Naim has included its new comprehensive streaming system – the beating heart of the brand’s latest streamers and systems, such as the ND5 XS 2 and Uniti Atom – into the Mu-so 2. This gives it UPnP streaming of hi-res music up to PCM 32-bit/384kHz, direct streaming from Spotify Connect and Tidal, Apple AirPlay 2, internet radio and Google Chromecast, which brings Deezer, Qobuz and Google Play Music to the table.
As with the original Mu-so, offline streaming is possible with Bluetooth, while USB, optical and 3.5mm inputs offer the ability to connect another source. Naim has also decided to add a HDMI ARC socket so you can hook the Mu-so 2 up to your telly or AV receiver to pass-through high-quality Blu-ray formats, such as Dolby TrueHD, and also use a single remote to control all connected components.
Control comes from the latest version of the neatly-designed Naim app (iOS and Android). The home screen offers a simple input selection and pre-set access. Tidal is nicely integrated too, and the whole experience is responsive.
The aluminium chassis sports a new burnished grey finish and the front wave-like grille, available in black, terracotta, olive and peacock (blue), is now made of a new nylon and polyester knit fabric that Naim says improves sound sensitivity by around 1db in the midrange.
To improve performance, Naim has fitted new drivers – optimised in collaboration with Focal and collectively driven by 450W of amplification – and advanced the capability of its digital sound processing.
The Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation offers the same award-winning streaming and much of the sound quality of its bigger brother, just in a smaller package. Packed into this stylish wireless speaker is a world-class streamer, stereo speaker system, powerful processing, flexible connectivity and multiroom ability. Perfect for tighter places, such as your desk or bedside table.
The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb features upgraded speakers, co-developed with its audio partner, Focal. Combined with a powerful new multi-core processor, these deliver a higher level of sonic precision – letting you hear detail that gets lost with other speakers.
Unlike some rivals, the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is built to deliver full stereo sound. Beneath the grille are stereo, two-way speakers that are specifically angled to deliver an immersive, stereo sound. Far from being ordinary speakers, the Naim Mu-so Qb G2 uses high quality, soft dome tweeters paired with custom mid-range drivers for a smooth and natural sound.
Despite its compact case, the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation still delivers a mind-blowing 300 watts of pure power. Two-thirds of the power is channelled to the stereo speakers with a meaty 100 watts dedicated to the bass. Helping this baby speaker sound so punchy is a custom-made woofer with the backup of two further passive ABRs (Auxiliary Bass Radiators). What this mean is that you’ll struggle to find any wireless speaker this size with such a full-range and powerful sound.