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Naim Uniti Series

Naim Uniti Series at Moorgate Acoustics

Naim Audio Uniti

Naim Audio are well known for producing some of the World’s finest audio equipment and their reputation for sound quality and build quality is somewhat legendary.

More recently Naim launched the Uniti series of products and these were somewhat revolutionary.  The reason for this is because they offered customers compact all-in-one solutions that maintained the sound quality that Naim have always focussed on. Perhaps even more exciting was the fact that some of the products were also extremely competitively priced.

The Naim Uniti series concept

The idea was to create a range of innovative and compact audio systems that would unleash your collection of music without compromising on quality. It would be easy to use first and foremost but would also be very recognisable as a Naim product and offer the performance that customers expected from the brand.

At the time that the first Uniti product was launched Naim grasped the importance and potential of Streaming in high-resolution and the advantages that custom-designed apps could offer to control and rediscover music. At the same time they also wanted to offer their customers a product that would allow them to connect and enjoy their music – however it was stored. This might include playing vinyl, listening to CD, playing music from an i-Pod or phone. They also wanted to provide additional digital inputs that would allow the connection of a television or a Sky box. With all these things in mind the Uniti sereies was born – a high-resolution music streamer combined with a high-performance integrated amplifier. All that would be needed was loudspeakers.

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The Range

The Uniti series now comprises four models. Two of them incorporate a CD player and two of them do not. They all now enable access to internet radio, have Blue-Tooth connectivity and allow the use of Spotify. Naim will add further streaming functions as they become available.

UnitiQute 2 £1295

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Smallest and most affordable of the range is the UnitiQute. This unit comprises a streamer, an FM/DAB/Internet radio, Blue-Tooth connectivity and Spotify. It has an analogue input and 4 digital inputs and combines that with a powerful Naim Audio amplifier. It comes with a remote control but for the full-fat experience can be controlled with a unique App which is available for both Apple and Android Devices.

Naim Audio Uniti

The app gives full control but also allows you to gain useful information on the music you are listening to. It provides album artwork and is able to use your internet connection to provide online sleeve-notes and further details. It is also the best way of accessing the digital radio features.

The technical stuff

Everything about UnitiQute 2 is cute. It could not have been given any other name. It’s a compact, multi-source, all-in-one player that streams music at up to 24bit/192kHz resolutions over UPnP™. At its heart lies a 30W integrated amplifier that will drive a wide range of bookshelf or standmount speakers and fill your room with music. Our Naim app for iOS and Android makes the package even more appealing.

Features
  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • Integrated 30W per channel amplifier shares design DNA with iconic NAIT integrated amp
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Bluetooth connectivity with aptX codec for quality audio playback
  • DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim app for intuitive control

UnitiQute 2 may be compact but it packs some serious audio technology within its elegant extruded and die-cast aluminium enclosure. Its digital audio performance profits immeasurably from literally decades of high-end digital audio and amplification knowhow.

The integrated amplifier section of the UnitiQute 2 has been influenced heavily by the iconic NAITrange while it also benefits from Naim advancements in digital streaming technology that won a Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2014. Its digital connectivity also means that as well as offering all-in-one functionality operating as a digital hub for external digital sources, games consoles or digital TV audio for example, it can also output its internal sources or external digital signals to an external DAC for even higher audio quality.

Analogue audio connectivity is not forgotten either. Two analogue inputs can accommodate CD players or portable music players via rear panel phono sockets and a front-panel mini-jack. And a preamplifier output means that with the addition of an external power amplifier, or even a sub-woofer, UnitiQute 2 can become the heart of a very wide bandwidth audio system. And when you want to listen privately, a front panel headphone socket makes such selfishness all too easy.

For many people the UnitiQute is their first insight into Naim Audio. It really is quite a remarkable product and we would suggest you hear it for yourself.

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Unitilite £1995

 

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Some customers are wary of Streaming. As a result of this the Unitilite has a very good CD player built in. It offers a mix of the old World and the new and handles both with aplomb.

The UnitiLite distils the qualities and functionality of our original award-winning all-in-one into a slimline enclosure. So it will handle CDs via a mechanised front-panel tray, high-resolution music streaming over UPnP, DAB+/DAB/FM and internet radio and digital sources via one of five 24bit/192kHz-capable inputs. It also has Spotify Connect built-in and Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity. For all its slimline versatility its 50W integrated amplifier provides it with a heavyweight sound which sets it apart as a product worthy of the Naim badge.

Features
  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • CD playback through mechanised slot-loading tray
  • Integrated 50W per channel amplifier shares design DNA with iconic NAIT integrated amp
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Spotify Connect built-in to play millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Bluetooth connectivity with aptX codec for quality audio playback
  • DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim app for intuitive control

UnitiLite is not simply about features and versatility. It applies Naim high-end engineering principles to achieve performance levels that bring the as live musical experience into the home. UnitiLite borrows numerous technologies and techniques from high-end Naim electronics. For instance, the UnitiLite DAC chip is a close relative of the device employed in the high-end NDXstreamer, similarly, its power amplifier design is informed by techniques fundamental to the Naim sound, and its internal power supply features separate transformer windings and regulation for digital, analogue and amplifier sections. Its CD player section benefits from the experience of the engineers who have been designing the best sounding CD players in the world for over 15 years. So, regardless of musical preference, the UnitiLite is sure to fill a room with impeccable sound. It’s a genuine Naim product to the core.

