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Meridian 808.2I User guide
808.2/808.2i
Signature Reference CD Player
User Guide
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Preface
Important safety instructions
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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 the 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.
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.
To avoid interference
This apparatus has been designed with Class 1
construction and must be connected to a mains socket
outlet with a protective earthing connection (the third
grounding pin).
Do not position the unit:
This apparatus uses a single-pole power switch. As
a result it is not isolated from AC mains power when
switched off at the rear panel. The apparatus may
be isolated from mains power either by unplugging
the power connector from the rear of the unit, or by
unplugging the connector at the opposing end of the
power cord or cable from its supply outlet. As a result,
either or both of these connectors should remain
accessible
Radio interference
• Near strong electrical or magnetic radiation, such as
near a power amplifier.
Safety warnings
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.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE
EEC: This product has been designed and type-tested
to comply with the limits set out in EN55013 and
EN55020.
• Do not expose the unit to dripping or splashing.
• Do not place any object filled with liquid, such as a
vase, on the unit.
• Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted
candles, on the unit.
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Contents
Contents
Introduction
1
Installing the CD player
21
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player
2
Unpacking
22
Specifications
3
Applications
24
Configuring the CD player
29
Choosing a standard setting
30
Setting up sources
31
Index
33
Using the 808.2 Signature Reference
CD Player
5
Front panel keys
6
MSR+ keys
7
Switching on and off
8
Playing a disc
9
Stopping and pausing play
10
Repeat
11
Scanning a disc
12
Programming a selection
13
Changing the absolute phase
14
Changing the front-panel display
15
Using the CD player preamplifier features 17
Selecting a source
18
Adjusting the system volume
19
Changing the balance
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Preface
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
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
http://www.meridian-audio.com
Designed and manufactured in the UK
Meridian Audio Ltd
Latham Road
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE29 6YE
England
Copyright © 1999-2008 Meridian Audio Ltd.
Part no: 808U/2 (P80813)
Boothroyd|Stuart Meridian, and Meridian are registered
trademarks of Meridian Audio Ltd.
This guide was produced by:
Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
http://www.interface.co.uk
Introduction
Introduction
Welcome to the Meridian 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player.
This User Guide provides full information about using the CD player in
conjunction with your other equipment, to achieve the superb results you
can expect from it.
Introduction
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player takes
Compact Disc playback to an entirely new level, with a
heritage that includes the multiple award winning 508
and 800, and two dozen optical disc players from 1984
to the present day. The 808.2 is specifically designed
as a CD-optimised machine, able to play audio CDs,
CD-Rs, and CD-R/Ws. It also plays the CD layer of an
SACD disc.
At the heart of the 808.2 are fully-integrated
electronics and a computer-style CD/DVD-ROM drive.
The drive normally operates at standard CD speed,
but is capable of much faster reading, using multiple
high-speed re‑reads to ensure accurate recovery of
data from even the most difficult disc. This capability
alone provides over ten times the error correction of a
conventional CD player.
Signal Processing
Once the digital data stream has been recovered from
the disc, powerful on-board digital signal processing
(DSP) with a capability of an impressive 150 MIPs
upsamples the digital information from the 16-bit
44.1kHz signal of conventional CD to a 24-bit signal
with a sample rate of 176.4kHz. This signal is fed
to the latest DVD-Audio quality delta-sigma DACs to
drive the analogue outputs, while a digital signal at an
88.2kHz sample rate is supplied to the digital outputs.
Upsampling is performed with very high-accuracy
filters which minimise pre-echo arising from ADCs and
DACs used in the recording and replay process so
that the total chain closely represents transmission of
sound through air, for ultimate transparency from a CD
source.
The 808.2 employs a triple buffering system to
minimise jitter, and therefore maximise HF transparency
and stereo image precision and stability. This, and
the digital electronics as a whole, are driven by a new
design of high-stability clocking system which further
reduces jitter and ensure that the highest level of detail
is recovered from a disc. All digital data is accurately
re-clocked.
