Introducing Uniti, our revolutionary new streaming platform.

Wonderful ! Love the new design casing and the overall approach in terms of Mu-So style ergonomics / interface. Exciting developments.  And this from a recent Unitiqute 2 buyer! I very much look forward to reading about first impressions of the new equipment sound quality wise. 

One more thing…
Oh, and one final thing: the New Uniti models all come with a new Naim mains plug as standard. As the company explains, having for a long time taken great care with its mains plugs, choosing only high-quality MK UK plugs and tightening the cable clamping screws to a set torque, it upped its game with the Power-Line cable, complete with floating pins able to align themselves for better contact with the socket.

For New Uniti it has ‘reverse engineered’ Power-Line into a more affordable version, Power-Line Lite, with the same floating pin technology: this cable will not only be standard with all the new models, but will also be rolled out to other Naim products supplied in the future, hopefully starting sometime early in 2017.

It will also be possible to buy the Power-Line Lite cable on its own at some point next year, as an upgrade for existing Naim products. It’s expected it will cost around £95-£100, rather than the £500+ of the ‘full fat’ Power-Line.

NaimAudio posted:

Our Research and Development team in Salisbury had to fundamentally deconstruct every historic design and technology decision we had ever made to challenge themselves and go further, especially in terms of sound quality. It’s a true ground-up development, all hand-built in Salisbury, with our core principles at its heart. We looked at every single aspect of the product proposition, the electronic architecture, the mechanical enclosure, the user experience and the approach to manufacture and assembly.

The result? A clear step change in every single aspect of the products, a true achievement of excellence. We hope you enjoy this exciting new product range and look forward to hearing what you think.

 

Does this mean that the sound quality exceeds all other Naim products to date, Statement included, all of which are immediately obsolete? Fantastic news for new entrants to the market, but likely to somewhat knock the scondhand value of most other things...

Pretty cool to have a complete new generation update... 

The review (thanks for link)  list a swath of system level upgrades including a nicer display, improved wifi stability and additional connection options. Wonder if the AirPlay connectivity will be available as a software update to the existing range, that would be a nice convenience feature and nod to the history of long term support from Naim. 

Regards alan

Great set of products and well thought through, which seem targeted to non-Naim owners and upgraders from the Muso range in the main.

Just wondering from this info in 'What Hifi'  whether there is going to be any trickle effects to existing streamers and DACs?

"A  team of 25 engineers has spent the last three years developing a new eight-layer streaming board. The Uniti Atom, Star and Nova also feature a new fourth-generation, 40-bit SHARC DSP processor (the ADSP 21489 for the technical among you). All three Uniti players use Burr Brown DACs",

Jude

So just to get this clear they are all storage based devices. One HDX upgrade, two are more HDX plus streamer and one a storage and streamer alone (a NAS with some fancy bits?)

I think this looks quite complicated from a sales point of view-and clearly some existing kit is going to be phased out-or will they keep those boxes with their options for P/S and DAC upgrade add ons? Maybe we will see Uniti style power supply add ons later as a whole series of additions?

Nothing here for me really, but I do like the aesthetics.

Bruce

I don't think anyone has commented this ... but I assume to all intents and purposes...

  • Uniti Atom replaces the UnitiQute
  • Uniti Star replaces the NaimUniti
  • Uniti Nova replaces SuperUniti
  • Uniti Core replaces UnitiServe

Can I clarify too ... the display on the UnitiAtom is the same size as the display on the Uniti Star (just looks bigger in picture due to the unit being smaller)?

From the What HiFi Article, it appears you can use the Units Atom, Star and Nova as ripping devices too - using an external CD reader in the case of Atom and Nova; and connect a HDD via USB.  Will they then stream to a second device?

Bruce Woodhouse posted:

So just to get this clear they are all storage based devices. One HDX upgrade, two are more HDX plus streamer and one a storage and streamer alone (a NAS with some fancy bits?)

I think this looks quite complicated from a sales point of view-and clearly some existing kit is going to be phased out-or will they keep those boxes with their options for P/S and DAC upgrade add ons? Maybe we will see Uniti style power supply add ons later as a whole series of additions?

Nothing here for me really, but I do like the aesthetics.

Bruce

As I see it, the Core is the new UnitiServe. What looks really clever is that the Nova (the new SuperUniti) can have a USB drive installed and play up to 20,000 tracks. So it looks like you can have direct connection without a nas. Maybe they all do this, which would be even better. 

The thing that really interests me is whether the new streamer board will be retrofittable to the streamers and the 172 and 272. 

Richard Dane posted:

However, for me, it's potentially the Uniti Core that is most interesting.  A proper power supply at last and the swappable HDD along with Naim's (improved?) ripping and serving software and a nice BNC s/pdif out for local DAC connection. Could be something special...

A very tasty proposition indeed. 

Hungryhalibut posted:

What looks really clever is that the Nova (the new SuperUniti) can have a USB drive installed and play up to 20,000 tracks. So it looks like you can have direct connection without a nas. Maybe they all do this, which would be even better. 

Yes, I wasn't sure what that meant exactly. It sounds like an external HDD with a USB connection, which would be awesome. but then it says 20k tracks, versus 100k for the Core. That makes me think they might mean a USB stick, rather than an HDD, which would be more like it is now, and less awesome.

Looks to me like all 3 have the potential for a USB flash drive but not USB Hard Drive.

A 1TB USB flash drive should store plenty of FLAC/WAV's. I imagine that over time larger flash drives will be available and make a NAS relatively redundant for music streaming.

Eloise posted:

I don't think anyone has commented this ... but I assume to all intents and purposes...

  • Uniti Atom replaces the UnitiQute
  • Uniti Star replaces the NaimUniti
  • Uniti Nova replaces SuperUniti
  • Uniti Core replaces UnitiServe

 

But the Star also rips to hard drive - which makes it more like a Uniti/HDX combo.

Eloise posted:

I don't think anyone has commented this ... but I assume to all intents and purposes...

  • Uniti Atom replaces the UnitiQute
  • Uniti Star replaces the NaimUniti
  • Uniti Nova replaces SuperUniti
  • Uniti Core replaces UnitiServe

Can I clarify too ... the display on the UnitiAtom is the same size as the display on the Uniti Star (just looks bigger in picture due to the unit being smaller)?

From the What HiFi Article, it appears you can use the Units Atom, Star and Nova as ripping devices too - using an external CD reader in the case of Atom and Nova; and connect a HDD via USB.  Will they then stream to a second device?

Surely the Atom, Star and Nova are more 'HDX plus' devices, ie with additional features and with two of them incorporating a streamer too. So HDX and Qute combined, HDX and NDX combined maybe?

The Core is Unitiserve 'plus' I'd agree. Not sure I can see why it would replace my exisiting NAS but sure somebody will explain it.

Bruce

 

So now we will have a whole new series of A/B comparisons to talk about ...

 

My interest is the Uniti Core and whether this + DAC V1 is better than UnitiServ+V1 ...

... or are the built-in DACs in the new all-in-ones better than the existing Naim DAcs

... etc etc etc

 

interesting times

Allan

Four New Uniti models have been announced: the Uniti Core ripper/server/player (£1650); the £1600 Uniti Atom compact network music system; the £2999 Uniti Star, complete with built-in CD ripping and music storage; and the range-topping Uniti Nova, at £3800.

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