Your search for a classy looking wireless audio setup that’s also compact and smart ends here

You might or might now know this, Naim was founded by Julian Vereker, who was actually a racing car driver and self-thought engineer that had a big crush on music. Naim Audio was officially launched in 1973, with Vereker and co-founder Shirley Clarke as directors. The brand’s first HQ was located in Salisbury, England, which lies just nine miles south of the Stonehenge monument. Naim grew quickly and in 1985 it received the Queen’s Award. In 2008, Naim signed a partnership with Bentley on an 18-month development program for an in-car audio system: that’s how the "Naim for Bentley" setup was born.

Keeping up with the times and customer habits, Naim went on to develop a wide range of audio setups and speakers. It’s one of the latter that got our attention: back in 2014, Naim launched the extremely exquisite Mu-so wireless music system. The year is now 2019, and the company has just introduced the second-generation Mu-so.

What is a Naim Mu-so?

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Simply put, a wireless music streaming platform. Naim says 25 engineers have been working for three years to bring it up to date, thus allowing the listener to tap into Internet Radio or popular streaming services such as Tidal and Spotify. The second-generation Mu-so is also said to be 95% re-engineered, which should mean this isn’t merely a "facelift" but a whole new system. Let’s find out what’s what.

Naim Mu-so - Design

The biggest changes brought by the Naim Audi Mu-so affect the way users interact with the system. More specifically, a new touch control panel was installed and it is controlled via a circled by an illuminated dial fitted with a proximity sensor. That way, the dial will light up every time the sensor detects your hand coming near it. The command panel has 15 tactile buttons and grants you full control over 450 watts of amplifier output.

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On the outside, the Mu-so boasts a neat burnished grey aluminum case for that premium look and feel Naim customers aim. The speaker grille is offered in black as standard, but you can also pick one of the three additional colors - Terracotta, Olive, and Peacock. Also worth noted on a personal opinion level, the new Mu-so audio setup, just like its predecessor, managed to impress through simplicity, without too much flashiness. Which, we think makes it a proper choice for a wide variety of homes.

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As far as functionality is concerned, Naim says the Mu-so can also work as part of a multi-room arrangement when combined with other products from its lineup (i.e. the 1st generation Mu-so or the Qb cube-shaped speaker). Now, we don’t know if that’s just a marketing tool. It may very well be, but those who own other Naim products will need the Naim app to connect several devices. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded for free. Moreover, it allows you to browse libraries by applying a couple of filter (by artist, genre, or album). It also handles the ambient bit, as you can fiddle with volume and lighting settings.

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You can also connect the Mu-so to your TV thanks to the new HDMI ARC input (you’ll be able to control the audio by using the TV remote), thus boosting that game night with your pals even further. The Naim Mu-so 2nd generation system can be had for €1,499 ($1,599, £1,299) on Amazon.

Naim Audio Mu-So Specs

HDMI ARC in with CEC
Analogue input 3.5 mm Jack
USB USB 2 (type A connector)
Network Ethernet, Wi-Fi, BLE
Amplifier output 450 W - (6 x 75 W)
Main supply 100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption Typical use - 17W, Standby - < 2W, Deep Sleep - < 0.5 W
Speaker system Stereo 3-way
Weight 11.2 kilos
Size 122 mm x 628 mm x 264 mm
Audio formats WAV, FLAC and AIFF, ALAC, MP3, AAC, OGG and WMA, DSD
Streaming Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Roon Ready, Bluetooth, Internet Radio
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