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Meridian 251 Powered Zone Controller

£1,250.40
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Designed for in-room and in-rack systems, the 251 Powered Zone Controller contains all the functionality needed to create a great sounding and flexible Hi-Res Audio zone.

With two powerful, cool-running channels of on-board amplification, the Meridian 251 can comfortably drive a pair of
loudspeakers or a sound bar with our trademark fidelity and High Resolution performance. 

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Manufacturer Link Meridian 251 Powered Zone Controller
Manufacturer Meridian
Hide price - show call for price Yes
Free warranty 3 years
Delivery Charge Free
Delivery Time Normally 1 - 5 Working Days (Covid-19 and Brexit Delays Possible, contact us for more information)
Card Surcharge No
Color Black
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Designed for in-room and in-rack systems, the 251 Powered Zone Controller contains all the functionality needed to create a great sounding and flexible Hi-Res Audio zone.

With two powerful, cool-running channels of on-board amplification, the Meridian 251 can comfortably drive a pair of loudspeakers or a sound bar with our trade mark fidelity and high resolution performance. With a pair of analogue outputs, you can also run a 2.1 system with a separate subwoofer.

With both digital and analogue inputs, the MQA–enabled Meridian 251 is a hub for distributed audio applications from simple single zone to whole-house distribution. Featuring IP and IR control, this versatile 1U, half-width unit can be easily installed behind a TV or in a rack.

Simple web-based setup page makes for easy, repeatable and quick configuration. Our 251 is also an endpoint for our award-winning Sooloos music management platform as well as offering support for Roon.

Product Highlights

  • 2 x 100W per channel into 4 Ohms (2 x 65W per channel into 8 Ohms), cool-running amplifiers with a high peak output current capability to drive difficult loads and 40kHz true Hi-Res bandwidth.
  • Housed in a half-width, 1U tall Aluminium enclosure and available with an optional rack-mount kit or VESA mount bracket, the 251 has multiple installation applications.
  • Endpoint for our award-winning Sooloos music management platform, along with Roon support, for a user-friendly Hi-Res Audio experience.
  • Built-in MQA decoder, the Meridian 251 fully supports Master Quality Authenticated encoded music playback, guaranteeing a studio master quality experience.
  • IP Control allows for seamless integration and flexibility within the home.
  • Also includes digital and analogue inputs and linelevel analogue outputs.
  • Made in Britain and backed by our 5 year warranty.

User Features

A significant number of control options are provided on the Meridian 251 Powered Zone Controller, including IP control, native iPad network control app, Meridian Sooloos Control, IR and third party control.

In addition, the unit’s front panel features multiple LEDs to indicate source selection, including one that signals MQA playback

Configuration via in-built webpage to select all installation options.

Lip Sync

Video processing typically delays the picture. As sound travels slower than light, the effect of the sound arriving before the picture is highly noticeable. For installations where the audio and video are separated before video processing, the Meridian 218 has adjustable audio delay to realign the audio with the video.

Mqa

Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download.

Fifo Reclocking

Clock variations, known as jitter, are one the main causes of unpleasant “glare” in digital audio systems. The Meridian 218 solves this problem with a proprietary jitter reduction technique using a FIFO (first-in first-out) buffer that allows an independent output clock to deliver clock performance that does not rely upon on the incoming signal quality.

Dsp Upsampling And Apodising Filters

Almost all audio has been digitally processed, even if it arrives at the Meridian 218 in analogue form. Upsampling allows the Meridian 218’s DACs to run at a higher sample rate and achieve their full potential. Upsampling also provides the opportunity to apply apodising correction to ameliorate time-domain errors that have been introduced to the signal by the ADCs or other upstream processing.

Specification:

Audio Outputs

  • Speaker outputs on Phoenix connectors
  • 24-12 AWG Compatible
  • 2 x 100w into 4Ω nominal load (2 x 65w into 8Ω)
  • 40kHz Bandwidth
  • 2-channel line-level analogue output on RCA phono connectors
  • Twin 192kHz 24-bit DACs

Audio Inputs

  • One 2-channel digital coaxial S/PDIF input. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
  • One 2-channel Meridian SpeakerLink input. 44.1kHz to 192kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
  • One 2-channel digital optical TOSLINK input. 44.1kHz to 96kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
  • One 2-channel analogue input on RCA phono connectors
  • One network input (Ethernet) for connection to Meridian Sooloos or third party control interface

Control Signals

  • IP Control
  • IR on 3.5mm jack
  • Meridian Comms

Display

LEDs to indicate source selection and MQA status

Power

Advanced linear power supply: 110–120V ac 50–60Hz | 220-240V ac 50-60Hz

Dimensions

  • Height: 42mm (without feet)
  • Width: 203mm
  • Depth: 221mm (226mm inc. connectors)
  • Weight: 2.5kg (5.5kg)

Packed Dimensions

  • Height: 100mm (3.9in)
  • Depth: 340mm(13.4in)

Rack-Mounting

  • 1U tall rack kit available with space for two units
  • Optional VESA mount brackets
  • Width: 260mm (10.2in)
  • Packed Weight: 3.0kg (6.6lbs)