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post #31 of 140
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Originally Posted by euclid View Post
how does the 800v4 compare to the 808? ive been keeping an eye on Meridian to see what HD format they will support, i was thinknig an 800 with HD video HDMI awould be awesome, i have 596 DVD player and the quality is very nice for both DVD and CD but i have never heard an upsampling Redbook player from them.
I shall find out, but technically speaking the Meridian 808i is based off the Meridian 800 series, but it lacks the video circuitry. It is not clear to me whether Bob Stuart with jump ahead in the HD-DVD or Sony Blu-Ray formats anytime soon. If anything, then he may stick it out with DVD-Video for the rest of this year. However, I do think I will hedge my bet that he will support HD-DVD because it is "in the family tree" already. Switching to Sony Blu-Ray, at this stage in Meridian's history of developing MLP & DVD-Audio, is not something I expect him to do overnight.

The other thing that I know is that the 808i has a custom master clock that is designed for superlative audio performance which Meridian claims it has tested to be the lowest jitter in any CD player extant at < 90 picoseconds with less than 0.1% distortion. The Meridian 800v4, depending upon the options chosen, can go as high as $22,000 USD.

Guys, I can swing a new or used Meridian 808i this year, but it will obviously come down to more time for both savings while paying off the bills at the same time. Todd gave me an outstanding deal on a Meridian 808i. Can't disclose though.

eyeteeth: I hear what you are saying about going from one of the best universal DVD players to one of the best CD players. But! Read below:

I still want it. Heck, I even dream of it. I was thinking about the Meridian 808i and Head-Fi on my first day at my new career! What now?

Ahh...my wallet quakes in fear!
post #32 of 140
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And yes, I do know: buying either a used or new Meridian 808i is sort of like buying my Ultimate Ears Ue-10 PRO. No. Resales. For. A. Long. Long. Time.

post #33 of 140
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madness!
post #34 of 140
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I still want it. Heck, I even dream of it. I was thinking about the Meridian 808i and Head-Fi on my first day at my new career! What now?

Ahh...my wallet quakes in fear!
Walk away, clear your head and come back to the idea in a month. Being obsessed with something doesn't seem like a good way to make a smart decision. It's only audio. Audiophilia can be like a three year old drug addiction in that the need and lust can be there but the love and happiness is long gone.
post #35 of 140
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Tone Audio Issue number 8 review: http://www.tonepublications.com/TA-mag.htm .

The Absolute Sound review: http://www.avguide.com/products/product-3603/ .

The Inner Ear Report review: http://www.audtek.com/meridianInnerEarReview.htm and http://cc.msnscache.com/cache.aspx?q...n-US&FORM=CVRE

Hi-Fi Choice review: http://www.rolfe.co.uk/meridian/revi...ct%202005).pdf

Hi-Fi News review: http://media.meridian-audio.com/rest...8-HFN-0405.zip

Meridian Audio's pictures of the inside of the Meridian 808i: http://media.meridian-audio.com/

Most of the reviews are pretty close to my auditioning sessions though I have to say that I had a much more intimate listening experience solely with my headphones and earphones. So, I got to really listen with a microscope into the heart and soul of the Meridian 808i and I came away deeply shocked and in awe.

I think I will do it and get it from Todd. I want that 5 year warranty for such an extremely expensive CD player / pre-amp / DAC / ADC. Going used, albeit cheaper, is not really an option any longer.

I will try to find out more information when I have the time, but my new career is keeping me busy 9 hours a day on the weekdays. Believe it or not, I miss my friends at Barnes & Noble so I submitted an application for a part time job at my old store for weekends only. And yes, I plan to save up that paltry amount of money toward the Meridian 808i.

Also, the BPT unit is not so bad. It sounds like it does nothing which is a heck of a lot better than actually squashing dynamic range, PRAT, or gelling all of the sounds into an extremely clear albeit homogenized one note. I know it does do surge protection and well, I guess I will use it with the Meridian 808i in a few months time.

I just found out that I get paid overtime almost everyday because I get a paid hour for lunch and we work 9 - 10 hours daily. I get paid weekly and I can get direct deposit for my salary. All in all, I like this career a heck of a lot better than the USPS. My manager told me I am doing just fine so far. That's always good.

