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Here we go again. For the Spanish Hifi magazine Revista On Off, Josep Armengol reviewed the LS1 plus LS1s subs. He writes:

 

“The transparency of the sound is tremendous. One could really think that you have the artists in front of you. Grimm's mission to eliminate the sound of the system and present just the original recording seems totally true. At the same time, if the system is fed with less than optimal recordings, the sound does not become unpleasant, which is often a problem with other studio monitors that can be too analytic.

 

The sub woofer is very well integrated, I even touched them to see if they were working. This is of course the ideal: that subwoofers perform their duty unnoticed. The set offers a well defined low end, rhythmic and deep, never exaggerated, in fact for some rock discs I added a dB of low end in the LS1 software just for fun. 

 

The magnificent Grimm LS1 boxes always seem to get the best out of a recording and let you enjoy the spirit of the music, but in a very different manner than - for example - a traditional system with valves, with a romantic sound. But even so you end up listening for long hours because you don’t feel any sign of fatigue. And along the way you discover details in discs that you thought you knew in depth. Noises from the studio, sheet music moving, fingers on instruments, whispers ... impressive how the Grimm’s unveil ‘everything’.”


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    Leo de Klerk, Bloomline Studio, 's Gravendeel (AD1)

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    Aaron Garrett, hifi enthusiast, Cambridge (LS1s-dmf)

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    Puck Leek, Pucksound, Amsterdam (CC2)

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    Günter Pauler, Stockfish Records, Northeim (TPR)

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    Bart Jilesen, Studio Bart Jilesen, Utrecht (LS1)

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    Keith Howard, Hi-Fi News, Croydon (LS1)

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    Allen Farmelo, Pink Noise magazine, Hopewell Junction (CC1)

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    Tony Bolton, Hi-fi World, London (CC1)

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    Hein Dekker, producer for Channel Classics, Baarn (AD1)

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    Josep Armengol, Revista On Off, Madrid (LS1)

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    Erik Zobler, Mix Magazine, Los Angeles (CC1)

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    Roy Ervin Solstad, Stereo+, Oslo (LS1)

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    Wessel Oltheten, Spoor 14, Boxtel (LS1s-dmf)

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    Steve Hall, Future Disc, Los Angeles (AD1)

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    Nigel Palmer, Audio Media, London (LS1)

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    Steve Hoffman, Audio Fidelity, Los Angeles (AD1)

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    Dimitris Stamatakos, AVMentor, Athens (LS1)

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    Peter Riebeek, Studio 150, Amsterdam (CC1)

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    Marnix Bosman, Interface magazine, Amsterdam (CC2)

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    Timothy Roth, Positive Feedback (LS1)

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    Ronald Prent, Galaxy Studios, Mol (AD1)

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    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1)

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    Ulrich Watermann, Berlin (LS1)

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    Gerard Lombrez, Lille (CC1)

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    Reyn Ouwehand, Studio The Church, Wijdenes (CC1)

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    Fritz Fey, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LS1)

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    Dave Collins, Dave Collins Mastering, Los Angeles (TPR)

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    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1be)

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    John Newton, Soundmirror, Boston (MP1)

  • Did Grimm Audio reinvent the loudspeaker?

    Bert Oling, Hi-fi Video Test, Nijmegen (LS1)

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