Linn Ikemi hands down, Meridian can not or actually refuses toi design a CD player, Speakers, Pre amp etc that does not have a Digital Sound. They claim to have a analog sound and that they invented it, but I lestened to a set of speakers and CD player just yesterday that my dealer was demoing for a Meridian rep and every one that came into the store said "sounds to thin in the bass","sounds to digital", "to crisp in the mids and highs", "very slow on accessing tracks". The current dealer for Meridian in the area is losing the franchise and the Meridian folks are approaching the local Linn dealer and the irony is that the current dealer is selling the Escoteric DV-50 as fast as they come in. That tells me that the Meridian which used to be their focus when you entered their store is now a dust collector. Buy the Linn.
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