With all the fuss over vinyl of late CD has rather been left by the wayside but not by Meridian,which has introduced the latest generation of its 808 CD player – which also incorporates network audio. Part of the Reference 800 Series, the 808v6 offers several improvements over its predecessor, including decoding and rendering of MQA sources via both digital and analogue outputs. The analogue outputs also feature bass, treble and balance controls. 

The 808v6 offers CD playback from an internal CD-ROM-based drive which, says Meridian, allows for data recovery and error correction many times better than that employed in standard systems. Full controller/ preamp functionality with Meridian technology is also on hand, including triple FIFO buffering and a proprietary DSP upsampling filter that promises the best hi-def sound possible from CD.

An upgraded S/PDIF receiver is compatible with Meridian’s SpeakerLink CAT5 cable interconnection, while the USB and RCA inputs allow playback of files up to 192kHz. Direct connection to a Meridian Sooloos System allows for digital media playback, with direct Play Queue control. The 808v6 is available in a choice of black or any of the 270 Meridian Select colours. The 808v6 is available now for £11,000, find out more here.