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Introducing Mu-so Qb by Naim

Wednesday 6th January 2016. International CES, Suite 30-233 Venetian Hotel Las Vegas. Today Naim launches Mu-so Qb, a more compact, but equally musically enjoyable, wireless loudspeaker system.  There can’t be many people involved in the hi-fi business who have missed the success of Naim’s Mu-so wireless music system. It combines Naim’s normal priorities of a highly enjoyable and engaging sound quality with dramatic but understated design and remarkable ease of use. Mu-so Qb takes these attributes and delivers them in a compact structure that is easy to accommodate in most rooms.

“With Mu-so Qb, we use the same principles that helped form the original Mu-so: no compromise on materials, sound quality or features.” says Naim Audio’s Technical Director, Roy George.

Mu-so Qb will be on demo and on sale in shops early March 2016, MSRP £595 Inc. VAT. ($999.95 ex. tax)

DESIGN

One of the biggest design challenges with the Mu-so Qb wireless loudspeaker system was to configure the individual speakers within the smaller cabinet. To achieve Naim performance in a compact unit, Naim engineers had to optimise every component and adjust speaker angles by the smallest of degrees. It presents an arrangement of five drivers, offset and angled perfectly to create an ideal left-right dispersion. Mu-so Qb uses tweeters with microfibre domes, while its mid-range drivers have rare earth magnets and copper capped poles for even greater linearity. And when it comes to low frequencies, Mu-so Qb has another surprising design feature. Unlike the original Mu-so, there isn’t the space for a long bass port. Instead, two tuned pistonic bass-radiators work alongside a custom-made woofer that’s driven by a 100W amplifier to create a depth of sound that you would never expect from a system this size. The touchscreen interface on the top of Mu-so Qb is a solid aluminium ring, illuminated to float above the core structure and compliment the seamless volume dial movement.

FEATURES

Streaming

Connect the Naim Mu-so Qb to a home Wi-Fi network to open up a world of music. Wirelessly stream downloaded music in high-resolution via UPnP™ or browse and play millions of songs through Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Internet Radio or Airplay.

Connectivity   

Mu-so Qb also features high quality Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity, a USB input for playback from USB sticks or connection of smartphones, tablets or MP3 players enabling charging and playback, in addition a rear 3.5mm analogue input and a digital input can be used for TVs, CD players, turntables set-top boxes and games consoles.

Multiroom 

Mu-so Qb can be used between five rooms in the home, creating a system that is truly integrated and offers synchonised music in each room or individual music in each room, all controlled by a dedicated Naim app for iOS and Android. Mu-so Qb is also fully compatible with Naim streaming products, including Naim Uniti Series.

SOUND

At the heart of Mu-so Qb is a 32-bit digital signal processor – the same high-spec component used in the original Mu-so system. The DSP controls the flow of music information to each individual drive unit and, with intricate computer analytics, was finely tuned to perform perfectly within the smaller cabinet space. The end result is a refined audio experience with increased speaker accuracy life, dynamics, energy and an expansive sound at home in any room, large or small, from office to lounge, bedroom to kitchen.

The material chosen for the main cabinet is a 20% glass-reinforced polymer chosen for its extra stiffness and dampening properties. Elsewhere, an anodised aluminium structural top and heatsink is used, as well as the acrylic base, all of which dampen unwanted vibration, stiffen and strengthen the structure of Mu-so Qb even further.

SPECIFICATIONS

Audio Inputs
StreamingUPnP hi-res streaming, AirPlay (perfect for enjoying Apple Music), Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Bluetooth aptX
DigitalOptical S/PDIF (up to 96kHz) on rear panel
MultiroomSync up to five Naim Mu-so, Mu-so Qb or any Naim Uniti or Naim Streaming product. Control via Naim App.
Analogue3.5mm jack on rear panel  – to listen to auxiliary sources
OtherInternet radio

USB Type-A on rear panel

Power
Amplification300W (4 x 50W + 1 x 100W)
Drivers1 x woofer

2 x mid-range

2 x tweeter

2 x tuned pistonic bass-radiators

Formats
Audio formats supportedWAV, FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/192kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/96kHz
MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16bit)
When product is wireless:
up to 48kHz on all file formats.
Gapless formats supportedWAV, FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/192kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/96kHzInternet radio service provider: vTuner premiumBluetooth: SBC, AAC and aptX
Network Connection
InputsWired Ethernet (10/100Mbps) or Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Physical
Dimensions (HxWxD)210mm x 218mm x 212mm
Weight5.6kg

 

Other
Certifications and licensingApple MFI and AirPlay, Bluetooth, aptX, Wi-Fi certification, USB certification
Supplied withBlack grille, mains cable and quick-start guide.
Optional3 colour grilles – Burnt Orange, Vibrant Red, Deep Blue,
Remote control
WarrantyTwo years