Goldmund's $17,000 Blu-ray player

We have no idea why it costs so much either.

SlashGear

If you've ever wondered how a media room can run up a $300,000 tab , try this on for starters: a Blu-ray Disc player that goes for $17,000.

Switzerland-based Goldmund has upgraded its "Eidos 20" media player with the victorious video format , claiming that it's the first Blu-ray player from a high-end audio-video equipment maker. As with all such products, one can't help but wonder how the exorbitant price can be justified, though Goldmund claims "the finest AS-Curator power supply circuit and magnetic damping for ultimate sound and video reproduction with least amount of mechanical and electrical distortions," according to SlashGear. Whatever.

Almost as if to add insult to injury, the box is about as nondescript as one can imagine: It looks like a piece of hospital equipment or something. For that kind of dough, you'd think they'd at least stick a couple of Swarovski crystals on it, just to humor us.

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