If you thought Blu-ray players were expensive before, take a look at this one.
Goldmund is a company that, according to its website, is dedicated to the accurate representation of sound and image. To do this properly with a Blu-ray player you apparently have to spent a whole lot of money. The company is selling its second Blu-ray player, the Goldmund Eidos Reference Blue, for $135,000.
The Goldmund Eidos Reference Blue should probably cost $135,000 just due to name alone, but backs up the cost with its construction too, I guess. From Goldmund's website, the product features:
- Improved Mechanical Grounding construction with sturdier table support.
- Built-in stabilized power supply using the Goldmund AC-Curator circuitry, totally separated from the mechanism by the top of the table support.
- Goldmund "Magnetic Damping" technology, considerably improving the image stability and sound transparency.
- External aluminum transport rigidifying structure for spurious vibration cancellation.
- Heavily damped brass and aluminum heavy-duty mechanism enclosure (30kg) suspended on 4 spring loaded suspension pods.
- Audio outputs:
* RCA Spdif coaxial digital.
* Toslink Optical Spdif digital.
* 2-channel analogue RCA unbalanced.
* 6-channel analogue RCA unbalanced.
- Video outputs:
* 3 RCA analogue components output.
* S-Video analogue video output.
* HDMI 1.3 Video and Audio digital output.
- Size: Height 75 cm (30"), Width 59 cm (23"), Depth 55 cm (21").
- Weight: suspended: 30 kg, total including table: 82 kg.
Does the work put into the construction of this player actually warrant the price somehow? Or the audio and video output? I can't see even the richest of the rich actually feeling the need to purchase this product, though maybe I just don't get it. It definitely looks like a spaceship, so maybe it has a secret dual function.
If you'd like to purchase a Goldmund Eidos Reference Blue, you'd better book it to the nearest Goldmund retailer. It's a very limited edition product, as only 50 units will be made. Heck, it also plays DVDs and CDs if that makes it float your boat, and is multi-zone and multi-region.
So what doesn't it do? Connect to the internet or support BD-Live. Yup, this Blu-ray player is apparently stuck as a Profile 1.1 and cannot be updated. Both the $299 PlayStation 3 and other retail Blu-ray players have the capability to connect to the internet, so why doesn't Goldmund's "ultimate" version of one?