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f all the questions I get asked, one volume control, the same button layout and it naturally also has single-ended inputs
of the most common is, what is even the same display. and outputs.
better: separate components or If you rotate both models through On the specification front, the G02 has a
integrated components? 180 degrees, you will however note quite a signal to noise rating of better than 96 dB.
I wish that there was a simple answer to this few major differences. This is a full six Decibels better than that of
question, but the truth is that both integrated Obviously the G02 doesn’t have speaker- the G51, which itself proved to be a superb
and separate components have their own and binding posts; it is after all a pre-amplifier. It also and quiet piece of equipment.
unique set of Pros and Cons. doesn’t have a headphone out or FM and AM Under the skin performance enhancing
One advantage that separate components aerial inputs.There’s no built in tuner. features include the use of audiophile-grade
have over integrated components is that that What is does have, and this one of the keys components and a large, low-field power supply.
sonic degradation caused by the close proximity to its superb sonic ability, is balanced inputs To allow me to adequately test the G02,
of varying high and low power transformers, and outputs. It’s also equipped with the option Sound & Cinema supplied a set of balanced
circuits and the like, is virtually non existent. for either a MM or MC phono stage - with Audioquest and Van den Hul cables, a Meridian
With a separate pre and power amplifier for vinyl apparently outselling both SACD and G57 power amplifier, and a Meridian G08
example, you wouldn’t hear any noise caused DVD-Audio, this is a good option - and just CD player. Naturally all components featured
by amplifier circuitry radiating energy into the in case you only have unbalanced components balanced inputs or outputs.
pre-amp side, as the components would be in System set-up comprised of connecting
separate boxes. power and audio cables to all components, and
Meridian has both an integrated amplifier, • p e a k s • connecting Meridian comms cables between
the G51, and separate pre-amplifiers and power the G02, G57, and G08.With this done, I
amplifiers in its acclaimed G series. VERDICT powered all components up and set the input
I’ve already listened to the G51 integrated Sonically and visually, the Meridian G02 is level trim which is adjustable in four steps
amplifier, and was mightily impressed with its near flawless. It combines the good looks from 0.5 to 2.5 volts for both single ended
overall performance.This review looks at the of the G Series range and delivers music and balanced inputs.
larger, model-wise if not physically, of the two with authority and verve. After letting the entire system run in for
pre-amplifiers in the range, the dual mono G02. 50 to 60 hours I pulled out some of my
From the front the G02 looks identical to PRICE ................................................R31 660 favourite discs and began listening in earnest.
the G51.There’s the same large push to mute Sonically, the G02 is simply a delight.
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Firstly, the unit was extremely quiet.This leading to a greater sense of depth to the accused of. Accurate the G02 was, fatiguing it
meant that when compared to lesser equipment, overall spaciousness.With the G02, I was was not.
there was simply more low-level resolution. more aware of the environment in which Are there better sounding pre-amplifiers out
This proved to be both good and bad. music was recorded than even with my own there?
Good in that some music had more texture pre-amplifier. Depending on your taste there may well
to it, and bad in that background noise, tape High frequency response, as one would be. If there were, they’d probably sell for a
hiss and poor recording techniques became expect, was also good to listen to.The G02 was whole lot more than the G02, which in high-
more evident.To the G02’s credit, whilst it did capable of playing these frequencies without end terms offers a whole lot of music at a
reveal these flaws in music, it wasn’t so critical some of the almost brittle glassines that some reasonable premium.
as to impair my enjoyment. ultra accurate components are sometimes Joel Kopping
Low frequency extension and control was out
of the top drawer, and here too the superior
resolution helped, as for example, the decay in
double bass and low piano notes was audible
Midrange frequencies, including both male
and female, were multi-textured, a tad more
defined and forward in the soundstage,
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