There was a DAC about four years ago (I forget which), but it was a game-changer for a couple of months after which it become an also-ran.
I think that for Meridian (and Bob in particular), what they did was a labour of love. What we got was the real deal, with no annual model 'upgrades' and associated bullshit. Thank you, Bob :-)
DSP7200SE's, 818v3, Antipodes CX.
Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR, PS Audio P5 (for 818), 2xSotM sNH-10G, SotM sCLK-OCX10.
[Using a mix of Alpha NR, Delta NR power cables + SotM and AudioQuest Diamond interconnects.]