Meridian | 3100 | Specifications | Meridian 3100 Specifications

Troubleshooting
Indicator on front panel not lit
No sound
Check the following:
• Check the position of the input selector
switch is set appropriately.
• There is AC power connected to the socket
on the back of the 3100 loudspeaker.
• The power switch on the back panel of
the 3100 loudspeaker is turned on.
If the front panel indicator will still not
illuminate, check any fuses in your power
supply and the fuse in the inlet of the 3100
loudspeaker. If these are all intact, contact your
dealer.
Unit goes quiet when played hard
A temperature sensing system on the 3100
loudspeakers prevents overheating of the
electronics. The sound will revert back to
normal volume when the speaker has cooled.
Drive units move when the speaker is
switched on or off
This is normal as the speaker active electronics
settle.
There is radio interference
The 3100 loudspeaker is an audio device which
has been designed to very high standards of
electromagnetic compatibility.
If this equipment does cause or suffer from
interference to/from radio or television
reception then the following measures should
be tried:
• Reorient the receiving aerial (or antenna)
or route the antenna cable of the receiver
as far as possible from the loudspeaker
and its cabling.
• Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened
antenna cable.
• Relocate the receiver with respect to the
loudspeaker.
• Connect the receiver and this product to
different AC outlets.
• If the problem persists contact your dealer.
3100
A C T I V E
Specifications
L O U D S P E A K E R
Analogue inputs
Characteristics
• 1 x balanced XLR.
• 1 x unbalanced phono.
• Distortion typically <0.01%, or <0.02%
up to full power at all frequencies.
• Noise and hum <-94dBr at all volume
settings.
• Acoustic output typically >111dB spl @
1m.
• Acoustic noise <15dB spl @ 1m.
• Frequency response in room response
within 3dB, 48Hz-20kHz.
Output stages
• Power amplifiers: Complementary
bipolar design, with output-stage error
correction and twin loop design.
• Bass/Mid: 75W.
• Tweeter: 50W.
Acoustic
• M3100: 2 way, vented box;
M3100HC: 2½ way, closed box.
• M3100: 1 x 160mm (6.5");
M3100HC: 2 x 120mm (5.25"); doped
carbon fibre high-efficiency long-throw
drivers.
• Treble drive unit: 1 x 25mm (1") Meridian
piston doped fabric dome.
Cabinet
Power
Meridian Audio reserves the right to amend
product specifications at any time.
• 100-125; 200-250V AC 50-60Hz.
• 20VA standby; 600VA max.
•
•
•
•
Bonded aluminium panels.
MDF cloth-covered grille.
Silver/black finish.
M3100: 194 x 386 x 254mm (7.65 x 15.2 x
10") (W x H x D), 12kg (27lb).
• M3100HC: 470 x 174 x 254mm (18.5 x 6.9
x 10") (W x H x D), 15kg (33lb).
I N S T A L L A T I O N
A N D
U S E R
G U I D E
Important safety instructions
About your Meridian Active loudspeakers
•
•
•
•
•
•
These instructions provide information about unpacking, connecting up,
configuring, and using your Meridian 3100 Active loudspeakers. They apply to the
M3100 left and right loudspeakers, and the M3100HC horizontal centre loudspeaker.
Read the instructions
Keep these instructions.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Install only in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions.
• Refer all servicing to approved service
personnel.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE
This apparatus has been designed with Class 1
construction and must be connected to a mains
socket outlet with a protective earth
connection (the third grounding pin).
Safety warnings
• Do not expose the speakers to dripping or
splashing.
• Do not place any object filled with liquid,
such as a vase, on the speakers.
• Do not place naked flame sources, such as
lighted candles, on the speakers.
To avoid interference
Do not position the unit:
• Near strong magnetic radiation.
• Near to a television, or where connecting
cables may be subject to or cause
interference.
To avoid overheating
• Leave at least 10cm around the equipment
to ensure sufficient ventilation.
Do not position the unit:
• In direct sunlight.
• Near heat sources, such as a radiator.
• Directly on top of heat producing
equipment, such as a power amplifier.
Radio interference
FCC Warning: This equipment generates and
can radiate radio frequency energy and if not
installed and used correctly in accordance with
our instructions may cause interference to
radio communications or radio and television
reception. It has been type-tested and complies
with the limits set out in Subpart J, Part 15 of
FCC rules for a Class B computing device. These
limits are intended to provide reasonable
protection against such interference in home
installations.
