British Hi-Fi specialist, Naim Audio, will roll out Apple AirPlay 2 and Siri to its ND 555, NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 network streamers via a free over-the-air update.Following similar updates to its Mu-so and Uniti ranges, this means that the company’s entire range of music-streaming products, including its £20k flagship reference network player, will now be enabled for multi-room functionality and smart voice control.
With the addition of Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology, Naim’s network streamers can now receive music wirelessly from Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, Mac computers/laptops and the Apple TV set top box. A variety of sources are compatible including Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, YouTube, internet radio and podcasts - all controlled via Apple’s Home app, Control Centre or Siri voice commands. The Apple devices must all be running iOS/MacOS version 11.4 or later. When the update becomes available, Naim owners will be prompted to initiate the over-the-air update via their Naim app.
AirPlay 2 supports multi-room streaming and listeners can playback audio throughout their home via any device that supports Apple’s protocol (Naim or otherwise). Another benefit of AirPlay 2 is enhanced buffering which improves audio streaming performance across the network
The three latest products to receive the update include:
The Naim Audio ND 555 (£19,998/$24,698)
Naim’s reference network streamer, which combines an advanced streaming platform with classic analogue technology. As the company’s flagship product, it’s the best source component the company has ever developed.
Naim Audio NDX 2 (£4,999 / $5,999)
A versatile streamer with high quality sonics.
Naim Audio ND5 XS 2 (£2,299 / $2,799)
The entry level player which acts as an introduction to the possibilities of Naim’s streaming range.
These join the the Mu-so 1st Generation, Mu-so Qb 1st Generation, Mu-so 2nd Generation, Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation and Uniti Atom, Uniti Star, Uniti Nova products in supporting AirPlay 2.
Naim’s range of streamers also offer a range of other possibilities for connecting to your music and podcasts including support for Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Bluetooth, Chromecast (built-in with support for other music streaming apps including Deezer, Qobuz), Internet radio, UPnP streaming (supports high-resolution WAV, FLAC and DSD files at resolutions up to 32bit/384kHz), while also being Roon Ready.
Source: Press release
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