We have added the Spotlight tab to give you, the reader, John and Matt's thoughts on selected items.
We tend to put items through the hoops, try different combinations of products, what works, and what doesn’t, so we get a good grasp of what the positive & negatives' are.
Remember these are just our observations, so feel free to give us your impressions as well.
Our first Spotlight will focus on the New NaimUniti. I particularly like the NaimUniti, as a solution for those wanting a single box, simplicity, and very much a family based Hi-Fi.
I was pleasantly surprised just how “sorted” the finished product was at launch, much thought had gone into presenting a stylish single box with a raft of features, well executed remote control and useful future upgrade potential, such as adding a separate power amplifier, i.e. Naim NAP200.
Note newly released upgraded Naim software allows the NaimUniti to support 24bit/96Khz, High definition audio files (the future of Music in the home?).
We have tried many speaker combinations; our favourite pairing is the NaimUniti with the fabulous handmade Canadian Totem Sttaf (yes spelt correctly).
This combination “ticks” many boxes, is very discreet, both electronics and loudspeakers. This combination produces a seriously big open sound, more than capable of filling small or large spaces. The footprint of the Staffs is small measuring 890x160x260 (H/W/D), no bad thing when trying to “Locate” the speakers in the home.
At the risk of sounding a tad “wet”, music just “flows” through this system, and is capable of giving goosebumps, after all isn't this what it's all about?
The NaimUniti system brings Naim sound quality to a huge audience, which previously would have only been dreamt about.
Naim will be adding new electronics to the NaimUniti family. Watch our “New products” tab over the coming months for more information.
One of the neat “tricks” of the NaimUniti is the ability to stream music from your home network. Both “Wired” and “Wireless” is supported.
Using UPnP (Universal Plug & Play) technology, it opens up serious storage capabilities for those wishing to reorganise their music collection.
Internet radio is a supported as well, which is great for those in poor reception areas. 92.6 (Classical), BFM (Student) and George FM (alt), are all available, but can be problematic on the FM band due to power of their transmission, or if you live outside the transmission range.
Hint: to get the UpnP Streaming side working you will need to have UpnP software available such as:
For Windows users: Windows Media player 11, Twonky media server.
For MAC: Allegro Media server, EyeConnect, Twonky Media server 5.1.3