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The beginning of the Uniti journey…..

The Naim Audio Uniti Core Audiophile Servers arrived in store this week, after an incredible level of anticipation that was whipped up during our Naim Open Day before Christmas, and they are already making a big impression.

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Upon opening our demo unit, we fitted a WD Red 2TB HDD (Naim have used Seagate Enterprise drives in the past, and we will be testing the HGST Enterprise drives later in the year as they are held in even higher regard) using the supplied caddy and screws.

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Connected to our MusicWorks Reflex Lite mains block with a Naim Powerline Lite (the Powerline Lite is supplied with all new Uniti products), and a quality Cat6 cable to our network, the Uniti Core was booted up and recognised by the latest version of the iOS Naim app (Android version still in development) within a minute.

At this point the Core needs to be configured and the app makes this beautifully simple! It gave the option of creating the music library on the WD Red drive or the other NAS drives it had discovered on our network. Given that (like the majority of new customers) our existing NAS drives were distinctly "mainstream" low end devices, naturally the library was created on the WD Red after a speedy formatting and partitioning of the drive - all done seamlessly by the App and the Core themselves.

The App also prompts for ripping options to be set offering WAV or FLAC and, given that our Core will be run with Naim Streamers/Naim Uniti/Naim Mu-so products almost exclusively, we chose the superior WAV option*

As is the norm nowadays, the App then highlighted that there was a new firmware update available and compared to the older Unitiserve, the update was extremely fast and simple to implement.

We then started to rip a few select CDs as well as copying a couple of Hi-Res FLAC files to the Core from our other NAS drive (the core has a folder separate from the main library named Downloads for this purpose). The Core was then left on overnight along with a Naim NAC-N272 and NAP250DR so it would be getting in to the swing of things for the next morning.

Within minutes of opening though, we had our first booking for a demo!

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For this we were asked to run it with the Naim DAC-V1, as the customer intended to utilise the BNC digital output on the Uniti Core, and as the NAP250DR was already in place it was chained on the end driving a pair of the brilliant little Russell K Red 50 loudspeakers.

Unlike the previous Unitiserve (where it's performance via the digital out was not a match for it's networked performance), the Uniti Core was superb in this configuration.

Not only was it a breeze to use (the old N-Serve app for the Unitserve was no way near as polished), it was wholly musical and quieter in operation than many CD players we've had brought in over the past few years.

Even more pleasing for the customer was that a couple of their scratched CDs they brought in (which had become almost unplayable on his existing CD transport) were successfully ripped by the Uniti Core and sounded superb!

So all in all, it's early days but the Uniti Core is already off to an impressive start!

 

 

*Although FLAC files are mathematically lossless, how they are decoded further down the chain can incur some very, very subtle losses. For setups where non-Naim streamers are used the benefits of FLAC's standardised implementation of Artwork and track info will likely be more important.

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Looking to upgrade your Naim/Focal system? Ask us about part exchange!

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Whether it's a move from a NAC 202 to a NAC-N272, or maybe even upgrading from a pair of N-Sats to a new shiny pair of Focal Sopra(!), upgrading a within a brand range where each product is musically rewarding is a source of great pleasure - apart from the hassle of selling your old components to help fund your enjoyment! That's the beauty of part exchange!

Just ask us now for (crucial!) advice on the best direction to take, and get a part exchange quote for your preowned Naim/Focal components*!

 

 

 

 

 

*certain vintage components are excluded from the part exchange scheme due to expired spares support.  Just drop us a line to see if yours is affected.
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Naim Announce NEW Uniti Series!

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Naim today confirmed that it is launching new models in its Uniti Series.

New Uniti is the next incarnation of the Uniti family all-in-one players. Inspired by Naim’s passion for music, new Uniti is a highly advanced all-in-one streaming platform with five times the power of the previous generation.

Ready to go – just add speakers, Uniti gives instant access, total clarity and no compromise on quality, all within a beautiful all-in-one form.

For more details, or to Pre order YOURS, check out the Naim Uniti Atom, Uniti Atom HDMI, Uniti Star, Uniti Star DAB/FM, Uniti Nova, Uniti Nova DAB/FM, and Uniti Core in our Online store!

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£75 Cashback On Naim Mu-so until 30th September

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How do you create the perfect musical space in your home?  Invite Naim's Mu-so  to the party.

Alive with innovation and full of character, the Mu-so will bring your music to life and open your eyes to new depths in your favourite songs you’ve never heard before.

You can receive (by redemption) £75 cash back* when you purchase a Mu-so wireless music system to start your Naim story.

Order yours HERE today!

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Our Annual Holiday Soon! 22nd – 29th August 2016

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From August 22nd - 29th we will be closed for our Annual holiday! We'll back fully refreshed on Tuesday 30th.

Whether rain or shine, we will be cracking out some tunes and keeping our finger on the pulse of Hifi and Home Cinema developments.

Feel free to contact us on our Facebook/Twitter pages, or email and we will respond as soon as we can.

Orders over the website will still be processed, but will not ship before the 30th of August.