The 808v6 is the newest version of the company’s 808 CD player and the latest addition to its 800 Reference Series. The new player supports MQA sources and stakes its claim as the “highest performance CD player ever manufactured by Meridian”.

Meridian says the v6 offers several improvements over its predecessors, including MQA decoding and rendering to deliver “studio quality reproduction” via digital and analogue outputs.

But the 808v6 is first and foremost a CD player, and one which offers playback from an internal CD-ROM based drive. Meridian says it allows for “data recovery and error correction many times better than that employed in standard CD systems”.

Inputs include USB and RCA, both of which can receive audio up to 192kHz, and there's a Meridian SpeakerLink connection. An improved DSP chip, which not only allows for MQA support, but also lip-sync control and DSD playback.

The analogue outputs benefit from bass, treble and balance controls too, while the upsampling filter aims to get the best out of CD resolution audio.

More after the break

The CD player joins the new Audio Core and the DSP5200.2 and DSP7200.2 speakers, announced last month. 

The Meridian 808v6 is available in black for £11,000 or in the complete range of 270 Meridian Select colours for £11,500. 

MORE: MQA technology paves way for high-res streaming

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ellisdj's picture

Needs to be a shootout

Needs to be a shootout between this and the burmeister recently reviewed for top dog

FunkyMonkey's picture

Only a fool or a rich man, or

Only a fool or a rich man, or a rich fool, would spend so much on what is essentially a CD processor, aka computer.
Give me a blind test. I will put up a PS3 operating in Bitmap 3 with HDMI out (because the PS3 DAC is pants but the aforementioned digital mapping is sublime) through a decent receiver with carefully calibrated room correction, and you would not notice a £10k difference.
Makes me angry that companies get away with this kind of pricing.
Idiot consumers.

english mustard's picture

idiot !

  money no object   why the the hell not  !

Barael's picture

Better error correction, indeed

It's funny how if the claims of these hifi manufacturers were true, nothing would actually work. The 20 euro cd drive in your computer would never read a single file without hopelessly corrupting the contents. Your home network would be completely inoperable because the regular 5 euro network cables can't be trusted to transmit anything without flipping bits every which way. You can't play anything on your Playstation because the bundled, low-grade HDMI cable only delivers a garbled mess to your TV.

ellisdj's picture

Funkey Monkey - Have you heard Meridian 800 series?

Go and listen to some Meridian 800 series components in a decent room and you will realise they are truely excellent.  They are expensive but so is a lot of stuff.

If you are talking room correction as I think you are - you probably havent but it would be worth you doing so

All the best


FunkyMonkey's picture

The earth is round. It's okay

The earth is round. It's okay, I'll save myself £10k and spend it on SACD and other, more convincing and worthwhile HiFi upgrades.

ellisdj's picture

Thats your choice, however if

Thats your choice, however if you ever get a chance to listen it will be worth it

Speaking of Receivers the 861 is in a different class to every AV receiver I have heard with the Exception of Steinway Lyngdorf which is also excellent.

If you talking about feeding this level of product into a standard off the shelf AV Receiver with room correction like Auddessey and not hewring a difference your probably right - but this product is not designed for that