Homogeneity is the keyword of our musical experiences with the Grimm Audio MU1. As a common thread we used two recent recordings where the MU1 subtly adds something essential. We have not often encountered that in recent years. The emphasis with new High End products is still very much on “More”, more low, more detail, more space, more depth. But the Grimm Audio MU1, together with the Tambaqui DAC, does not play that drum.
First example: a new CD recording of ally Johan Brouwer – ‘Johan Brouwer plays Bach’ / AliudRecords.
Together with a friend we played the CD, the MU1 upsampled the 44kHz recording to 176kHz. Myfriend didn’t like this recording much on his older Naim set, he thought he ‘heard too much’.
He turned pale when he heard how it could be…
The same happened to him with the last ‘Volume V’ of the Beethoven Piano Trios by the Van Baerle Trio on Challenge Classic (listened to as a DXD24/352kHz PCM file, brought back to 176.4 kHz by the MU1).
Due to the homogeneity of the reproduction, there was no tendency at all to damp the volume of the MU1. Particularly in the trio adaptation of the Septet, the microdynamics and the natural relationships between the instruments were much to be enjoyed. With as highlight the sound of the grand piano, a Chris Maene… And yes, in the end it is all about rendering reality.