Yeah Jamesw20, your right I haven't known many HIGH END DEALERS...I've only worked for 6 of them over the last 15 years, and have known at least 6 more locally or so that dealt in Meridian! (By the way, all of which sold equipment that's far more expensive than most any dealer in the UK!!!!...which is limited in ultra high end products for a number of reasons). The dealers I've worked for, and am refering to, have and do sell products in the $80-150K range and above!!!!
I've sold Meridian personally in two high end salons. Personally, I do like some of the gear Meridian makes, sans the speakers(never liked em personally). However, I never cared too greatly for the digital pre's all that much. They were a bit warm and digital to my ears. But others will dissagree. I do understand some like "warmish" sounding kit.
I like neutrality. I think the Classe is better in that regard.
As for meridian's I like, I liked the amps, the CD players, and the Preamps were ok. I'll leave the Pre/pro's to those who like gadgets and surround modes, such as are offered by Sony. To each his own
BTW, at every high end show I've been to over the last decade, I've yet to hear any Meridian set up that won best of show or sound!!! It's always some oscure set up from some smaller manufacturer.