Multiple power supplies ensure that digital and
analogue circuitry are kept apart and can provide the
required power when called upon to do so.
Integrated preamplifier
The 808.2i version of the 808.2 Signature Reference
CD Player includes a built-in stereo preamplifier with
the ability to handle six stereo analogue inputs, three
digital coaxial S/PDIF inputs, and two Toslink optical
digital inputs, making it ideal as the heart of a superb
stereo system.
System integration
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player provides
balanced and unbalanced analogue outputs for
connecting to an external power amplifier or
preamplifier. Alternatively, it provides SpeakerLink and
coax digital outputs, allowing it to drive Meridian DSP
Loudspeakers directly. The digital outputs support MHR
(Meridian High Resolution) and operate at up to 2 x CD
sample rate (88.2kHz), 24-bit.
Meridian Comms sockets (2 x DIN) allow
communication with other Meridian components,
while an RS232 interface provides full remote control
capability as well as the ability to configure the unit
with Meridian’s innovative Windows-based graphic
configuration application. Three programmable trigger
outputs are provided for direct control of external
devices, for example powering-up amplifiers, etc.
The Meridian 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player is
supplied with the MSR+ learning/programmable remote
control, which not only operates all Meridian products
but also includes an extensive database of third-party
products and the capability to learn commands from
existing remotes.
Introduction
Specifications
Drive
Controls
• Internal CD/DVD-ROM drive.
Front-panel facia controls for:
Audio in and out
• Open/Close, Play, Stop, Pause, Previous, Next, and
On/Off.
The 808.2 is supplied as standard with:
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2-channel balanced audio output.
2-channel unbalanced audio output.
2-channel digital coax output.
2-channel Meridian SpeakerLink output.
Optional MHR encryption on digital outputs at high
rate
The 808.2i version also includes:
• Six 2-channel unbalanced analogue inputs.
Adjustable sensitivity. Renameable legends.
• Three 2-channel digital coax inputs. Renameable
legends. 32 to 96kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
precision.
• Two 2-channel digital optical inputs. Renameable
legends. 32 to 96kHz sampling and up to 24-bit
precision.
Signal processing
The 808.2 uses Meridian’s proprietary DSP software to
provide the following powerful features:
• Upsampling.
• FIFO and error correction.
• Resolution enhancement.
A hinged control panel provides additional controls for:
• Repeat, Fast Forward/Reverse, Source, Store, Clear,
Display, Mute, and Volume +/-.
Display
• 20-character dot-matrix display with adjustable
brightness and contrast.
• Indicators for Emphasis, Repeat, and Phase.
Introduction
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Using the 808.2 Signature
Reference CD Player
This chapter provides a summary of the functions of the 808.2 Signature
Reference CD Player to identify the controls which you use to operate
the unit.
It also provides step-by-step instructions for operating the CD player,
using either the front panel or the MSR+.
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Front panel keys
Phase–
Indicates inverted
phase
Eq
Emphasis
indicator
Fast Reverse
Scans backwards
Repeat
Repeats a
track/disc
Repeat
Repeat indicator
Clear
Clears a track
selection
Fast Forward
Scans forwards
Source
Selects a source
Mute
Mutes or restores
the sound
Display
Changes the
information
displayed
Store
Stores a track
selection
Eq
Repeat
Phase-
Repeat
Store
Source
Clear
Display
Volume
Mute
Signature Reference CD Player 808.2
Volume
Off
Drive
CD drive
Play
Plays the disc
Open
Opens/closes
the disc drawer
Pause
Pauses the disc
Stop
Stops the disc
Off
Switches to
standby
Next/Previous
Selects the next
or previous
track
Volume keys
Change the
system volume
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
MSR+ keys
Previous
Selects the
previous track
Source keys
Select a source
Fast reverse
Scans backwards
CD
RADIO
DVD
AUX
DISC
TAPE
Stop
Stops the disc
Open
Opens the disc tray
TV
OFF
Switches to
standby
Play
Plays the disc
CABLE
SAT
Next
Selects the next
track
VCR1
VCR2
GAME
OFF
Pause
Pauses
the disc
Power
1
1
4
7
2
3
Page
5
8
6
9
0
Return
Menu
Repeat
Slow
Subtitle
Band
Angle
Clear
Display
Mute
OSD
Repeat
Repeats a
track/disc
A-B
Repeats a section
Menu keys
Select or change
the balance,
phase, contrast,
or brightness
Volume keys
Change the
volume
DSP
Phase
Store
Record
Number keys
Select a track by
number
Function
Selects a special
function
Open
A-B
Top Menu
#
Page
Enter
Setup
Function
Audio
Fast forward
Scans forwards
Clear
Clears a selection
Store
Stores
a selection
Mute
Mutes or restores
the sound
Display
Changes the
front-panel
display
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Switching on and off
When not playing, the CD player should be left in
the standby state. This uses a minimal amount of
electricity, but ensures that the components of the CD
player operate at maximum efficiency from the moment
you start.
