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Meridian Audio DSP 5200.2 HC Centre

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Designed to compliment the DSP5200, the DSP5200HC provides full range playback in a horizontal centre channel package. The DSP5200HC offers unique DSP technology that allows it to be placed on a shelf or in a cabinet without sonic penalty. Like its larger sibling, the DSP7200HC, it is designed to sonically integrate with any Meridian DSP Loudspeaker including the latest range of In-walls. DSP5200HC is included in the Meridian Select program, offering 270 bespoke color finishes making this centre channel at home in any décor.

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Sharing technologies found in Meridian’s entire range of DSP Loudspeakers, the DSP5200HC employs purpose built electronics that are housed within its beautiful lacquered cabinet. This approach enables the DSP5200HC to provide performance equal to passive loudspeakers of four times its physical size. In addition, it incorporates the latest in SpeakerLink connection technologies, eliminating the need for large expensive cables to deliver high-quality sound.   This combination provides the DSP5200HC with beauty both inside and out that cannot be beat.

The DSP5200 is a powerful, yet relatively compact member of Meridian's DSP Loudspeaker family that out-performs anything of its size, while its visual design and elegance remain second-to-none.

Taking its cue from the flagship DSP8000, the DSP5200 distils its essence into a smaller package that is suitable not only for delivering superb sound where space is limited, but also more expansive environments. The Horizontal Centre model described here is ideal for mounting under a large-screen TV or behind an acoustically-transparent projection screen.

Available in over 270 colours

Meridian Select, our bespoke colour service, provides a choice of over 270 different colours and shades to help your Meridian system achieve an ideal match – or striking standout look – within its surroundings.

The DSP5200 is available as standard in a choice of black or white high gloss lacquer finishes.
The DSP5200HC complements the vertical version with a model designed for location beneath a screen



Innovative SpeakerLink for simple Cat 5 interconnects
Uniform bass response via careful tuning of the system bass alignment
Proprietary ‘apodising’ upsampling filter improves audio quality of standard sample rate signals
Powerful, compact and elegant digital active loudspeaker with ‘2½-way’ DSP crossover
Listener remote control features including bass, treble tilt, listening axis, volume, time-compensated balance and absolute phase

Dynamic bass protection system avoids LF distortion at high levels
The DSP5200 includes Meridian's innovative SpeakerLink interface, which allows digital audio and communication signals to be carried between components on a single, standard Cat 5 STP cable. In addition it features Meridian's innovative Apodising upsampling filter for improved audio quality from standard sample-rate sources, and advanced DSP features.


DSP Loudspeakers

The traditional setup – amplifiers driving passive loudspeakers – is inefficient,

limiting sound quality. Meridian loudspeakers contain a complete, matched audio

system with efficient DSP crossovers, multiple DACs and driver-specific amplifiers,

giving higher overall quality, less power use, and the performance of a traditional

loudspeaker eight times the physical volume.



Traditional audio systems often require large, expensive cables to maintain their

performance. Meridian's SpeakerLink uses an “Ethernet style” cable that delivers

pristine digital sound and control down a single cable between Meridian components.

The result is simple, unobtrusive, and cost-effective cables that are easy to install



Loudspeaker enclosures often vibrate, colouring the sound, making it less lifelike.

Our most advanced loudspeakers use a cabinet construction material unique to Meridian:

Meridium features highest-grade laminated plywood layers bonded to an aluminium core,

allowing the loudspeaker to reproduce music accurately without adding its own sound.


Triple FIFO Buffering

Each sample of a digital recording must remain evenly spaced in time. Unfortunately, timing

can vary, especially when reading discs. This is “jitter”, degrading music's sense of space

and diminishing realism. Meridian's multiple “First In, First Out” buffering system minimises

jitter, ensuring perfect timing and improved clarity. You enjoy a clearer feeling of the instruments

and their interrelationship.


Meridian High Resolution (MHR)

MHR was the first approved encryption method for transferring high definition digital audio

between components. Previously, it had to be in the analogue domain, reducing quality. MHR

allows secure movement of high resolution digital audio within a Meridian system, without

compromise, improving quality by reducing cyclic repetition.


Meridian Apodising Filter

Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because

of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After

painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be

steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings

old and new.



Technical Documents


View DSP5200 Data Sheet

View DSP5200 User Guide here

 View Meridian DSP White Paper



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Frequency response in-room within 3dB from 35Hz to over 20kHz. Linear-phase mid/top crossover. Output >108dB spl @ 1m on music material. Noise less than 15dB spl. Overall distortion typically <0.02% at any frequency or level.
Meridian SpeakerLink in and out (RJ45)
S/PDIF digital input, 32kHz–96kHz sampling rates at up to 24 bit with MHR support (phono).
‘2 1/2-way’ acoustic reflex system. Single-port (vertical model) or dual-port (horizontal centre).
2 x 160mm polypropylene bass drivers.
1 x 25mm aluminium-dome tweeter, silver wire, short horn-loaded.
Two precision 24/192 oversampling converters for bass/mid and tweeter signals. Active bass/mid crossover. Digital and conversion electronics constructed using advanced surface-mount techniques and partitioned 6-layer printed-circuit boards.
150MIPS digital signal processor. Digital crossover at 2.6kHz. Response correction for the whole system. Bass protection. User tone controls. Analogue/digital volume and phase control.
Three 75W power amplifiers, one for each driver.
Eight-character display with system lights, can be blanked.
Horizontal centre model: height 200mm/8in; width 734mm/29in; depth: 265.75mm/10.5in at deepest point.
35kg packed.