Meridian is pleased to deliver the first of its new designs with Sooloos, the recently acquired manufacturer of server-based home entertainment systems widely acknowledged as the most innovative and sophisticated available. The Control 10 integrates Meridian’s proprietary connectivity with the award-winning Sooloos touchscreen, the most user-friendly media-access solution yet created.
The Control 10 acts as the controller for the Sooloos system featuring a groundbreaking user interface to connect with a range of modular hardware components, creating an experience of digital media that is unrivalled. The components can be connected in many ways to give the user incredible expandability and flexibility with simple and elegant setup.
Meridian SpeakerLink connections transmit digital audio and system control messages via standard Cat5 cables over distances of up to 300 feet. Moving audio over large distances in your home without noise or grounding problems has never been easier.
“Our goal for the first Meridian Sooloos product was to incorporate the SpeakerLink technology as well as legacy-standard Meridian Comms, to provide an integrated system that was incredibly simple yet technically and sonically superior,” said Meridian CEO Peter Wellikoff. “Now the Control 10 is not only the perfect complement to a Meridian system, it remains a superb option for any installation that requires the most intuitive media server on the market.”
Using the SpeakerLink and legacy Meridian Comms protocols, the Control 10 can seamlessly integrate with Meridian’s famed Digital Loudspeakers, preamp/controllers, and music systems, and includes RS-232 for integration with the full spectrum of legacy media and home-control systems. With this system, the storage devices can be placed in a central location, and Ethernet cables can then be used to connect each room in which audio is desired. The result is a device that greatly expands the possibilities of directing digital audio signals to different areas of the home.
The desktop-style Control 10 touchscreen features a razor-sharp 17-inch LCD display with crisp, HD-level imaging, and a resistive touchpanel with outstanding user feedback. Adding to its ease of use, the Control 10 includes a slot-loading CD drive in its low-profile base for convenient, local loading or playback of content without requiring a computer or outboard disc drive.
The Meridian Sooloos touchscreen uses cleverly integrated heatsinking for a fanless design that renders the Control 10 completely silent, and thus ideal for the most demanding listening environments and customers. Like all Sooloos components, the Control 10 communicates with its Storage and Source components via standard TCP/IP Ethernet connectivity, using either the supplied high-quality Neutrik EtherCon connectors or any conventional CAT5/5e/6 RJ-45 cables.
In the ever-changing world of home-entertainment technology, the Meridian Sooloos media-management system is a complete solution that allows music and photos to be easily accessed easily and reliably stored.
Control 10 MSRP: $5,000
(Storage and Source component pricing additional)
For more information visit www.meridian-audio.com.
About Meridian Audio Limited
Meridian is based near Cambridge, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd. With over 30 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognised as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, and developed the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers, video projectors, and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver both a sweet, natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism.
About Sooloos LLC
Established in New York City in 2001, Sooloos manufactures the world’s most innovative, functional, and easy-to-use networked home entertainment system. The company creates advanced but easy-to-use technologies to locate, store, distribute, and manage a wide variety of media content, creating highly approachable and comprehensive home entertainment experiences that are extraordinarily social and enjoyable. Sooloos effortlessly combines spectacular quality, rich metadata, and the industry’s leading user interface to change forever the way we enjoy and interact with music, video, and photos.