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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.”

Over the years the LS1 has seen some significant improvements, reason why the current LS1 sounds better than the LS1 from a couple of years back. We also introduced a new flagship product recently, the LS1be. Whenever we improve our products, we ensure our existing custromers can profit too. So we like to offer them the option to update their LS1 to the current level or even upgrade their LS1 to the level of the LS1be! Please read the linked brochures and contact your dealer for more information.

We are delighted to present yet another review that sings the praise of the LS1. The experienced editor in chief Jack Liu of the Taiwanese magazine Audio Art was highly impressed by the performance of the LS1 and offered it the full score on all 20 evaluation points! Some excerpts from his poetic text:

 

“I listened to a cello and piano recording from the album ‘Antonio Lysy at the Broad: Music From Argentina’. The LS1 reproduction of this cello and piano piece has two very charming aspects: the sound quality is both very beautiful and very true to life. Actually these two qualities describe the main character of the LS1 very well. And tell me, is there anything more desirable than to have a beautiful and sweet sound? And what is more exciting than a playback that almost sounds like reality?”

“To listen to some pop music, I selected Lorna Hunt’s "All in One Day." The LS1 performance again made me cheer of joy, because the drum sound was elastic, solid and clean, the guitar was crisp, sweet and delicate, and Hunt's voice sounded natural in a loose way, without any exaggeration. In my experience, such an open, relaxed character can normally only be found with big loudspeakers.“

“There was no audible compression at all, everything sounded open without any clutter, the frequency balance was perfect, down to very low frequencies. This is only a three driver system in a very small enclosure but the large-scale orchestral music performance was so real. Forgive me my ignorance, but this is the first time I heard a playback like that. In particular, the orchestral brass texture was very realistic, with proper weight.“

“As a final, I played Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony by the Russian National Orchestra with Pletnev as conductor. After listening, I saluted the LS1. Maybe very large speakers can offer even more impact, but that ultra-high resolving power, the clear presentation of musical layers, the very beautiful and musical sound, the very real texture, the amazingly fast transient response, the direct and non-fogged transparency, and the nailed down positioning of the instruments, leave the listener gasp in admiration.“

“Accurate, transparent and beautiful, that is the Grimm Audio LS1.”

We received an impressive testimonial from LS1 customer Thaddeus Moore, that we love to share with you:

"I want to congratulate you for making the best sounding, most phase linear, transient accurate, and all around beautiful speaker system on the planet. I’ve only had the opportunity to be in front of them for a short while and have had the best listening experiences of my life. Thank you for all the work you and your team have put into these. I have already made better, faster decisions in my mixes, and have had more confidence in delivering my masters. 

You should code name the LS1 "Red Pill". Because once you have them you can't go back into the matrix of illusion…"

Thaddeus Moore, Liquid Mastering, Eugene


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  • These dmf subs are insane! It took me 30 seconds to decide I had to buy them. Authoritative, open, tight, life-like, in one word: wow!

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

  • Total peace of mind

    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1be)

  • I had a client ask why my mixes were so much better this week.

    John Davis, The Bunker Studio, New York (CC1)

  • Wow, what a difference...!

    Ronald Wanders, hifi enthusiast, Zeewolde (TPM)

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

    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1be)

  • Not something good, but something already exquisite has further been improved.

    Fritz Fey, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LS1)

  • The AD1 made the most realistic recording of my piano that I have ever heard. Incredibly realistic and involving.

    Mark Conese, Ambient Records, Stamford (AD1)

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    Jan Didden, Linear Audio, Turnhout (TPR)

  • The CC1 brings out a level of detail and clarity that I had dismissed as only possible with analog.

    John Davis, The Bunker Studio, New York (CC1)

  • My audition of the LS1 was a transformative experience.

    George Massenburg, McGill University, Montreal (LS1)

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    George Massenburg, McGill University, Montreal (LS1)

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    Günther Pauler, Pauler Acoustics, Northeim (CC1)

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    Daniel Dettwiler, Idee und Klang Studio, Basel (CC1)

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    Thaddeus Moore, Liquid Mastering, Eugene (LS1)

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    Friedemann Kootz, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (CC1)

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    Bob Katz and Garrett Haines, TapeOp, Sacramanto (CC1)

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    Dieter Kahlen, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LevelView)

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    Thaddeus Moore, Liquid Mastering, Eugene (LS1)

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    Wolfram Eifert, AUDIO, Stuttgart (LS1)

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    Frederik DeJongh, Jerboa Mastering, Gent (LS1)

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    Carlos Imperatori, Producciones Tumbador, Caracas (CC1)

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    Tommy Zai, KVR, Phoenix (LevelView)

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    Aaron Gandia, Phat Planet Studios, Orlando (CC1)

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    Yasushi Hamase, Be-Tone Studio, Kanagawa-Ken (AD1)

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    Bogdan Roscic, President Sony Classical, Berlin (LS1)

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    Reinhold Martin, Hifi Statement Net Magazine, Gröbenzell (CC1)

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    Dave Collins, Dave Collins Mastering, Los Angeles (LS1)

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    Hay Zeelen, Hay Zeelen Mastering, Amsterdam (CC1)

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    Erik Zobler, Mix Magazine, Los Angeles (CC1)

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    Steve Hoffman, Audio Fidelity, Los Angeles (AD1)

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    Wessel Oltheten, Pro Audio & Video magazine, Buren (LS1)

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    Nigel Palmer, Audio Media, London (LS1)

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    Josep Umbria, Calma Estudis, Manacor (CC1)

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

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    John Newton, Soundmirror, Boston (MP1)

  • I'm in tears, listening to my own recordings.

