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The holy Grell leaves Sennheiser
« on: March 21, 2019, 02:22:06 PM »
Axel Grell, Sennheiser’s Audiophile Portolio Manager and the designer of the HD 580, HD 800 and Orpheus family of headphones, has quietly left Sennheiser after 27 years. He started a new consultancy called Grellaudio ( Is this the end of an era for Sennheiser? Or the start of something new and exciting?
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Offline Deviation

Re: The holy Grell leaves Sennheiser
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2019, 02:23:10 PM »

I guess he wants a new challenge rather than churning out more HD series headphones.

Offline gLer

Re: The holy Grell leaves Sennheiser
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 05:28:26 PM »
His greatest achievement came 10 years ago and no-one has really been able to improve on it since then, not even him. The HD820 by all accounts is an overpriced mess, and there's nothing really new or innovative coming out (that we know of anyway). Let's hope it's the start of something new and exciting.
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Offline capetownwatches

Re: The holy Grell leaves Sennheiser
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2019, 07:34:30 AM »
It will indeed be interesting to see in what direction this takes the world's foremost headphone manufacturer.

No question they've been treading water the past while.
Lots of midrange cans, but only the HD660 has mildly excited of late.
There's been little innovation, hopefully that might now change.

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Re: The holy Grell leaves Sennheiser
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 08:12:06 AM »
This is a pretty natural move in the world of audiophilia. One might argue his pièce de résistance was the new Orpheus system released last year - his swan song. The company itself still produces great headphone gear though has focused less on that on more on consumer-targeted kit and specialised innovations - such as their awesome directional speakers made for special exhibitions, museums and galleries. Mr. Grell is likely going to start his own brand or consult / partner with others to create some special pieces, where he is given carte blanche and large R&D budgets.

Same thing has happened time and again in this space - typical examples including Dan D'Agostino of Krell (D'Agostino Audio) and Joachim Gerhardt of Audio Phycic (Canalis and Sonics by Joachim)