Stuart, on 20 Years of ‘Meridian Digital Theatre’
Meridian co-founder and technical director Bob Stuart marked what in 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the company’s iconic 565 Digital Surround Controller – an industry first at its introduction in 1994 -- with a talk last week at Meridian’s New York City showroom on how that product pushed the envelope and in so doing, influenced digital audio fundamentals.
That year, Meridian entered the home theater category with a “Meridian Digital Theatre” market approach that included the 565 plus its new range of digital loudspeakers.
Those products’ impact has been felt throughout the industry and also, within the company’s newly introduced G65 Surround Controller. The $7,000 G65’s name honors the 565. It is designed to deliver audio from all sources, stereo or multichannel; it works in tandem with the HD621 HDMI Processor.
Meridian’s goal in developing its digital products has always been “transparent sound. Digital enabled us to do manipulations that were highly predictable but not damaging, and which produced better results,” Stuart said.
One other critical groundbreaking aspect of the 565 was that customers could be assured of a perpetually up-to-date product, once they made the initial purchase investment, because of the multiple software upgrades that were made available.
The new G65 Surround Controller, Stuart said, benefits from an aggregation of all the most desirable features developed over the course of 20 years, “plus the area where we’ve pushed hardest in recent years: transparency and clarity.
“It has the 20 years’ heritage of our single-mindedness to improve sound,” Stuart said.