Naim Audio has launched the 2nd Generation of its Mu-so wireless music system, priced at $1,599. The stylish and revamped music streaming control center now includes new speaker drivers, more processing power, a re-engineered cabinet for enhanced bass and, of particular interest to home theater connoisseurs, support for HDMI ARC to double up Mu-so as a high-performance sound bar.
“In its 45 years, Naim has both created and recreated product categories – all in our founding quest for the most authentic musical experience. Mu-so was the first truly high-quality wireless music speaker; five years on we’ve re-engineered 95% of it to develop Mu-so 2nd Generation, and redefined what’s possible from a one-box system”, says Naim Audio MD, Charlie Henderson.
Naim has also added a touch control panel ringed by an illuminated dial with proximity sensor, which lights up when your hand approaches it, and more grille colors are available, namely black (standard), terracotta, olive or peacock.
Other new features include multi-room capability with three options to expand your system via Naim, Apple or Google Apps, a more powerful DSP engine handling many more instructions than possible on the earlier iteration of the product, and improved speaker drivers developed in conjunction with collaborator Focal. The new cabinet design provides for a claimed 13% increase in volume and bass performance is commensurately improved.
Chromecast built-in supports Deezer, Qobuz, Plex, TuneIn, SoundCloud and Pandora among many others, while AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, and Internet Radio access are all supported and round out a comprehensive package of music streaming and listening options. The sophisticated Roon Ready browsing platform is also incorporated.
A couple of acoustical compensation options can help customize a particular environment to off-set unwanted boundary audio colorations, offered as ‘Near Wall’, ‘Near Corner’ or ‘No Compensation’. As well as the HDMI ARC feature, connectivity is enhanced with USB, optical digital and 3.5mm analog inputs.
For more information, go to the Naim Audio home page.