Uniti 2 £3050

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The Uniti 2 offers a substantial step in performance and was the first product in the Uniti series. Better amplification and greater connectivity are a hallmark of this fine product. The Uniti 2 sits comfortably at the heart of an extremely fine high end audio system.

It has also been improved substantially since launched. It is a revolutionary all-in-one player. It spawned an entire range of accessible and versatile music streaming systems that offer the kind of stunning sound quality previously thought possible only through separates.

As well as being able to play UPnP streams at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution via a wired or wireless connection, NaimUniti 2 incorporates a CD player, a 70W per channel amplifier, six digital inputs, built in Spotify Connect, Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity, a DAB+/DAB/FM and internet radio tuner as well as a USB interface that enables playback from an iPod or high-resolution digital audio from a USB memory stick. Just add speakers.

Features
  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • CD playback through unique Naim radial arc disc tray
  • Integrated 70W per channel amplifier shares design DNA with iconic NAIT integrated amp
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Five 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Bluetooth connectivity with aptX codec for quality audio playback
  • DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim app for intuitive control

NaimUniti 2 has an analogue heart. Its NAIT 5si-derived integrated amplifier beats true to our long established design philosophies and is the foundation of the NaimUniti 2’s audio quality.

But in parallel with audio quality, it is the immense digital versatility of NaimUniti 2 that sets it apart from any other all-in-one audio product. Alongside CD audio, FM and DAB radio, and internet radio streams at multiple bit rates, NaimUniti 2 can play audio files in MP3, Windows Media-formatted content, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC and WAV formats. And thanks to an internal DAC with its five 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF inputs, external digital audio sources, such as satellite TVs or games consoles, are a breeze for NaimUniti 2.

Analogue audio connectivity is not forgotten either. Five analogue inputs can accommodate CD players or portable music players via rear panel phono sockets, a DIN phone input and a front-panel mini-jack. And a preamplifier output means that with the addition of an external power amplifier, or even a subwoofer, NaimUniti 2 can become the heart of a very wide bandwidth audio system. And when you want to listen privately, a front panel headphone socket makes such selfishness all too easy.

So as well as offering all-in-one functionality, NaimUniti 2 is the perfect audio hub.

Superuniti £3675

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Superuniti sits at the top of the Uniti range and is based on the Supernait amplifier. It offers remarkable performance from one box and truly combines high end performance with ease of use from one box.

Many of our customer are staggered at the sound quality on offer here. Match this with a decent pair of loudspeakers and you have something really special.

There is an unwritten rule in high-end audio that states audiophile performance levels can only be achieved through separates. By combining technologies pioneered by reference products such as the NDX and SUPERNAIT 2 and adding a few innovations of its own, the SuperUniti demonstrates just how far our research has taken us with all-in-one sound quality. It’s proof that sometimes, rules are made to be broken.

SuperUniti is an integrated wireless UPnP network stream player, USB audio player, iPod dock, internet radio, DAB/FM radio, ten input digital and analogue preamplifier, digital to analogue converter and stereo 80W power amplifier. And it even includes Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity and built-in support for Spotify Connect. SuperUniti forgoes the CD player offered by the NaimUniti 2to put all of its efforts into being the best network streaming all-in-one it can be – focus you’ll hear in every note, riff and chorus.

Features
  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • Integrated 80W per channel amplifier shares design DNA with iconic NAIT integrated amp
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, DSD (single rate), Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Bluetooth connectivity with aptX codec for quality audio playback
  • DAB+/DAB/FM radio module as standard
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim app for intuitive control

Crowding so much audio technology in one place brings numerous challenges of component selection, circuit and component layout, power supply noise and microphony. Meeting such challenges however is second nature at Naim Audio and the expertise that brings solutions has long been part of the audio engineering culture. SuperUniti is a masterpiece of audio technology packaging.

The SuperUniti amplifier is derived from our reference integrated the SUPERNAIT 2. Its digital hardware is drawn from the NDX network player and its 24bit/192kHz capable DAC uses the same data-buffering jitter removal process as the NaimDAC. Along with drawing from the best existing Naim technologies, SuperUniti introduces a new technology of its own. Behind the traditional looking volume dial lies an advanced new control technology providing noise-free digital volume adjustment that varies its operating characteristic depending on how quickly the volume knob is turned. All this innovation offers you the simplicity of a one box solution with the performance the Naim badge guarantees.

To conclude

The Naim Uniti series is on permanent demo at Moorgate Acoustics. Naim have every intention of maintaining and even improving the performance of these products via software updates. There is one due shortly but we’re not allowed to say too much more :)