Naim Audio unveiled Muso - their first wireless music system - at a press launch at the Vinyl Factory in London. Muso features six 75 watt digital amplifiers driving each of the Naim custom-designed speakers independently. It can be used as a central home hi-fi system or, when linked with other Naim streaming players such as the UnitiQute 2 or NDX as a client player, it can create a high-fidelity multi-room system. Muso offers playback of 24 bit/192 kHz high resolution music. The new device can stream high resolution 'better than CD' quality music from an array of devices including smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and other storage devices.
Its advanced connectivity includes AirPlay, Universal Plug and Play, Bluetooth (aptX), internet radio and native support for popular streaming services. It will also boost the sound of TV, set top box or games console through a digital input or take audio from and charge an MP3 player or iPod/iPhone via USB or a 3.5 mm analogue input. The new system will connect to home network wirelessly or via a wired connection on an Ethernet port.
Muso uses premium materials and shares a design DNA with Naim's flagship amplification system, Statement. A striking solid extruded aluminium heat sink runs across the length of Muso, designed to maximise thermal performance, longevity and, above all, sound quality. It is bead-blasted and anodised for a premium finish. The internal speaker cabinet is wooden for acoustic performance while the aluminium skin offers extra dampening for a distortion free sound. The silk dome tweeters replace traditional metal cones found in many wireless speakers and share the same materials as high-end hi-fi speakers. The standard speaker grille can be detached and replaced with three optional colour variations.
Offering simple controls and classic Naim design, the app for iPad, iPhone and iPod as well as Android devices also allows access to millions of high quality internet radio stations and play favourite albums on the go or from the sofa. Whether Muso is positioned close to a wall or away from a wall, bespoke EQ system settings allow rich bass and treble reproduction even at low volumes. Muso will be available in September 2014. Photos by Naim Audio.