Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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goldmund_blu_ray_player.gifSomebody had to do it. The high end of Blu-ray players, even this early in the game, couldn't top out at $1,995 with a Denon unit, could it?

Audiophiles want more and are willing to spend like sailors on leave when it comes to expensive disc players, even if record labels refuse to release music in the Blu-ray format at any level of high-resolution audio. So Goldmund did it. They made a $16,900 Blu-ray player and got a lot of press for it - both good and bad. The consumer/computer websites that don't understand jitter, power supplies and all of the lovely black magic from the world of audiophilia all said "phooey," while the mainstream press all drooled at the gem-like price tag on such a traditionally mainstream item as a Blu-ray player. Goldmund wins on both fronts.

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The problem with a high-end Blu-ray player today is that it the format is changing so fast that Asian companies one thousand times bigger than Goldmund (and then some) can't keep up with the HDMI versions, the Blu-ray profile and the HDCP copy protection updates with their mass market players - how the hell can Goldmund beat them at this computer-convergence game? In fact, they can't, and in reality their customers don't really care. What they are buying is something somewhat handmade. They are buying something built to the Goldmund standard and, absurd as it might seem for some to buy a $16,900 Blu-ray player, I would argue it is equally absurd that Mark Levinson has the balls to sell an AV preamp for $35,000 with HDMI 1.1 (two versions behind the current standard) and no matching Blu-ray player. Harman could buy all of Goldmund with petty cash if they wanted, yet somehow they got trumped when it came to getting to market first with a Blu-ray player. And I say bravo.

Read more about the high points and low points of the Edios 20 on Page 2.

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HTR Product Rating for Goldmund Edios 20 BD Blu-ray Player

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2.5

Value

1

Overall

2

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