for the poor
What a challenge
- for Self Proclaimed Prometheus - to bring Goldmund
Swiss quality and engineering to the normal mortals, other folks like
us, not from Gazprom, not German Dentists and not Somalian Pirates.
Goldmund - one
of the famous stratospheric prices companies from
Switzerland, is now
most famous for the scam they were caught red handed with. So
much has been written about it that I am not even going to pour fuel to
the fire anymore.
learned from THETA - that repackaging a decent Japanese
ready product under own box and under own logo/legend will create good
selling proposition for naive nuveau-riche.
people modify stock products and sell under original brand,
adding own stamp of "tuning". But fooling people like Goldmund did is
So much temptation
for me to try and better Goldmund on quality
from stock Pioneer DV-300!
I mean, what
could be a better description of repackaging totally
unmodded stock Pioneer and attach this marketing text ! Just read
carefully what a load of bullshit:
Goldmund, we strive to lead in the
creation, development and
manufacture of the industry's most advanced technologies, including
audio and video systems, home- networking and music distribution.
guiding principle at Goldmund is to produce a precise sound with the
least possible loss of quality through the different stages. Goldmund
will never adopt a technology before it is sufficiently developed to
satisfy the quality standards we set. In that sense Goldmund is not the
company for early adopters.
And about the
Releases Eidos 18 SACD/DVD-A Player in U.S.
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.
Ufff, we can
land back on Earth .....
What can be done
about the 80 USD stock Pioneer dv-300 to make it
Out of the box
it is an excellent DVD player and good CD transport.
It works with
Lampucera DAC like a dream.
But of course
this can be further improved.
The yellow wire
is the key to quality - jumping across the SP/DIF
traces - pur esignal straight to RCA (new socked just drilled and
First - the
SP/DIF signal comes from its source - DSP chip - a very
long way. The trace is impossible to trace. It goes up and down,
disappears in the 4 layer PCB and goes through resistors, caps etc.
I tried a number
of tricks but I finally found the pin where SP/DIF is
Then I floated
it and took it to new RCA for SP/DIF by a wire. I tried
75 Ohm resistors, some decoupling caps, but finally - the best
sound is just from plain straight direct connection. No 75 Ohms, no
coax cable, no series capacitor.
The SP/DIF trace
is THE BEST I have seen in my life. It is unbelievably
square ! Just look:
Now if that is
not goddamn good trace then what is ?
Now we know why
Goldmund picked this player as their choice.
Connected to my
Rockna and Lampucera DAC's - the Pioneer already sounds
like a good transport. It opened up by a wide margin in the top
frequency department. Trebles are like on adrenaline now.
I noticed that
Goldmund did not do it my way - they use standard stock
output. Visibly inferior on scope trace.
I left the
project there because I did the difficult bit of finding the
source of the Amazon river. You are welcome to:
1. Replace stock
electrolytes with OScons or Blackgates on the signal
2. Double or
triple cap sizes on the power board
3. Change clock
for after market type (remember it is the DVD
frequency of 27 MHz)
bituminous felt on top cover inside
5. Arrange a
stable plinth. I suggest to cut MDF in the size as the
player floor and GLUE the entire floor surface by silicon or other
soft adhesive to the DVD. This will be the best stabilization
6. Use AC filter
and good cord.
This player will
be probably - as a transport - as good as Goldmund or
The final touch
would be to FLOAT the main DSP chip power supply, and
buy a small transformer for 12 V / 10 Watts, and rectify the AC and add
a 5 V DC regulator, add a large oscon - and wire the clean 5VDC
to the chip directly, creating supply independent of the switching unit
it has originally.
Not all that
glitters is Goldmund.
Some weeks after
By a coincident
during some works on the player my friend Arturo Artpaw
discovered, that when he accidentally stopped the CD disc by finger -
the music continued to flow for 2 seconds or so.
! The secret of Goldmund Transport! The player has a
digital data buffer, an INTERNAL GENESIS DIGITAL LENS. Add to the
picture the reclocking and also the super square S/PDIF and voila. You
have a good transport for the price of a parking ticket.
A link to some more
story about rocket sciencists from Goldmund: