Elegant aesthetic are most important to this Eindhoven company as we saw with their facility.
When Eelco Grimm and Guido Tent came to deliver the MU1, we received a really good-looking piece ofkit. The word distinguished is probably most accurate to describe its exterior.
The first music we played was Opium Moon by Opium Moon. On this album the Los Angeles band weavesa sonic tapestry that mesmerizes and invloves.
Relaxed percussion, deep fretless bass, subtle violin and meandering dulcimer are the main ingredients. With the MU1 as D/D converter, the soundstage was wide, dynamics were old fashioned large and higher-pitched instruments solidly carried aloftby deep warm bass.
Listening for prolonged periods to a system not free of stress - be it jitter or the effects of a DAC’s processor working too hard - pays forward that same stress onto our brains which register it as listening fatigue. (…) With the MU1 meanwhile, there wasn’t even a hint of stress, restlessness or boredom. We could listenfor hours on end and to full albums.
In conclusion we can only call the Grimm Audio MU1 a statement effort in digital audio.
It frees the user of all awkward computer-related hassles and includes a straight forward interface with Roon Labs integration.