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Can prime owners comment on synergy with LCD4? I'm hoping to get one but worry about if the prime drives it competently like how it powers my lcd3fs now.

Recall that Jude said he could power Abyss and HE-6, in a pinch.

 

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How much volume are you looking to use? How much do you use currently with your LCD-3?

 

I have been quite pleased by how well it drives HE1K. And I have heard HE1K (mine) and LCD-4 (at a recent meet) powered by the same amplifier, at basically the same volume. No - it was not the Prime. But I do not expect any trouble if you plan to use the Prime with LCD-4.

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Thanks Sheldaze, what u say makes sense!
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Hello everyone, and happy holidays! Mind if I ask why there haven't been any posts to this thread in few months? Are folks still enjoying the Prime?

 

I came across the Prime a few weeks ago and it's piqued my interest. It helps that it's currently $999.00 on Amazon, which seems like a deal compared to the original $2k figure. Does anyone have experience with the Prime and Fostex TH line (TH-X00 and 900 specifically)? I'm currently using a Grace m9XX but like the form factor and technology of the Prime (filters, MQA support, ASP, etc.), and Meridian house sound. Anyhow, any thoughts or comments would be helpful.

 

Oh, my chain is MBP>QNAP>Tidal>Roon and I listen to pretty much everything but my favorites are indie, punk, hardcore, hip hop, classical, electronic/downtempo, and some pop.

 

Cheers!

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@sheldaze I believe you have the Grace m9XX as well. Any thoughts or comments between the two setups? 

 

I do like my Grace, quite a bit actually. But, I also like the Meridian house sound. It's one of the few all-in-one setups I'd actually consider over the Grace. 

 

Many thanks! 

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@sheldaze I believe you have the Grace m9XX as well. Any thoughts or comments between the two setups? 

 

I do like my Grace, quite a bit actually. But, I also like the Meridian house sound. It's one of the few all-in-one setups I'd actually consider over the Grace. 

 

Many thanks! 

Kind of a tough comparison - these two products are each seeking things, which are so different from each other.

 

The Grace is paramount a DAC. They even wrote custom software, as I understand it, to extend the 4490 chipset as far as it can go. However the amplifier portion is limited. It is not volume limited, but does not sound as clean and free of distortion as a dedicated amplifier should - not going to be as good as their m920. I've fed the output from the m9xx into amplifiers, such as Moon NEO 230HAD or the Cavalli Liquid Carbon with excellent results. While I can use the m9XX as a complete product, DAC and AMP, it is not something I would personally listen to as an all day primary system.

 

The Meridian Prime is an amplifier first. It excels at exactly those things that the Grace cannot do - clear, distortion-free, dynamic sound. But it's DAC has the Meridian processing, which is a blessing and a curse. It is not your typical DAC sound. I've owned the Explorer, Director and Prime. Meaning I've enjoyed how each sounded. I feel today that something like a Gumby exceeds this Meridian sound, so that's more the path I've taken. But I've had many sessions, where I enjoyed the entire product - DAC through to amplifier, into something like a high end Grado headphone. This is something I would listen to for many hours. The Meridian processing, and the clean amplifier power, did wonders for this sonic nirvana.

post #291 of 294
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Originally Posted by JamieCole View Post
 

Hello everyone, and happy holidays! Mind if I ask why there haven't been any posts to this thread in few months? Are folks still enjoying the Prime?

 

I came across the Prime a few weeks ago and it's piqued my interest. It helps that it's currently $999.00 on Amazon, which seems like a deal compared to the original $2k figure. Does anyone have experience with the Prime and Fostex TH line (TH-X00 and 900 specifically)? I'm currently using a Grace m9XX but like the form factor and technology of the Prime (filters, MQA support, ASP, etc.), and Meridian house sound. Anyhow, any thoughts or comments would be helpful.

 

Oh, my chain is MBP>QNAP>Tidal>Roon and I listen to pretty much everything but my favorites are indie, punk, hardcore, hip hop, classical, electronic/downtempo, and some pop.

 

Cheers!

 

Ah. This is the forth time I am writing this reply. Couldn't find the right words for the first three times, and Chrome forced me to kill the page upon the forth. 

 

I got my Prime HPA with the Prime Power Supply at a nearly criminal price from a very good friend of mine, but even so I am afraid I would not say I "LOVE" the set. Prime is not bad, but it is not all too easy going. My headphones/earphones don't pair up well with the Prime (listed below). I am still exploring how to appreciate it, but it has not been a very fruitful journey.

 

One very interesting thing I find about the Prime is that the reviews/impressions online are not wrong or not legit per se, but I would not take them as the perfect reference. I usually read reviews and impressions when I get a new toy, and compare my own impressions with them. When I first listened to Prime and read the reviews, I felt like "well I would not really say that", but then after listening for a longer period, it went like "well I would not really say that but you are not wrong". 

 

To me, there is an adjustment session every time I listen to my Prime. It is not that the Prime set is bad, but somehow I feel unused to it, I feel uneasy with its presentation at times, but this peculiar feeling makes the Prime interesting, even intriguing. But most of the time I go back to my other set up.

 

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Headphones: German MAESTRO GMP450 Pro, Sennheiser HD600

Earphones: Etymotic ER4S, Ocharaku Donguri-KEYAKI, Ocharaku/Olasonic TH-4FN, qdc 4SS

post #292 of 294
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Kind of a tough comparison - these two products are each seeking things, which are so different from each other...

 

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Ah. This is the forth time I am writing this reply. Couldn't find the right words for the first three times, and Chrome forced me to kill the page upon the forth...

 

Thank you both for your comments! I found it odd that this thread has so few posts for such a (seemingly) nice bit of kit, and a Meridian product at that. Your responses have certainly steered me away from the Prime. I was intrigued but I really enjoy my Grace and will stick with it for the time being. For small desktop listening and low impedance headphones, Grace is hard to beat. But, maybe Chord has an announcement that'll sway me another way? We'll see. 

 

Cheers, and thanks again! Happy New Year. 

 

:beerchug:

post #293 of 294
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Ah. This is the forth time I am writing this reply. Couldn't find the right words for the first three times, and Chrome forced me to kill the page upon the forth. 

 

I got my Prime HPA with the Prime Power Supply at a nearly criminal price from a very good friend of mine, but even so I am afraid I would not say I "LOVE" the set. Prime is not bad, but it is not all too easy going. My headphones/earphones don't pair up well with the Prime (listed below). I am still exploring how to appreciate it, but it has not been a very fruitful journey.

 

One very interesting thing I find about the Prime is that the reviews/impressions online are not wrong or not legit per se, but I would not take them as the perfect reference. I usually read reviews and impressions when I get a new toy, and compare my own impressions with them. When I first listened to Prime and read the reviews, I felt like "well I would not really say that", but then after listening for a longer period, it went like "well I would not really say that but you are not wrong". 

 

To me, there is an adjustment session every time I listen to my Prime. It is not that the Prime set is bad, but somehow I feel unused to it, I feel uneasy with its presentation at times, but this peculiar feeling makes the Prime interesting, even intriguing. But most of the time I go back to my other set up.

 

***

 

Headphones: German MAESTRO GMP450 Pro, Sennheiser HD600

Earphones: Etymotic ER4S, Ocharaku Donguri-KEYAKI, Ocharaku/Olasonic TH-4FN, qdc 4SS


How would you describe its presentation?

 

Meridian has a special house sound used by their own DSPs, you either love it or hate it.

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I tried typing some impressions, but Chrome killed the page and all the text is gone. Too bad, but this is all too discouraging.

 

Anyways, Happy New Year!

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