Prime Headphone Amplifier

Headphone Amplifiers by MERIDIAN
MERIDIAN Prime Headphone Amplifier - Grahams Hi-Fi

Was £1,200.00
now £800.00

Prime Headphone Amplifier

  • Headphone amplifier with 3 inputs
  • USB input with 24bit/192kHz DAC powered by USB
  • 2 1/4" and 1 3.5mm minijack headphone outputs
  • Analogue loop output
  • Analogue Spacial Processing for "outside the head" listenting
  • Meridian Apodising Filter for better, cleaner sound from digital audio
  • Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) Ready
  • Enjoy 3 months complimentary Tidal with Meridian Products

For many, headphones are the primary way to enjoy music. This choice is based not only on performance, but also feel, comfort, and style. It is with this in mind we introduce the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier.

With a new chassis design, Meridian Prime delivers lifelike performance from any headphone and is designed to appeal to audio enthusiasts who seek the highest possible performance from conventional analogue audio sources.

Meridian Prime provides three inputs, one dedicated and optimised to USB sources for computer audio, discrete pure analogue inputs on RCA for traditional sources, and a 3.5mm connection for portable devices such as a smart phone or tablet.

ASP, or Analogue Spatial Processing, is an option for “outside the head” listening through headphones.

The Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier can be powered by the wall- mounted supply provided, or by the similarly sized, and styled, Meridian Prime Power Supply for even higher audio quality. The use of an external power supply means that AC noise is kept well away from the pure analogue stages of the Headphone Amplifier.

Virtually all the active audio components are at the rear of the unit, as close to
 the connectors as possible to minimise 
the audio path length, and are essentially remote-controlled from the front panel. This is even true of the volume potentiometer. A 6-layer circuit board provides ground-planes and maximises signal isolation.

The product is DC-coupled, for outstanding low frequency control and overall audio reproduction, and absolute phase is maintained throughout.

Please contact us to arrange a demonstration. 

Technical Specifications: 

  • 1x stereo line input (2x gold-plated RCA phonos)
  • 1x stereo line input (3.5mm jack socket)
  • 1x USB input (mini-B USB connector)
USB Input 192kHz/24-bit sampling with Meridian Resolution Enhancement 
technologies including upsampling and 
Apodising filter
  • 1x stereo line output (2x gold-plated RCA phonos)
  • 2x 1/4in TRS A-type jack sockets (tip=left)
  • 1x 3.5mm stereo jack socket (tip=left)
Construction Double skinned, bead blasted metal chassis as found on Meridian’s G series
Power Plug-in PSU provided; may also be powered by Prime Power Supply for superior performance. The USB is Interface-powered: disconnecting USB 
powers-down all digital subsystems  
Processing Audio processing circuits provide “outside the head” headphone listening resembling listening on loudspeakers with two different modes plus bypass and analogue switching
OS Requirements
  • Windows XP SP3, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 or later
  • Macintosh OS X 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard) or later
  • Linux kernel 2.6.37 or later and ALSA version 1.0.32 or greater
Dimensions Width: 160mm (6.3in); Depth: 150mm (5.9in) plus connectors; Height: 50mm (2.0in) 

Weight 0.9 kg ( 2.0 lbs )