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DSD Myth white paper2014, November 11

In recent years the DSD audio format of SACD has seen a big revival in the form of high res downloads. We noticed there's a lot of confusion about the 1 bit DSD format. Debates about the virtues of '128fs' and '256fs' DSD often lack background knowledge of what is really going on inside the AD and DA converters. Eelco Grimm and Peter van Willenswaard wrote a 'DSD Myth' white paper to offer clarity in the discussion.

We are speechless with gratitude for the most incredible LS1 review ever written. Author Timothy Roth of Positive Feedback Online wrote an invitation to both music lovers and professional engineers to unite their worlds by embracing the LS1. In his words: "The LS1 brings the mastering studio into your room, which is a revolutionary paradigm shift. You hear the artists' intent rather than your system or your own personal preferences." This was exactly our original aim when we designed the LS1. Please read the full review to be swept up in his enthusiasm for the LS1: "As it turns out, Truth equals Love."

We are very happy to announce a formal cooperation between Grimm Audio and Robert Munnig Schmidt of RMS Acoustics & Mechatronics. Robert will manage the R&D of our joint activities. With his academic and industrial background as professor at Delft University of Technology and R&D management at Philips and ASML, he will be actively involved in the creation of scientifically sound Grimm Audio designs.

TPR8 multicable2014, October 7

We added a new product to our catalog: TPR8. This 8 channel multicable fits sub-D shells and is therefore the first choice for truly high quality break out cables. The neutrality of TPR is now finally available for your converters, monitor controllers and mixing desks! Of course TPR8 is also the perfect solution for any other 8 channel multicable application. 

The online High End magazine Sound Stage Ultra published a very positive LS1 review and marked it "Reviewers Choice". Author Robert Jorgensen enjoyed his days with our product very much, playing a wide range of music styles. We were delighted with his conclusion since he recognized our main goal when we designed the LS1. He writes: "These days, I find it less and less interesting to try various components in my system; I much prefer to listen to music. Other audiophiles, to stay happy, need something to fiddle with all the time; this is not the system for them. The Grimm Audio LS1-LS1s let me get down to excellent listening for a good long time with no fiddling whatsoever. That's my kind of speaker system. You do need a good source and a room whose acoustics have been properly addressed. But that's it."

LS1 textbook example2014, September 9

Koen Terra of the University of Applied Science in Utrecht asked us if he was allowed to use the LS1 as an example of great design to teach his students about hand sketching. Of course we were honoured with his request and offered all cooperation. So now the LS1 takes centre stage in the 'Roundings' chapter of the new textbook "Basic Blocks for Hand Sketching" of Koen Terra, with beautiful hand drawn pictures...

The Netherlands' leading online hifi magazine, hifi.nl, published a review by René van Es, who was fascinated by the fact that the LS1 is so different from any other system he auditioned. His verdict is: "A system that belongs to the current top class of high end audio, at a very reasonable price in relation to the quality. A system with such low distortion and such high neutrality that you may probably have to get used to it." 

Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms did an interview with our US distributor Bill Parish during the Axpona show in Chicago. Bill introduces the LS1 to the viewer in his typical cheerful way. A couple of weeks later Peter interviewed Bruno Putzeys at the Newport Beach show. Bruno informs him about some backgrounds of the LS1 design. Both videos are well worth a view!

We took some nice 'living room setting' pictures of the LS1 in a beautiful villa in Eindhoven. These will mainly be used for press promotion via our hi-res pictures page, but please don't hesitate to take a look...

Our Dealer of the Year award 2014 goes to... Berlin dealer Max Schlundt of Kultur Technik! In the picture you see Max who just received the award (a 3D printed LS1 model) out of the hands of Grimm Audio's Christian Reichardt, during our 10th anniversary celebration event at the High End Munich show. Congratulations Max!


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  • This clock is incredible. The detail and imaging from it are superior to anything we heard.

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

  • I have already made better, faster decisions in my mixes, and have had more confidence in delivering my masters.

    Thaddeus Moore, Liquid Mastering, Eugene (LS1)

  • I want to congratulate you for making the best sounding, most phase linear, transient accurate, and all around beautiful speaker system on the planet

    Thaddeus Moore, Liquid Mastering, Eugene (LS1)

  • 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)

  • The sound stage renders almost holographic with a very high precision and spaciousness, as if there is no cable at all.

