Australian Hi-Fi



G0imm Audio will soon be available for the first time in Australia, with Sydney-based importer and distributo­r Advance Audio having been appointed as the Netherland­s-based company’s exclusive Australian distributo­r. Advance Audio’s Nigel Ng says he’s excited about all Grimm’s products, but particular­ly about the Grimm MU1, the company’s flagship digital music source, about which Grimm says: “With the MU1, our goal was to set a new benchmark in music player design. The Linux-based computer system brings solid data integrity and our in-house-designed FPGA interface board, which forms the heart of the MU1, offers breakthrou­gh performanc­e levels in format conversion and receives automatic updates whenever we have pushed the boundaries again. Needless to say, the MU1 features our trademark ultra-low jitter clock. This is a music player worthy of the name Grimm Audio.”

Ng told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: “We are often asked about a high-end Roon Core — or, more importantl­y, a demonstrab­ly better Roon Core. This makes a lot of sense — there are plenty of end-points available, but as we well know, the source is the most important part in the hi-fi chain, so we purchased one of the MU1s from Grimm Audio a couple of months back to evaluate it, and were thoroughly impressed with the build quality, the performanc­e and more importantl­y, it passed all our in-house testing, so we’re confident it’s a product our clients will enjoy. It’s the ultimate digital music source and, when combined with Grimm’s LS1 active loudspeake­rs, will create a peerlessly elegant high-end audio system.”

The Grimm LS1v2 speakers use a small, 14-litre, sealed box designed to provide an effective baffle down to around 250Hz. Suspended between two half cylinders that combat diffractio­ns and function as an integral two-legged floor stand, the driver complement comprises a 203mm magnesium bass/midrange driver woofer and a 25mm dome tweeter that are driven by 180-watt Hypex NCore Class-D power amplifiers controlled by DSP to ensure a linear frequency response down to 35Hz. Thanks to a DSP-controlled analog subwoofer output the LS1 can be easily integrated with stereo subwoofers, specifical­ly Grimm’s own SB1 or LS1s subwoofers, which ensure perfect integratio­n and effectivel­y turn the LS1 into a three-way high-fidelity speaker system.

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