Have not heard the Meridian. Have the Minimix Dac Plus. What I like about the Minimax is the ability to change the sound by swapping out Opamps. I am a firm believer in having this flexibility. Stock unit was nice. In my system the Dexa discrete Opamps provided additional clarity and top end sparkle while reducing listener fatique. Burson discrete Opamps had better bass and a more weighty midrange. No doubt this is very system dependent. However, unless you get a chance to demo a unit in your sytem you have no idea about the system synergy.