Hmurchison, it is Bob Stuart and Alain Boothroyd, not Bob Meridian.
tsd2005 and BuGsArEtAsTy, your comments do little more than demonstrate your ignorance. "Since when did Meridian make anything that impacts any format". Have you not heard of MLP?
"MLP has been adopted as the definitive coding system to deliver the highest quality sound on DVD Audio, HD-DVD and BluRay." Source 'http://www.meridian-audio.com/p_mlp_in.htm
I'd suggest that Meridian has had a very real 'impact' on both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. You wouldn't enjoy next gen audio on either format without Meridian.
I'll wait and see how creditible this article is, because I agree that $3K does appear a little on the low side.