If you are not going to use the CD player for several
days you should switch the unit off completely at the
rear panel, and disconnect it from the AC power supply.
To switch on from standby
• Press å, *, or > (front panel), or select a source on
the remote.
If the CD player is part of a Meridian system it will
automatically switch on any other units in the system,
such as the 861 Reference Digital Surround Controller
and Meridian DSP Loudspeakers.
To insert a disc
• Press å (front panel) or Function * (remote) to
open the tray.
• Place your disc in the tray, label side up.
• Press å (front panel), Function * (remote), or >
to close the tray.
To switch to standby
• Press Off (front panel or remote).
If you have other Meridian equipment or Meridian DSP
Loudspeakers connected to the CD player these units
will also switch to standby.
If a disc is currently playing, switching to standby will
stop the disc, and the disc can safely be left in the unit.
Always remove any disc before moving or shipping the
808.2.
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Playing a disc
The compact disc player allows you to play an entire
disc, or start playing from any track. While a disc is
playing you can go back to the start of the track or skip
to the start of the next track.
If you have programmed a selection, these functions
also work with the selection of tracks you have
programmed. For information about programming see
Programming a selection, page 13.
To play the disc
• Press > (front panel or remote).
The display will show your selection.
Play
l
The display will then show the track number and
elapsed time.
For example:
1
To restart the current track
• Press [ (front panel or remote).
To move to the next track
• Press > (front panel or remote).
• Press ] or [ (front panel or remote) to step
through the track numbers until the track you want
to play is displayed, or type the number of the track
(remote only).
For example:
Track
4
After a short delay the track you have selected will start
to play.
If you have other Meridian sources you should
ensure that the 808.2 is the currently selected
source.
For example:
To play starting from a particular track
00:12
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Stopping and pausing play
You can pause a disc while keeping it spinning, so that
you can resume play instantly.
To stop playback
• Press * (front panel or remote).
The display will show the total number of tracks on the
disc.
For example: 16
--:--
To pause playback
• Press = (front panel or remote).
You can change tracks while the disc is paused using
[ or ] (front panel or remote).
To continue after pausing
• Press = or > (front panel or remote).
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Repeat
You can choose to play a track, disc, or selection
repeatedly, so that when it has played it will start again
from the beginning.
To continuously repeat a disc
• Press Repeat (remote or under the front panel) to
select between the following options:
Display
Description
Repeat
track
Repeat current
track.
Repeat
disc
Repeat entire disc.
To repeat between two positions
• Press A-B (Function Repeat on the remote) at
the start of the section you want to repeat.
The display shows:
Repeat
A-
• Move to the end of the section you want to repeat.
• Press A-B (Function Repeat on the remote)
again.
The display shows:
Repeat
A-B
The section you have specified will be played
repeatedly.
To cancel A-B repeat
• Press A-B.
To cancel the repeat function
• Press Repeat (remote or under the front panel)
again.
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Scanning a disc
The scan controls allow you to move quickly to any
position on the disc at either twice or eight times
normal speed.