EU: This product has been designed
and type-tested to comply with the
limits set out in EN55013 and EN55020.
Copyright and acknowledgements
Sales and service in the UK
Meridian Audio Ltd, Latham Road,
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6YE,
England, Tel (01480) 445678, Fax (01480)
445686, Web www.meridian-audio.com
Sales and service in the USA
Meridian America Inc, 8055 Troon Circle, Suite
C, Austell, GA30168-7849, USA
Tel (404) 344 7111, Fax (404) 346 7111,
Web www.meridian-audio.com
Designed, manufactured in the UK
Copyright © 2002-2006 Meridian Audio Ltd.,
Part no: 3100U/1
Boothroyd|Stuart Meridian, Meridian, Meridian
Digital Theatre, Meridian Lossless Packing,
MHR and MLP are registered trademarks of
Meridian Audio Ltd.
MHR: This product incorporates copyright
protection technology covered by certain
patent applications and intellectual property of
Meridian Audio Ltd. This technology is
provided for the express purpose of securely
containing copyright audio within the
Meridian System only. Reverse engineering or
circumvention of this protection is strictly
prohibited.
This guide was produced by:
Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
www.interface.co.uk
Introduction
Meridian Active loudspeakers represent the fruits of more than 25 years of
continuous development of loudspeakers as musical instruments. The finest
materials and state-of-the-art design are combined to create what we believe is the
ultimate range of home loudspeakers.
Drivers
Each 3100 loudspeaker uses either one or two high-efficiency long-throw custom
drive bass units.
Each treble unit is a very high quality 25mm (1”) Meridian piston using a doped
fabric dome. It is extremely well matched to the woofers, and also tonally very
compatible with the other drivers employed in the Meridian range.
Power amplifiers
The speakers are driven by multiple independent high-power, low-feedback power
amplifiers.
The active electronics provides huge performance advantages. The amplifiers are
tailored to suit the direct drive to the drive units, providing very low output
impedance, excellent damping, and bass extension far beyond what is possible in
passive designs.
The whole electronic assembly is supplied from a substantial toroidal transformer
feeding high-quality, audiophile-grade capacitors.
Cabinet
Each 3100 loudspeaker is carefully designed from bonded aluminium panels, with
internal bracing and damping to give incredibly low levels of cabinet resonance,
resulting in low coloration and excellent mid-range transparency.
Important safety instructions
About your Meridian Active loudspeakers
•
•
•
•
•
•
These instructions provide information about unpacking, connecting up,
configuring, and using your Meridian 3100 Active loudspeakers. They apply to the
M3100 left and right loudspeakers, and the M3100HC horizontal centre loudspeaker.
Read the instructions
Keep these instructions.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Install only in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions.
• Refer all servicing to approved service
personnel.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE
This apparatus has been designed with Class 1
construction and must be connected to a mains
socket outlet with a protective earth
connection (the third grounding pin).
Safety warnings
• Do not expose the speakers to dripping or
splashing.
• Do not place any object filled with liquid,
such as a vase, on the speakers.
• Do not place naked flame sources, such as
lighted candles, on the speakers.
To avoid interference
Do not position the unit:
• Near strong magnetic radiation.
• Near to a television, or where connecting
cables may be subject to or cause
interference.
To avoid overheating
• Leave at least 10cm around the equipment
to ensure sufficient ventilation.
Do not position the unit:
• In direct sunlight.
• Near heat sources, such as a radiator.
• Directly on top of heat producing
equipment, such as a power amplifier.
Radio interference
FCC Warning: This equipment generates and
can radiate radio frequency energy and if not
installed and used correctly in accordance with
our instructions may cause interference to
radio communications or radio and television
reception. It has been type-tested and complies
with the limits set out in Subpart J, Part 15 of
FCC rules for a Class B computing device. These
limits are intended to provide reasonable
protection against such interference in home
installations.
EU: This product has been designed
and type-tested to comply with the
limits set out in EN55013 and EN55020.