Later dudes. I bought the new Lang Lang Dragon Songs CD + DVD set and I actually find it to be quite good. He may not be the next Glenn Goldberg, but he can hold his own.

Oh yeah, I decided upon a totally 100% legitimate follow the rules avatar.
post #36 of 140
I hope you already own your car, your house, etc. Far be it for me to tell anyone else how to spend their money but I'd have to have huge disposable income to justify a $14k source.
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I hope you already own your car, your house, etc. Far be it for me to tell anyone else how to spend their money but I'd have to have huge disposable income to justify a $14k source.
Welly, I agree with this. Assuming you're making $100k a year, before taxes, that's less than $70k after taxes. In such case, you're spending more than one-fifth of your annual total aftertax funds on an audio source? We're all adults, but I would seriously reconsider.

Bets regards,

-Jason

Postscript: Then again, if you've got a bunch of money saved up from New Years gifts or whatnot, it's your prerogative... still dunno how wise it is, though.
post #38 of 140
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Welly, I agree with this. Assuming you're making $100k a year, before taxes, that's less than $70k after taxes. In such case, you're spending more than one-fifth of your annual total aftertax funds on an audio source? We're all adults, but I would seriously reconsider.

Bets regards,

-Jason

Postscript: Then again, if you've got a bunch of money saved up from New Years gifts or whatnot, it's your prerogative... still dunno how wise it is, though.
So we do have some sensible Head-Fi'ers around Nevertheless, I am genuinely excited about your potential acquisition of the 808i. Afterall, there is nothing more thrilling than listening to truly high-end audio. My heart rate increases ten-fold (not literally) every time I walk into dealer showrooms packed full with pricey Sonus, B&W, JMLab, Meridian, ML, mbl, Naim, etc
post #39 of 140
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I did some numbers crunching. If I can keep my job with my import / export leather goods small company (this seems more realistic every day given the positive feedback from my manager and co-workers) and I get my old job back at Barnes & Noble, I am looking at around the week of 4th of September 2007 to do busines with Mr. Todd Green for a new Meridian 808i...while still paying down my USDOE debt and saving and contributing to my ROTH IRA. Also, if I decide to keep doing both jobs, then I will pay off my student loan debt by the last day of this year. I will have no other debts. I already own my own home and car. That alone can open up new opportunities next year for my education goals. I am not ready to pursue an advanced degree just yet. I have a busy schedule as is.

My top priority is to sail through the 90 day probation period at both jobs and to get promoted as quickly as I can and know how this year.

The only drawback will be that I will be working every day with no days off. However, the commute times will still be far less than 1 hour daily and I will be in good working environments with friendly and helpful co-workers along with friends. So, yes, I will enjoy doing it while I am still relatively young.

I am going to do these two goals this year. I have a realistic financial plan that is written down, copied into my day timer planner, and a heck of a lot of motivation driving me.

Thank God I am an American.

Thank you for reading my thread. I will update as I draw nearer to my deadlines.
post #40 of 140
15 grand for a CD player is sheer insanity outright.
post #41 of 140
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Then, we should be called Head Asylum, no?
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Have you considered any other $10,000+ sources? There are a couple of options out there, and would imagine they are all great, but for that kind of money it would be worth it to audition some difference ones. I still don't think its the best idea in your situation, but its your money and you seem intent on it, so I might as well help you out.

If I were to spend that kind of money, I would probably look at Reimyo to be honest. The top of the line cdp utilizes the same DAC that is used with the JVC XRCD recordings, which I find to be excellent, in addition to a killer transport, excellent build quality, and supposedly top notch sound. Esoteric, Wadia, Naim, etc., tons of stuff other than the 808i.
post #43 of 140
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Have you considered any other $10,000+ sources? There are a couple of options out there, and would imagine they are all great, but for that kind of money it would be worth it to audition some difference ones. I still don't think its the best idea in your situation, but its your money and you seem intent on it, so I might as well help you out.

