE 5.

Anyone know how I can check what type the system is currently on please or indeed how to set to factory settings and finally (for now) does resetting alter the firmware as these speakers are in 5.40 firmware and currently the right speaker is set to master which I think maybe wrong?.

Any help on this would be tremendous and appreciated.

I want to start afresh as the previous owner had the right set to master which surely means the left speaker is putting out the right speakers information but again I am uncertain ..

I guess for now what I’d like to achieve is to

1. Reset the speakers to factory settings.
2. Alter the speakers so that the left is the Main speaker and right is the Slave Speaker.
3. Set the speakers to the correct TYPE for non Meridian equipment use.
4. Alter the bass to corner use or at least turn it down a touch!.

Thank you anyone ?.


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Edited by Awb; 2018-05-25 05:03.
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#276338 - 2018-05-25 06:45 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Hi AWB,

I have DSP5000’s but expect the setup sequence to be similar to the 5500’s.

Start by selecting the type you want. Type 2 would work, transport into D1, computer into D2.

Do this by turning the speaker off, hold down the number 2 on your remote while pointing at your speaker and turn the speaker on. Type 2 should be displayed.

Release the number 2 on the remote. L. Should be displayed.

Use the up/down arrows on the remote to designate the speaker as left or right.

You want the left to be the master so when you get to this stage it is set for now, Type 2, left master. Turn the speaker off. (Note, there will be no additional info to tell you that it is a master, only displays an s when the speaker is a slave.)

Right speaker will be, turn off, point remote at it while holding #2, turn speaker on, Type 2 will be displayed.

Use up down keys to designate it as a right speaker. Then use play button to make it a slave.
Display should read r.s
Once you have got that, turn the speaker off so store the settings.

To adjust base response you can adjust the boundary settings in the Setup menu of your master speaker, settings will be automatically transferred to you slave speaker.

Switch off the master. Point the remote at it while holding the Store key.
SEt will momentarily show on the display.
Use the left/right buttons to get to FrEE.
Then use up/down to change to corner or boundary.
Turn off when done.

Good luck,
Andrew


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#276339 - 2018-05-25 08:28 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: thuety]
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Stick with the Genelecs ... they are VERY good... 5.5ks do not have the same bass slam and impact and are a lot more "polite".


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#276347 - 2018-05-25 13:59 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Struttmaster]
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Struttmaster,

Thank you for that information Andrew and taking time to write it in answer to my questions, I will try what you say after the bank holiday. It does mention TYPE 5 in the manual available elsewhere on this wonderful site.

Thanks again.


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#276364 - 2018-05-25 23:32 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Yep, type 5 looks the go.


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#276368 - 2018-05-26 01:48 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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I have been using my 5500HC in my media room with the 861v8 driving it for a few years now ... it’s fabulous from everything that I throw at it video wise (ie. Cable TV to movies), but also as an audiophile at heart, the speaker in ‘Trifield’ mode really handles all sorts of musical genre with ease. Trifield audition was what sold me originally on the 5500HC.

The 5500HC swings above it’s weight class, even when paired with 6K’s, 8K’s, etc...if Meridian had a “Hall of Fame”, the 5500HC may win on the merit of overall best pound for pound (ie. Value for the dollar) single speaker they ever produced ... minor attempt at humor, but in my home that speaker is in use more than all other zones, and it’s been an absolute workhorse, and completely elegant at the same time...great speaker.


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#276466 - 2018-05-30 18:10 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: JRZDRM]
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Are you up and running yet?

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#276485 - 2018-05-31 07:07 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Not yet haven’t been home to do it yet, house sitting whilst parents on holiday!.


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#276568 - 2018-06-01 18:45 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Struttmaster]
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Originally Posted By Struttmaster
I have DSP5000’s but expect the setup sequence to be similar to the 5500’s.

Start by selecting the type you want. Type 2 would work, transport into D1, computer into D2.

Do this by turning the speaker off, hold down the number 2 on your remote while pointing at your speaker and turn the speaker on. Type 2 should be displayed.

Release the number 2 on the remote. L. Should be displayed.

Use the up/down arrows on the remote to designate the speaker as left or right.

You want the left to be the master so when you get to this stage it is set for now, Type 2, left master. Turn the speaker off. (Note, there will be no additional info to tell you that it is a master, only displays an s when the speaker is a slave.)

Right speaker will be, turn off, point remote at it while holding #2, turn speaker on, Type 2 will be displayed.

Use up down keys to designate it as a right speaker. Then use play button to make it a slave.
Display should read r.s
Once you have got that, turn the speaker off so store the settings.
I’ve followed your instructions, can I ask please, do you have to set each individual speaker to type 2 for example (one after the other), also when I press the menu keys NSE and W in normal mode nothing happens at all?.

