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Naim announces native Qobuz support for its streaming hardware

Hi-Res catalogue comes to Naim

by Andy Bassett

UK audio brand Naim has announced native support for the Qobuz music streaming service, expanding the choice available to owners of its hardware streaming family.

Most casual music streaming fans will be aware of the big service providers such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music but for those Hi-Fi enthusiasts who like to explore a little more deeply into available options, other services can often be more appealing.

One such option is France’s Qobuz which offers a CD-quality library with a large selection of Hi-Res streaming options at qualities of up to 24-bit/192kHz.

This will now become an embedded option in Naim’s Uniti range which includes the Atom, Star and Nova streaming systems as well as the ND5 XS2, NDX 2 and ND 555 network players. Access to Qobuz on these components will be via a free, over-the-air firmware update due next week.

In addition, owners of Mu-So 2nd Generation and Mu-So Qb Second Generation wireless speakers will get the update later in the spring. Luckily for them, the built-in Chromecast support already allows streaming of Qobuz’s Hi-Res content, even if it is at the lower resolution of 24-bit/96kHz.

Qobuz claims its Hi-Res library is the largest found anywhere, so native access will appeal to enthusiasts in Qobuz supported territories, such as the US, UK, Ireland and many other European countries, who are keen to get hold of more music at the highest possible quality. Of course, an appropriate Qobuz subscription will be required and the ability to check out the service via a thirty-day free trial will be available through the Naim control app which is available for both iOS and Android devices.

The TIDAL service is already a supported streaming option on Naim devices and this also provides Hi-Res tracks (about half of Qobuz’s quoted 2 million songs) for a lower monthly subscription. However, with the option of the trial period, it will be easy to check whether Qobuz is the streaming service for you and worth the extra cost.

Are there any music fans out there with a Naim streaming setup who are planning a Qobuz subscription? Why not drop us a line when you get the update and let everyone know about the experience?

Source: www.hifipig.com, www.forbes.com
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