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FS: Meridian DSP5000C digital active center channel speaker, in SoCal/Los Angeles/SF Bay/SD


Jun 18, 2019
These are from Meridian, pioneers in using DSP to take speaker performance to the next level. These have 3 separate amplifiers, one for tweeter and each woofer, and signal-shaping DSP with a linear phase crossover between woofer and tweeter. Phenomenal sound. The only issue is that these speakers require a digital input, (no analog whatsoever!) as they do all their magic in the digital domain. Works best in an all Meridian system, with a Meridian remote.

Price is firm and fair. These are VERY heavy (71 lbs.!) and so cannot be shipped. I do make it to the San Francisco Bay Area regularly and occasionally to San Diego, so if that's the case just get in touch. Photos are not mine; I'll take some and add them soon.

Will also have a pair of the flagship DSP6000 speakers for sale very soon! Those are Stereophile Class A rated, absolutely full range (six DSP corrected 8" woofers per speaker!) and even have a reasonable footprint as the cabinets aren't big at all. Absolutely stunning sound.

Looking for $431 picked up locally; price is firm and fair.

Photos are not mine; will take some and load later.

product sheet:

factory specifications:

Performance: Frequency response in-room within 3dB from 35Hz to over
Output >108dB spl @ 1m on music material.
Noise less than 15dB spl.
Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level.
Inputs: Two digital inputs to SPDIF standard; 32kHz–96kHz sampling
rates at up to 24 bit; MHR support. (A future software update
will enable support for 192kHz.)
Construction: 2.5-way acoustic reflex system.
2 x 160mm polypropylene high-efficiency long-throw custom
1 x 25mm aluminium-dome tweeter, silver wire, short hornloaded with protective grille.
Cabinet constructed from high-density MDF. Integral magnetic
shielding and user-changeable real wood veneer acoustic
damping side panels.
FIFO memory buffer input for the lowest possible jitter from
almost any source.
Two precision 128x oversampling converters for bass, mid
and tweeter signals.
Analogue gain and filtering using proprietary Meridian Class-A
discrete amplification.
Digital and conversion electronics constructed using
advanced surface-mount techniques and partitioned 4-layer
printed-circuit boards.
Three 75W power amplifiers, one for each of the drivers.
Power amplifiers use a unique feedback topology and
precision local error-correction systems to achieve a
performance equivalent to the conversion system.
Dimensions: 195mm (7.7in) H, 670 (26.38) W, 275 (10.83) D
Weight 32kg (71lb) each

DSP: 100MHz Motorola digital signal processor.
Digital crossover at 2.6kHz.
Response correction for the whole system.
Bass protection.
User tone controls.
Volume and phase control.
Controls: Rear-panel controls for power On/Off.
MSR and RS232 port provide control over bass, treble tilt,
listening axis, volume, time-compensated balance and
absolute phase.
Front display: Eight-character display with system lights, can be blank.


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