Meridian G08 - 24-bit Upsampling CD Player - Serviced


These units from Meridian are usually worth the effort for an outfit like ours.

Repairs are somewhat straightforward compared to others, and they are likely to last another 10-15 years after we've completed our service work.

The Achilles heel of the G08 is its CD drive. But luckily and unlike many other CD players, it's actually readily available.

We replaced not just the laser, but rather the entire laser/drive mechanism including the drawer and support system. This will also ensure reliable drawer operation.

This piece sounds and looks like the day it left the factory. There are almost no visible signs of wear, and the display is bright and even. Like there was no aging at all. 

Sonically this is as good as it ever got with traditional CD players as technology didn't quite advance any further. This CD player contains a true 24-bit DAC operating at 176.4kHz.

Best of all it also features balanced XLR outputs as well as plethora of digital outputs in case you'd like to provide your own DAC.

This listing includes the official Meridian remote control, which I believe was optional or an upgrade as it actually has provisions to control a complete Meridian system.

MSRP was $4000

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Standout Features Include:
• Upsampling for dramatic increase in quality
• CD/DVD-ROM drive allows over ten times improvement in error-correction
• 24-bit DAC operates at 176.4kHz for maximum performance
• Balanced & unbalanced analogue outs for maximum quality & flexibility
• Multiple buffers for minimum jitter and superior stereo imaging
• Evolved from the award- winning 588 & 800 players

More From Meridian:
Meridian’s G Series line of high performance digital & analogue consumer audio components feature a stylish cabinet design in traditional black or a sleek silver finish.

Designed to be either free-standing or rack- mounted, G Series components build on their predecessors, the multi-award-winning 500 and our flagship 800 Series, and include entirely new circuitry developed specifically for the G Series.

Multi-layer boards reduce system noise and improve performance. In products which include video capabilities, broadcast-quality, wide- bandwidth video components are employed for maximum image integrity.

G Series units are easy to use. Where appropriate, a knob is included to control volume. The positive-action front-panel keys are software- defined: their legends are presented in the vacuum fluorescent display and change intelligently according to context.

Full installation configuration of many G Series components is achieved by running a special setup program on a Windows computer, connected to the G Series unit via a serial link, or direct from the front panel.

G Series products also include serial ports for remote operation and configuration, along with infra-red sensor input and trigger capabilities, plus Meridian communications ports. A comprehensive back-lit learning/programmable remote is included with products other than amplifiers.

The G08 24-bit Upsampling CD Player takes Compact Disc playback to an entirely new level, with a heritage that includes the multiple award winning 588 and 800, and two dozen optical disc players from 1984 to the present day.

The G08 is CD-optimised, and able to play virtually any Red Book CD, as well as CD-R and CD-R/W. It also plays the CD layer of an SACD disc.

At the heart of the G08 are fully-integrated electronics and a computer-style CD/DVD-ROM drive. Although it normally runs at standard CD speed, the drive is capable of spinning the disc much faster, allowing multiple high-speed re-reads to ensure accurate recovery of data from even the most difficult disc. This feature alone provides ten times the error correction of a conventional CD player.

Once the digital data stream has been recovered from the disc, powerful on-board digital signal processing (DSP) with a capability of an impressive 150 MIPS (million instructions per second) up-samples the digital information from the 44.1 kHz, 16-bit signal of conventional CD to 24 bits, and to a sample rate of 176.4 kHz for digital to analogue conversion to drive the analogue outputs, and 88.2 kHz for the digital outputs.

Upsampling enables filtering to take place far beyond the range of human hearing, as well as offering other, audible benefits, right across the audio band, for ultimate transparency from a CD source.



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