Meridian Audio Ltd., the British company whose luxury audio and video components are known around the world, enjoys a reputation for technological sophistication matched only by the obsessive quality of its products. So it is more than fitting that Meridian exhibited during the 2008 Pebble Beach RetroAuto; held on August 15-17th in Pebble Beach, California. The exhibition pavilion located immediately adjacent to the main pedestrian entrance to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where Meridian demonstrated its stunning new F80 all-in-one entertainment system, engineered in cooperation with Ferrari, the legendary Italian automaker. Meridian also took the opportunity to inform the event’s elite attendees of its many more conventional but no less innovative and elegant solutions for home music and home theater systems.
“Pebble Beach draws world-wide attention and attracts the most elite and dedicated lovers of classic automotive art and technology from around the globe,” says Meridian America president Walter Schofield. “Could there be a better venue to showcase the F80? It’s an ideal opportunity to increase awareness of Meridian among just those consumers we mean to serve: highly discriminating connoisseurs, arbiters of taste who are every bit as cognizant of unstinting quality and beauty as they are of engineering innovation and technical excellence.”
The F80 is the first of a series of collaborative designs between Meridian and Ferrari that reflect the unique qualities of both companies. Available in five official Ferrari colors (including, of course, Rosso Corsa–“Ferrari red”), it’s carefully hand-finished to the same quality of craftsmanship as its namesake Ferrari car. The utterly unique Meridian F80 is compact music/media system that can function as CD player, DVD player (when connected to TV or display), FM/AM radio, alarm-clock system, iPod or desktop/PC music system, and a good deal more. Its compact exterior belies the considerable technology contained within, including multiple digital amplifiers and digital speakers, and state-of-the-art digital signal processing, to produce sound quality that is literally jaw-dropping.
From a compact stereo system to a bespoke home theatre installation, from a complete system to individual components, award-winning Meridian systems are at home in any environment and are ideal for such varied locations as a luxury apartment, a super-yacht or even a personal jet.
Meridian is a multi-award winning company gaining much critical and industry acclaim as a world-leader in audio reproduction winning over 135 awards for 156 products/innovations to date including the coveted British Design Council Award for Outstanding British Products an unprecedented three times in addition to many other international accolades.
Founded in 1977 by audio engineer Bob Stuart and industrial designer Allen Boothroyd, Meridian Audio Limited design and manufacture from their headquarters in Huntingdon, near Cambridge. The company’s local modern production facilities are purpose-built for the manufacturing of the highest quality consumer audio and video products, distributed in 56 countries including the UK, USA, Russia, China, India, Middle-East and Japan.
For additional information on Meridian’s full line of audio and video products, visit www.meridian-audio.com.
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