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Be Summoned by the Sound: 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.

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Naim improves its award-winning DACs

Naim improves its award-winning DACs with increased performance and DSD playbackNaim today released firmware updates to both the Naim DAC (colloquially known as the nDAC) and the DAC-V1. Both multi-award winning DACs have a strong following and large installed base and demand for DSD playback has been strong from some international markets.

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Focal’s DNA in a unique pair of in-ear headphones

Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer, has developed its first in-ear headphones starting from first principles. The result: Sphear breaks with conventions and proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used for hours without discomfort.

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Enhanced functionality for Naim network players

Includes Bluetooth (aptX), DSD, BBC HLS playback and improved multiroom capabilities.

From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility.

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The Pono Player: musically worthwhile or just good clickbait?

I took the leap of faith and order a Pono back in March of 2014.  It arrived just before Christmas. I don’t like the hype around it, the software or the website but I do love the player itself.

I hear a level of sound quality and musical performance, from CD resolution and hi-res files, that I’ve not heard before from portable devices.

Here’s a link to a piece I wrote for Hifi Critic magazine when I was feeling particularly irritated at what I felt were far too many writers using Pono as clickbait. Many having not even bothered to try one.

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Here is a link to Hifi Critic’s website

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Naim’s new NAC-N 272 Streaming Preamplifier

Naim today confirmed the arrival of a new product in its core range: a performance upgradeable preamplifier including full network audio and zero S/PDIF jitter DAC.

Combining the qualities of a Naim preamplifier and a Naim network audio player in one Naim classic non-magnetic aluminium case is not easy. It has taken time and significant engineering skill to preserve the intrinsic performance of both and create a compelling sound.

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