Meridian announces Sooloos card option for 800 Series13 January 2010
The ID40 Sooloos card allows the 800 Series products to offer "the highest quality audio delivery" from a Sooloos Digital Media System. The card is available in the latest generation of 800 Series products: specifically, as a standard feature in the 808.3 Signature Reference CD player and an option in the 861 V6 Reference Digital Surround Controller (pictured).
The card offers simple connection to the same network as a Sooloos system through its RJ-45-style Ethernet port, eliminating the need for unsightly cables and extra boxes. Once connected, the ID40 Sooloos Card renders audio streamed across the network. The host 800 Series product is then able to use its own DSP capabilities to perform advanced audio enhancement processing, using triple FIFO buffering and ‘upsampling’ lower sample rate audio streams to 88.2 or 96kHz using Meridian’s ‘apodising’ upsampling technology. In the case of 861, it also applies other processing, such as Trifield, for improved presentation on a multichannel system.
The same network connection also allows the host 800 Series product to easily send basic control commands back to the Sooloos Digital Media System. Using the supplied MSR+ remote handset (or Meridian Comms or Serial connection to the host product), the user has instant control over the active Play Queue.
The Meridian ID40 Sooloos Card can be specified as an option when ordering a new 861 V6, or retrofitted to existing 861 V6 products. More comprehensive upgrades for older 861 and 808 models are also available.
Roland Morcom, director of business development at Meridian, told IE Residential: "Not only has the best surround controller in the world just got even better, but through the simple addition of the optional ID40 Sooloos Card, Meridian’s 861 V6 Reference Digital Surround Controller also becomes the world’s best network playback device in the world."