Goldmund Mimesis 28 Amplifiers

Mimesis 28

2-Channel Power Amplifier

User Reviews (10)

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Sully   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 18, 2006]
Strength:

Sound

Weakness:

Price, availability, service (if necessary)

A "Luxory Audio Component" Make no mistake, this is a "Luxory" audio component, its "Swiss Made" with outsanding looks and mysterious innards. It cost almost $10K when new, and I bought mine used for $5700. Its outrageously expensive for a 200WPC amplifier and its internal comparments are all hidden underneath metal shields. Its heavy and complicated, which you realize when you turn it on and it gives you its firmware revision. Operation. This amp has a weird grounding arrangement, there is a toggle switch and 2 terminals on the rear panel for connecting internal grounds (I think). The amp is super-sensitive to AC noise and ground loops. My refrigerator causes spikes from this thing every time it cycles, so I had to put it in another circuit. Also, the front panel controls are a little odd, you press both buttons simultaneously to prove you really want to turn it "on." Sound. I have 28M, and found that the sound really is dependent on the source and its grounding for noise-free operation. Once you get a good connection the sound is very impressive, there is plenty of power, bass is not compromised and HF is virtually unrestricted. Strings sound like they are being plucked in your room, and vocals sound like the person is right there. For a "luxory" brand I expected this to be mostly glitter but light on substance. The sound is fast and tight and very very accurate. I am not dissapointed in the least and am thinking of getting a matching preamp. Quirks. The heat sink on the rear of the unit, which causes tight speaker/input connections (as noticed by others) gets only warm at normal/background volumes, but scortching hot at high volume, so ventilation is a plus. The amp is very heavy but runs cool so can be left on for long duratoins.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Chan Ringo   Audiophile [Apr 09, 2000]
Strength:

Transparent high frequency, high speed and details.

Weakness:

Light weight (mid to low frequency). Best partner with Epilogue 1.

I am currently using Goldmund 27+28 driving Artemis EOS+. Frankly I am quite disappointed about the combination. Very transparent high frequency, how the overall body is thin and light, not enough some bass. This weakness is not that obvious when 28 is partnering with Epilogue 1, as demo in the showroom. Have listened to 28.4 driving diff speakers such as Avalon, Monitor Audio, Thiel, Focus Audio, etc same weakness as 28 - still lacks of mid to low solidity and texture. There is one solution to this - change 28 to 29. Goldmund 29 outperform both 28 and 28.4 by a distance, very balanced and powerful amp.

Similar Products Used: Goldmund SRM, 28.4
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Phillip Koukalis   Audiophile [Jun 28, 2000]
Strength:

Finesse and naturalness, speed

Weakness:

Cable sensitive, like fast extended and open i/c s.


I owned the model 2 for 2 years and always found it lacking in power for my Audio Physic Virgos. No doubt, The Model 2's are excellent for mid range lovers , portraying a very nice warm feeling to all recordings. Somehow though, its lack of power and less than neutral presentation seemed to convey a loss of immediacy and extension that I have tried to surmount by interconnects and speaker cables.I replaced a full Cardas with audio note silver which somehow opened the sound a bit more.

Recently tried the 112 and that was even worse. Though rated at 150w, didnt sound double the power yet losing the tonal warmth that the Model 2 had.
Incidentally, the Model 10 also 150w seemed to restore that
warmth.

Since I like SS amps with tube tonality, dealers recommended
Ayre and Goldmund.The Ayre was somehow a failure with my system, losing coherence over the mid range.

I always expected Goldmunds to be somewhat sterile....but These goldmunds have a naturalness and immediacy that
makes my model 2's seem bloated. Perhaps the lack of power in the Model 2 driving my Audio Physic Virgos are telling.
The Model 2's have a powerful mid bass wallop that can be
overblown on some recordings. The Goldmund doesnt highlight as much in that region yet extends deeper with greater speed and authority,

Dont just take my word for it....Do try to audition the Mimesis28 and the killer SRM2's...
the new JOB circuitry seems to be doing a great job. :)

My equipment:


Basis 2500
Graham 1.5TC
with Benz Ruby
Lukashek PP 1 phono
CAT mk 111 signature preamp


Similar Products Used: Jeff Roland Model 2,Model 10 and 112.
Pass Labs 150, Ayre V1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael C. Barnes   [Sep 28, 1998]

The Plinius 8150 Integrated amplifer is an amplifier I both love and hate. I love it because it offers the best level of performance at this price that I am aware of. Thre reason I hate it is that it came along too late in my life to save me thousands of dollars that I spent upgrading from amplifier to amplifier to find an amplifier that was simply "good enough".
I currently own a Plinius SA250 and ML16 combination. The combination sounds fantastic. In the US the pair sell for $12,000 USD. What I don't understand is how at $2,700 does the 8150 sound so damn close?

The Plinius 8150 sounds very similar to the SA250 and SA100 when they operate in the A/B mode. This is how I use my SA250 most of the time anyway. The 8150 even has a remote control.

The Plinius 8150 is truely a high-end product that sounds better than virtually any other integrated amplifier I know of.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Ron   Audiophile [Jan 29, 2001]
Strength:

Fast, Powerful, Detailed

Weakness:

Can sound a bit thin. Very cable sensitive.

