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.