Meridian Firmware Update Enables MQA Playback RS Staff ⋅ Feb 1, 2016 Meridian Audio is prepared to push a firmware update for its MQA-compatible products including Explorer, Prime Headphone Amplifier, 808v6 Reference CD Player, 818v3 Reference Audio Core, Special Edition Loudspeakers and its 40th Anniversary Systems. Starting February 4th, Meridian customers will have access to the necessary updates to allow MQA playback. “The commercial availability of MQA heralds an exciting time for Meridian and our customers,” said Ken Forsythe, vice president of MAI. “We are proud to be the first to offer MQA playback at the highest level in a pure digital signal path straight from the studio to your home or pocket. Meridian has been a pioneer in the digital audio revolution for decades, and we are thrilled to add MQA as the next evolution to our reference level feature set—establishing a new benchmark in superior audio performance.” “[From] the work that MQA has been undertaking with recording studios we know that many artists have been using the Explorer2 to sign off their master recordings, which makes the fact that this product is available to buy for under $300 in the US even more remarkable,” said Ryan Donaher, national sales manager at MAI. Firmware updates for personal audio products will be available for download from the support pages on the Meridian website, while updates for Reference Series products and Loudspeakers will be handled directly by Meridian dealers and Meridian Customer Support. SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.