By Lam Seng Fatt
It was an all-out effort to impress at the launch of the Meridian flagship store by Absolute Sound in Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, last Saturday.
A pretty violinist, expensive Leica cameras and a McLaren race car were accessories to the grand event attended by some of the most well-known and well-heeled audiophiles in Malaysia.
Meridian CEO Tim Ireland spoke about the history of Meridian which is known for its long list of ‘firsts’ and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Digital Loudspeaker Innovations, Meridian has released Special Editions of its venerable DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers, featuring beryllium dome tweeters, new electronics and driver clamp rings. These SE speakers are the DSP5200, 7200 and 8000.
International Sales Manager Martin McCue held demos of the DSP8000 and 7200 including having a violinist playing along with music to show how natural sounding the speakers were.
Also on demo was the entry-level Explorer which is a small USB DAC for headphones. The Explorer also features analogue and S/PDIF digital optical outputs. The Prime headphone amp was also on demo.
While the store in Plaza Damas focuses on Meridian, Absolute Sound – the Singapore-based distributor of several high-end brands – is also thinking of opening another store in the Klang Valley to showcase only Teac components.
HERE ARE SOME SNAPSHOTS OF THE LAUNCH