Copyright and acknowledgements
Sales and service in the UK
Meridian Audio Ltd, Latham Road,
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6YE,
England, Tel (01480) 445678, Fax (01480)
445686, Web www.meridian-audio.com
Sales and service in the USA
Meridian America Inc, 8055 Troon Circle, Suite
C, Austell, GA30168-7849, USA
Tel (404) 344 7111, Fax (404) 346 7111,
Web www.meridian-audio.com
Designed, manufactured in the UK
Copyright © 2002-2006 Meridian Audio Ltd.,
Part no: 3100U/1
Boothroyd|Stuart Meridian, Meridian, Meridian
Digital Theatre, Meridian Lossless Packing,
MHR and MLP are registered trademarks of
Meridian Audio Ltd.
MHR: This product incorporates copyright
protection technology covered by certain
patent applications and intellectual property of
Meridian Audio Ltd. This technology is
provided for the express purpose of securely
containing copyright audio within the
Meridian System only. Reverse engineering or
circumvention of this protection is strictly
prohibited.
This guide was produced by:
Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
www.interface.co.uk
Introduction
Meridian Active loudspeakers represent the fruits of more than 25 years of
continuous development of loudspeakers as musical instruments. The finest
materials and state-of-the-art design are combined to create what we believe is the
ultimate range of home loudspeakers.
Drivers
Each 3100 loudspeaker uses either one or two high-efficiency long-throw custom
drive bass units.
Each treble unit is a very high quality 25mm (1”) Meridian piston using a doped
fabric dome. It is extremely well matched to the woofers, and also tonally very
compatible with the other drivers employed in the Meridian range.
Power amplifiers
The speakers are driven by multiple independent high-power, low-feedback power
amplifiers.
The active electronics provides huge performance advantages. The amplifiers are
tailored to suit the direct drive to the drive units, providing very low output
impedance, excellent damping, and bass extension far beyond what is possible in
passive designs.
The whole electronic assembly is supplied from a substantial toroidal transformer
feeding high-quality, audiophile-grade capacitors.
Cabinet
Each 3100 loudspeaker is carefully designed from bonded aluminium panels, with
internal bracing and damping to give incredibly low levels of cabinet resonance,
resulting in low coloration and excellent mid-range transparency.
Unpacking your speakers
Connections
Before you begin installation you should ensure that your Active loudspeakers are
the correct voltage for your local AC supply. If they are not, do not try to install
them, and contact your dealer.
The following diagram gives details of the back panel connections:
Balanced
input
You should not make any connections to the Active loudspeakers, or to any other
component in your system, while the AC power supply is connected and switched on.
Unbalanced
input
Power
INPUTS
Components
BALANCED UNBALANCED
POWER
Each Active loudspeaker system is supplied with the following components:
OFF
ON
FUSE
BALANCED
• One power cord per speaker.
• Meridian analogue audio lead.
• Pack of four feet/spikes.
If any of these items is missing please contact your dealer. We suggest that you
retain the packaging carefully for maximum protection in transit.
Removing the grilles
M3100: The grille is held tightly in place by the side metal plates. Gently pull it from
the top edge, taking care not to scratch the high-gloss lacquer, then pull it gently
from the sides and then bottom to remove it.
M3100HC: The grille is held on by pegs. Gently pull from the sides and then top and
bottom to remove it.
Note: The speakers are designed to be used with their grilles fitted.
UNBALANCED
Input
selector
See overleaf for pictures of sample configurations.
Audio connections
The following table gives details of the audio connections:
Use this connection
To connect to this
BALANCED
The balanced analogue output of a preamplifier or digital
surround controller. Set the input selector switch to BALANCED.
UNBALANCED
The unbalanced analogue output of a preamplifier or digital
surround controller. Set the input selector switch to
UNBALANCED.
Cleaning the speakers
Greasy marks should be removed from the metal surfaces by light rubbing with a
slightly damp cloth and a trace of proprietary glass cleaner. Do not use any other
solvent or abrasive based cleaners.
On black speakers, small marks on the lacquer surface can usually be removed by
treating with Black Turtle Wax Color Magic. Do not use any coarse polish such as
Auto Colour restorer, and always test any polish on a non-visible area first. Do not
use any polish containing a solvent; these can cause crazing of the surface.
The balanced connection should be made with a high-quality XLR lead. The
unbalanced connection should be made with a shielded audio phono lead,
preferably with a double-screen copper lap construction.
Unpacking your speakers
Connections
Before you begin installation you should ensure that your Active loudspeakers are
the correct voltage for your local AC supply. If they are not, do not try to install
them, and contact your dealer.
