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LS1be a must hear2017, April 6

Fritz Fey of Studio Magazin in Germany was totally blown away when he reviewed the LS1be. Please taste a bit of his enthusiasm in our English translation of the summary of a 6 page review with the compelling title “The better is the enemy of the good”:

 

“The LS1be provides an absolutely authentic, complete and uncolored image of your work, which makes you make any decision quickly, safely, and effortlessly.” (…) “A loudspeaker of this quality level is very hard to match, let alone to beat. This is without doubt the Olympus of authentic sound imaging. The Motional Feedback subwoofer (or rather: LS1 low frequency extension) deserves a special mention. A low frequency performance with a precision and clarity like this may without hesitation be called unique. I could hardly believe that such an improvement in the low frequency rendering of sounds was possible at all. The performance of this system is beyond any doubt. You must hear that! Absolutely!”

LevelOne has been the industries’ standard desktop loudness normalizer for years. After years of innovation it is now time for the biggest update to date: Version 2.

 

LevelOneV2 has been rebuild from the ground up. Of course it still offers fast drag and drop loudness analysis and processing of files and folders, in compliance with the EBU R128 and ATSC A/85 recommendations. But on customer demand we added a few very exciting features. First of all a True Peak Limiting function to enable automatic normalization even for programs that peak too high. We also added ‘hot folders’, normally only found in much more expensive products. Files that are added to these folders will automatically be analyzed or processed, according to the stored hot folder preference. This is a very powerful feature that offers perfect integration of LevelOneV2 in your work flow. The third improvement is that we added FFmpeg compatibility, and therefore many more file formats (like MXF) are now supported.

 

LevelOneV2 has been developed in cooperation with our loudness software partner BeatRig. Please check out the full feature set and obtain a free demo at the webshop.

Dutch leading hifi magazine HVT did a review of the LS1be. Marnix Bosman was seriously impressed. He writes about a particularly difficult reference track of him, Miserere of Arvo Pärt by the Hilliard Ensemble: “With many systems the result is a severe mash-up, caused by distortion and coloration. With the LS1be the sound image stays airy and tack sharp. A great strength is the speed and immediacy of the playback. It also has a very beautiful low end, that not only goes to great depth, but is of exceptional pureness. Dry and fast with lots of detail and definition. Big drums or low organ registers become super impressive. A lot of fun can be had with electronic bass lines, that go to unexplored depths. The new sub plays effortlessly whatever you throw at it.”

His conclusion is: ‘Listen to the source’. “The LS1be is one of the few loudspeakers that present the listener unrestrictedly what the producers of the music intended to express. The LS1be does not add anything. No sweetening, no effects, but pure transparency, that’s the LS1be. The LS1be is not just a loudspeaker, it is a complete playback system. Combined with an arbitrary source an LS1(be) brings everything into your living room that’s needed to enjoy the recording of a musical performance in its purest form.”

The LS1be was selected by Jaap Veenstra of Alpha Audio as his personal "pick of the year" and it therefore received an "Alpha Audio Approved" Award! Jaap's verdict in translation: "The Grimm LS1be (had impact) because of the unprecedented truthfulness, without being lifeless or unemotional. The Grimm even went so far to give rise to tears during the listening session. That does not happen so often these days."

 

The Dutch consumer electronics ‘comparison’ site “BesteProduct.nl” (founded in 2006, 1032 own reviews per year, 600,000 unique visitors every month) has rewarded the LS1be with a “top 5” position in their “most outstanding audio and TV product of the year” competition. Within the top 5 there were just two audio products present. The verdict of besteproduct.nl in translation:

“This Dutch manufacturer aims high. Outside the Netherlands we already saw reviews in which the speakers were praised into the heavens. The German ‘Audio’ magazine judged the original Grimm LS1 as the best they tested in 35 years. The word ‘science fiction’ was mentioned, and not because of its form. Where high-end speakers sometimes resemble spaceships, these speakers from Grimm look pretty normal and would fit perfectly into any living room. They will probably not fit into everyone's budget at about 36,000 euros."

Tom Haze (besteproduct.nl)

 

"Insanely good active speaker. Minimalistic, very musical and pretty good looking. There’s plenty of inputs so everything can be connected."

Jaap Veenstra (Alpha Audio) 

 

We are very thankful for this reward!

 

We are thrilled to introduce to you our new CC2 master clock. It has the same performance level as the famous CC1, but by limiting the feature set to just master mode on two outputs, we were able to offer the CC2 for a price that fits in everyone’s budget. The CC2 will ship before Christmas, please contact your dealer for a demo.

Mix and mastering engineer (and teacher and author of the impressive book “Mixen met Impact”) Wessel Oltheten is a long time LS1 user. He asked to test the new LS1s-dmf sub in his studio. Soon his comment arrived: "These subs are insane! It took me 30 seconds to decide I had to buy them. Authoritative, open, tight, life-like, in one word: wow!" 

Later he added: “These subs make it much easier to judge whether there is enough harmonic content in the bass. Many speakers give the impression your bass is warm enough, but you’re misguided by their distortion. If you then hear your mix on other speakers that don’t go that low, your mix sounds bleak. With the DMF sub I never run that risk again. Skipping through my portfolio, I can hear clearly why some of them worked wonderful outside the studio and some didn’t. I’m sure this tool will safe me from mistakes like that. And it works at low playback levels too! And as a bonus, the mid range is smoother and more detailed than ever, probably due to less masking. I could not ask for more.”

Yet another rave review of the LS1be: in 6 Moons! Or… rave review? Henk & Marja write: “Even though it doesn't read like a rave, as experienced listeners will know, that really was most telling of all. This music system just did its job and got so perfectly out of the way that we could fully concentrate on and get immersed in the music.”. 

We are so proud that the LS1be has brought us here. Our mission is to bring total clarity to the professional and music lover. And with it a “total peace of mind”, which are the final words of the Henk & Marja review. 

Here is one more striking passage from their review: “another key characteristic was the lack of any character, fingerprint or voicing. This music system was neutral and audiologically speaking, honest to the bone just as its looks are clear but with exciting lines that change perspective with viewing angle to enhance the innate airiness of the design. Over the review period, we never once had the itch to do anything audiophile at all. No tweaking, no alterations… nothing. (…) Usually the itch to change something arises sooner than later. When it doesn't, take note and hold on to it!

Truly, this could be the last system you'll ever buy; an endgame solution.”

In the first review of the LS1be, our new flagship product continues the “5 star saga” of the original LS1. Jaap Veenstra of the Dutch online hifi magazine “Alpha Audio” writes in his conclusion: “We don’t often have tears in our eyes when listening to music at our office. Now we do. The achievements of the LS1be are very impressive. So clean, so involving and so full of - yes: emotion. You then have to be a cold frog if you’re not moved to tears by your favorite music. We do not want to spend too many words on metaphors and backgrounds. Just visit a dealer and listen to this triumph from The Netherlands. Forget everything you think you know about digital, DSP and active speakers. So did we… And let the LS1be bring you back to the essence: enjoy music. More intense than ever.”

CC1 demands for a remix2016, September 8

There’s nothing like getting feedback from a very happy customer! John Davis of The Bunker Studio in New York bought a CC1 and wrote:

“Your clock has really transformed the sound of our digital rig. The transparency of the soundstage and accuracy in the time domain is really stunning and brings out a level of detail and clarity that I had dismissed as only possible with analog. I had a client ask why my mixes were so much better this week (I had mixed half the album last month)…. and actually decided to remix two songs, because the difference in the end result was that obvious.”


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    George Massenburg, McGill University, Montreal (LS1)

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