*Price Drop* to $749. This is now a bargain!
I have also voluntarily downgraded to "Good" or 7/10 to accurately reflect condition of remote battery cover and small but visible volume knob scratch I noted earlier.
This is a superb, fully functional digital surround processor. As a straight stereo digital pre-amp it is so good that this G-61 has served as the 2 channel digital front end in my rig for a long time. I just upgraded to Devialet gear and am letting it go.
The unit is functionally perfect. For sale in original double boxed packaging.
Issues are minor: The remote control battery cover has a crack in it and can use a small piece of tape or a band to keep it in place. Other than a tiny scuff on the volume knob and on a back pillar, it's pristine. Two of the plastic "covers" for unused optical digital inputs on the back of the unit are missing. The paper manual is missing.
Digital version of the original manual (pdf) may be found here.
If you're looking at this ad you already know what this unit can do. It supports up to 24 bit data, and 192 Khz resolutions in a multitude of digital formats, but the real story is about Meridian's superb design, engineering, attention to detail and build quality, resulting in musical, jaw-dropping sonic performance.
A full review may be found here.
Excerpt: "velvety, supple-yet-sharp and fast transients great audio gear can produce, along with the overall control, authority and rhythmic certainty that announce "high performance audio" in no uncertain terms.
Whether it's because of the absence of video circuitry, the inherent quality of the design, or both, the intrinsic quiet of this combination sets it apart even from lesser separates. Music and cinema sound emerge from the blackness one associates with high performance two-channel audio.
Cardboard cutout images become solid and three-dimensional, instrumental timbres seem to unfurl colors previously locked away under the electronic haze. The picture becomes "organized" in a way that seems to subjectively slow time, causing musical events to "pop" where they previously just slid by. It's a quality even audio novices notice when first confronted by a high performance audio system."