The 808 series has been one of Meridian’s most highly accomplished model. There has been a few iterations of the 808 and this is the 808i.2 CD player with preamp. Its a massively overbuilt unit with state of the art technology. The unit can be run as a CD only player or CD player with analog inputs through a fixed output (when you have their active Meridian speakers) or CD player with variable preamp outputs for direct hook up to a power amp. We listened to it in all three modes and was duly impress with its musical ability. Its not just a great preamp but a great CD player and a great DAC too. There has been a lot of write up on the technology employed in the making of this wonderful machine on the internet so we will leave that to you to find it and read more about it as we can go on and on with the amount of technology that went into it. We have said it before and will say it again, the Meridian will rival the best out there. Our previous comparison of it with the dCS combo revealed the top quality nature of the Meridian where it’s more affordable price point made it the better buy. Unit will accept 100-240V so it can be used anywhere in the World. A new laser assembly was replaced in March 2017 so it will be good for many more years to come.
Cosmetically, the unit looks good. Some scuff marks from use but nothing major. Original remote and a copy of the manual (strongly suggest the new owner to read it thoroughly before operating the unit) is included. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.