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Meridian M100
  • Meridian M100


    100 Meridian series. The design of these elements was revolutionary at the time!
    The kit consisted of a 101 preamplifier, called a "control unit", two different power amplifiers (103 and 105), a power supply (103.5) and a 104 tuner. The 101 preamplifier was modular in design, with boards that the end user could easily detach and upgraded (more or less like the Naim NAC 12 preamplifier). Twenty different types of MM and MC inserts were available to accurately match the cartridges. The preamplifier also had two line inputs, marked TAPE and RADIO.

    There was also a mono switch. The volume knob also acted as a power switch, and the balance control was coaxial. Of course, the 101 was the perfect preamplifier for the M series active loudspeakers. The tested unit is the 101B, where B stands for "balanced". This revised version of the 101 featured a balanced output module, a redesigned motherboard, and gold-plated RCAs for the phono input (DIN for radio and tape). In addition, the electrolytic caps have been removed from the signal path and replaced with tantalum-metal ones. The 105 power amp is a 100-watt monoblock, and the 103 is a 35+35-watt stereo unit with a separate power supply. For additional output power, you can add an additional power supply (so two 103.5 power supplies). This increased the output power to 45+45 watts per channel into an 8 ohm load (this amp was sold as the 103D).Few MC step-up units/prototypes (102) and 150 watt power amplifier (107) were built/sold. Looking inside, you can't help but notice the extremely clean and carefully designed circuits and circuits. The 101 preamplifier is a work of art! In the power amplifier 103 two pairs of BDY56 transistors were used, while the power supply relied on a good toroidal transformer and a pair of ITT 6800uF electrolytic caps. Connecting these three units is not exactly straightforward, but the markings on the rear panels explain everything. Considering that the amplifier housing acts as a heat sink, it is better to place it separately to avoid excessive heating. In case of overheating, thermal protection is activated. The power amp uses ugly push terminals, hence only moderately thick bare wire is allowed.

    Set built in 1978/1980, over 40 years ago, amazing how they have survived so well. This classic Meridian combo looks and sounds incredibly modern! There is no trace of the fluffy, muddy, "warm" and fuzzy sound of many old amplifiers. Instead, the sound is clean, well controlled, articulated and precise.The Meridian 101/103 has a kind of monitor sound like some classic British speakers. The bass range, while not particularly deep in the first octave, is firm and controlled. The area where the Meridian pair wins is the soundstage. The 3D image that this combination of preamplifier and power amplifier creates is wide and deep. Vocals and instruments are evenly spaced, creating an area that feels proportionately realistic and well-focused. The depth and height of the virtual image can compete with good modern amplifiers. This 101/103 pair was definitely ahead of its time, both aesthetically and technically. Extremely well made and designed, these units can look modern even by today's standards. Sonically, they are dynamic, precise, clean, with solid, tight bass and good punch.

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