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#279433 - 2018-10-07 15:28 M6 - Media Core or Audio Core?
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Hi Everyone,

I’m planning to buy a pair of M6s, and was wondering what the most suitable pairing for them would be. At the moment, I listen to my music library of CDs ripped to ALAC files on iTunes via a USB drive on a Denon HEOS Connect through a pair of Adam Artist 6 active speakers. It looks like I won’t be able to connect that directly to the M6s, so I have been looking at either a media core or an audio core.

The media core would duplicate what the Denon does, but I understand that the Sooloos is a better interface than iTunes, so that would be worth considering. It also means I would only have two components - core and speakers - as opposed to audio core, Denon, USB and speakers if I go the other way.

I think the only thing stopping me from definitely deciding on the media core is that I understand it’s not wireless, and I would have to use a USB wireless dongle if I’m not connecting it to my router (which I can’t, as it's in another part of the house). My experience with wireless dongles in the past has not been great, so I’m not too happy at this prospect.

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Thanks,
Vinnie

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#279438 - 2018-10-07 16:11 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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See the MC200 set up discussion a couple of threads below and use a Powerline link back to the router.

Brian


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#279439 - 2018-10-07 16:16 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: bxd]
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Hi Brian, thanks for the reply. I’ve tried power line links in the past, but they haven’t worked.

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#279441 - 2018-10-07 18:08 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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Read the user manual for the MC200 and AC200. The latter has better overall control of the M6’s, such as EBA, setting the room height et al.

An alernative to the AC200 is the 218, which enables full control of the M6’s - plus it gives you MQA.

A cheaper alternative to the MC200 is an Intel powered QNAP + Meridian plugin for Sooloos.


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#279448 - 2018-10-08 07:23 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: spinaltap]
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Thanks. I wasn’t even aware of the 218.

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#279449 - 2018-10-08 08:17 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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Looking at your initial post, you mention ‘USB Wireless Dongle’.

In connecting an MC200, for example, you would utilise an Ethernet powerline adaptor (not USB dongle). This equally works for QNAP.

I use Develo Ethernet homeplugs without issues.


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#279450 - 2018-10-08 08:44 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: spinaltap]
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I’ve tried power line adapters in the past, but they haven’t worked, no idea why. Looks like the Media Core is the better bet from my point of view.

Thanks,

Vinnie.

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#279451 - 2018-10-08 08:53 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: spinaltap]
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This might work - (not powerline) WiFi to Ethernet adaptor

Netgear Wi-Fi extender with ethernet port

Cheers
Tom


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#279453 - 2018-10-08 09:04 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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How do you want to control the M6’s? IR, app?

AC200 will allow remote control view via IR but not easily with an app.
MC200 is app only.
218 is app or with some extras, via IR.

If your existing music sources can genuinely play bit perfect, then 218 can MQA decode MQA material, but M6’s will only benefit partly from that.

MC200 is streamer only, AC200 and 218 take other sources.

MC200 is probably not going to be a long term solution. It’s really just under care and maintenance.

AC200 is probably under care and maintenance but doesn’t really need any so not a problem.

218 is a recent product but some of it’s USP is not being utilised without Sooloos or Sooloos compatible (ie Roon) music source.

MC200 only needs internet access for ripping audio or playing internet radio. Other network features are easily supported by creating a basic standalone network, ie just a switch and/or suitable wireless access point. If you don’t want internet radio (it is a nice feature) you can just temporarily unplug MC200 and move it to internet connection if you just want to Rip.

Personally I would go 218 either with existing music source or Roon and stick 218 out of sight.


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#279454 - 2018-10-08 09:51 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: Ian]
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To be honest, I would prefer to just buy the M6s and hook my existing source up to them, but that doesn’t appear to be an option. The WiFi extender looks a useful bit of kit - hadn’t thought of that, thanks. I can see why the 218 is being recommended, but by god it’s an ugly piece of kit. Not at all what I would associate with Meridian. I suppose I have to decide if I’m prepared to pay an extra couple of hundred quid for something that looks better...

Thanks for the advice.

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#279455 - 2018-10-08 11:29 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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So on my existing M6's and Roon, I currently run MS200.

I could do with some tweaking through EBA and MRC, and not as bothered about MQA for this set up.

I'm guessing AC200 covers that but does 218 cover that as well (and give MQA)??

Both are going behind the scenes in a cupboard so doesn't matter what they look like.

C


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#279456 - 2018-10-08 11:56 Re: M6 - Media Core or Audio Core? [Re: VinnieMac63]
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Originally Posted By VinnieMac63
To be honest, I would prefer to just buy the M6s and hook my existing source up to them, but that doesn’t appear to be an option.
Most of the other speakers in Meridian range would allow standalone hookup, such as 5200's. The M6's were modular lifestyle speakers, which require a separate Meridian controller, and such, require that to be factored in to the setup. A pair 5200 would beat M6's audio wise and without looking at rrp, would probably be not far off a pair M6 plus a Meridian controller price wise.

In 218 defense, it’s a custom install component and not designed to be on show. I am sure Meridian could put a 218 in a nice case with IR and proper USB input at double the price, but then it would be too close to a hypothetical 'AC300' which would be a very nice box indeed.


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