I recently tested the excellent Meridian audio system in the Jaguar XF. Corporate stablemate Range Rover also offers a Meridian system for the 2013 Range Rover. Is it just me, or in increasing the size of the cabin have something to do with this being one of the best audio systems ever? Meridian has its stuff together when it comes to amplification. I was coming home and Metallica’s One came on Ozzy’s Boneyard on satellite. I know that satellite radio isn’t the best source medium, however it is still a reasonable one. Don’t be an audio snob. Fine music can still be appreciated from a clock radio. It just means the audio enjoyment experience can be taken to the next with a proper CD or DVD-A disc. Perhaps it was the 19 speakers versus the 17 found in the Jaguar. All I know is the midbass attack and control was relentless. These amps are probably sporting a very high damping factor. And that is a good thing. Lars was smashing each individual Tom on my dashboard. The attack and decay was unreal. Usually more speakers yields more confusing results, but I have to leave it to the guys at Meridian for hours of tweaking.
And I wasn’t even privy to the top of the line. The top of the Range is the Meridian Signature Reference System, a 1700-Watts, 24-channel stereo/surround system driving 29 loudspeakers mounted around the vehicle cabin, including roof mounted and personal seat-back centre loudspeakers. The system incorporates Meridian Trifield 3D technology to deliver a unique, personal and incredibly realistic experience adding a three-dimensional sense of space.
“We are very proud to reveal the world’s first 3D in-car surround system, in the pursuit of delivering the best ever engaging and personal music performance for the all-new Range Rover customers we developed exclusive technologies to set together with Land Rover new standards for the in-car audio industry” Bob Stuart said.
All I know is that Lars was attacking my head with his kit. In the 825 watt version In a very good way. The Meridian system is not an option. It is a must have. But now I really have to try the 1700 watt version because the 825 watt version is that darn good. Thank Class D amplification for bringing more power to a luxury automobile near you.