AFTER what seems like a lifetime since its introduction, Naim Audio has finally rolled out the successor to its famed and massive Mu-So wireless speaker – this time, simply designated Mu-so 2nd Generation.
“Almost everything has changed,” is the claim from Naim, the new model being “re-engineered for class-leading performance, functionality and usability by our experts in Salisbury, England.”
Adds the company: “At the heart of Mu-so 2nd Generation is Naim’s music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over three years to offer the very best performance, whether playing your own digital music collection, a world of Internet radio, or music streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify. This acclaimed innovation is uniquely found in Naim music-streaming products, such as its Uniti range and dedicated network players, including the £20,000 flagship ND 555.”
As you are aware, the Mu-so is a single-box wireless speaker/streamer system, and the 2nd Generation offers “from up to 32-bit high-resolution streaming to multi-room music to HDMI TV sound.”
“The all-new multicore Digital Signal Processor (DSP) drives higher performance, providing 2000 MIPS (million instructions per second) compared to the original Mu-so’s single-core, 150MIPS DSP. You can also hear even more from your music.”
Naim says it has also created a brand new limiter algorithm that keeps each of Mu-so 2nd Generation’s speaker drivers’ movement under control when at high volume levels; it kicks in at extreme levels to retain the music’s clarity and increase long-term reliability. The system puts out 450 watts of power, via “improved and highly optimised speaker drivers, a joint development project between Naim and Focal R&D departments.” Naim is part of the Focal stables.
And while outwardly, the new Mu-So seems similar to its predecessor, the aluminium casing has a new burnished grey finish, and the cabinet design has been re-engineered to create 13% more internal volume, enabling bigger, better bass.
“Both the cabinet bracing and baffle moulding have been redesigned for improved rigidity, which suppresses and controls vibrations. The distinctive heat-sink fins are now more compact, while still being ultra-effective, and continuing to feature Naim patented technology that discreetly incorporates the Wi-Fi antenna.”
The Mu-so 2nd Generation is already available, so check with your dealer.