This CD player is coveted for its exceptional sound. The 508 was manufactured in three different versions, as Meridian increased the DAC's resolution from 19 bits to 20 bits to 24 bits. Many people naturally assume the higher the resolution, the better the sound, but not everyone agrees:
"I bought a Meridian 24-bit DAC last year and sold it after comparing to my 508.20 single box player. Sure the newer 24-bit DAC was smoother, and perhaps slightly more detailed and refined. But it was also less realistic. The 24-bit DAC lacked the body, density, punch and incisiveness of the 508.20 one box player. Musical instruments were just more compelling, more "there" with the 508.20. … what I like about the Meridian 508.20 is a tonal faithfulness. It seems to line up all the harmonic elements of an instrument in a very honest, convincing manner." http://www.stereotimes.com/mwl_harkness.shtml
When looking for a new digital front end for my system recently I auditioned DACs until I found one with the same irreplaceable "analog" quality to the mid-range as the Meridian 508.20.
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