Wednesday, July 13, 2011

GRIMM|Audio LS1 studio monitor

The GRIMM Audio LS1 is an unusual but visually appealing speaker monitor designed on the principles that "beauty and musicality are as much a part of recording as balance, sound staging and timing... such a speaker is not only comfortable to mix or master on but it translates like no other "
It seems it would be equally at home in a mastering suite, studio control room or high end home system.
"Despite their compact size, the floor standing speakers are clearly intended as main monitors in mastering studios and mixing rooms that have space to put free-standing speakers. The DSP controlled analog subwoofer output allows for perfect and easy integration with stereo subwoofers, for those that need high SPL performance below 40 Hz."
The LS1 comes complete with "the drive electronics, encompassing two 180W Class D power amplifiers, a 48/76-bit DSP, digital I/O, AD/DA and the same clock circuit as their CC1 master clock housed in one of the two legs"

The optional remote makes it very easy to setup and adjust the sound of the LS1:

"The LS1 can be remotely controlled via midi. Every set comes with a USB midi interface and a remote control converter box that facilitate connection of a Windows or Mac PC to the loudspeaker. Through that connection, the LS1 remote software controls all LS1 functions. This software also offers interfacing with any device that has access to a virtual midi bus in the PC, like DAW monitor controllers."

Remote Screenshots:
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Grimm Audio LS1 Reference Studio Monitors Features:
  • Two-way active loudspeaker with DSP crossover correction
  • Extremely accurate frequency response and time domain response
  • Minimum phase, zero pre-echo impulse response
  • Sealed enclosure, precisely controlled bass response
  • Wide baffle: controlled dispersion down to 250 Hz
  • Digital and analog inputs
  • DSP controlled frequency curve
  • Well-behaved off-axis response
  • Analog subwoofer output. Easy subwoofer integration
  • Midi I/O for control of volume and settings
  • Daisy-chainable
  • User-settable low corner and baffle step correction
  • Compatible with 32kHz to 192kHz sampling rates
  • Audiophile quality Seas drivers
  • Natural/brown or caramel/black color scheme

Grimm Audio LS1 Reference Studio Monitors Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 55Hz-30kHz +/-0.5dB. 45Hz-40kHz -3dB (Low corner is user-settable between 35Hz and 100Hz, Q=0.7 or 0.5)
  • Deviation from minimum phase +/-2°
  • Amplifier power: 2x120W
  • Max SPL: 109dB/1m
  • SNR: 114dB (unweighted)
  • Crossover function: 1.55kHz LR4, sum corrected to minimum phase
  • Latency: 2ms
  • Internal volume: 14 liters
  • Height: 1450mm, 1150mm available on demand
  • Width, depth: 520mm x 160mm

Remote Features:
  • switches for analog and digital sources
  • extensive volume, mute and dim functions
  • unique bass reflex simulation mode
  • access to all LS1 parameters
  • links to DAW controllers
$14,495 (pair) at Front End Audio