The following diagram gives details of the back panel connections:
Balanced
input
You should not make any connections to the Active loudspeakers, or to any other
component in your system, while the AC power supply is connected and switched on.
Unbalanced
input
Power
INPUTS
Components
BALANCED UNBALANCED
POWER
Each Active loudspeaker system is supplied with the following components:
OFF
ON
FUSE
BALANCED
• One power cord per speaker.
• Meridian analogue audio lead.
• Pack of four feet/spikes.
If any of these items is missing please contact your dealer. We suggest that you
retain the packaging carefully for maximum protection in transit.
Removing the grilles
M3100: The grille is held tightly in place by the side metal plates. Gently pull it from
the top edge, taking care not to scratch the high-gloss lacquer, then pull it gently
from the sides and then bottom to remove it.
M3100HC: The grille is held on by pegs. Gently pull from the sides and then top and
bottom to remove it.
Note: The speakers are designed to be used with their grilles fitted.
UNBALANCED
Input
selector
See overleaf for pictures of sample configurations.
Audio connections
The following table gives details of the audio connections:
Use this connection
To connect to this
BALANCED
The balanced analogue output of a preamplifier or digital
surround controller. Set the input selector switch to BALANCED.
UNBALANCED
The unbalanced analogue output of a preamplifier or digital
surround controller. Set the input selector switch to
UNBALANCED.
Cleaning the speakers
Greasy marks should be removed from the metal surfaces by light rubbing with a
slightly damp cloth and a trace of proprietary glass cleaner. Do not use any other
solvent or abrasive based cleaners.
On black speakers, small marks on the lacquer surface can usually be removed by
treating with Black Turtle Wax Color Magic. Do not use any coarse polish such as
Auto Colour restorer, and always test any polish on a non-visible area first. Do not
use any polish containing a solvent; these can cause crazing of the surface.
The balanced connection should be made with a high-quality XLR lead. The
unbalanced connection should be made with a shielded audio phono lead,
preferably with a double-screen copper lap construction.
Connecting two 3100 loudspeakers to a
Meridian Control Unit or other analogue
preamplifier
M3100
Connecting three or more M3100 loudspeakers
to a G91A in a Meridian surround system
G91A DVD Player
COMMS
M3100
ANALOGUE
OUT
G01
6 x PHONO LEADS
PRE OUT
Rear right
AUDIO LEAD
Main right
DSW1600 Subwoofer
Centre
Main left
Rear left
AUDIO LEAD
You can connect two M3100 loudspeakers directly to the analogue outputs of an
analogue preamplifier, such as the Meridian G01 Control Unit or Meridian G02
Balanced Control Unit.
• Connect one pair of the left and right PRE OUT connections to the M3100
loudspeakers.
Connecting a 3100 loudspeaker as a centre
speaker
G61 Digital Surround Controller
CENTRE
Centre
PHONO LEAD
You can use a single M3100HC as a centre speaker in a Meridian surround system
based on a Meridian G61, G68AD, G68ADV, or G68AXV Digital Surround Controller.
•
Connect the speaker to the CENTRE analogue output, as shown in the
illustration.
The G68AXV provides balanced analogue outputs so you can achieve higher quality
by connecting the balanced CENTRE output to the balanced input of the M3100,
using a suitable XLR lead.
The Meridian G91A DVD Player can be configured as a surround processor, allowing
you to connect it directly to up to five M3100 loudspeakers, and an optional
subwoofer, such as the Meridian DSW1600, to create a complete compact surround
system.
• Connect the LEFT and RIGHT analogue outputs from the G91A to the main front
M3100 loudspeakers.
• Connect the SURR L and SURR R analogue outputs from the G91A to the rear
M3100 loudspeakers.
• Connect the CENTRE analogue output to the centre M3100HC loudspeaker.
• Optionally connect the SUB analogue output to an active analogue subwoofer.
• Configure the G91A DVD Player to Type 6; see the G Series DVD Player Installation
Guide.
Connecting two 3100 loudspeakers to a
Meridian Control Unit or other analogue
preamplifier
M3100
Connecting three or more M3100 loudspeakers
to a G91A in a Meridian surround system
G91A DVD Player
COMMS
M3100
ANALOGUE
OUT
G01
6 x PHONO LEADS
PRE OUT
Rear right
AUDIO LEAD
Main right
DSW1600 Subwoofer
Centre
Main left
Rear left
AUDIO LEAD
You can connect two M3100 loudspeakers directly to the analogue outputs of an
analogue preamplifier, such as the Meridian G01 Control Unit or Meridian G02
Balanced Control Unit.
