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Meridian Audio: 808v6 CD

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Meridian has an indelible role in the history of the CD player, with a proud track record of state-of-the-art, award-winning players. The 808v6 Signature Reference CD Player is the fruit of that legacy, and it continues to push the boundaries of both design and sound performance.   Extremely advanced high-end audio technologies have been implemented to drastically reduce digital errors  – by as much as 40 per cent – as well offering an unparalleled array of set-up options and connections.   

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This is probably the best value for money cd player on the market today. Fanatastic cd playback as expected but with a reference pre amplifier and Meridian streamer built in we really couldn't ask for more. Simply choose this product and a pair of Meridian speakers to own a minimalist system of exceptional high quality

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Meridian Audio 808v5 Signature Reference CD Player (Front, SIlver)

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The 808v5 forms the heart of Meridian’s ultimate music system. Improved digital signal processing, the latest linear power supply, a brand new master clock and many more high-tech innovations contribute to this player’s world-beating performance.   Offered in Graphite as standard – with Piano Lacquer, Black or Silver also available at no extra cost – The 808v5 Signature Reference CD Player is a state-of-the-art purveyor of incredible sound and high-tech design for your home.  




Compact Disc continues to offer an unparalleled selection of music, and on the right player, the medium is capable of results that rival High Definition recordings. The 808 Signature Reference CD Player is such a player.

Part of the Reference 800 Series, the 808v5 is the highest performance CD Player Meridian has ever made, and forms the heart of Meridian's ultimate music system. 808 inherits Meridian's 30-year tradition of award-winning players, while setting new benchmarks in audio performance.

In addition to being a superb Compact Disc player, 808 offers a wide range of inputs for all your sources including computer playback. Combined with a pair of any of Meridian's DSP Loudspeakers, it's all you need to create your ultimate stereo music system.

“30 Years of Compact Disc” commemorative plate inside flap

Available in Graphite, Silver, Piano-Lacquer Black and the complete range of Meridian Select colours


Audiophile CD Player with Meridian technology including ROM drive, triple FIFO buffering and DSP apodising upsampling filter to deliver the best possible “high definition” sound from the popular CD medium

Meridian SpeakerLink interconnection for superb quality: twin outputs for simple, robust “home run” installation. Now supports the latest SpeakerLink functionality such as Extended Boundary Control

Multiple analogue and digital inputs including SpeakerLink and full controller/preamp functionality

Redesigned master oscillator and clocking circuitry reduces jitter by 40% compared to previous models

Unique proprietary ‘apodising’ upsampling filter pioneered in the 808.2 provides audibly enhanced performance

Improved DSP feeding the analogue outputs for a sweeter sound than ever before

Advanced linear power supply

Built-in ID41 card enables direct connection to a Meridian Digital Media System for the highest possible sound quality digital media playback, with direct Play Queue control

ID29 USB card allows highest-quality computer playback
The new 808v5 features the latest linear power supply, a brand new master clock and timing circuitry to minimise jitter (40% less than previous models) for improved sound source localisation, clarity and imaging, while the proprietary ‘apodising' digital upsampling filter system developed by Meridian adds a new accuracy and clarity to CD replay - even correcting digital faults in the original recording, and helping to make CDs played on the 808v5 sound like high resolution recordings.

In addition the 808v5 includes improved DSP feeding the analogue outputs for a sweeter sound, and new firmware to support SpeakerLink enhancements such as subwoofer level, Enhanced Boundary Control (EBC), crossover adjustments and other features such as bass timing and loudness adjustments.


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.

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.



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THD & Noise

Better than –96dBFS

Triple-beam laser, multi-speed CD-ROM transport

192kHz-capable, 24-bit, Delta Sigma converters operating at 4 x CD sample rate (176.4kHz).
Apodising-style upsampling filter system.
Stereo Outputs

1 unbalanced on phono, 1 balanced on XLR-3M: 2.3V rms fixed/variable, Class A, 47Ω impedance
Coax unbalanced (S/PDIF); twin RJ45 balanced (AES/EBU) SpeakerLink digital interface for single-cable connection of other Meridian equipment. Operating at up to 2 x CD sample rate (88.2kHz), 24-bit with MHR option.
Stereo Inputs & Sources

6 unbalanced on phono.
3 coax, 5 toslink optical, 3 speakerlink RJ45, 1 USB
Meridian Digital Media System connectivity via RJ45 Ethernet connection
Disc Formats

CD Audio (CD-DA), CD-R, CD-R/W

Two 5-pin 240° DIN sockets for Meridian Comms, and RS232 full remote/configuration interface. Three programmable 12V trigger outputs. RJ45 SpeakerLink.

Black lacquer, graphite or silver finish in metal & glass. Meridian Select colours also available.

Front-panel keys for Open/Close, Play, Stop, Pause, Previous, Next, On/Off. Additional controls behind hinged front access cover include Repeat, Fast Forward/Reverse, Display, Mute, Volume Up/Down, Store/Clear, Source.
Full remote control via MSR+, RS232.

20-character dot matrix display with adjustable brightness and contrast. Indicators for Phase, Repeat and EQ (emphasis).

Advanced linear power supply
480mm (18.9in) x 175mm (6.9in) x 411mm (16.2in) (whd)