Hi fellow M owner, I have a Meridian 218 preamp, it's $1000 new. It's a cheap plastic case packed with everything you should need. I've asked around about stepping up to the 818V3 with the ID40 card and response has been yes if the speakers don't have the se upgrade, but not really an audible upgrade if speakers already do full MQA processing. My Meridian system consists of the DSP8000seup, roon nucleus, 218, Rega jupiter cd player by digital coax, fm tuner by rca analog outs, I use usb between nuc and 218. The reason you need to stay with M for the pre is the RC51 cables that feed the speakers.
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