Axel Grell Has been a Sennheiser designer for many years. His contributions to the legendary HD 800, 650 and 600, as well as the cost-no-object Orpheus project have dazzled the ears of countless audiophiles since almost the very beginning of the hobby. He sits down with The Occasional Podcast this week to discuss his design philosophy and his newest endeavor, Grell Audio.
It is a candid look at some of the thinking that takes place behind all the iconic sounds that have shaped the Sennheiser (and personal audio) sound as it grew into the much larger market it is today. With the introduction of Grell Audio, Axel pushes deeper into the category of True Wireless starting with his launch product, the TWS 1. Do doubt the prolific influencer has seen the direction the entirety of audio listening is going, and the decision to focus on True Wireless is very telling. Apple’s AirPods are nearly a category all by themselves.
The Occasional Podcast has just hit episode 5 for their sixth season. Previous episodes include interviews, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including another interesting conversation How Records Are Made, A Beginner’s Guide To Tube Amplifiers and A View From The Booth: Reference Systems, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much: including rare interview with the late audio legend engineer Al Schmitt. The finale from season 5 includes the yearly “best of awards” and you can also find episodes covering British HiFi, Subwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph Audio, Pro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside the latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available as well. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction.
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