To scan through a disc
• Press ˘ or ¯ (remote or under the front panel) to
select twice normal speed.
• Press ˘ or ¯ again to select eight times normal
speed.
The display will show you the position on the disc.
For example:
3
12:37
• Press > (front panel or remote) when you have
reached the position you want to play.
Alternatively press ˘ or ¯ again from eight times
normal speed to return to normal playback.
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Programming a selection
You can programme a selection of tracks and then play
only the tracks you have programmed.
To make a selection by omitting tracks
You can programme a selection either by storing the
tracks you want to play, or by clearing the tracks you
do not want to play. If you programme a selection by
storing the tracks you want to hear, you can play the
tracks in any order and repeat tracks in the sequence.
The display will show the track number.
You can programme a selection while the disc is
playing, in which case the selection will be played after
the current track finishes.
To choose a track to programme
• Press [ or ] (front panel or remote) to step
through the track numbers until the track you want is
displayed, or type the number of the track you want.
To make a selection by adding tracks
• Choose the first track you want to play, as described
above.
The display will show the track number.
For example:
Track
14
• Press Store (remote or under the front panel).
The track will change from Track to Store, and all the
other tracks will be marked Clear.
For example:
Store
14
You should store the first track for a selection within
two seconds, or it will begin to play.
• Choose one of the tracks you do not want to play, as
described above.
For example:
Track
12
• Press Clear (remote or under the front panel).
The track will change from Track to Clear, and all the
other tracks will be marked Store.
For example:
Clear
12
You should clear the first track for a selection within
two seconds, or it will begin to play.
To add or remove a track from a
selection
• Select the track using [ or ] (front panel or
remote).
Alternatively you can enter the track number using the
remote.
• Press Store to add the track, or Clear to remove
the track.
To clear a programme
• Press * (front panel or remote) twice.
The display will show:
Clear Program
A programme is automatically cleared if you open the
disc drawer, or press Off.
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
Changing the absolute phase
You can use the remote to invert the absolute
phase of the analogue output signal, which in some
circumstances can give a noticeable improvement in
realism.
To display the phase setting
• Press Phase (Function = on the remote).
The display will show:
CD
+
Phase
To change the phase setting
• Press Phase again.
The display will show the new phase setting.
For example:
CD
-
Phase
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Changing the front-panel display
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player displays
information about the current disc and settings on the
20-character front-panel display.
You can adjust the contrast and brightness of the frontpanel display for optimum viewing, and choose what
information is displayed.
To change the contrast or brightness
• Press > or < (remote), until the display shows the
current contrast or brightness.
For example:
CD
Contrast
10
• Press A or V (remote), to change the selected
setting.
You can change the contrast or brightness between 0
and 15.
To change the displayed information
• Press Display (remote or under the front panel).
Each time you press Display the display will step
between the following options:
Display option
Track and elapsed
time
Sampling rate,
precision, and
audio format
Initial value in Type 1
1
68:57
44k1 16Bit LPCM
CD
Blank
If the Diagnostic displays option has been
selected, additional diagnostic displays are included;
see the Meridian Configuration Program Guide.
Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
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Using the 808.2
Signature Reference
CD Player
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Using the CD player
preamplifier features
Using the CD player preamplifier
features
The 808.2i version of the 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player
includes a preamplifier, and can act as the controller for up to 11 other
sources.
Both models feature an optional volume control for the analogue inputs.
This chapter explains how to use these features from either the front
panel or the MSR+.
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Using the CD player
preamplifier features
Selecting a source
If you are using the 808.2i Signature Reference CD
Player as a controller you can connect up to 11 other
sources to it, and select them from the front panel or
remote.
The CD player provides the following 12 sources:
CD, Radio, DVD, Aux, Disc, Tape, TV, Cable, Sat,
VCR1, VCR2, and Game.
The CD source usually corresponds to the internal
drive.
The input associated with each of the other sources
depends on how the CD player has been set up; for
more information refer to the Meridian Configuration
Program Guide.
Your installer may have customised the labels
displayed for each source to suit your other
equipment.
To select a source
• Press Source (under the front panel) until the
display shows the source you want, or press the
appropriate source key on the remote; eg CD.
The display shows the source and volume setting.
For example, if you select the Radio source:
The display shows:
Radio
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The 808.2 CD player mutes the sound while you
change source.
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Adjusting the system volume
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player provides
an optional volume control on the analogue outputs,
enabling it to drive amplifiers or active loudspeakers
directly, and you can adjust the volume using the front
panel or remote.
The volume changes in precise steps of 1dB, where
9dB is equivalent to doubling the loudness. The current
volume setting is displayed in dB on the front-panel
display, and can be varied in the range 1 to 99dB.
To change the volume
• Press Volume A or Volume V (under the front
panel), or the red A or V keys on the remote.
As you adjust the volume setting the display shows the
current volume level.
For example:
CD
65
To mute the sound
• Press Mute (remote or under the front panel).
The display shows:
Mute
To restore the sound
• Press Mute again.
Alternatively, the sound will be restored if you adjust the
volume.
Using the CD player
preamplifier features
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Using the CD player
preamplifier features
Changing the balance
To change the balance
• Press < or > (remote) until the display shows the
current balance.
For example:
CD
Balance
<0>
• Press A or V (remote) to move the listening
position.
The display shows the direction and position of the
listening position.
For example:
CD
Balance
<3
The arrow indicates the direction, and the number
indicates the position where 0 is central, 8 is in line
with the corresponding main speaker, and 10 is fully to
one side.
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Installing the CD
player
Installing the CD player
This chapter explains how to install the 808.2 Signature Reference CD
player. It describes what you should find when you unpack the product,
and how you should connect it to the other equipment in the system.
You should not make any connections to the product or to any other
component in the system while the AC power supply is connected and
switched on.
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Unpacking
The 808.2 Signature Reference CD Player is supplied
with the following accessories:
• MSR+ remote control with batteries, manual, and
spare key caps.
• Meridian Comms lead.
• Power cord.
• This manual.
Back panel
The following diagram gives details of the back panel
connections:
If any of these items are missing please contact your
dealer.
NOTE: You should retain the packaging in case you
need to transport the unit.
Digital coax
inputs
(808.2i only)
ANALOGUE
INPUT
MAIN
LEFT
D1
AUX
DISC
D3
RIGHT
D2
Digital coax
output
LEFT
SAT
O1
O2 GAME
A4
VCR1
RIGHT
A5
VCR2
A6
Meridian
Comms
DIGITAL
OUTPUT
DVD
A1 RADIO
A2
A3 CABLE
TAPE
RS232
RS232
connections
ANALOGUE
OUTPUT
RIGHT
TV
2
1
Trigger
outputs
TRIGGER
3
LEFT
DIGITAL
INPUT
Balanced
analogue
outputs
LEFT
RIGHT
Analogue
inputs
(808.2i only)
Digital optical
inputs
(808.2i only)
Unbalanced
analogue
outputs
SPEAKERLINK
COMPUTER
MERIDIAN COMMS
Installing the CD
player
Meridian
SpeakerLink
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Installing the CD
player
Audio outputs
Communications connections
Use this output
To connect to this
Use this connection
To connect to this
BALANCED OUT
The balanced analogue inputs of a
preamplifier, or a power amplifier
such as the G57, using XLR leads.
MERIDIAN COMMS
ANALOGUE OUT
The unbalanced analogue inputs of
a preamplifier, or a power amplifier
such as the G57, using analogue
phono leads.
Other Meridian G Series,
500 Series, or 800 Series
equipment, or Meridian
DSP loudspeakers.
RS232 connection
A computer, for configuring
the CD player.
TRIGGER OUTPUT
1, 2, 3
Equipment that can be
triggered by a 12V 100mA
signal.
