Meridian 808v6 Signature Reference CD Player


Brand Meridian

808V6 Signature Reference CD Player

Meridian Audio Innovation

Meridian has an indelible role in the history of the CD player, with a proud track record of state-of-the-art, award-winning players. The 808v6 Signature Reference CD Player is the fruit of that legacy, and it continues to push the boundaries of both design and sound performance. Extremely advanced high-end audio technologies have been implemented to drastically reduce digital errors as well as offering an unparalleled array of set-up options and connections.

The 808v6 forms the heart of Meridian’s ultimate music system. With improved digital signal processing (DSP) including an enhanced DSP chip that offers lip-sync control and MQA and DSD playback (DoP), the latest linear power supply and a brand new master clock, the 808v6 delivers a world-beating performance.

Key Features

Multiple analogue and digital inputs enable connection to any source within a system.

Unique Meridian High Resolution up-sampling offers the best possible performance from all of your sources.

A reference Sooloos zone delivers pristine lossless audio quality for all your music.

Re-clocking of the digital audio signal removes timing errors for superior clarity and resolution.

Meridian Sooloos ALL MUSIC. ALL THE TIME.


With its extensive Research and Development programme Meridian has pioneered the development of a host of innovative audio technologies many of which feature in today’s Meridian products.

Meridian Sooloos

Meridian Sooloos, the user-friendly music management platform embodies everything you value about music. Your collection becomes easy to manage, with intuitive simplicity and exceptional speed. It’s designed with a deep understanding of music, and delivers an experience that reflects the unique value your music library holds for you.

FIFO Buffering

Each sample of a digital recording must remain evenly spaced in time. Unfortunately, timing can vary, especially when reading discs. This is “jitter”, degrading music's sense of space and diminishing realism. Meridian's multiple “First In, First Out” buffering system minimises jitter, ensuring perfect timing and improved clarity. You enjoy a clearer feeling of the instruments and their interrelationship.

Meridian Apodising Filter

Filters are critical in digital audio. Commonly they introduce distortion and harshness because of "pre-ringing". Early digital recordings suffer from harshness too, due to primitive filters. After painstaking research, Meridian developed a special filter that avoids pre-ringing, so it can be steeper, cleaning up the effects of early filters. The result: a better, cleaner sound from recordings old and new.


Traditional audio systems often require large, expensive cables to maintain their performance. Meridian's SpeakerLink uses an “Ethernet style” cable that delivers pristine digital sound and control down a single cable between Meridian components. The result is simple, unobtrusive, and cost-effective cables that are easy to install



MQA is a technology that captures the full magic of an original studio performance. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download – the days of sacrificing quality for convenience are over.


Uses a complex digital filter to double the rate of samples from the source to improve resolution of the finer details in the record. This means that even with a standard source such as CD using our upsampling technology we are able to significantly enhance the listening experience.


A patented Meridian audio format that combines high bandwidth, security and low jitter. MHR gets the highest possible sound quality in playback systems that use Meridian and enables the encoded transmission of PCM, MQA and DSD.

Technical Details


Analogue: 6 unbalanced on phono, Digital: 2 coax, 2 toslink optical, 1 speakerlink RJ45, 1 USB, Meridian
Sooloos Digital Media System connectivity via RJ45 Ethernet connection, Digital: 2 coax, 2 toslink optical, 1 speakerlink RJ45, 1 USB


Analogue: 1 unbalanced on phono, 1 balanced on XLR-3M: 2.3V rms fixed/variable, Class A, 47Ω impedance Digital: coax unbalanced (S/PDIF); twin RJ45 balanced (AES/EBU), SpeakerLink digital interface for single-cable connection of other Meridian equipment, Operating at up to 2 x CD sample rate (88.2kHz), 24-bit or using Meridian’s proprietary MHR format


Two 5-pin 240° DIN sockets for Meridian Comms, and RS232 full remote/configuration interface, Three programmable 12V trigger outputs, RJ45 SpeakerLink


Black and the full range of Meridian Select colours


Front-panel keys for Open/Close, Play, Stop, Pause, Previous, Next, On/Off. Additional controls behind hinged front access cover include Repeat, Fast Forward/Reverse, Display, Mute, Volume Up/Down, Store/Clear, Source, Full remote control via MSR+, RS232


192kHz-capable, 24-bit, Delta Sigma converters operating at 4 x CD sample rate (176.4kHz), Apodising style upsampling filter system, decoding of Meridian MQA sources, Native DSD (DoP) decode


20-character dot matrix display with adjustable brightness and contrast, indicators for Phase, Repeat and EQ (emphasis)


CD Audio (CD-DA), CD-R, CD-R/W
MQA decoding on digital inputs, plus rendering to analogue outputs
DSD on S/PDIF coaxial inputs and USB (DoP) with suitable media player


Triple-beam laser, multi-speed CD-ROM transport


HEIGHT: 175mm [6.9in]
WIDTH: 480mm [18.9in]
DEPTH: 411mm [16.2in]
WEIGHT: 17.2kg [38lbs]


Better than –96dBFS


Advanced linear power supply

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