Meridian’s Flagship 800 V.4 Now Shipping

From the press release:

The 800 optical disc player from leading British consumer audio manufacturer Meridian has received equally high  praise for the unparalleled quality of its video as it has for its  world-beating audio performance. In addition, its modular, card-based  architecture allows it to be expanded and developed as technology and  industry standards advance. The new 800 Version 4 exemplifies this  approach, taking this acclaimed player still further, with support for  HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output and video input  cards, along with video switching cards originally designed for the  861. In addition, the 800 Version 4 can be set up with Meridian’s new  MConfig application, which includes step-by-step configuration and  graphic system design.

Version 4 is the latest incarnation of the 800 Optical Disc Player,  which combines new software with a modified ‘core’ card complement  offering a significant increase in the quality and flexibility of the  system. The new VI00 Video Input card is included along with the  recently-released VE12 HDMI/Progressive Component output card. These  enable the 800 to be interfaced with a display via a single  interconnect, the 800 providing video switching and scaling of internal and external video signals.

Meridian 800 Version 4

The VI00 provides two composite, two S-Video and one interlaced  component video input, and studio-quality on-board video A/D conversion allows analogue video sources to be converted to the common broadcast  resolution standard digital video format that is used internally in the  800. The VE12 provides HDMI output for compatible displays, and  automatically handshakes with the display to determine the highest  quality signal that can be provided by the player. The card also  provides analogue progressive component video out. Version 4  additionally supports analogue video input/switching cards designed  originally for the 861 Digital Surround Controller.
The 800 Version 4 also includes the VE00 Video Encoder card. This  generates NTSC or PAL (software switchable) in composite, S-video or  component formats, and features wide video bandwidth, low noise and  extended black level setting. Controls are provided for adjustment of  aspect ratio, picture position, brightness and contrast, and NTSC hue.

The 800 Version 4 is now supported by the latest computer-based  configuration system from Meridian, known as MConfig. This Windows  application also supports the 861, the new 808 and Meridian Room  Correction. MConfig includes a graphic system definition tool, which  enables a comprehensive system architecture to be built up on-screen  and then uploaded to the unit(s) concerned.

The 800 Version 4 is now available in traditional Meridian black  lacquer or a sleek new silver finish, with the latest MSR+ IR  learning/programmable remote, and existing players can be upgraded to  Version 4.

Manufacturer’s suggested price on the 800 Version 4 will remain the  same – $18,000 to $20,000 depending on configuration. Meridian will  offer the new Version 4 without any price increase for consumers. 800  Version 3 owners interested in upgrading, should contact Meridian at  404-344-7111.

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