Published On: April 9, 2024

Goldmund Launches Telos 690 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

Published On: April 9, 2024
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Goldmund Launches Telos 690 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

Goldmund introduces the Telos 690 Integrated Stereo Amplifier catering to both traditional audiophiles and modern enthusiasts (with deep pockets) seeking seamless digital integration.

Goldmund Launches Telos 690 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

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Swiss luxury audio brand Goldmund continues to expand its elite lineup with the introduction of the Telos 690 Integrated Stereo Amplifier. This latest addition follows a series of recent announcements, including the unveiling of their mythical trio of loudspeakers, the Goldmund Pulp + Hub wireless speaker system, and the Telos 2800 mono power amplifier.

With a price tag of $36,250, the Telos 690 represents a significant investment for audiophiles seeking uncompromising sound quality. Boasting a dual 350 VA power transformer and a substantial 46,000 µF capacitor bank, this amplifier promises enhanced dynamics, response, and clarity, ensuring an exceptional auditory journey.

Equipped with a plethora of connectivity options, including analog RCA, USB Audio Class 2.0, Toslink optical, and Digital S/PDIF coaxial inputs, the Telos 690 accommodates both traditional and modern audio sources. 

Front view of the Goldmund Telos 690.

Despite its focus on connectivity, the amplifier does not feature dedicated MM or MC phono inputs, A/B speaker connections, or switching capabilities, limiting its versatility in certain setups.

Goldmund's proprietary Telos Amplification technology lies at the heart of the Telos 690, reducing intermodulation and improving the linearity of each stage to minimize distortion. The inclusion of Alize Digital/Analog converter circuits enhances coupling with the preamp section, ensuring pristine audio reproduction.

One of the main features of the Telos 690 is its driver control mechanism, which lowers the amplifier's output impedance, resulting in superior micro-dynamics and preventing large woofers from overwhelming the listening space with excessive bass information.

Rear view of the Goldmund Telos 690.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Telos 690 exudes sophistication and precision. Its upgraded panel structure reinforces the amplifier's chassis, enhances mechanical grounding, and mitigates the propagation of physical vibrations, contributing to a cleaner, more immersive listening experience.

Technical Specifications: 

  • Output Level: Max level before clipping – 1 % THD, unloaded – 170 Vpp
  • Output Noise Floor: Analog input terminated with RCA Shorting Caps, unloaded – < 10 μV from 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Gain: 35dB
  • Dynamic Range: 100dB (with 22kHz measurement bandwidth (flat), true RMS unloaded
  • Damping Factor: 600 at 1kHz / 8 Ω
  • Dimensions: 17.3 x 6.5 x 17.5-inches
  • Finishes: Silver Gray or Black Matte
  • Weight: 28kg
  • Nominal Line Voltage: 110 V or 220 V
  • Input Voltage Range: +/- 10%
  • 2x 350 VA Toroidal Power Transformer
  • Capacitor Bank: 46’000 µF
  • Rated Power Consumption: IEC 62368-1, 1/8 Output Power at 8 Ω: 275W
  • 2x speaker output binding posts
  • 1x On/Off power switch key
  • 1x Voltage input selector
  • 1x RS232 Command connector
  • 1x USB device: Audio Class 2.0 (no driver required on Mac OS X as of v.10.6.4 or on Linux. Driver required for Windows.
  • Sample Rate: up to 384kHz/bit depth up to 32 DSD 64, DSD 128 over PCM capabilities
  • 1x Toslink Optical
  • 1x Digital S/PDIF coaxial RCA 75 Ohms
  • 5x Analog RCA
  • Analogue Input: Max level before clipping – 1 Vrms
  • Digital Input: Max level before clipping = -6 dBFS
  • Rated Power Output: Max power IEC 62368-1
  • 2x 250 W RMS on 8 Ω / 1% THD
  • 2x 320 W RMS on 4 Ω / 1% THD
  • IMD (SMPTE) Unloaded: < 0.02%
  • THD+N Unloaded: < 0.08 % from 20Hz to 20kHz at 30 V RMS output

While Goldmund has set the price for the Telos 690 at £32,500 / $36,250, further pricing and availability details may vary by region. The amplifier is now available for purchase through authorized Goldmund distributors and dealers, marking another milestone in the brand's legacy of sonic luxury.

If you're seeking alternative integrated amplifiers, for instance, Dreamedia offers the HiFi Rose RA180 and the Primare SPA25, priced at $6,995.00 and $6,000.00, respectively. Additionally, you can explore other amplifier options on their website.

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