Goldmund Apologue Anniversary

Out-of-this-world speakers with built-in amplifiers and astonishing sound

Über-luxe Swiss hifi brand Goldmund is not well known, even in the upper reaches of high-end audio. Perhaps it’s the James Bond‑esque name, which actually comes from a Hermann Hesse novel. It is most popular in Asia and LA, where big, fearsomely loud systems are favoured, but it has never broken through elsewhere as a hot, luxury consumer brand.

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Goldmund’s presence in the UK is non-existent, which is why the company took me to its small factory outside Geneva to see these, its Apologue Anniversary speakers with built-in amplifiers. They weigh 390kg each and look like manic robots, but hearing them was one of the more emotional hifi experiences I’ve had – and I’ve heard plenty of equally costly systems. Whether blastingly loud or simperingly quiet, the sound was pretty remarkable.

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Goldmund is not an easy world to enter and you could end up spending £500,000 after adding suitable music sources and accessories. And while some hifi aficionados may still be sceptical about such an investment, I do recommend going to Geneva to listen yourself.

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