Naim updates Mu-so wireless speaker to second generation
Revisited, re-engineered and re-introduced
The original version of the Mu-so was released 5 years ago and sold well over 100,000 units worldwide. In the intervening period, Naim has worked hard on a range of new products. Now though, they feel is the right time to revisit, re-engineer and re-introduce the popular Mu-so to give their wireless music system a new lease of life.The newly re-invented, second generation Mu-so (or Mu-so 2) has undergone more than just a lick of paint and according to Naim, it’s taken 2 years to fully redesign and is a 95%, top to bottom overhaul of components. This fastidious update has resulted in a new version which is considerably more expensive than the original.
The exterior looks largely the same in size and style but closer examination will reveal a new burnished grey finish to the chassis, a newly styled, switchable speaker grille (available in black, terracotta, olive or peacock blue) and a redesigned control knob on top.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the proprietary streaming platform used by the Mu-so 2, which is also found at the heart of many of Naim’s products, including the Uniti range and dedicated network players such as the ND 555. Therefore, the ability to stream Hi-Res audio up to 32-bit/384kHz via UPnP (from NAS drives and PCs via the upgraded Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections) remains in place, and added are support for AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. Spotify Connect and TIDAL are built-in and there’s internet radio access too.All this streaming is handled by a new processor which promises 10x the processing power of the original Mu-so.
More conventional connectivity comes courtesy of Bluetooth (aptX, aptX HD and AAX formats are all supported), USB, and optical and 3.5mm inputs. For those who wish to use the second generation Mu-so in their home theatre setup, there’s an HDMI-ARC socket, so you can feed TV audio through the device.
Users of music management system, Roon, will be pleased to hear that the Mu-so 2 is ‘Roon Ready’ which presumably means it can be used as a Roon Endpoint in your system. There’s also control options via Naim’s own app (iOS and Android compatible) and hardware interactivity via the new touch control panel which is surrounded by an illuminated dial and which uses a proximity sensor to 'wake' and allow hands-on control of source selection, presets and multi-room pairing. And should you be too comfortable to leave your listening position at the far side of the room, there’s a remote control too. Finally, if moving your thumb on a remote control is still too much effort, voice control via Google is available.
There’s 450W of power under the bonnet and the speakers have undergone new driver designs with input from French Hi-Fi specialists, Focal.
As well as using AirPlay 2 and Chromecast to achieve multi-room functionality, the Mu-so 2 can also be combined with other networked Naim kit (including the 1st-gen Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) via the Naim app.
The Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation is available from Thursday 9th May, priced £1299 / $1599 / €1,499 with a default black grille.
The extra interchangeable grilles are £50 each.
Source: www.whathifi.com, www.trustedreviews.com, www.wired.co.uk
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