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    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Bolton, Lancashire

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    I'm Matt.

    Cool Greetings from a Meridian 508 owner

    Hello everyone.

    I'll be honest, I've been out of the Hi-Fi scene for a long time now, but I found this forum when I was searching for any info I could find on the original Meridian 508.

    I have one that I've owned personally from new, bought around '95, but it hasn't seen the light of day for the best part of about 15 years, because it developed a fault, and I just dismissed it as being too costly to repair on my current income.

    From what I can find, it seems it's a relatively easy fix, so I took the huge step of listing it on eBay for someone to adopt & hopefully give new life to. It'll break my heart to see it go, but the way I see it, it's just sat in the wardrobe, not being appreciated as it should be.

    I have a few other bits tucked away somewhere from when I had a terrific set-up (Arcam Delta 60, Denon DRM44, Celestion 3), but they're currently inaccessible.

    Anyway, I'm not deliberately trying to plug my stuff, but I'd love to hear from anyone who might be interested.

    I used to work for Cleartone Hi-fi in Manchester until they went bankrupt, and spent 4 weeks with Superfi before I got another job closer to home. I was known as 'Mr Meridian' while I was there, because I was so passionate about their products, and in awe of their innovations with the digital medium. Because of that, I sold LOTS of Meridian. I once sold an elderly chap a full 600 series system, and would've loved to have explored its capabilities more than I did.

    I bought the 508 directly from Meridian, with the help of Richard Bates, who was the sales rep at the time. It was one of the few left over from when they upgraded from the CDM4 mech to the CDM12(?) and gave it 20 bit capabilities. It wasn't cheap, but it was a lot cheaper than the RRP of 1350. I sold the last one we had on clearance for 999. I even remember the guy's name.

    Would be great to hear from anyone who remembers Manchester Cleartone between '92 & '96.

    Thanks for reading.
    Matt
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    Join Date: Nov 2008

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    I'm Neil.

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    Welcome to the forum
    Regards Neil

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Matt. Welcome to AOS.

    Shame about the 508. Good gear Meridian. It has a following here. I use a 507 myself.

    Tell us what music you like and what you plan to do with the rest of your Hi-Fi.

    There's a lot going on here, so get involved and chat with the members.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Welcome to AoS Matt,

    Yes, Meridian made some good gear and their CD players were always well regarded. Sorry I don't know of Cleartone in Manchester - I left there in 1972, long before the advent of CD!

    Enjoy the Forum
    Barry
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    Barry

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    Join Date: Dec 2016

    Location: Kent uk

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    I'm Martin.

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    Hi Matt. Welcome to the forum i still have a Meridian 506 which has been upgraded with a trichord clock love the sound Enjoy the forum

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