The installation.
First things first. Not until installing the amp in my system did I notice that the output terminals were directly above the input jacks. Therefor, the use of large diameter speaker cables makes connection to the input jacks a bit of a challenge. I needed to tape the speaker cable spades to make sure that they would not short to the metal sleeves on the input cable jacks. I have no idea why they did not locate the input jacks above the speaker terminals and I wondered if the Goldmund engineers ever actually hooked up their own equipment. I was also disappointed to see a mega-buck amp use inexpensive plastic speaker cable connectors.

The Sound.
Once I got the amp home, I quickly pulled out my 10-year-old Perreaux 2350 and plugged in the Goldmund. First impressions - well built, dead quite, runs cool. I loaded some Miles Davis into my Sony DAS/R1 CD transport/DAC. The music was thin; there was no imaging. I was crushed. OK, lets not panic, let it warm up. Much better, but it still sounded thin. I have a bunch of interconnects in the house used in different systems. I gathered them up and gave them all a try. I have never seen an amp so cable sensitive. Kimber - No good; too bright. Tara - warmer, but no sound stage. FMS - close, good tonal quality, but they seemed to restrict the speed of the amp. MIT - no dynamics. Music Metre - Success!

I installed Music Metre Cantos, DAC to Audio Research preamp and preamp to amp. The mids filled out nicely. I have also left the amp powered for the last 6 weeks. The burn-in seems to have helped. Once I found the right combination of cables and equipment, I have been happy with the performance of the amp. I listen to a lot of jazz. Horns jump out of the speakers and kick drums are deep and solid. Pianos display depth and harmonics, voices are detailed and natural. If you are willing to invest the time and money to build a system around this amp, the Goldmund 28 may be the amp for you. If not, spend the money on a trip to Europe or something else that would have made your wife happy.

Similar Products Used: Perreaux, Adcom, Carver
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jeffrey woiff   an Audiophile [Dec 26, 1997]

This is the real thing. A $5K 175 watt version of their $13K 400 watt model 29 that along with Golmund digital gear and Model 7.5 preamp provides the most amazing window into the structure, flow and musical message of every performance. For the first time it is clear who can really sing and who cannot. This is not about sonic detail as much as it is about musical detail. The microdynamics that were missing without this gear provide the key. The midbass actualy plays MUSIC!-nuanced seductive music. If it matters to you the soundstage is fully rectangulr ie goes back as far behind and lateral to the speakers as it does in the middle.
The tricky part of this kind of review is that everyone's stars are all their own sense of what is good - but what are they compareing to?. For perspective I traded in my Krell for Rowland and that was a nice step up. The change from Rowland to Goldmund is HUGE.

A tip for those with limites upgrade $ get some FMS power cables- blew away the biggies from synergistic, NBS etc.-very natural musical flow.




OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Edo   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 23, 1999]

Goldmund Mimesis 28 is very fine sounding power amplifier. It has very good bass control, midrange and tweeter openness and naturalness. The whole frequency is reproduced with unbelievable detail and transparency. The only contender is Tact Millenium, but Goldmund is better in bass, equal in midrange/tweeter and cost a half price.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Harvey   an Audiophile [Sep 13, 1999]

Huh,Goldmund Mimesis 28 does it realy gets better than that....175W per channelat $4990 it out performs any US made component (amp) in terms sonics and
built quality. This amp is very transparent and NEUTRAL sounding like no other.
Try it on Audio Physic speakers or Avalon ..WOW MAGIC. After going through all
ss designs like Levinson,Krell and Rowland..this is truly outstanding amp.
If you can afford it don't waste your time ....just buy one and keep it forever
coz there is nothing like GOLDMUND....NO COMPETITION

ENJOY IT SIX STAR

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Max Lak   an Audiophile [Apr 12, 1999]

My system exists of the following components:Kharma Ceramique 2 speakers, srcd player from Goldmund, srp pre-amplifier from Goldmund and srm mono amplifiers from goldmund. All cables are from Kharma reference series. The components from Goldmund are the most honest components i have ever heard. Espescially the srm amplifiers are to good to be true. The sound is ultrafast, clean, dynamic and foremost as close to the musical truth as possible with electronic components. Once you have heard these amps you will immediatly agree with me when i say that they are the best thing this money can buy.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Tor Arne Rømma   an Audiophile [Mar 25, 1999]

I have tried several amplifiers in this price area over the last years, but -never ever- have been this flat out impressed with -all- of the qualities of an amplifier. The extreme speed , the sheer resolution, the harmonic texture , the ability to give you a excellent sense of air on a good recording, the ability involve you in the music , the feel and slam (not something you'd expect on a small amp like this) on the music. It is one of the best amplifiers I've heard so far. And at the price it is beeing sold at it , is is not a good deal, it is a steal !!!!!!!!
If you are a music lover , go and listen or borrow one home from your local HiFi dealer, you owe it to yourself !

For those that wonder about the system it is used with it consist of: Meridian 508 20bit CD,Goldmund SRA (2*50 poweramp), SPR2 (preamp), JMLab Electra 915, Goldmund Studio turntable with Benz Ruby pickup, all cabeled with Harmonitech and Straightwire cables cables.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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