Enhanced G91A DVD-Audio/Video Player/Controller/Tuner now offers analog and digital out
International CES, Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2006–The G91 has become one of the most popular members of the G Series of luxury audio/video components from leading British manufacturer Meridian Audio (Booth #21913, South Hall), and it is now set to become even more popular, with the release of the G91A, an enhanced version of the DVD-Audio/Video Player/Controller/Tuner which adds a full set of analog surround outputs in addition to the digital complement provided on the original unit.
The G91A is not only a fully featured CD/DVD-Audio/Video player. It is, in fact, one of the most versatile members of the G Series line, because it includes complete tuner/preamplifier/controller capability with both analog and digital inputs — and outputs for direct connection to Meridian DSP Loudspeakers and/or conventional amplifiers with passive loudspeakers to create a complete stereo or — thanks to built-in surround decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS and DVD-Audio — a 5.1 system. Thus the G91A can rightly be called the heart of an audio or home theater setup: just add speakers.
As a controller (Meridian’s term for a preamplifier) the G91A offers three stereo analogue inputs, two coax and two optical digital inputs, allowing virtually any external audio source to be connected. It also offers three S-video inputs, two composite video inputs and an external component input, so devices such as satellite receivers with high-definition video and digital audio interfaces can be connected. An internal video processor converts video input signals to all three formats plus HDMI, allowing a single connection to the display at the highest resolution it will support. And now, with enhanced video firmware (available free of charge for current Meridian DVD players) it can output full-bandwidth high-resolution video at 1080p.
The G91A, like its predecessor, offers surround digital (3 x S/PDIF) and aux digital outputs, offering MHR (Meridian High Resolution) capability — providing a direct digital link from high-resolution source material, such as DVD-Audio, to Meridian DSP loudspeakers. Thus a typical stereo system could consist of no more than a G91A and a pair of Meridian DSP Loudspeakers, driven from the G91A’s digital preamp output. A surround system can be built from the G91A and a complete set of digital loudspeakers in 5.1 configuration — L/R front, L/R surround, centre/sub. Alternatively, the G91A boasts a full complement of multichannel analog outputs, which can be used to drive analog active speakers, or Meridian power amplifiers and the user’s choice of conventional passive loudspeakers.
The standard version of the G91A includes a sensitive AM/FM tuner, while an FM/DAB version is available for use in Canada and other parts of the world where DAB is popular.
There is no question that the G91A is a versatile member of the multi-award-winning G Series line — and, in keeping with the Meridian tradition and the rest of the line, it offers superior audio and image quality. The G91A replaces its predecessor, the G91, at the same price-point.
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Meridian Audio Limited is based in Huntingdon, near Cambridge, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Allen Boothroyd and Robert Stuart. With a 25-year history of innovation and development of the highest quality consumer audio systems, the award-winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in digital and analog audio reproduction. Meridian developed the world’s first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, developed the MLP lossless packing systems mandated for use in DVD-Audio and now in emerging high-definition disk formats, and is the only UK audio hardware manufacturer to be a member of the DVD Forum. The company’s optical disk players, DSP-based loudspeakers and Digital Theater systems are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital audio signal throughout the path from the source to the amplifier, and using digital signal processing to generate advanced crossover characteristics that would be impossible with conventional passive analogue systems. Meridian has recently become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Faroudja High-Definition video processors and projectors.