Swiss audio specialist Goldmund has released a new SACD player. The Eidos SACD arrives as the little brother to the company’s 2021 flagship Eidos Reference model, packing much of its CD replay engineering prowess into a smaller, more affordable package. Goldmund says the Eidos SACD is essentially “a more compact object with no compromises and improved room ergonomics”.
Like its predecessor, the Eidos SACD can not only play a variety of audio discs (SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, as well as audio from DVD-R formats), but also PCM 384KHz and up to DSD512 when connected to a computer through the USB input. Unsurprisingly, that’s it for inputs, although the outputs extend to RCA, XLR, coaxial and optical connections for adding a preamp, processor or integrated amp.
Goldmund says every effort has been made to shield the various parts of the interior to reduce unwanted interference, including the power supply, which the company’s R&D team has made more compact and “even better quality” than those found in older Goldmund systems. players, as well as the same sound card as in the Eidos reference.
Since the Eidos Reference was the result of a long-term project researching disk mechanisms at Goldmund’s labs in Geneva, the new player remains an advertisement for that development. It also includes a D&M based SACD mechanism integrated into Goldmund’s mechanical grounding system to evacuate vibration. And the Goldmund damper is there to increase the stiffness of the loader mechanism for improved sonic transparency.
While there’s now a new front panel with a ‘control keypad’, the new Eidos largely retains the sleek gray aesthetic of its predecessor. The 20kg player is more compact than its big brother – 44cm wide, 18cm high and 37cm deep, and without the standard construction that contributes to much of the Eidos Reference’s 110kg weight.
Although the ‘baby’ Eidos SACD was developed with the Asian market in mind (disc playback is still very popular there), it is also coming to the UK and Europe. The damage is £80,000 – significant but (every cloud…) nowhere near as heavy as the Eidos Reference’s £175,000 asking price.
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