• The Goldmund Eidos 20 BD is built like a brick shithouse, complete with the AC Curator power supply and mechanical grounding system, much as you would expect from their CD transport or a top of the line audiophile player from the likes of Linn or Meridian.
• The fit and finish of the product makes an Aston Martin look like a Ford Pinto left out in the rain for 15 years to rust. This is no six-pound plastic hunk of junk Blu-ray player that you will throw away in 18 months, even if technology passes it by rather quickly.
• Goldmund doesn't even disclose the technology used for the Blu-ray section of this player, nor do they say who sells them the mechanism. My guess (and it's only a guess) would be Panasonic or Pioneer, so the markup on this unit is sky high. You are truly paying to have the build quality and hand-craftsmanship.
• The upgrade path for this unit is not looking very promising. Where the comparably-priced Meridian 800 has truly been "future-proof" as a high-end CD, DVD and DVD-Audio transport for more than a decade, you shouldn't expect the same from Goldmund. They have a bad reputation for support from back in the '80s and they have little to no control over being able to update this player to Profile 2.0, add Internet connectivity and so on. With all of this talk about how "future-proof" the Meridian 800 is, you will note that, unlike the Goldmund Edios 20BD, it doesn't play Blu-ray discs. Do you really want to watch movies in your $300,000 theater without having them in HD on Blu-ray? I thought not.
The Goldmund Edios 20BD is the most exotic, most audiophile and most crazy Blu-ray player currently on the market. If by the time you have read this far and you don't want one (badly), it wasn't built for you. This player is for the extremist with the money to invest to be first, even if the investment won't last forever. The time you spend watching Blu-ray movies with your Goldmund today has to be worth so much to you that the cost of the player is not really a pressing issue. You need to be the client who buys a share of a Citation X to save 30 minutes on a trip, because those 30 minutes make the increase in price over other jets worth it. The fact is that there is no higher-end Blu-ray player on the market and there are people who want just that, those people who define the ultra-high end.