Meridian Boothroyd Stuart CD Player A Working Part of Audio History-RARE! Meridian Boothroyd Stuart CD Player A Working Part of Audio History-RARE!

Meridian Boothroyd Stuart CD Player A Working Part of Audio History-RARE!

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In 1984, Meridian, a small UK company specialising in ‘perfectionist’ high-end audio, decided to address the shortcomings of CD technology. Meridian didn’t have the resources to build a CD player from scratch, as there were only a couple of huge electronics companies that could, so it did the next best thing. It found the market’s best sounding CD player, which at the time was the Philips 101, ripped out its guts from the CD mechanism itself, and started afresh.

Meridian’s bold ‘MCD’ was built on the bones of a Philips 101 CD mechanism, only it now included an upgraded power supply, a revamped CD servo (that speeded up its focus reaction time and improved its ability to track warped discs), a new and better shielded audio circuitry board, a more precise three-pole analog filter and higher quality output coupling capacitors.

 The MCD met with critical acclaim and helped turn the tide against high-end analog players. In 1985, reviewer and audiophile J. Gordon Holt wrote of the MCD: “For the first time, the sound of the best CDs is truly liquid and transparent, with an effortlessness that I have not previously heard except from the better analog sources”.

Even by today’s standards, the MCD is appreciated in AV enthusiast circles for its unique and impressive CD sound quality, and earned its place in audiophile history.