Goldmund, the famous Swiss luxury audio manufacturer, has expanded its passive loudspeaker lineup with the introduction of the Melos Passive, which promises a compelling synthesis of sound, design, and engineering excellence. This release comes on the heels of Goldmund's Tethys loudspeakers, offering a more budget-friendly option in the high-end audio market.
The Melos Passive speakers, rocking a £26,500 ($32,340) price tag, are Goldmund's way of saying, "We've got something stylish and easy on the wallet compared to the £62,500 ($76,275) Tethys model!" While the term 'affordable' might be relative in the world of high-end audio, the Melos Passive loudspeakers present an intriguing proposition for audio enthusiasts seeking a blend of performance and aesthetic appeal.
These speakers exhibit a refined aesthetic, featuring a monolithic cube design wrapped in Goldmund's iconic grey aluminum finish. The ribbed side panels, sleek black grilles, and rear-panel gold brand plate contribute to an opulent visual impression. Weighing 20kg each and measuring a compact 35 x 25 x 36.2 cm (HxWxD), the Melos Passive speakers are not only visually striking but also engineered with precision.
The Melos Passive draws inspiration from Goldmund's Tethys and flagship Gaïa speakers, emphasizing the company's dedication to delivering musical harmony with unparalleled precision. The name 'Melos,' derived from ancient Greek, reflects the speaker's commitment to reproducing melodies with authenticity and finesse.
Under the hood, the Melos Passive is equipped with high-end drivers, featuring a 1-inch soft dome tweeter and a seven-inch mid/bass driver. The front-vent bass loading enhances low-frequency response, promising exceptional bass extension. Goldmund employs advanced crossover technology to ensure seamless frequency integration and optimum dispersion, contributing to a truly immersive and realistic soundstage.
For those who appreciate the finer details, Goldmund offers optional dedicated stands designed to complement the Melos Passive both aesthetically and acoustically. This attention to detail extends to the selection of materials, with gold-plated elements crafted by a luxury specialist supplying renowned brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe.
The Melos Passive stands as a testament to Goldmund's commitment to craftsmanship, with meticulous artisans in Geneva contributing to the speaker's creation. The UK retail price of £26,500 positions the Melos Passive as a premium but more accessible option within Goldmund's lineup.
For those who prefer Goldmund's active and wireless technology, the company has announced that an active version of the Melos will be joining the lineup soon. The Melos Passive Loudspeakers are available on Goldmund’s official website and via its worldwide distributors.