Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter DAC
Meridian are the undisputed pioneers of high resolution audio and this continues with the release of the Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter. Incorporating a number of world firsts and innovative technologies, this dedicated DAC brings Meridian’s renowned expertise to the analogue realm.
With considerable connectivity options and format support, the DAC incorporates an extensive list of performance enhancing technologies including Dual Mono DAC cards, filter options, upsampling and apodizing.
The result is a level of performance that is unachievable with normal DACs. The Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter represents a step change in engineering excellence, construction and technology.
A combination of world firsts and innovative technologies positions the new Meridian Ultra DAC in a class of its own Meridian Audio, the undisputed pioneer of high-resolution audio, unveils the Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter.
“The Meridian Ultra Digital to Analogue Converter is the culmination of nearly two decades of research and engineering. With considerable connectivity options, user features, and format support, the Meridian Ultra DAC incorporates an extensive list of performance-enhancing technologies, including Dual Mono DAC cards, DSP filter options, upsampling, and apodizing. This dedicated DAC utilises Meridian’s renowned audio expertise to set a new standard in the analogue realm”.
Chief Technical Officer at Meridian, Richard Hollinshead
THE FIRST PRODUCT IN THE WORLD TO FEATURE:
The Ultra DAC is the first product in the world to include MQA Limited’s Hierarchical Converter Technology, which employs multiple converters to increase temporal resolution while reducing noise and quantization errors. The “Hierarchical Converter Technology, by MQA” is a patent-pending DAC technology from the creators behind MQA. It employs multiple converters to increase temporal resolution while also reducing noise and quantization errors. The result is a level of performance that is unachievable with normal DACs.
Another first for a Meridian product is the construction of the Ultra’s Dual Mono DAC card, which incorporates multiple regulated power supplies and eight-layer circuit boards with low- impedance ground-planes, for peerless isolation and the low-noise grounding that is critical to digital-audio accuracy. A fully linear power supply provides isolation from the AC supply, and DC-coupled output prevents degradation from AC coupling capacitors. Even the Ultra DAC’s front panel was designed for quiet operation, with non-ferrous construction, and a static LCD display chosen for its low electrical noise and ease of readability.
Connectivity options include USB 2.0, S/PDIF, TosLink, 75 ohm BNC, and AES3 on XLR, as well as Meridian’s Speakerlink and the award-winning Sooloos music-management platform, for the very best user-friendly experience. One pair of balanced and one pair of unbalanced analogue outputs are also provided.
The Meridian Ultra is a 384kHz/24-bit dedicated DAC capable of playing virtually any recording format including DXD, DSD64 and DSD128 (DoP), and MQA. Significant user features are provided, including LipSync, PC setup, and RS232 enabling integration with third-party systems such as Control4 or Crestron. The Ultra DAC is the first Meridian product to give users the option to select one of 3 upsampling filters when reproducing sources with a sample rate of 44kHz or 48kHz, such as CD or DAT. In addition, a dedicated clock card is included for the lowest possible jitter.
Hand built by hand in the UK
The Meridian Ultra DAC is built by hand in the UK and is available in beautiful high gloss black as standard. Other colour options are available using Meridian’s Select bespoke colour service. Please contact us for further information.