Meridian 271 Digital Theatre Controller
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Meridian 271 Digital Theatre Controller

Enables you to Integrate Meridian DSP loudspeakers into a home cinema or multi channel environment with any other manufacturers processors

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Meridian 271 Digital Theatre Controller.

The Meridian 271 Digital Theatre Controller effortlessly integrates Meridian DSP loudspeakers into a home cinema or multi channel environment that would otherwise be unable to access the authentic, natural sound from Meridian speakers. 

Designed to work with any processor on the market, the 271 is a High-Resolution interface that allows you to design and build high-performance theatre systems with 20 or more channels. The 271 is rack-mountable and can be stacked to give 40 or even 60 audio output channels, all with Meridian’s (MHR) High-Resolution Audio output and a simple IP control interface.

SPECIFICATION CONTROL CONNECTIONS • Ethernet connection for IP Control / control driver support for third party control systems • IR on 3.5mm jack • Trigger input on 3.5mm jack to enable remote on/off switching • Trigger output on 3.5mm jack to allow use “in-line” between a processor and power amplification in system featuring passive speakers

AUDIO OUTPUTS • 20 unbalanced analogue outputs on RCA phono connectors • 20 SpeakerLink digital outputs

AUDIO INPUTS • 16 unbalanced analogue inputs on RCA phono connectors • 16 balanced analogue inputs on twin DB25 connectors • One SpeakerLink input for pass-through of two-channel digital audio (MQA compatible)

OPTIONAL AUDIO INPUTS • Digital 16-channel input on DB25 connector (Trinnov pin configuration) • Digital 16-channel AES input on twin RJ45 connector (Datasat and Storm Audio pin configuration)

DISPLAY • Power LED POWER • Advanced linear power supply: 110–120V ac 50–60Hz | 220-240V ac 50-60Hz

DIMENSIONS • HEIGHT: 88mm (without feet) • WIDTH: 440mm • DEPTH: 358mm •


RACK-MOUNTING • Housed in a rack-mountable 2U case


Meridian invented the digital surround controller, and Meridian's 861 Reference Surround Controller represents the pinnacle of the company's achievement in the real of surround sound, where it delivers the ultimate realism from multichannel music and movies alike.

861 supports a large number and wide variety of audio sources to ensure that every option is possible. Based around a set of core elements, the 861 can be customised in many ways simply by adding additional cards to build a surround sound controller that provides all the capabilities you need - multiple sources and multiple destinations, driving up to eight loudspeakers.

861 is able to select the right settings for a source automatically, so that you always hear the best. The same player, for example, might deliver stereo sound from a CD or multichannel high-resolution audio from Blu-ray Disc®. 861 selects the correct settings without the need to press a button.

Style, elegance and quality are once again key elements in the 861. The sleek cabinet is attractive enough to be free-standing, but in addition it can be rack-mounted and hidden away.


861 is available in Piano Lacquer Black as standard. Meridian Select, our bespoke colour service, provides a choice of over 270 additional colours and shades to help your Meridian system achieve an ideal match – or striking standout look – within its surroundings.

The heart of the ultimate surround sound system, 861v8 links all your audio sources at the very highest quality, with advanced DSP algorithms and loudspeaker management.

Each 861 is individually built for its owner, with optional cards allowing inclusion of specific features to suit the individual installation.


Exact specifications dependent on card complement. Available card specifications are given below.

Core Cards:

  • The following cards are fitted as standard inside a Meridian 861 Version 8:
    • IE44 6x Digital Audio Inputs, Phono, D1 to D6 can be configured as 2x six-channel digital inputs with Meridian SmartLink performance. 2x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink. SpeakerLink Input, RJ45. Meridian Multi-channel High Resolution (MMHR) Input, RJ45.
    • IA04 6x Analogue Stereo Inputs, Phono. Can be configured as 2x six-channel analogue inputs.
    • ID29 Digital Input card with 1x USB input, 3x Optical Audio Inputs, Toslink, 2x SpeakerLink inputs, RJ45.
    • OE34 8x Digital Output, SpeakerLink. L, R, C, SUB, Side L, Side R, Rear L, Rear R.
    • CD20 & EF20: Internal (no rear panel) 48-bit DSP cards each containing two Motorola 56367 chips running in dual precision mode, each card offering 300 MIPS (million instructions per second) capability.
    • CO00 Control computer card. Complete with Flash memory, RS232 port for control and status, 3x configurable trigger outputs and 2x Meridian Comms.

Optional Cards:

  • OA18 Analogue Output card 4x Analogue Outputs, XLR, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC.
  • OA08 Analogue Output card, with 4x Analogue Outputs, Phono, configurable, with 24-bit, 192kHz DAC.
  • ID41 Digital Media System Card. Audio endpoint card with 1x Ethernet network, RJ45


  • 480mm (18.9in) x 175mm (6.9in) x 411mm (16.2in) (WHD)


  • Weight as standard – 13.5kg (30lbs)
  • If fitted with optional Sooloos and analogue output cards – 14kg (31lbs)

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