    Ben Zijlstra, Dutch Film & Television Academy, Amsterdam (CC1)

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    George Tanderø, Mixing & Mastering, Oslo (TPR)

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    René Gambini, Lyrinx, Marseille (AD1)

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    Timothy Roth, Positive Feedback (LS1)

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    Marnix Bosman, HVT, Nijmegen (TPM)

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    Nicholas Bedworth, Positive Feedback, Makawao (CC1)

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

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    Hiro, Pure Super Audio (AD1)

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

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    Max Schlundt, Kultur...Technik, Berlin (LS1)

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    Al Pryor & Todd Whitelock, Mack Avenue records, Hempstead (CC1)

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    Marnix Bosman, HVT magazine, Baarn (CC1)

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    Alex Abrash, AA Mastering, New York (CC1)

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    Ronald Prent, Galaxy Studios, Mol (AD1)

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    Clemens Wergin, Die Welt, Berlin (LS1)

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    Harro Tillema, Alpha Audio, The Netherlands (TPR)

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    Reyn Ouwehand, Studio The Church, Wijdenes (CC1)

  • I've played everything from Rammstein to chamber music on these speakers, and they eat everything raw.

    Roy Ervin Solstad, Stereo+, Oslo (LS1)

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    Teresa Goodwin, Positive Feedback (AD1)

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    Bernhard Rietschel, Editor in Chief of AUDIO, Stuttgart (LS1)

  • Among all the truly excellent SACDs from Channel Classics, the very best sound quality wise is the Mahler 4th recorded with the Grimm IMHO.

    Chris Fredriksson, HiFi enthusiast, Sweden (AD1)

  • This is a revelation. It is the first time in my 20 years of digital recording that I hear a fundamental improvement in sound quality.

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

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    Stefan Riel, Echo Beach, Kuala Lumpur (LS1)

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    Richard Chycki, Toronto (CC1)

  • I’m afraid my english isn’t good enough to describe the overwhelming feeling while listening to music, reproduced by the LS1.

    Ulrich Watermann, Berlin (LS1)

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    Steven Maes, Motor Music, Mechelen (LS1)

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    Al Pryor, Mack Avenue records, Hempstead (LS1)

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    Mark den Hartog, Zownd Mastering, Leiderdorp (TPR)

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    Roy Ervin Solstad, Stereo+, Oslo (LS1)

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    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1)

  • It seems as if the musicians have more fun when they play music.

    Ingo Iebhart, hifi enthusiast, Eberdingen (CC1)

  • Very impressive.

    Steve Hall, Future Disc, Los Angeles (AD1)

  • I had expected a small sound improvement. What happened is just the opposite: I am very impressed.

    Gerd Hoppe, hifi enthusiast, Alicante (CC1)

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    Theo Wubbolts, HVT magazine, Nijmegen (LS1)

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    Timothy Roth, Positive Feedback (LS1)

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    Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback (LS1)

  • The LS1's frequency response is unusually flat - indeed the flattest we've ever measured.

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

  • This is probably the most 'correct' loudspeaker I've ever laid ears on. The combined honesty, neutrality and pleasing musicality is at a level that I haven't come across before.

    Christian Rechenbach, EinsNull magazin, Duisburg (LS1)

  • TPR outperforms all the others providing an impressive stereo image and a stunningly accurate phantom center.

    Philip Opdebeeck, Little Major Mastering, Antwerp (TPR)

  • I did some sessions in 44.1, 48 and 96. It works great, and sounds fantastic. The CC1 is such a great upgrade in the studio, amazing!

    Samuel Girardin, Point d'Orgue, Montreal (CC1)

  • This is a speaker that sets a reference level and everybody should hear it, regardless of whether he intends to buy it or not !

    Dimitris Stamatakos, AVMentor, Athens (LS1)

  • One for all and everything.

    Fritz Fey, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LS1)

  • I've listened to so much music and films and heard space and details I have never heard before.

    Bart Jilesen, Studio Bart Jilesen, Utrecht (LS1)

  • I heard the LS1 in NYC at the AES Convention... man, I was really impressed. Although it was at the booth, I could identify my mix immediately. So far the best speakers I've heard.

    Christian Klotzbücher, Kunstuniversität Graz, Graz (LS1)

  • This is a major improvement. We need much less eq on the high end, the low end sounds more solid and the punch on the snare is great. This clock is a large improvement, we were amazed.

    Peter Riebeek, Studio 150, Amsterdam (CC1)

  • The naturalness of the LS1 turns me on big time.

    Wolfram Eifert, AUDIOphile, Stuttgart (LS1)

  • From the first minute I knew that something very special was happening. (...) The quality surpasses everything I heard before on my system.

    Gerard Lombrez, Lille (CC1)

  • Did Grimm Audio reinvent the loudspeaker?

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

  • I didn't know clock influence was that big!

    Tim Vine-Lott, Air studios, London (CC1)

  • The LS1 seems to be a melting pot for all your expertises. I just find it fascinating. I am quite certain that the LS1 is at least the very very best 'value' in the market right now.

    Wai-Shan Lam, hifi enthusiast, Hong Kong (LS1)

  • The combination of Grimm Audio TPR with Neutrik EMC XLR's seems to me to be the non plus ultra at the moment.

    Günter Pauler, Stockfish Records, Northeim (TPR)

  • A facility is as good as its weakest link and by using TPR the cables are not a weak link anymore.

    Ronald Prent, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum (TPR)

  • Accurate, transparent and beautiful, that is the Grimm Audio LS1

    Jack Liu, AudioArt magazine, Taipei (LS1)

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