Also pressing the menu button and one of NSEW does nothing at all?. The only way I can get it to alter is by pressing the Function key and W or E. I’m also getting a strange display which reads U2.45 haven’t got a clue what that means.

Is there any way to find out what mode it’s in to check settings without altering anything. My system remote is the one with function in the bottom left hand corner of it. This really is baffling to me as I’m doing what it says in the manual and the remote isn’t doing anything at all?

On page 17 of the instruction manual it says to access the menu you have to press the NSE or W to access, doing that on my remote doesn’t change anything All I can think of it that I must not be in Normal mode currently?

To my current understanding switching them off reverts to normal mode but I must be doing something wrong as the only way I can access the menu structure is by pressing the “function” key.


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#276572 - 2018-06-01 19:47 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: StuWils]
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Originally Posted By StuWils
Are you up and running yet?
I’m having remote control issues the only way I can access the menus is by pressing the Function button, pressing the arrows does absolutely nothing at all.


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#276573 - 2018-06-01 19:52 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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What remote are you using? Old / early MSR could be set to different modes


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#276574 - 2018-06-01 20:10 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Marc Koval]
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The remote I’m using has function button in the bottom left hand corner in blue, it’s black with a green play button.

I’m presuming this is the correct remote for these speakers as they are quite old now.

The jumpers are set to Option 1?.

Is this the correct remote to use please they are not the smiley faces variety which I believe uses the modern silver remote?, they are the original ones upgraded to 24/96 on firmware 5.40. I’ve currently got them set to type 5 could that be why the remote isn’t responding to basic commands perhaps?..


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Edited by Awb; 2018-06-01 20:25.
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#276576 - 2018-06-01 21:04 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Sounds like the correct remote and correct setting...


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#276579 - 2018-06-01 23:28 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Marc Koval]
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Not sure if this applies to that remote but on the MSR+ if batteries are low, holding a button only produces a momentary signal that may have already stopped sending when the rear power switch is turned on and setup mode is not entered.

The light on the MSR+ will not stay solid but only pulse if this is the case.


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#276586 - 2018-06-02 08:44 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Have been trying to add the Meridian System Remote + to the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Universal remote, adding manufacturer isn’t a problem as obvious. When it comes to adding device won’t accept MSR+ as model number thought that would be straight forward enough!, but doesn’t seem to be the case is there a specific model number for the Silver Meridian remote please?.


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#276589 - 2018-06-02 09:32 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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You should specify the device you want to control, not the remote. Meridian processors are in the Harmony database and I think the DSP5000 is also.


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#276593 - 2018-06-02 11:00 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Cliff.]
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Thank you managed to download the DSP5000 to the remote, cheers.


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#277081 - 2018-06-13 09:36 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Struttmaster]
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Originally Posted By Struttmaster
To adjust base response you can adjust the boundary settings in the Setup menu of your master speaker, settings will be automatically transferred to you slave speaker.
So what if only one speaker is close to a wall/corner, do all speakers get cut?
If I understood the manual correctly at least the center can be configured separately (C.bou/C.Cor).


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#277097 - 2018-06-13 14:52 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: thuety]
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I think that is the case each speaker is the same as the other, as I am learning the Master controls the others and replicates it’s settings likewise to them. So if bass is -1 then it will be on the other no matter where you locate it in the room. Possibly but I’m only new to this.


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#277156 - 2018-06-16 08:59 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Awb]
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Just an update on these speakers i’ve decided to move these on after a few weeks , the bass has been mentioned even in corner setting at -3 is pretty significant in my 14 x 8 lounge. To significant for my tastes. Superb sound but very bass dominated in a small room. Even set on corner setting at -3 it was very powerful indeed , shame I haven’t got a 25 x 24 or larger room to have them in space which they demand. I’ll go back to looking for DSP5200 again!.


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Edited by Awb; 2018-06-16 09:21.
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#277161 - 2018-06-16 10:30 Re: DSP5500 are they a good purchase in today’s Hifi World? [Re: Mr Meridian]
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Originally Posted By Mr Meridian
Make sure you hear them before you buy, and don't assume that any bass heavy overhang you hear is down to poor placement or set up; they do sound very bass heavy, unlike the DSP5000 or DSP6000 from the same design era.

If you like the sound, that's great, but if you are ambivalent though, don't assume you can tame them at home by more careful positioning etc. I have heard them at two different dealers, once in a domestic set up, and perhaps foolishly pulled the trigger and bought a pair anyway, thinking I knew better on the set up front!

I much prefer DSP5000's or DSP6000s, having lived with all three for lengthy periods.
You were 110% spot on with what you said there as I’ve found out, wise words for sure.


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