If there is a company that knows how to do all-in-one units that meet audiophile expectations, its Naim. Our review of their simple-yet-sonically-sophisticated Uniti Star was an eye (& ear) opener, and includes everything but the speaker. Their piece that offers everything including the speakers is the svelte-looking Naim Mu-So. This week the company brought even more options to the game with the introduction of their new Mu-So: Wood Edition.
While the idea of a “lifestyle” look next to the mammoth rigs of traditional audiophile systems may seem a little bit of an unusual dynamic, the use of high fidelity sonics in small spaces cannot be overlooked for a second system, especially if you are already invested in Naim’s digital ecosystem. We found the app control (same as the one used in the Naim Mu-So) to be easy to use from all sources. This includes Naim’s outstanding free high definition radio stations.
Given the stereo separation, the Naim Mu-So is intended to pair with a TV as well as the kitchen decor and does include an HDMI input. Still, with the Naim app so much wireless playback is available (including lossy Bluetooth) plus Siri voice control via Airplay 2 and “baked in” Qobuz and Tidal. Its intended to do a lot, and look good while doing it.
More from the press release:
The Naim Mu-so Wood Edition is dressed in sustainable Ayous hardwood, expertly treated, and lacquered to give the appearance of a Light Oak finish. The iconic Mu-so heatsink also has a new anodized aluminum tint, with the speaker finished by a neutral-toned, woven front grille.
This new Wood finish is an ideal match for lighter-look interiors allowing you to seamlessly enjoy harmonious style and sound throughout your home, from living room to kitchen, home office to bedroom.
“Blending class-leading performance and timeless design with a luxurious new finish, Mu-so Wood Edition is the perfect premium audio companion for homes with classic or contemporary interiors,” said Stuart Brown, Naim Product Manager.
Mu-so Wood Edition offers superlative wireless streaming of all your favorite music services, all with easy control from the Naim App or direct from your devices. Enjoy Spotify Connect, TIDAL and Qobuz baked in, while Chromecast Built-in gives access to Deezer, Google Play Music and much more, including Google Assistant compatibility. AirPlay 2 support adds Apple Music streaming and Apple Home integration, including Siri voice control potential. It also works as a Bluetooth speaker.
Mu-so Wood Edition can transform your TV sound, too – simply connect via HDMI ARC. Whether you sit it under your TV or anywhere else in your home, room compensation options optimize the audio to suit, for a rich yet natural sonic experience.
Mu-so’s multiroom capability lets you stream the same song in beat-perfect sync or play different music in different rooms. Group with other Naim players and systems at the touch of a button, any AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speaker or with Chromecast built-in devices.
Mu-so 2nd Generation, Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation and Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition models remain in the range as additional or alternative options.
The Naim Mu-So: Wood edition in light oak is currently available for purchase, and retails for $2,290.
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