As the pioneers of High Resolution audio, Meridian says it has introduced the new 210 Streamer to help integrators meet client demand for reliable, high-quality audio streaming throughout the home. The device allows the latest music-streaming services to connect to home audio installations via a range of formats, for a flexible and powerful system, says its creator.
“Homeowners and their families expect to be able to stream music straight from their phone, tablets, or other devices into their home audio set up.” says Barry Sheldrick, Director of Sales at Meridian Audio. “The 210 Streamer allows integrators to deliver this functionality with minimal fuss and maximum audio quality. When developing this product, research into the music subscriptions revealed that Spotify is the market leader, with 36% market share, so we put great emphasis on ensuring this streamer would be compatible with Spotify Connect. Our engineers spent a lot of time giving Spotify Connect full Meridian integration including volume control of our speakers.”
Meridian’s 210 Streamer can be connected over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to any smart phone or tablet, with volume and playback controls synchronised between streaming apps and the Meridian system. As well as being available via Spotify, the 210 also allows music to be accessed through Bluetooth and DLNA/UPnP and is Roon Ready, ensuring that content from any USB storage can be available to networked media players and renderers. It can also be connected directly to a pair of DSP loudspeakers or to any system via a SpeakerLink input, making it easy to use and set up for those with existing Meridian audio systems.
With its built-in Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) decoder, the 210 is capable of delivering studio master quality MQA encoded music. Meridian High Resolution (MHR) controls the movement of Hi-Res audio without degradation or loss in quality. The 210 supports wired and Wi-Fi network connections for installation flexibility. Digital coax output makes the Meridian 210 compatible with existing DACs.
The Meridian Control app is used for configuration and a method for controlling the streamer and any connected Meridian systems. The compact half-width, 1U tall form factor is available with a rack-shelf to allow for rack-mounting or discreet location within the room. The aluminium case is fitted with non-metallic panels to allow for Wi-Fi functionality two internal antennae.