    Harro Tillema, Alpha Audio, The Netherlands (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)

  • I was impressed by how my chain with the EMM's got a benefit when I added a Grimm clock to my setup. Guided by what the literature and many designers are saying I was stunned about the change in a positive way) in sound.

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

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

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

  • If someone came up with the idea to call the LS1 the best speakers he's ever heard, I would join in with a smile.

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

  • I have used all high end AD converters known to date. Every one of them had a sound to it. Your converter doesn't: it is completely transparant!

    René Gambini, Lyrinx, Marseille (AD1)

  • The reviews I read are good, but to me what I experienced in our system was greater.

    Aaron Gandia, Phat Planet Studios, Orlando (CC1)

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

    Wolfram Eifert, AUDIOphile, Stuttgart (LS1)

  • I buy and sell a lot of stuff, but the CC1 is not leaving the building.

    Alex Abrash, AA Mastering, New York (CC1)

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

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

  • I love your cable because it is effectively inaudible. With TPR, cable quality is no issue anymore.

    Jan Didden, Linear Audio, Turnhout (TPR)

  • The CC1 is a brilliantly designed piece of equipment. Every piece of gear that I plugged into it sounded better and more natural.

    Erik Zobler, Mix Magazine, Los Angeles (CC1)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • The LS1 is by far the best speaker that AUDIO had the pleasure of reviewing in over 35 years; this especially in the two crucial audiophile disciplines of neutrality and detail reproduction.

    Wolfram Eifert, AUDIO, Stuttgart (LS1)

  • Very impressive.

    Steve Hall, Future Disc, Los Angeles (AD1)

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

    Ingo Iebhart, hifi enthusiast, Eberdingen (CC1)

  • Suddenly and distinctly, there's a palpable increase in naturalness, extension and spaciousness.

    Nicholas Bedworth, Positive Feedback, Makawao (CC1)

  • 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)

  • The Grimm DSD and Channel Classics have captured a perfect balance between energy, liveliness and comfortable sound.

    Teresa Goodwin, Positive Feedback (AD1)

  • These are the most immersive, dynamic, detail-rich, nuanced, elegant, engaging, emotional, and yes, musical speakers I have ever heard. By far.

    Timothy Roth, Positive Feedback (LS1)

  • As it turns out, Truth equals Love.

    Timothy Roth, Positive Feedback (LS1)

  • I was in the opportunity to hear your CC1 unit and I have to say INCREDIBLE!!

    Carlos Imperatori, Producciones Tumbador, Caracas (CC1)

  • I love the speed, transparency and neutrality of this cable.

    Marnix Bosman, HVT, Nijmegen (TPM)

  • I could not be more impressed.

    George Massenburg, McGill University, Montreal (LS1)

  • LevelView is a fascinating loudness metering system that is hard to go without once you try it.

    Tommy Zai, KVR, Phoenix (LevelView)

  • I won't get my monitoring better than this. Mastering party all day, every day!

    Frederik DeJongh, Jerboa Mastering, Gent (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)

  • After all these years I finally have a standard on which I can rely.

    Al Pryor, Mack Avenue records, Hempstead (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)

  • Sensational! I have never found this quality in any commercial AD converter.

    Ronald Prent, Galaxy Studios, Mol (AD1)

  • This is the most exciting, strange, beautiful, ridiculously convenient piece of non-audiophile audiophile gear I have seen or heard. These things are a bit science fiction really.

    Bogdan Roscic, President Sony Classical, Berlin (LS1)

  • My audition of the LS1 was a transformative experience.

    George Massenburg, McGill University, Montreal (LS1)

  • I was thrilled with your power supplies for my Neumann M50's. We used those mics for an upcoming Chandos release of the Kansas City Chorus, and they were stunning.

    John Newton, Soundmirror, Boston (MP1)

  • Their natural sound and their unimposing, deep trueness kept overwhelming me and my colleagues.

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

  • Realize that not all timepieces are created equally. In this regard, the Grimm CC1 has no peer.

