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$135,000 Blu-ray Player Over the Top

We've certainly seen a few crazy-priced gadgets as of late: the $1 million speaker, a $175,000 HD projector, a $35k gold-plated iPhone. These price tags are somewhat scary to those with smaller wallets, and may leave some consumers wondering why anyone would buy diamond-studded devices when an identical version--minus without the jewelry and gold plating--can be picked up down the street at Walmart.

Enter Goldmund's Eidos Reference Blue, a Blu-ray player that's not exactly meant to fit into that slot under the TV.  In fact, there's only 50 of these hyper-high-end players available for purchase, costing big-time spenders a whopping $135,000. UltimateAVMag got its hands on one of the players, and didn't seem too impressed given the device's amplified pricetag.

The expense, if it's not obvious already, is in the overall design. The site says that it's "built like a tank," and the player is heavily damped, supposedly improving image stability and sonic transparency. The device features both brass and aluminum, weighing 66 pounds, and is suspended by four spring-loaded legs on its own dedicated table. The controls are actually mounted on the table, and encased in a gold-plated display.

On the technical side, the Eidos Reference Blue is a Profile 1.1 player, and does not provide Internet access or BD-Live. Goldmund claims that the Blu-ray player is universal, however UltimateAVMag discovered that it can't play DVD-Audio or SACD. The site also says that the analog-audio outputs are unbalanced. Despite all the gold, brass, and aluminum, consumers are better off getting a cheap Blu-ray player at Best Buy that offers more features.

  • jellico
    Short of making the case out of gold or platinum, I really don't see how you could possibly get to a $135,000 price tag for a Blu-Ray player (or any media player, for that matter).
  • jerther
    Drop the price tag and the value drops a lot too
  • Andraxxus
    I'd rather buy a house.
  • Someguyperson
    OK, this is just stupid. First of all, it looks like it is from the 80's. It is so huge, heavy, ugly, and outdated that the original design probably used a LaserDisc instead of a Blu-Ray disc. As for the dampening system, unless you live on a fault line or want to make computer chips on top of it, it is a fairly useless feature. Yes, spinning discs are sensitive to slight vibrations, but you don't need 66lbs and a dedicated table to do it. Do they honestly think it will move more than 1cm? Really, just look at the legs and how much room they have to move. This thing won't be bought by the military, sorry guys.
  • This is one of the dumbest consumer electronics products I've ever seen, if not THE dumbest. The dedicated table is retarded, the features are lacking (unbalanced audio for pete's sake) and the price is an insult. Oh, it cost you 130k for all that brass? Really? I bet it costs them under $500 to build one of these things and they have the nerve to charge $135k for one? I hope this company goes out of business TODAY. Anyone who buys one of these is a MORON with TOO MUCH MONEY.
  • doc70
    soooo, the suspension on this thing is more complicated than a Ferrari's?... And that's why you're supposed to pay that much on it?
    C'mon! One could buy an actual Ferrari with that cash...albeit not new, but still...
  • virtualban
    The speakers and the projector I get, this I get not. Why anyone would buy such a thing? Anyone?!
  • Major7up
    AndraxxusI'd rather buy a house.or a really nice sports car!
  • ArgleBargle
    If it had 4K X 2K projection capability, I could maybe see the markup. I wonder if the Monster HDMI cables your are supposed to use with this are included, or extra?
    Well, there's always a market for the more-money-than-brains crowd.
  • or a complete high end home threater system.