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Meridian F80 Stereo Clock Radio

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Summary

  • Product Name: Meridian F80
  • Manufacturer: Meridian
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 14:44
  • MSRP: $3000
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now

Executive Overview

I know what you’re thinking.  Not another clock radio from an audio manufacturer.  When I first gazed eyes upon the new Meridian F80 AM/FM Stereo CD clock radio, I didn’t think much of it.  When the Meridian rep told me the MSRP was $3k, I had a little inner chuckle and it piqued my interest to hear it just so I could report on what a gimmick it was.

What I didn’t expect was to have my misconceptions shattered by the fidelity I was hearing that rivaled many of the “so called” high end demos I heard at the Venetian.  The speakers sounded like they were at least 8 feet apart and there was ample bass for a satisfactory audiophile experience.  This was certainly a product that I am sure would have me looking forward to being woken up to in the morning.

The F80 sports an 80 watt speaker system where the two front drivers handle left and right channel duties and the rear mounted driver handles the bass.  Each driver is housed in its own rigid enclosure and the mineral filled composite that makes up the body of the F80 is similar to that used it Ferrari GT cars.  Just like all Meridian speakers, the crossover network is DSP controlled to properly integrate the drivers and the stereo “widening” and active equalization features utilize Meridians own proprietary DSP algorithms.  There are also built in location compensation controls that optimize the sound if the unit is corner loaded in a room. 

The back of the F80 has more in common with an audio component than it does a typical clock radio.  It has optical input and outputs, s-video and composite video, and a port to connect your iPod.  For those that don’t want to leave the convenience of their bed to control the unit, a remote control is provided to operate the unit.

While the Meridian F80 certainly wins no points in the value department, it sets the standard in its category that will certainly please those who shop for the ultimate in performance or prestige regardless of price. 

For more information, visit: http://www.meridian-audio.com/

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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