If I were to spend that kind of money, I would probably look at Reimyo to be honest. The top of the line cdp utilizes the same DAC that is used with the JVC XRCD recordings, which I find to be excellent, in addition to a killer transport, excellent build quality, and supposedly top notch sound. Esoteric, Wadia, Naim, etc., tons of stuff other than the 808i.
I had those thoughts as well but it looked like a lost cause; I've never tried to tell some guy that "she's no good for you" either.
If I'm laying out multiple thousands I'm going to listen to everything I can. Is the $5,000 EAR Acute 92% as good as the 808i? What's the EMM Labs stuff sound like? What about other "flagship" products?
post #44 of 140
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I can't find anyone who owns a Reimyo at all. So, that is not available. I can and I have auditioned the Wadia 581i and I am waiting for the new 781i at my local dealer's showroom to arrive, but I don't know when he will get it and neither does he. I have auditioned the Audio Aero Prestige, but I don't care for it's sound. I also had a 10 minute audition of the EMM Labs SACD and DAC combination, but it was inconclusive other than I thought it may be a good alternative. However, I want a one box solution for the purpose of minimizing "audio sprawl."

Believe me, I have and I am trying other sources in this price range, but either nobody carries it or it's only by appointment during regular business hours when I am working.

Well, thanks for the replies so far.
post #45 of 140
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Originally Posted by recstar24 View Post
Have you considered any other $10,000+ sources? There are a couple of options out there, and would imagine they are all great, but for that kind of money it would be worth it to audition some difference ones. I still don't think its the best idea in your situation, but its your money and you seem intent on it, so I might as well help you out.

If I were to spend that kind of money, I would probably look at Reimyo to be honest. The top of the line cdp utilizes the same DAC that is used with the JVC XRCD recordings, which I find to be excellent, in addition to a killer transport, excellent build quality, and supposedly top notch sound. Esoteric, Wadia, Naim, etc., tons of stuff other than the 808i.
Naim makes fantastic CDPs. I auditioned the CD555/PS555 summer ('06) and I was really happy with it. The accompanying gear was something like this: NAC282/HiCap/NAPSC (can't remember whether it was dual HiCap or not) -> NAP250 (or was it the 300?) -> ProAc D80. I also compared it briefly to the CDS3/XPS2 and the dCS P8i. Actually, the CDS3/XPS2 came pretty damn close, but for reasons I can no longer recall, I came away from the audition most impressed by the CD555/PS555. I wonder how close a CDS3/PS555 will come to a CD555/PS555... The soundstage was so realistic and the sound so refined. Too bad the looks aren't for everyone The dCS P8i sounded comparatively inorganic.

Esoteric do indeed make very good sounding gear. I had the opportunity to listen to the stunning P-01/D-01 combination, the X-01Limited and eventually purchasing a X-03SE (the previous products were beyond my price range). (accompanying equipment: Chord CPA-can't-remember-number Reference Pre-amp -> Chord SPM-14000 Ultimate Mono Amplifier -> JMLabs Diva Utopia Be and briefly with the Grand Utopia Be, there might've been a G-0s thrown into the mix, but I can't remember and who cares)

Going from the X-03SE to X-01Limited to P-01/D-01 mainly brought about an incredible and pretty obvious increase in the "live"-feel. In the Esoteric/Chord/JMLabs dealer's more or less perfectly set-up demo room (or at least I thought, the replica Eames chair was a major bonus), the P-01/D-01 gave me sensations that are simply out of the world. I was literally being given a private performance by whoever I was listening to. The X-03SE while being a great player itself, simply couldn't convey the same degree of transparency and liveliness. The X-03SE sounded very similar to the X-01 Limited and in the short time (3 hours) that I had with the players, I honestly couldn't say I would be able to tell them apart in a double blind test. I'm sure given more time, the differences would become more apparent.

The best value is of course the X-03SE, but of course at the price ranges you're considering, value goes down the drain. You're paying megabucks for the last few percent of refinement which IMO is, if you can afford it, well worth it.

I believe Sleestack has the P-03/D-03 combo plugged into an SDS-XLR, etc... Ask him for his impressions.

I've also read some good reviews of the new-ish Krell Evolution 505. iirc, the 505 is very similar in price to the 808i so you may want to have a listen

Another recommendation would be the Chord Blu/DAC64, which I also had the pleasure of demoing. It's very difficult for me to say exactly how each of them differed because the final sound depends heavily on the speakers that I listened to.

Needless to say, anyone shopping for 10k+ players is seriously spoilt for choice...
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