It certainly is.
Personally, my biggest criticism of the Prime is it only has USB digital input and analog input. I would personally never get a DAC that didn't have a few SPDIF inputs, coaxial and Toslink.
Mind you, I've never heard the Prime!
My problems with the Prime is that one will need to spend an extra $1250 to optimize the sound quality of an already expensive device. I'm not saying that the stock Prime sounds bad due to wall wart, but to sound its very best...another $1250? That's just not a good value IMO.
Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and happy listening to all.
The fact is this product has a wall wart. It is also a fact that this is pretty much unheard of for a product at that price level. If you call stating these undisputed facts "vehement criticism", then I wonder what your agenda is.
If you want a balanced discussion of a product, then surely you should allow people to state everything, warts and all? If not, how can the discussion be balanced?
How much attention do I pay to magazine reviews of products that are usually featured on one or two page ads in the same magazines? None, for obvious reasons.
This product is what it is and it is clearly well suited to a certain group of users. Good on Meridian for finding and exploiting that niche.
Lots of things. Price performance ratio. Build quality. Features. Reliability. Customer service. Cosmetics - I personally see no need to spend my money on gear that I find ugly when there is so much nice looking gear out there.
I would never buy a product >$500 that has a wall wart. It's a poor design and shows a lack of judgement on the part of the manufacturer, IMHO. If they'll do that, what else will they do?
Use an Alps pot and provide very limited connectivity.
Nothing is wrong with using an Alps RK27 though. Many highend mfgs still use them. For instance, the April Music DP-1 also use RK27.
I own MANY personal audio product that utilize walwarts
And it's hang-ups like this that derail us from one of our COLLECTIVE goals:
Connecting with the MUSIC!
For me, like smial1966 it seems, its the musical performance of the product that matters!
I mean, EVERYBODY jumped on the async bandwagon so fast - not realizing it's not just the ONE thing,
it's the implementation that matters!
Case in point:
The CEntrance DACport (isochronous) had one of the lowest jitter measurements John Atkinson ever came across!
Also - thing like the iFi iCAN utilize a wallwart - and I find that headphone amp to be seductively musical.
and I just got to hear the Meridian for the first time, so I only have initial impressions:
But it sounded CLEAN, dynamic, and downright fun to listen to!
It MAY be a bit over-analytical for me, but I'm going to borrow it to find out.
didn't compare them,
just said I don't see how a wall wart factors in.
and I wasn't Twitter-tagging - tried to tag smial1966 as I have done many times (tag another member)
don't know what happened there.
and I don't see how doing this once constitutes "constant", but OK.
My utmost apologies if the all-caps bothered you.
Being a writer for a living- I use a different style of expression here in the forums,
never had a complaint before. I post from the gut, as I do in my writing.
But I'll keep it down here if it bothers you.
My point in mentioning both those products was that both utilized wall warts and both have brought me joy when listening.
Of course, as stated, my impressions of the Meridian were merely initial.
I didn't think of the price - just like I never wanna hear what a component costs when I first hear it for review, as I don't want that intel to color my view of the product until I've lived with its performance. That's a tenant I learned from my mentor, and I think it works rather well.
DUDE, I think it's JUST YOU. I have NO idea who you THINK you are, but you MUST be someone who likes POPPING balloons JUST to see them DEFLATE.
#overlysensitivemuch #rememberotherstuffonlybothersyoulikecenterstageissues #curmudgeonlyaudiophileiscurmudgeon