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There is -- in my view -- a lot of misinformation in your statements. Let's try to correct them:
1. Meridian has two offerings the MF-1 based on JVC's HD10K and the MF-2 based on JVC's HD2K. Both the MF-1 and the MF-2 can be purchased with/without an outboard Faroudja scaler.
2. Meridian's offerings differ from JVC's in that they have different/quieter casings, improved/modified optics, Phelps optimization, etc. There are not simply rebadged JVC units but modifed units (i.e. analogous/similar to Runco's offerings which, for the most part, are manufactured by others).
3. Meridian, and JVC for that matter, both were aware of the RS-1...do you not think that the technology used in developing the RS-1 will be used in developing the HD10K's successor...the point which you are are missing is that when the HD10K/MF-1 was develpoed it was THEN state of the art and properly priced at its price point BUT as technology evolves it (like the Sony Qualia 004, InFocus 777, etc.) are no longer competitively priced and thus will be replaced by other/more advanced units.
4. Meridian is NOT a large company but rather a smallish technology focused niche company. Meridian is well known to me as (i) I have a lot of their equipment and (ii) have contacts at both their UK and US offices.
5. Neither Meridian nor JVC have anything loose should the RS1 be the home run that is specualted here. Just think of how many RS-1s / MF-?s they will sell let alone how many replacement HD10K/MF-1s they will sell when the NEW top of the line model is released.
Apologies, in advance, should I be perceived as coming on string but I simply do not agree with any of your assertions/positionings.
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