Meridian Audio has expanded its 200 Series with the new 251, a compact Powered Zone Controller with two channels of on-board amplification. Designed for hi-res audio, including Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), the 251 can act as an integrated amplifier, delivering two 100-watt channels for two passive loudspeakers or a soundbar for media room projects. It can be deployed to run a 2.1 system with a separate subwoofer, using the unit’s pair of analog outputs, or be used as the hub for distributed audio applications from single zone to whole-house distribution using the 251’s digital and analog inputs. This Powered Zone Controller can also be the endpoint for Meridian’s award-winning Sooloos music management platform as well as offering support for Roon. In all these applications, the 251 will elevate the listening experience by bringing Meridian’s trademark fidelity and high-resolution audio performance to the system.
Other Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies within the unit include upsampling and apodizing filters, jitter reduction and lip synching to enhance the audio experience and eliminate signal timing and alignment issues. An incredibly flexible solution, the 251 provides installers with a controller for a huge array of applications, whether it is a single room install or a whole home project.
Meridian claims the 251 Powered Zone Controller is quick and simple to install and set up. As a 1U, half rack width unit, it can easily be installed behind a TV or within an AV rack. An optional rack mount kit or VESA mounting bracket is available. A web based setup page makes for simple, repeatable and quick configuration.
Meridian provides a range of control options for seamless integration and flexibility within a bigger home technology installation. The 251 offers IP and IR control, a native iPad network control app and Meridian Sooloos control, as required.
The 251 will list for $1,500. All the details are here.