Goldmund Releases Eidos 18 SACD/DVD-A Player in U.S. [HFR]

Goldmund America has announced that their Goldmund Eidos 18D Multichannel SACD/DVD-A player is now available is the U.S. market at a suggested list price of $8,900. Goldmund is well known for their high end audiophile products that include turntables, CD and DVD Video players, speakers, preamps and amps. All of their products are made at Goldmund’s factory in Switzerland.

More on the Goldmund Eidos 18D
The Eidos 18D debuted in Europe in March as part of the company’s “high end” audio product line and has been a very successful product for the company. In fact, Goldmund says that they have had to ramp up production of the Eidos 18D at the factory to meet the demand to date for the product.

The Eidos 18D player is capable of playing back Audio CD, DVD Video, Multichannel SACD, Multichannel DVD-A, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and CD Video optical discs. It is also capable of playing DVD-R and DVD-RW discs in DVD Video mode. The player features a “rigid steel cell structure” chassis that supports the 18D’s internal circuitry, a power supply that uses Goldmund’s “AC Curator” and Goldmund’s “mechanical grounding” construction that is said to produce “exceptional CD and DVD playback quality”. It also features the following signal outputs:

  • 6 Channel Analog Output for Multichannel SACD and DVD Audio (6 x RCA)
  • 2 Channel Analog Output (2 x RCA)
  • 6 Channel Digital Audio Output (RCA & Toslink)
  • Component Video Interlaced Output (3 x RCA)
  • RGB and Component Video Progressive Outputs (5 x BNC)
  • S-Video Interlaced Output (S-Video)
  • DVI Digital Video Output (DVI)

    According to Goldmund “The Eidos 18 Multiformat turntable is based on Goldmund’s experience in designing the Eidos 38, the most accurate CD and DVD transport ever designed. Extending the same construction principles to a multiformat unit, able to play not only DVD and CDs but also SACD and DVD Video, the Eidos 18 also includes D/A to become the most versatile player in the industry. The Eidos 18D adds to these features the same progressive RGB Video and Digital Video Output circuitry as the Eidos 38D, the best Video player ever designed.”

    Early reports on the Goldmund suggest that the Eidos 18D player is in the same league as the well received TEAC Esoteric DV-50 as the top SACD/DVD-A/DVD-Video/CD players to date. If that’s the case, it will be worth auditioning when it shows up at U.S. Goldmund dealers.

    Goldmund Plans A Lower Priced Player
    I should also mention that Goldmund is planning a new SACD/DVD-A/DVD-Video/CD player in its “entry level SR line”. This will be a new product series of high quality yet lower priced Goldmund products. Details about the SR line are scheduled to be announced in September. We’ll have to keep an eye on that as it may be a nice way to pick up Goldmund quality players for even less than the Eidos 18D.