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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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