The Naim Mu-So 2nd Era: How Music Is Supposed To Sound

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Naim Audio has formally launched the 2nd Era of its award-winning Mu-so wi-fi music system and when you get a take a look at it (not to mention a hear), you may be able to toss out no matter leisure system is sitting in your front room proper now.

“In its 45 years, Naim has each created and recreated product classes – all in our founding quest for probably the most genuine musical expertise. Mu-so was the primary really high-quality wi-fi music speaker; 5 years on we’ve re-engineered 95% of it to develop Mu-so 2nd Era, and redefined what’s attainable from a one-box system,” mentioned Naim Audio MD, Charlie Henderson.

Primarily based in Salisbury, England, Naim Audio has been round for 45 years now and so they appear to outdo themselves with each launch. Sustaining every thing nice concerning the first model, the Mu-so 2nd Era ups the ante proper out of the field. Its aluminum casing makes it a fairly hefty haul that feels substantial in your palms and the acrylic base appears to be like like straight-up glass. 

Developed by 25 engineers over the course of three years, the Mu-so 2nd Era gives 450 Watts and all-new speaker drivers, greater than 10 occasions the processing energy to ship extra musical accuracy and encompasses a re-engineered cupboard to boost bass efficiency (by 13%, to be actual). This factor will get loud…actually loud. It’s the sort of quantity that you just don’t truly notice how loud it’s till a neighbor complains. The audio is so clear that it even sounds superb over the cellphone, which is almost unattainable for many all-in-one techniques. It doesn’t matter what I listened to, I didn’t run into any distortion. And that’s with out messing with any controls. It additionally comes outfitted with room compensation, which suggests you’ll be able to optimize the sound based mostly on whether or not the speaker is positioned close to a wall, in a nook or in an open area. 

You’ll be able to stream by way of Web radio, TIDAL, Spotify Join, AirPlay 2 (together with Apple Music) and Chromecast. If you wish to hardwire it, there’s a Ethernet port as an choice. It’s also possible to use Bluetooth, plug in your individual USB, or use the HDMI ARC port if you wish to hook it up on to your tv.

And the outside is simply as spectacular as the inside, with its wave-like speaker grille (which comes commonplace in black, however you’ll be able to go for a Terracotta, Olive or Peacock end) and slim profile regardless of its precise bulk. One of many options I actually cherished is the uber delicate touch-screen dial, which is definitely delicate to proximity and lights up the second your fingers hover over it. You’ll be able to entry primary controls from the dial, akin to Spotify and multiroom performance, in addition to management the quantity by rotating the complete factor. Now, one phrase of recommendation for cat homeowners: Put the Mu-so 2nd Era someplace your cat can’t entry. Why? Effectively, I positioned it in my bed room the primary night time that I had it and my cat was in a position to flip it on and resume my Spotify playlist at 2am. At full quantity. 

Although it does include a modern distant, there’s an accompanying app that you must obtain. That is the way you first set the system up and sync it with your own home Wi-Fi. It’s by the app that you may browse numerous Web radio stations and your streaming service of selection. One element price noting is that no matter service you utilize, streaming it by the Mu-so 2nd Era app doesn’t impression your smartphone in the identical method different wi-fi gadgets do. As an example, utterly closing out of Spotify doesn’t impression the music you might be listening to. And even higher, the quantity in your cellphone isn’t linked to the speaker in any respect. Personally, I cherished with the ability to hold them separate once I needed to. 

Actually each little factor concerning the design makes the Mu-so 2nd Era price each single penny of its $1,599 price ticket. We would not be shocked if this sits fairly on the prime of each best-of audio record for years – or a minimum of till Mu-so releases one other technology. 

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