Mu-so is Naim’s first foray in to the wireless music system.
Finely tuned by Naim’s specialist engineers in England, its powerful digital brain delivers the most exceptional quality in sound, commanding 450 watts of power through six custom designed speakers, to create an experience of music that has to be heard to be believed.
The Mu-So features:
Connect Mu-so to your network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to open up a world of music. Stream music in breath-taking high-resolution wirelessly via UPnPTM and AirPlay or browse and play millions of songs through Spotify Connect and Internet Radio.
High quality Bluetooth (aptX) audio connectivity, a USB input for charging and playback of smart phones, tablets and MP3 players, a 3.5mm analogue input and a digital input for TVs, set-top boxes and games consoles make mu-so the complete music centre.
You can create a multiroom music system by using mu-so with other Naim streaming players or simply by selecting multiple mu-so systems using AirPlay from iTunes
It’s a great looking design. The cabinet is made of MDF, and then wrapped in a layer of brushed aluminium.
Not only does this give it the Mu-so its hefty, premium-quality feel, but it also improves the cabinet’s damping. The aluminium heatsink spanning the length of the speaker looks distinctive, as does the mirrored base with the subtly glowing Naim badge.
A discrete LED at the side aids network set-up. The highlight, however, is that volume dial. Made of a solid ring of bead-blasted anodised aluminium, the circular, illuminated control is inspired by the flagship Naim Statement pre/power amplifier.
In our experience we tend to use the big fat dial on the top of the unit. This is not to say that the supplied remote control and app for either IOs and Android are just as competent.
It’s weighted just right, moving smoothly as you turn it all the way up to 11 and illuminates as you rotate!
The dial also doubles as the Mu-so’s touchscreen interface. Tap the illuminated icons to pause or play a track, or spin the dial to select any of the three wired inputs, or to switch between five preset radio stations (you can set presets using the app).
The crisp display also indicates which streaming option you’re currently using. There’s a claimed 450W of power coursing through the Mu-so’s sonic veins. Six custom-designed drivers (two dome tweeters, two midrange and two ‘racetrack’ bass drivers) are hidden behind the grille, each powered by a 75W digital amplifier.
The DSP technology – a high-performance 32-bit silicon chip – has been developed from Naim’s work on Bentley’s in-car audio systems.
And finally, the bass reflex port is ribbed and flared to minimise distortion.
Physical inputs include a USB port (which charges and plays Apple devices as well as USB-stored music), an optical input (limited to 24-bit/96kHz) and a 3.5mm analogue input.
File compatibility is extensive as well. The Naim supports all popular audio formats, from low-res MP3s and Spotify streams to 24-bit/192kHz WAV, FLAC and AIFF files. You get full-fat high resolution through the wired ethernet connection, while going wireless limits it to 48kHz.
The neatly designed Mu-so app gives you full browsing control over your music collection across smart and NAS devices, including selecting inputs and tweaking the speaker’s EQ settings.
Who will buy the Naim Mu-So
The Mu-So will appeal to those who have eclectic taste in their music playback and will equally desire a system that has great aesthetics.
Although there are multiple products in the market that compete on the convenience and functionality, the Naim Mu-so is one of the very few that can do it with such class and form.
The obvious drawcard being its ability to play 24-bit/192kHz and performance levels that leave it without any real competitor.
It is priced at an Australian RRP of $1,699 which is very close to what it is sold in the United Kingdom. This is a significant win for our local market.
The local distributor for Naim Audio should be congratulated for this. This has been a practice consistent throughout the entire range of Naim Audio.
As great as it is to brag about it – nothing beats a demonstration at Melbourne Hi Fi.
Charles will also be thrilled to use his adored Android device to demonstrate it for you.