Unlike the other 13 Meridian Boutiques, this one is also a high-end automobile dealership; catering to exacting requirements that also include Maserati and Ferrari. Owners (and childhood friends) Nick Ehr and his partner Tim Ralph worked closely with Meridian CEO Tim Ireland during a three year period to create a simple and friendly environment where entertainment choices can be easily experienced. As independent owners, Nick and Tim were able to utilize their industry partner relationships to round-out the boutique offerings with brands that best complement the Meridian products.

Director of Product Management, Ken Forsythe, provided a compelling demonstration of Meridian’s Digital Media System {formerly known as SooLoos} ($7,500) which truly put all other media systems to shame! The Meridian’s high quality album artwork driven layout, in combination with an intuitive touchscreen control system, made listening to music an amazingly delightful experience. And the Home Theater presentation rocked, with near instant access attained from a Kaleidescape video server ($25,000+ MSRP).

The two rooms both sounded and looked wonderful, and we were treated to selections from Sade: Bring Me Home (2011),  parts of Chris Botti in Boston (2011), bits and pieces of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at Radio City, and some great clips of Nora Jones: Austin City Limits. It seems clear: if you are in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach area, then you owe it to yourself to go experience Meridian’s latest Concept Boutique. It is an event you will not soon forget!


(Photos by Kipnis Studios – Copyright 2013)

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Report:   New High-End AV Boutique

Meridian Audio - Fort Lauderdale, FL

November 28, 2012

By Jeremy R. Kipnis

~ Kipnis Studios ~

GRAND OPENING:         Meridian Audio – Concept Boutique #14

5730 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – USA   ~   (917) 788 - 2378

Three years ago, Meridian Audio “pulled out all the stops” when they opened their very first specialty AV boutique; in Bangkok, Thailand. The UK based company (founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd) created an elegant, inviting, and technically exciting showroom that became a massive success; defining Meridian as a worldwide leader of high-end audio and video “turnkey solutions.” Last month, they opened their 14th store (the 1st in the USA) in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Just 20 miles north of Miami’s famous South Beach, this is definitely the place to go if you want to experience the top tier in AV equipment demonstration, sales, and installation.

Like the other 13 boutiques located throughout the world in such diverse places as Bangalore, Kuwait City, Manchester, Mexico City, Santiago, Moscow, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, the new Fort Lauderdale showroom is divided into several demonstration areas:

1. The Main Room is divided amongst three systems, beginning with the flagship Meridian DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeakers ($65,000/pair), controlled by the 818 Reference Audio Core ($16,000) and supplied music by the Meridian Digital Media System ($7,500).

2. A second Music System consists of the NEW M6 Digital Active Loudspeaker ($9,000/pair) fed by the Meridian Digital Media System ($7,500).

3. The third Music System, consisting of DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeakers ($6,000/pair) fed from an Audio Core 200 ($3,000) supplemented by a Media Source 200 ($1,000); a tiny extension module capable of interfacing with ANY non-Meridian based audio equipment via SPDIF Coaxial digital output.

4. There is also a Panasonic 65” Viera Plasma TV, which is controlled via an iPad/Crestron based control system (MSRP $400); supplied by a companion Kaleidescape Media Server, which is located in the adjoining home cinema room. The Panasonic Flat Screen TV plays video programming mirrored in the second section of the boutique:

5. The Dedicated Home Theater Room: A Meridian 861 Digital Surround Controller ($25,000) utilizes an HD621 HDMI Audio Processor ($3,000) to feed a combination of DSP5200 Digital Active Loudspeakers ($15,000/pair) in the front, complemented by a DSP5200HC Digital Active Loudspeaker (horizontal center channel) ($7,500), and finished off with a pair of DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeakers ($6,000/pair) and matching DSW DSP Subwoofer ($5,000). The Stewart Filmscreen (110” 17x9 Studiotek 130 micro-perf) is filled to perfection by the new SIM2 LUMIS 3D-Solo 3-chip DLP Projector ($55,000 - $56,850, depending on lens).

Fort Lauderdale, FL -  Main Showroom

DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Tim Ireland - CEO of Meridian Audio

DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Meridian Digital Media System

DSP5200 Digital Active Loudspeaker

M6 Digital Active Loudspeaker

DSP3200 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Panasonic 65” Viera Plasma TV / Crestron Automation

SIM2 C3X Lumis Solo DLP Projector

Kaleidescape HDTV Video Server / Stewart Filmscreen

818 Reference Audio Core

Ferrari Automobiles on Display

Motorcycles Galore

And also Ferrari - Maserati - Land Rover

High-End Audio & Home Theater Installation


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