DIGITAL OUT
The digital input of a surround
processor, such as the 861
Reference Digital Surround
Controller, or DSP loudspeakers,
using a 75Ω digital cable.
MERIDIAN
SPEAKERLINK
DSP Loudspeakers with Meridian
SpeakerLink connectors, using
a Meridian SpeakerLink lead.
Alternatively a standard CAT5
network cable may be used.
Audio inputs (808.2i only)
Use this input
To connect to this
ANALOGUE IN A1 (Radio),
A2 (TV), A3 (Cable), A4
(Tape), A5 (VCR1), A6
(VCR2)
The analogue outputs of
a source, such as a TV or
tape deck.
DIGITAL INPUT D1 (DVD),
D2 (Aux), D3 (Disc)
The digital output of a
source such as a DVD
player.
OPTICAL INPUT O1 (Sat),
O2 (Game)
The optical output of a
source such as a satellite
receiver.
The default assignment of the source to each input is
shown in brackets after the input name in the above
table. CD corresponds to the internal CD player.
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Installing the CD
player
Applications
To connect to an analogue preamplifier (Type 1 or 2)
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
MERIDIAN
COMMS
G01/G51
ANALOGUE
OUT
MERIDIAN
COMMS
Meridian Comms lead
ANALOGUE IN
A2
Phono leads
Connect the balanced or unbalanced analogue outputs
to the appropriate inputs on the preamplifier.
• If the preamplifier is a Meridian product, such as a
G02, connect together the COMMS sockets using
the Comms lead provided.
• Configure to Type 1 if using an 808.2 or 808.2i with
no external inputs, or Type 2 for an 808.2i with other
inputs in use; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
To connect to an 861 Reference Digital Surround Controller (Type 1 or 2)
861 Digital Surround Controller
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
OUT
Meridian Comms lead
• Connect the DIGITAL output from the 808.2/808.2i
to a suitable Digital input on the digital surround
controller, using a digital lead.
• Connect together the COMMS sockets using the
Comms lead provided.
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
IN
Digital lead
• Configure to Type 1 if using an 808.2 or 808.2i with
no external inputs, or Type 2 for an 808.2i with other
inputs in use; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
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Installing the CD
player
To connect to two-channel DSP loudspeakers using SpeakerLink (�������������
Type 1 or 2)
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
MERIDIAN
SPEAKERLINK
SpeakerLink lead
DSP loudspeaker – Slave
DSP loudspeaker – Master
MERIDIAN
SPEAKERLINK
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
MERIDIAN
SPEAKERLINK
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
SpeakerLink lead
The 808.2/808.2i can be connected directly to
Meridian DSP loudspeakers to create a complete
compact stereo system, with volume and other
preamplifier controls provided by the loudspeakers
via the MSR+ or the front panel. The 808.2i provides
additional analogue and digital inputs allowing you to
use it to control the other sources in your system.
The Meridian SpeakerLink connection provides both
two-channel digital audio and Meridian Comms control.
• Connect the SpeakerLink output from the CD player
to the SpeakerLink input on the DSP loudspeaker
chosen as the master, using a SpeakerLink lead.
• Connect the SpeakerLink output from the master
DSP loudspeaker to the SpeakerLink input on the
other (slave) DSP loudspeaker, using a second
SpeakerLink lead.
• Configure the loudspeakers as described in the
Meridian DSP Loudspeaker User Guide.
• Configure to Type 1 if using an 808.2 or 808.2i with
no external inputs, or Type 2 for an 808.2i with other
inputs in use; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
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Installing the CD
player
To connect to two-channel DSP loudspeakers using the digital and Comms
connections (�������������
Type 1 or 2)
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
OUTPUT
M5 lead
DSP loudspeaker – Slave
MERIDIAN
COMMS
DIGITAL
OUTPUT
DSP loudspeaker – Master
DIGITAL
INPUTS
MERIDIAN
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT
DIGITAL
OUTPUT
DIGITAL
INPUTS
INPUT OUTPUT
S5 lead
If your DSP loudspeakers do not provide Meridian
SpeakerLink connections you can connect to them
using the Digital and Meridian Comms connections.