• Connect one pair of the left and right PRE OUT connections to the M3100
loudspeakers.
Connecting a 3100 loudspeaker as a centre
speaker
G61 Digital Surround Controller
CENTRE
Centre
PHONO LEAD
You can use a single M3100HC as a centre speaker in a Meridian surround system
based on a Meridian G61, G68AD, G68ADV, or G68AXV Digital Surround Controller.
•
Connect the speaker to the CENTRE analogue output, as shown in the
illustration.
The G68AXV provides balanced analogue outputs so you can achieve higher quality
by connecting the balanced CENTRE output to the balanced input of the M3100,
using a suitable XLR lead.
The Meridian G91A DVD Player can be configured as a surround processor, allowing
you to connect it directly to up to five M3100 loudspeakers, and an optional
subwoofer, such as the Meridian DSW1600, to create a complete compact surround
system.
• Connect the LEFT and RIGHT analogue outputs from the G91A to the main front
M3100 loudspeakers.
• Connect the SURR L and SURR R analogue outputs from the G91A to the rear
M3100 loudspeakers.
• Connect the CENTRE analogue output to the centre M3100HC loudspeaker.
• Optionally connect the SUB analogue output to an active analogue subwoofer.
• Configure the G91A DVD Player to Type 6; see the G Series DVD Player Installation
Guide.
Troubleshooting
Indicator on front panel not lit
No sound
Check the following:
• Check the position of the input selector
switch is set appropriately.
• There is AC power connected to the socket
on the back of the 3100 loudspeaker.
• The power switch on the back panel of
the 3100 loudspeaker is turned on.
If the front panel indicator will still not
illuminate, check any fuses in your power
supply and the fuse in the inlet of the 3100
loudspeaker. If these are all intact, contact your
dealer.
Unit goes quiet when played hard
A temperature sensing system on the 3100
loudspeakers prevents overheating of the
electronics. The sound will revert back to
normal volume when the speaker has cooled.
Drive units move when the speaker is
switched on or off
This is normal as the speaker active electronics
settle.
There is radio interference
The 3100 loudspeaker is an audio device which
has been designed to very high standards of
electromagnetic compatibility.
If this equipment does cause or suffer from
interference to/from radio or television
reception then the following measures should
be tried:
• Reorient the receiving aerial (or antenna)
or route the antenna cable of the receiver
as far as possible from the loudspeaker
and its cabling.
• Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened
antenna cable.
• Relocate the receiver with respect to the
loudspeaker.
• Connect the receiver and this product to
different AC outlets.
• If the problem persists contact your dealer.
3100
A C T I V E
Specifications
L O U D S P E A K E R
Analogue inputs
Characteristics
• 1 x balanced XLR.
• 1 x unbalanced phono.
• Distortion typically <0.01%, or <0.02%
up to full power at all frequencies.
• Noise and hum <-94dBr at all volume
settings.
• Acoustic output typically >111dB spl @
1m.
• Acoustic noise <15dB spl @ 1m.
• Frequency response in room response
within 3dB, 48Hz-20kHz.
Output stages
• Power amplifiers: Complementary
bipolar design, with output-stage error
correction and twin loop design.
• Bass/Mid: 75W.
• Tweeter: 50W.
Acoustic
• M3100: 2 way, vented box;
M3100HC: 2½ way, closed box.
• M3100: 1 x 160mm (6.5");
M3100HC: 2 x 120mm (5.25"); doped
carbon fibre high-efficiency long-throw
drivers.
• Treble drive unit: 1 x 25mm (1") Meridian
piston doped fabric dome.
Cabinet
Power
Meridian Audio reserves the right to amend
product specifications at any time.
• 100-125; 200-250V AC 50-60Hz.
• 20VA standby; 600VA max.
•
•
•
•
Bonded aluminium panels.
MDF cloth-covered grille.
Silver/black finish.
M3100: 194 x 386 x 254mm (7.65 x 15.2 x
10") (W x H x D), 12kg (27lb).
• M3100HC: 470 x 174 x 254mm (18.5 x 6.9
x 10") (W x H x D), 15kg (33lb).
I N S T A L L A T I O N
A N D
U S E R
G U I D E
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