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    Here the only info I can find on the Meridian : http://www.meridian-audio.info/show.php?compid=185

    It looks like it uses switch-mode PSU's - interesting .

    Look what someones selling on this forum , a bit more cash , yummy yum yum :http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...ated-amplifier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Look what someones selling on this forum , a bit more cash , yummy yum yum :http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...ated-amplifier
    Yes. If you have the budget, that should be really nice. Pretty powerful for a valve amp too.
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    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Hi Jez - finally finished my decorating and got things going. Well now the deck is set up properly and with your Pre amp it's a complete revelation ! It's as if I've benefited from an ear syringe and well everything is so defined and musical now. Big thank you to Arkless and all the help - love it hearing my collection as if it was for the first time


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    Good to hear that your rig is up and running . Amazing what proper setup can do combined with good equipment . Enjoy !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinijohnson View Post
    Hi Jez - finally finished my decorating and got things going. Well now the deck is set up properly and with your Pre amp it's a complete revelation ! It's as if I've benefited from an ear syringe and well everything is so defined and musical now. Big thank you to Arkless and all the help - love it hearing my collection as if it was for the first time


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    I'm glad you like it so much Colin! If anyone else wants to try an Arkless 640P see here: http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...an-list/page11
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    I bought that Meridan you mentioned Ari for 250 on eBay today. I'll post results. Looking forward to this - a "blind punt" I think. But so was the Arkless Pre amp which I'm very pleased with. Anyone experience of the Meridan ?
    This week I had installed a huge fm aerial on the roof - problem is that I should have purchased a directional aerial, not an omni directional one.
    I'm not impressed with my Cyrus 7 tuner - good strength stations lacked soundstage presence. Anyway, new aerial on its way and I bought a rotel bx950 tuner for no money on eBay & will try that too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Hey Colin

    I was just wondering about how it's going with your system , checked my email , lo and behold !

    I can't wait to hear of your impression of your modded phono-stage when you get it , and properly setup arm .

    Here is a link to Cyrus power amplifiers for sale in the UK on fleabay : http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_fr...ifier&_sacat=0

    If you get a power amp closely matching the specs of your Cyrus 7 you could try bi-amping the Motion 15's , using the amplifiers in your Cyrus 7 and the separate power amp .

    Meridian power : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Meridian-T...kAAOSwuLZY6NcM Quick ! Bid on this now - 1 day left .

    Cambridge Audio : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cambridge-...UAAOSw5cNYXUUO

    Linn LK140 : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Linn-LK140...QAAOSwTM5YyArX

    Quad Pre Amp and 2x Quad 306 : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quad-Pre-A...sAAOSwr~lYrwUc

    Roksan Kandy KMA 2/3 Power Amplifier Mk III : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Roksan-Kan...kAAOSwCU1Y1SHN

    CONRAD JOHNSON SONOGRAPHE SA 150 POWER AMP : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CONRAD-JOHNSON-SONOGRAPHE-SA-150-POWER-AMP-/282420046246?hash=item41c18be9a6:gOUAAOSwdGFYsqP0

    Naim NAP-150 : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Naim-NAP-1...8AAOSw4CFYrxHh

    The Meridian , Conrad Johnson and NAP-150 would be first on my list , closely followed by the Linn . Perhaps other members could voice their opinions .
    I bought that Meridan you mentioned Ari for 250 on eBay today. I'll post results. Looking forward to this - a "blind punt" I think. But so was the Arkless Pre amp which I'm very pleased with. Anyone experience of the Meridan ?
    This week I had installed a huge fm aerial on the roof - problem is that I should have purchased a directional aerial, not an omni directional one.
    I'm not impressed with my Cyrus 7 tuner - good strength stations lacked soundstage presence. Anyway, new aerial on its way and I bought a rotel bx950 tuner for no money on eBay & will try that too.


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    Wow ! I can't wait to hear your impressions Colin - it should be fantastic . Most audio equipment I've ever purchased has been 2nd hand apart from a Cambridge Audio 651C that I purchased recently and a Creek Audio phonostage that I purchased a couple of years ago . The Meridian should be excellent .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    Wow ! I can't wait to hear your impressions Colin - it should be fantastic . Most audio equipment I've ever purchased has been 2nd hand apart from a Cambridge Audio 651C that I purchased recently and a Creek Audio phonostage that I purchased a couple of years ago . The Meridian should be excellent .
    Hi Ari - bought the Meridan - works ok, BUT was worse than my Cyrus 7 Pre.I called JS Audio who being an ex Musical Fidelity chap -services amps. He quoted me 300 - saying the 1986 model would be "ok" after the service, but I'd be better off spending on a newer amp such as a musical fidelity a3. So Now flogging the Meridan & a a3cr with JS upgrades is on its way! (eBay 400). Joys of trial & error - but more optimistic with the a3.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinijohnson View Post
    Hi Ari - bought the Meridan - works ok, BUT was worse than my Cyrus 7 Pre.I called JS Audio who being an ex Musical Fidelity chap -services amps. He quoted me 300 - saying the 1986 model would be "ok" after the service, but I'd be better off spending on a newer amp such as a musical fidelity a3. So Now flogging the Meridan & a a3cr with JS upgrades is on its way! (eBay 400). Joys of trial & error - but more optimistic with the a3.


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    Hey Colin - I'm sorry the Meridian wasn't up to scratch , let's hope that the Musical Fidelity A3 is the right one . Did the seller allow you to return the Meridian ?

    The 3A certainly looks good .





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