• Connect the DIGITAL OUTPUT and a COMMS
socket from the CD player to DIGITAL INPUT 1 and
the COMMS input on the DSP loudspeaker chosen
as the master, using an M5 lead.
• Connect the DIGITAL and COMMS outputs from
the master DSP loudspeaker to DIGITAL INPUT
1 and the COMMS input on the other (slave) DSP
loudspeaker, using an S5 lead.
• Configure the loudspeakers as described in the
Meridian DSP Loudspeaker User Guide.
• Configure to Type 1 if using an 808.2 or 808.2i with
no external inputs, or Type 2 for an 808.2i with other
inputs in use; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
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Installing the CD
player
To connect the 808.2/808.2i to a power amplifier (�������������
Type 0 or 3)
Speaker
INPUTS
G56/G57 Power Amplifier
ANALOGUE IN
OUTPUTS
Speaker
ANALOGUE IN
INPUTS
Phono
leads
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
ANALOGUE
OUT
The 808.2 includes an integrated preamplifier, allowing
you to connect it directly to a pair of analogue active
loudspeakers, or to analogue passive loudspeakers via
a power amplifier such as the G56 or G57.
• Connect the ANALOGUE OUTPUT connections from
the CD player to the inputs of the analogue active
loudspeakers or power amplifier, using phono leads.
• If you are using an 808.2i connect your other sources
to the appropriate inputs.
• Configure to Type 0 if using an 808.2 or 808.2i with
no external inputs, or Type 3 for an 808.2i with other
inputs in use; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
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Installing the CD
player
To connect to other Meridian G Series or 800 Series equipment
Meridian 808.2 CD Player
MERIDIAN
COMMS
G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series unit
MERIDIAN
COMMS
Meridian Comms lead
In a system of Meridian products, one of the products
acts as the controller for the system, receiving infra-red
commands from the MSR+ and then, if appropriate,
relaying them to the other products via the Comms link.
All the other units will be configured as non-controllers.
The following automatic setup procedure should be
used to set up the Comms correctly between several
products:
If for any reason the automatic setup does not work,
make sure you are operating the remote from a position
where all the units can receive the infra-red, and try
again.
• Connect one of the DIN COMMS sockets on the
back panel of the CD player to one of the COMMS
sockets on another G Series, 500 Series, or 800
Series unit, using the Comms leads provided with the
products.
The sequence in which you connect the units is not
important.
• Switch all the units to standby.
• Press Clear (remote).
Each unit will display:
Auto
One unit will then be designated as the controller.
The display shows:
Controller
The displays show:
Not Con.
If this fails:
• Restore the default operation by selecting one of the
standard types; see Choosing a standard setting,
page 30.
Do not, under any circumstances, connect any
equipment other than Meridian G Series or 800
Series to any socket marked COMMS on the back
of the product.
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Configuring the CD
player
Configuring the CD player
This chapter explains how to set up the 808.2 Signature Reference CD
Player for most standard configurations of your other equipment, using
just the front-panel controls and MSR+.
For complete control over all aspects of the CD player’s configuration
it is recommended that you set up the unit using the Meridian
Configuration Program; for full information see the Meridian
Configuration Program Guide available separately.
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Configuring the CD
player
Choosing a standard setting
The CD player provides several sets of standard
settings, called Types, which configure all aspects of
the 808.2 into one of a number of alternative standard
configurations.
Types 0 to 3 are factory settings, designed to cater
for the most commonly needed configurations of
associated equipment.
These standard Types are shown in the following table:
The display shows:
Type in... 3
• Keep holding down Volume A for a further three
seconds.
The display shows:
Type- please wait
Then after a short delay the display shows the current
Type.
Type
Description
0
CD player, variable output, all sources
internal.
1
CD Player, fixed output, all sources internal.
• Press A or V on the front panel to change the Type
number.
