BRIT manufacturers were traditionally perceived as watchful when it came to jumping on the technology bandwagon, especially in the digital age, but a handful of them possessed enough foresight to get into the game during early play. So while others are playing catch-up, these companies are pretty much cruising … like, for example, Naim Audio, which was not a laggard in latching on to the new, non-physical ways music was being delivered to audiophiles.
Naim is already deeply entrenched in the network player game, and here’s another ace it’s playing – the NaimUniti 2 all-in-one player – yes, you get an integrated amplifier, CD player, DAB/FM tuner, internet radio, i-dock (for iPod, iPhone and iPad), DAC and 24/192-capable network streamer (WiFi and Ethernet), all in one box. Just add speakers for a totally immersive musical experience.
This update of the older model now possesses more beef (70 watts), and a new transport and DAC (Burr Brown PCM1793). It also has a larger display.
Naim has also started production of its reference audiophile network player, the NDS, which is UPnP-enabled to stream audio files from hard disk servers, NAS or PCs. Again, it’s 24/192 capable, with Ethernet and WiFi, and accommodates a variety of formats.
Life has seldom been so exciting before in the digital realm, has it?