With all the excitement surrounding the Linn Exakt system it is perhaps worth remembering that electronics within a loudspeaker has actually been around for a while. Meridian introduced the concept of a digital active loudspeaker more than 20 years ago and have been almost evangelical about the benefits of their DSP range ever since.
Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd founded Meridian back in 1977 sharing a passion for audio equipment design. Together they launched the M1 active loudspeaker, a technology unknown in the consumer electronics industry at the time, and this formed the foundation for much of Meridian’s products since. Boothroyd and Stuart went on to launch the world’s first audiophile quality Compact Disk player, the MCD in 1984 and followed it with the world’s first digital surround processor making Meridian ideally placed to take advantage of the explosion of the home theatre market.