The Cal SSP-2500 is superior.
The Cal does not switch. They made a VSW (video switcher) and a modified version, the VP (includes a scaler with Progressive out) that does this for Cal owners.
As for better than the Meridian set, yes, I think it is superior in 2 channel. I think the Cal also sounds better than the AVP/AVP-S which I love.
I will say this about Proceed though. I felt the PAV/PDSD combo is far superior to the AVP/AVP-S in 2 channel as well.
The Cal and PAV/PDSD were very close to one another in performance.
Of course I still run the incredible 5 channel amp of Cal Audio, the MCA-2500. I have had and not kept the likes of: Theta Dreadnaught, EAD PM-2000, Krell KAV-1500, SIMM Audio, Krell 350MC with 250/3, Proceed HPA-2/3, Levinson 334, and others from Parasound, Acurus, and the likes and even the Bryston/Lexicon amp, including the newer LX-7.
The Cal is the only amp in my system, and isn't leaving anytime soon!