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List Price: $699.00
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Product Code: MER0000003

A review of the Meridian Direct - and we agree with what is said. We really, really like this DAC!!!

This DAC mates very well with headphone systems. It is an excellent partner for the Apex Peak and Volcano. We use them together all the time!

Meridian’s Direct is a high-quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter)designed to deliver superior audio
quality from digital sources such as media players and computers when listened to on analogue hi-fi
systems. Built in Britain to the same exacting standards as any Meridian product, Direct is particularly
appropriate for installation systems.Direct features three digita linputs. A USB2 B socket allows
it to be connected to a computer for playback of computer-based sources such as network and
audio file players, far exceeding the audio performance of a standard computer sound card.
A 3.5mm hybrid socket provides input for S/PDIF digital signals, either coax (via a 3.5mm mono
jack) or optical (via a Mini-TOSLINK connector). Two adaptors are included: one allows standard
coaxial S/PDIF phono cables to be used with Director while the other allows standard TOSLINK optical
cables to be used. Director forms the ideal add-on for network players, video streamers
and music servers, bringing Meridian performance to an entire class of audio products, significantly
out-performing the standard DACs found inside computers and most network players.
Director supports sample rates up to 24-bit, 192kHz and incorporates Meridian Resolution Enhancement
technologies, including Meridian Upsampling and the Apodising filter, which audibly improve audio
quality. The proprietary Apodising filter can actually improve the sound of some digital recordings by fixing
recording faults. Standard sample rate signals (16–24 bit, 44.1/48kHz) are automatically upsampled to 24-
bit 88.2/96kHz, allowing filtering to be carried out far above the range of human hearing.
Director includes separate precision reference oscillators for sample rates based on 44.1 kHz and on
48 kHz, minimising jitter. The DAC itself offers extremely low modulation noise and distortion,
and incorporates the highestquality components throughout, including audiophile grade
capacitors, resistors and gold-plated phono sockets. Some features of the design are based directly on
circuitry and components used in Meridian’s 800 Series. Director is powered solely via
the USB2 B socket, either when connected to a computer for playback or via the included power
supply. The USB port is also used for firmware upgrades. Director offers plug and play
operation with Macintosh computers, while a driver is required for Windows (XP or later): this is the
same driver used for the Explorer DAC. In USB mode, Director uses asynchronous transfer for the best
sound quality. Director is designed for connection to an analogue hi-fi or audio system
with its own volume control, and is particularly appropriate for installation environments. It is
bit-precise and delivers the lowest possible distortion and modulation noise. The 2v RMS fixed-level
analogue output includes antithump circuitry for trouble-free performance at switch-on.

Direct is enclosed in a sturdy, durable anodised aluminium extrusion case with moulded
endcaps. LEDs on the left of the front cap indicate the selected input in conjunction with a pushbutton
that steps through the available sources. When S/PDIF is chosen, the optical or coax input is selected
automatically. The most recently selected input is remembered across power cycles.
A further set of LEDs to the right indicates the input sample rate. When the 1x LED is illuminated,
Direct is receiving a signal at 44.1 or 48kHz sampling: (upsampled to 88.2/96kHz). When the 2x LED is
on in addition, the unit is receiving 88.2/96kHz and when the 4x LED is also lit, 176.4/192kHz is being

Direct is particularly useful for installations where, for example, a network player is to be connected
to an existing analogue hi-fi system. The use of Direct in this kind of configuration will significantly
increase overall audio quality. Equally, Direct can be used to link the digital output of a classic
component such as a CD player or music server with a digital output, to an analogue audio system.

Outline Specifications
• 1 x USB2 B socket for computer
playback (24-bit, ≤192kHz)
• 3.5mm socket offering S/PDIF
coax (3.5mm mono connector,
(24-bit, ≤192kHz) or S/PDIF
Optical (3.5mm Mini-TOSLINK,
24-bit ≤96kHz)
• 1 x analogue stereo pair (goldplated
phono), 2v RMS fixed
Controls & Indicators
• 3 x Sample rate LEDs: 44.1/48,
88.2/96, 176.4/192 kHz sampling
• 2 x Input selection LEDs. Input
selected with input pushbutton:
S/PDIF, USB. Optical/coax
digital selected automatically.
• Aluminium extrusion with
moulded endcaps
• 5v <500mA DC via USB interface
• 80mm (3.15in) x 139mm (5.47in)
x 34mm (1.34in) (WDH)
• 0.25kg (9oz)

Key Features
• Up to 24-bit, 192kHz Digital to
Analogue conversion
• Meridian Resolution
Enhancement technologies
including Upsampling and
• 16–24 bit 44.1/48kHz
inputs upsampled to 24-bit,
• Takes digital audio from USB,
Optical and Coax S/PDIF
• Separate crystal oscillators for
44.1- and 48kHz-based sample
rates for minimal jitter and
improved performance
• Music grade power supply
• Direct-coupled, fixed output for
connection to an audio system
or powered loudspeakers
• 4-layer PC board minimises
noise and improves
• Durable, elegant anodised metal

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