Would you be able to comment on the sonic signature of the Pilium amplifiers as compared to the Goldmund's current Next Gen line up, and the Telos 280 since you probably know both lines as good as anyone, I am sure . Thanks so much. Kind regards.
Also, what is the warranty situation with the Pilium, and is there a repair center for the brand in NY, or anywhere in the USA? Thanks
Thanks so much !Loaded question, but here are my observations.
I have always preferred Soulution, Vitus, CH Precision, Constellation, DZ, or Nagra and any high end tube gear over Goldmund for electronics and two channel audio. Nothing wrong with the Goldmund electronics but I have always preferred their active speaker systems, especially for home theater and they do play music just fine, but mostly for non-audiophiles.
More of a high end lifestyle type of product and many customers who own the Goldmund gear love it. Not much "soul" or body to the sound with the electronics imho. BUT very CLEAR, that is the word that comes to me when I think of Goldmund electronics. YES, I've sold and am familiar with the NEXT GEN models as well as the previous models. I actually prefer the non-NG models personally as they put in too much digital control for my liking for the operation of the amplifiers in the NG iterations.
I'm not knocking Goldmund at all, for customers that have it and enjoy it, it's great for them.
Pilium is the first SS line that I have owned that made me have NO DESIRE for tubes OR any other SS. FOR ME, it supersedes what tubes do as well as the best SS. PILIUM IS LIQUID SOUNDING, with high resolution and high power as well. Because of the massive size/weight it runs cool to the touch. I love the aesthetics. Because it runs cool, over time the internal components will have a LONG LIFE without component failures.
In the next 3-4 weeks I am delivering FOUR complete sets of the Alexander dual chassis pre/Achilles stereo amp, two of the systems have the Elektra DAC included with the pre/amp as well.
Then in late November I have a full set of Pilium including the Elektra DAC, Alexander preamp, four Hercules mono amps being sent to Magico to drive the M9s so that they break in while I am waiting for my M9 delivery in late Q1 of '21.
I have always felt when listening to the all of the SS brands mentioned above that they were all good, and I believe that they are, but they all sounded different. BUT I always wanted a few sets of tube amps for when the itch struck me when I had any of the mentioned SS brands available.
I no longer get the itch for tubes or any other SS, and I guess the same for the 10 or so customers now that either have or have the Pilium gear on order.
I will put up the Pilium Alexander Pre and either Achilles stereo amp or Hercules mono amps against any SS or tube gear on the planet.
I have one big problem with Pilium. Every time I have received my demo units (3 times now) I have sold them to customers that had one listen and wanted them NOW. Normal lead time is about 8 weeks.
Thank youTDX, tee me up for one of my favorite subjectsHi Bob, would you mind explaining difference between Pilium’s integrated and separates? Does the separates win by quite a margin?
Hi Marcus, YES on both. Both S's and M's traded in on Pilium Alexander/Achilles systems. Delivering four sets of Alexander/Achilles in the next few weeks, plus the Pilium Elektra/Alexander/4 Hercules to Magico in about 2 weeks from now.
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