The Sensory Dispensary, a home technology integrator in South Africa, recently relocated to Plettenberg Bay and has designed and installed a stunning showroom that features award-winning audio solutions from Meridian.


Now based in the seaside town on the Garden Route in the Western Cape, The Sensory Dispensary works with clients locally, in Johannesburg and further afield. The new showroom, which is in a residential property, provides the integrator with a space to invite customers to, providing them with the opportunity to see what can be achieved in their own homes.

Due to the showroom being based in a house, the installation had to be as discreet as possible and fit into the existing design and décor. The main challenge was to integrate a dedicated cinema into a home renovation and create a central hub to house the automation, security, distributed music and video and network hardware.


The cinema room includes a full Meridian DSP 7.4.2 in-wall speaker set-up, which will provide showroom visitors with a fantastic level of detail and immersion. The Sensory Dispensary worked closely with Meridian’s Design & Specification Service team, who provided them with an enhanced performance solution for the home cinema.

Three Meridian DSP750 in-wall loudspeakers are installed behind the projection screen for a totally hidden solution. The DSP750s deliver a maximum SPL of 105.4dB to all seating positions. Its built-in

custom tweeter with a beryllium dome and diffraction expansion technology ensures a wide sound dispersion for incredibly lifelike sound, capable of playing over 40kHz.

Four DSP520.2 in-wall loudspeakers are installed on the side walls to create the best coverage for all seating positions within the room. These speakers utilise many of Meridian’s Unique proprietary technologies, including FFA (Full Frequency Alignment and Image Elevation to provide incredibly lifelike and spacious sound. These powerful, full-range in-wall solutions require only a 100mm mounting depth and produce wide sound dispersion over the listening area.

Four DSP320.2 in-ceiling loudspeakers provide the height channels in this room, duplicating the side and rear channels, which will give a pseudo-height effect. These products produce at least four times the bass performance of a passive in-ceiling speaker with a similar cabinet volume (100mm / 4” mounting depth). The timbre is matched to the respected DSP520.2, whilst also integrating the latest audio-enhancing technologies from Meridian, including Q-Sync, True Time and True Link.

The home cinema also features a Meridian 210 streamer and a Meridian processor. A separate feed from the height channels to the rack allows for a potential upgrade path to a Dolby Atmos solution.


The Sensory Dispensary also used Meridian to provide distributed music throughout the study, lounge, patio, bathroom and kitchen.

The lounge features two Meridian DSP5200SE floorstanding loudspeakers, which deliver the ultimate high-resolution performance from a compact loudspeaker. The two DSP devices used by the Special Edition loudspeakers provide the processing power allowing all audio to be rendered at 176.4/192kHz regardless of the incoming sampling rate. This results in increased resolution, detail and clarity to provide maximum fidelity from movie soundtracks as well as music. The DSP5200SE loudspeakers are paired with a DSW.2 subwoofer to deliver deep and impactful bass.

Two Meridian DSP3200 loudspeakers have been installed in the study – along with a DSW.2 subwoofer – provide a powerful performance well beyond what is expected for its size. These compact speakers employ Meridian’s award-winning DSP technologies, two integrated amplifiers and two drive units.

The system is completed thanks to three Meridian 251 Power Zone Controllers and two Meridian 218 Zone Controllers.

The Sensory Dispensary team live by the motto, ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail’. Thanks to taking this approach – along with careful planning with all sub-contractors and industry professionals – the team have met all project objectives.

More information on the integrator: http://thesensory.co.za

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