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

  • Grimm Audio enriches the Loudness Movement with exceptionally price worthy and designful tools.

    Dieter Kahlen, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LevelView)

  • For those looking after the exact sound of a recording, the Grimm solution cannot be beat.

    Marja Vanderloo & Henk Boot, 6Moons (LS1)

  • 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)

  • A world class machine!

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

  • I had that feeling of an open window into sound, across a wide range of music styles.

    Nigel Palmer, Audio Media, London (LS1)

  • Just recorded Mahler 1 with Filharmonie and Edo de Waart. We had the Grimm LS1's on trial. Never heard so much in a recording, really impressive.

    Steven Maes, Motor Music, Mechelen (LS1)

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

    Fritz Fey, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LS1)

  • The jitter measurement results of the CC1 were the best of all competitors.

    Friedemann Kootz, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (CC1)

  • 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)

  • This is a larger improvement than I expected. The sound actually gains quality in all aspects.

    Marnix Bosman, HVT magazine, Baarn (CC1)

  • Throughout even the most turbulent passages the recording space stays luxuriously illuminated and the soundstage remains absolutely clear.

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

  • Truly a remarkable system, the equal or better of anything I've ever heard.

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

  • The sound of Grimm recorded SACD's is AMAZING, it totally closes the gap between analog and digital.

    Hiro, Pure Super Audio (AD1)

  • I LOVE the clean transfer of your TPR cable. It´s like there´s no cable at all.

    George Tanderø, Mixing & Mastering, Oslo (TPR)

  • I was focusing more on the music than the equipment, something that rarely happens when I listen to digital...

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

  • Last week I was recording a strings section and piano. My client was very happy and he asked me if I changed something in the studio. Of course, it was your CC1.

    Josep Umbria, Calma Estudis, Manacor (CC1)

  • I'm not the 'Ahhh & Ohhh' type of guy when it comes to subtle differences, but the difference this makes is so clear.

    Audioenzo, Dordrecht (TPR)

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

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

  • The system (...) is the equal of systems of hundred thousands of Euros when it comes to aspects like neutrality, purity and naturalness of tone.

    Clemens Wergin, Die Welt, Berlin (LS1)

  • I switch over to Grimm TPR tomorrow. After extensive testing I could not find a better alternative. This cable gets so close to the original it's frightening.

    Mark den Hartog, Zownd Mastering, Leiderdorp (TPR)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • You have to work hard on the LS1's to get a good sounding mix, but once you have it, you can be sure it really is a good mix.

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

  • What impressed me the most is the purity of the sound and the sound field in general. (...) You can work so fast now to get the sound right!

    Stefan Riel, Echo Beach, Kuala Lumpur (LS1)

  • This is the first plug-n-play, all-in-one, system with true high-end sound.

    Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback (LS1)

  • After installing your CC1, I often catch myself thinking that I listen to 88.2 when in reality it is 44.1. Their difference used to be much larger, and both sound much better now.

    Reyn Ouwehand, Studio The Church, Wijdenes (CC1)

  • Its job is so critical that I’d never settle for less.

    Richard Chycki, Toronto (CC1)

  • 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)

  • During our sessions with Grammy winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett, the CC1 made all the difference in the world!

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

  • 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)

  • 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 fantastic experience to work with this device.

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

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

    Philip Opdebeeck, Little Major Mastering, Antwerp (TPR)

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

    Gerd Hoppe, hifi enthusiast, Alicante (CC1)

  • One for all and everything.

    Fritz Fey, Studio Magazin, Oberhausen (LS1)

  • Best sound of show, stunning, Meisterhaft.

    Theo Wubbolts, HVT magazine, Nijmegen (LS1)

  • A signal that sounds pretty decent with a good clock, sounds just incredible with the Grimm Clock.

    Hay Zeelen, Hay Zeelen Mastering, Amsterdam (CC1)

  • We are very impressed by the quality of this unit.

    Günther Pauler, Pauler Acoustics, Northeim (CC1)

  • I'm now using a DSD converter called a GRIMM for my SACD mastering. Big improvement.

    Steve Hoffman, Audio Fidelity, Los Angeles (AD1)

  • Did Grimm Audio reinvent the loudspeaker?

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

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