INTRODUCING THE NEW NAIM IN MUSIC STREAMING: MU-SO 2ND GENERATION
Naim Audio, the British hi-fi specialist with 45 years of audio expertise, has launched the 2nd Generation of its multi award-winning Mu-so wireless music system. Mu-so 2nd Generation evolves the iconic styling of its predecessor, but under its luxury aluminium casing are game-changing performance, feature and functionality upgrades. From high-resolution streaming to multiroom music to TV sound; you've never heard it so good from an all-in-one wireless system.
At the heart of Mu-so 2nd Generation is Naim's music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over 3 years to offer the very best performance whether playing your own digital music collection, a world of Internet radio, or music streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify. This acclaimed innovation is uniquely found in Naim music-streaming products, such as its Uniti range and dedicated network players, including the £20,000 flagship ND 555.
Continuing its high-performance credentials, Mu-so 2nd Generation's 450 Watts of music power are joined by all-new speaker drivers – optimised in conjunction with Focal, the acoustic specialist celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Naim's Vervent Audio associate; more than 10 times more processing power for even greater musical accuracy, and a re-engineered cabinet design to further enhance bass delivery.
Stream your music in high-resolution quality (up to 32bit/384kHz) via UPnPTM, or browse millions of songs through AirPlay 2 (including Apple Music), Spotify® Connect, TIDAL, Chromecast built-in and Internet radio. Upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity promises a slicker streaming experience, while Ethernet remains an option if you prefer things hard-wired. You can also connect devices wirelessly via Bluetooth®. Mu-so 2nd Generation's USB input, meanwhile, supports music playback from USB drives.
Other Mu-so 2nd Generation enhancements include the addition of HDMI ARC, so you can easily connect your TV and experience audiophile sound quality from your favourite television programmes, films and games.
"In its 45 years, Naim has both created and recreated product categories - all in our founding quest for the most authentic musical experience. Mu-so was the first truly high-quality wireless music speaker; five years on we've re-engineered 95% of it to develop Mu-so 2nd Generation, and redefined what's possible from a one-box system", says Naim Audio MD, Charlie Henderson.
Mu-so 2nd Generation evolves the iconic styling of its predecessor, adding a compelling new touch control panel ringed by an illuminated dial with a proximity sensor: it lights up in welcome as your hand approaches it. Easily access key playback controls, your favourite playlists and radio stations, Spotify resume, multiroom functionality and more from this tactile new interface.
The system has a premium aluminium casing, in a new burnished grey finish, fronted by a new style of speaker grille - supplied in black as standard, but also available in Terracotta, Olive or Peacock colourways.
Multiroom and App Control
Mu-so 2nd Generation works brilliantly on its own or as part of a multiroom music set-up. There are three easy ways to make it multiroom: combine it with other networked Naim products (including 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) via the updated Naim app; with other AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speakers via the Apple Home app; or with other Chromecast devices via groups controlled by the Google Home app.
Available for iOS and Android devices, the updated Naim app allows you to browse by artist, genre, album and more, complete with artwork and extended music information. You can also control volume, light settings, room modes and create playlists. As a further option, Mu-so 2nd Generation is Roon Ready, too.
Mu-so 2nd Generation in detail:
Mu-so 2nd Generation is available from a wide range of retailers now, RRP $2600.
If you are looking for a 'premium wireless speaker' it's a great idea to do some research. While you might be tempted by look, in this price range you want to make sure you are getting what you pay for, and the Naim Mu-so 2 really delivers. Beware the Naim Mu-so 2 is not for the faint hearted with it's thumping sound. Make sure you have a central space to really appreciate the crisp, clear, superior audio quality.
A step up from the previous model with more versatile sofware platform, this multi-room, wireless speaker is the bees knees of speakers and sound. Sporting a sleeker design than the previous model the illumination is even more striking giving it a richness in appeal. The proximit sensor wakes as you approach, and comes with a remote, which is handy, but I prefer to use the app which is available in iPhone and Android as it's more convenient, and let's face it who doesn't have their phone handy...
Naim Mu-so 2 comes in black, Terracotta, Olive or Peacock finish.
The Naim Mu-so 2 sound is precise, and will send shivers down you spine with paired back music like piano, guitar or voice. I'm impressed by the sheer magnituted of volume, it's a beast, and the it clarity it delivers at it's highest level holds me in awe. Remarkable!
Note: A HDMI ARC input is available so you can double as a stereo soundbar.