2
Preamplifier, fixed output, CD internal, all
other sources external (808.2i only).
The display shows:
3
Preamplifier as above but variable output
(808.2i only).
In addition, your installer may have provided one or
more named User Types, with settings appropriate to
the configuration of equipment when your 808.2 was
installed.
You can reset the configuration of the CD player to any
of these Types to restore it to the state it was in when
it was installed. Note: Selecting a Type will clear any
configuration changes you have made.
To select a standard setting
Warning: this procedure will reset any
configuration changes you have made.
• Switch off any power amplifiers that are connected to
the 808.2 and put any digital speakers into standby.
• Put the CD player into standby by pressing Off (front
panel or remote).
• Press and hold down Volume A (under the front
panel).
For example:
Type
1
Typing, please wait
• Wait for one second, and then put the CD player into
standby by pressing Off (front panel or remote).
• Switch on again to use the standard settings you
have selected.
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Configuring the CD
player
Setting up sources
This section explains how to use Gain mode to set up
the analogue sources connected to the CD player.
You can select between sensitivities of 0.5V (most
sensitive), 1.0V, 2.0V, or 2.5V (least sensitive).
To turn on Gain mode
If the sensitivity is set too high the input will clip the
loudest passages. The display shows:
• Put the CD player into standby by pressing Off (front
panel or remote).
• Press and hold the Volume V key under the front
panel for at least five
seconds.
The display shows:
Gain On
The CD player will then return to standby with Gain
mode turned on.
Gain mode adds an extra Sensitivity option to the
menus.
To turn off Gain mode
• Repeat the above procedure.
The display shows:
Gain Off
To adjust the sensitivity of a source
To obtain the best signal-to-noise ratio for your
analogue sources you can adjust the sensitivity of each
input to give the highest level that does not produce
clipping.
• Turn on Gain mode, as described above.
• Select the source you want to adjust, with loud
source material playing.
• Press < or > (remote) until the display shows the
current sensitivity.
For example:
Radio 2.0V In
• Press A or V (remote) to change the sensitivity.
For example:
Radio 0.5V In Clip
In this case reduce the sensitivity.
If you have selected a digital source you cannot adjust
the sensitivity. The display shows:
For example:
CD
Not Analogue
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Configuring the CD
player
33
Index
Index
A
F
R
absolute phase 14
front panel keys 6
repeating play 11
automatic setup 27
G
restarting the current track 9
auxiliary output 22
Gain mode 31
RS232 connection 23
B
I
S
back panel connections 22
inputs 23
safety warnings ii
accessories 22
balance, changing 20
balanced outputs 22
M
brightness, front-panel display 15
Meridian Digital Surround Controller,
cancelling 11
scanning a disc 12
selections
adding a track 13
clearing 13
connecting to 24
C
programming 13
Meridian DSP loudspeakers,
clip indicator 31
specifying tracks not to play 13
connecting to 25, 26
Comms, connecting 23, 26, 28
Meridian System Remote keys 7
sound, muting 19
communications connections 23
muting the sound 19
sources 18
configuring 29
connecting
adjusting sensitivity 31
O
selecting 18
outputs 23
SpeakerLink 23
to a power amplifier 27
P
specification 3
to DSP loudspeakers 25, 26
pausing play 10
to an 861 Reference Digital
Surround Controller 24
to Meridian G Series, 500 Series,
or 800 Series equipment 28
continuing play 10
contrast, front-panel display 15
continuing after pausing 10
phase
changing 14
reviewing 14
playing a disc 9
D
from a particular track 9
display, front panel 15
DSP loudspeakers
connecting via SpeakerLink 25
connecting via the digital and
Comms connectors 26
repeatedly 11
preamplifier features 17
programming a selection 13
clearing 13
connecting with 25
standard settings, selecting 30
standby, switching to 8
stopping play 10
switching on and off 8
T
tracks
playing from a particular track 9
restarting the current track 9
trigger outputs 23
Types 30
34
Index
U
unpacking 22
V
volume, adjusting 19
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