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Meridian 500\563 with Lumley Model-75's and Mag 1.6's - your thoughts?

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Hi,

 

I've had a Meridian 500 Transport and 563 DAC on appraisal for a few days...really like it, loads of detail and depth with my Raymond Lumley Model-75 Monoblocks and Magneplanar 1.6's.

 

I'm awaiting a 'price' from the vendor...what should I look to pay?

 

Your kind thoughts would be appreciated.

 

 

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RE: Meridian 500\563...

 

No kind, knowledgeable souls able to offer their thoughts?  Was hoping for around £400.  Optimistic?  I guess any higher than that I should consider new machines too!(?)

 

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RE: Meridian 500\563...

godfer wrote:

 

No kind, knowledgeable souls able to offer their thoughts?  Was hoping for around £400.  Optimistic?  I guess any higher than that I should consider new machines too!(?)

 

Personally, not familiar with the model... how old are they? and what condition are they in?

Mac

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RE: Meridian 500\563...

I think they are 20yrs old and in mint condition.  They offer a lovely open sound, complementing my Maggie's beautifully.  I had a quick gander on eBay and the same combo was up for £995 Buy Now from a Dealer!!!

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RE: Meridian 500\563...

godfer wrote:

I think they are 20yrs old and in mint condition.  They offer a lovely open sound, complementing my Maggie's beautifully.  I had a quick gander on eBay and the same combo was up for £995 Buy Now from a Dealer!!!

Well if you can get them for £400-£500 you've got yourself a bargain! and they would complete a nice set up there.

Mac

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RE: Meridian 500\563 - your thoughts?

Hi Godfer. 

No need to comment on SQ as that is personal taste, but I have owned the then bottom of the range 506, plus 501/555 pre power from new @ 1995. The laser started to play up right at the end of the 5 year warrenty, but superb service from Meridian who replaced the whole transport with the latest version at no cost and upgraded the DACs to Burr Brown 24s for a very reasonable fee, which gave me a 508 in a 506 case. Since then, all have performed faultlessly and from a build and sound quality POV, explains why old Meridian kit still commands good money SH. A big investment at the time, but lasting quality is worth every penny, IMHO

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