Grimm Audio has been making some waves lately with their take on “integrated audio”, and the LS1s 3-way system on display here ($39,900) is about as integrated as I’ve seen. It includes a pair of stand-mounted loudspeakers and two subwoofers. High-res AD/DA converters that support up to DXD and double-DSD, a world-class custom clocking circuit, 6 NCore amplifiers, a DSP processor, a preamp, cables and a USB input for that source of yours. Ta-da, baby.
I got to hear lots of different kinds of music. Overall, the sound was nuanced, powerful, and extremely detailed — this Grimm system managed to do a whole lot of things extraordinarily well. You want thunder? No problem. You want delicate string work? No worries. Honestly, I was wondering what this would be like with a TV sitting between it. Is that weird?
Frankly, I’m amazed at how much tech got crammed into those two cabinets. Breaking out the components involved, the price tag on the inclusive system makes more sense. Still not cheap, or precisely affordable, but I don’t think it’s out of line with its calibre or what I heard at the show. This kind of price tag usually gets hung on a single summit-fi component, and seeing this kind of bundle here with nothing more needed than a laptop, well, that was a convincing argument for downsizing.
If you’ve got space concerns — or clutter concerns — but cannot be asked to sacrifice audio quality, this Grimm may have your name all over it.