Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation hardware gets native Qobuz Support

Qobuz support complete for latest Naim products

by Andy Bassett
SRP: £1,299.00

Naim Audio has introduced an update which will enable native Qobuz support across its Mu-so 2nd Generation family of hardware products.

Starting from 15th June, British Hi-Fi specialist Naim Audio will enable native support for Qobuz for both its Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation and Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speakers via a free over-the-air firmware release.

Once downloaded, the integration will enable seamless access to the online music streaming and downloading service, including native Hi-Res music streaming, all from within the Naim control app. The Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation units will receive their firmware update from today and the rollout for owners of the Mu-so 2nd Generation speakers will begin on 17th June.

Paris-based Qobuz is available in eleven European countries and launched in the US in 2019. The service recently announced plans to drop support for MP3s and concentrate on providing access to over 40 million CD-quality tracks as well as more than 2 million Hi-Res tracks up to 24bit / 192kHz across a wide range of musical genres, styles and tastes. Subscription costs start at £14.99 per month for the Studio Premier tier and there is a month’s free trial available via a link in the Naim control app which is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices.

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation
Qobuz on the Naim control app

The addition of Qobuz to the 2nd Generation Mu-so devices means that the service is now available across all of Naim’s latest-generation streaming products including the Uniti Atom, Star and Nova systems, plus the ND5 XS2, NDX 2 and ND 555 network players, which all received an update back in February.

Charlie Henderson, Naim Managing Director, said, “It’s great to release another free update to our music-streaming family. Naim owners can now seamlessly stream Qobuz’s high-resolution music offering to any or all of a wide range of products, from our entry-level Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation right through to our flagship ND 555 network player.”

David Solomon, Chief Hi Res Music Evangelist at Qobuz, also commented,”For decades, Naim has represented the best of high-resolution playback, making them a perfect partner for Qobuz Hi Res download and streaming service.

“Both companies strive for world-class sound quality and both go the extra mile to ensure that no detail is absent from the music you love. The Mu-so 2nd Generation family certainly represent the very best desktop players available, not only with numbers but with real high-end sound quality. The Mu-so range is capable of astonishing performance and can resolve Qobuz 24/192 music files and rival many full-blown systems.”

Do you own a Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless speaker? If so, why not let us know whether you plan on taking advantage of the Qobuz integration with your Naim unit?

Source: Press release
Image Source: Naim

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