The 588 Compact Disc Player combines Meridian’s extensive experience of producing audiophile compact disc players with their experience in applying state-of-the-art digital signal processing techniques to audio equipment, resulting in an outstanding compact disc player that takes full advantage of the capabilities of compact disc.
The 588 uses a precision CD-ROM drive, with the data read asynchronously and then triple buffered to isolate output timing from the mechanics of the drive. The audio is also dejittered using very precise master oscillators to give a clear, open, authoritative sound. It's noted for its 24/192 DACs and upsampling, an RS-232 port for control and downloading new firmware, and both RCA and XLR inputs. Because of its computer drive, the 588-24 can read CDs, CD-Rs, even MP3s.