WHY IS DIGITAL ACTIVE SO IMPORTANT?
Most speakers on the market are using an antiquated mix of capacitors, resistors and transformers in the form of a crossover to tell the speaker what sounds should go to which drivers. The problem with this is that the electrical properties of all these devices change based on temperature. In the digital age we live in, we have other tools available to us such as providing digital crossovers and by powering each driver with its own amplifier. The difference this makes is to provide a much more digitally accurate sound which is always more open, detailed and dynamic. Brands like Meridian & ProAudio Technology also use these digital systems to digitally correct the speakers and the room.
MERIDIAN – A HISTORY OF HIGH RESOLUTION AND MQA
Meridian has always challenged convention. For more than forty years, they have pushed boundaries, disrupted norms and delivered products that have shaped our industry and redefined how people experience sound. Meridian is used worldwide in a variety of environments in collaborative partnerships with industry leaders including; Jaguar Land Rover and British Airways, ultimately transforming the way people experience sound, wherever they may be.
The inventors of Meridian are also responsible of MQA and Meridian Lostloss which is still used today as part of Dolby Surround Processing. MQA is important to the industry as it is the only way to currently stream high resolution audio.
PRO AUDIO TECHNOLOGY – MAKE SOUND FUN AGAIN!
Pro Audio Technology was founded upon a simple principle to combine the preeminent engineering technology from consumer and professional audio fields to product the most accurate, robust and aurally exciting audio products. Pro Audio products unite lively dynamics, high maximum SPL levels and rugged durability with DSP controlled digital amplifiers.
Discover the complete range of products to address every residential application from whole home audio to the most powerful, professional grade cinema systems.
All Pro Audio Technology systems need to be engineered by a Cogworks certified professional.
DIGITAL TO ANALOGUE CONVERTERS
In this digital age, one of the most critical elements within circuit design is the ability to correctly decode and encode digital to analogue signals. As the industry leaders in high resolution audio, Meridian are renowned for their DACs. Meridian speakers, being digital, use multiple DACs which is a critical element of their design. For stereo use, Meridian have developed a range of DACs to solve unique situations. With the 200 series, the Meridian DACs are also high resolution MQA end points with the ability to connect additional sources such as your TV, CD Player, or for Air playing your favourite songs from your phone.
With the Ultra-Dac, Meridian created the ultimate Digital to Analogue Converted, packed full of ground-breaking technologies and world firsts.
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USING A TURNTABLE IN A DIGITAL SYSTEM
As records and turntables make a return, we are often asked whether we can integrate this into a digital system. All turntables have extremely low output and require a phono preamp to deal with boosting the signal to the appropriate level with a low noise floor. At that point, it can be connected to high quality components, such as Meridian, StormAudio & Acurus
HOW DOES A DIGITAL SYSTEM WORK?
Brands like StormAudio & Meridian can output digital rather than analogue. This is technically superior than having to convert from digital to analogue which is typical of most home theatre preamps. The digital signal is less prone to losses and interference and since many amplifiers today are digital, it saves an additional analogue to digital conversion in the amplifier. The only conversion required in a full digital system is the conversion back to analogue for the speaker.
Because a product like StormAudio and speaker solutions from Meridian and Pro Audio also incorporate digital crossovers, the signal can be split in the digital domain to deliver an incredibly accurate audio reproduction.
Instead of speaker cable, signals are delivered over data cables (eg. Cat 5, Cat 6)