The new Naim in music streaming: Mu-so 2nd Generation

9th May 2019

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation has arrived in Glasgow and is a revelation. Sharing it’s predecessor’s naim (😉) only – Mu-so 2nd gen has been completely re-engineered to deliver improvements across the board – performance (of course), features, functionality and aesthetics.

For a one-box wireless streaming speaker, this is about as complete as it gets. Mu-so 2nd gen incorporates a multitude of innovations, including: high-resolution streaming (up to 32bit/384kHz); HDMI ARC for TV sound; all new Naim/Focal speaker drivers; faster wireless connectivity; illuminated touch-panel control; USB input; Roon Ready; new remote; bigger cabinet size for improved bass and more.

At the heart of Mu-so 2nd Generation is Naim’s latest music-streaming platform, developed to deliver the very best performance whether playing your own digital music collection, a world of Internet radio, or a streaming service like TIDAL or Spotify. Stream your music in high-resolution quality (up to 32bit/384kHz) or browse millions of songs through AirPlay 2 (including Apple Music), Spotify® Connect, TIDAL, Chromecast built-in and Internet radio. Upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity promises a slicker streaming experience, while Ethernet remains an option if you prefer things hard-wired.

Continuing its high-performance credentials, Mu-so 2nd Generation’s 450 Watts of music power are joined by all-new speaker drivers – optimised in conjunction with Focal – more than 10 times more processing power for even greater musical accuracy and a re-engineered cabinet design to further enhance bass delivery.

Throw in wireless Bluetooth® and USB connections and Mu-so 2nd Generation’s connectivity options are growing; add HDMI ARC, and the option to experience audiophile sound quality from your favourite television programmes, films and games from your TV, and the possibilities are endless.

Mu-so 2nd Generation evolves the iconic styling of its predecessor, adding a compelling new touch control panel ringed by an illuminated dial with a proximity sensor: it lights up in welcome as your hand approaches it. Easily access key playback controls, your favourite playlists and radio stations, Spotify resume, multi-room functionality and more from this tactile new interface.

The system has a premium aluminium casing, in a new burnished grey finish, fronted by a new style of speaker grille – supplied in black as standard, but also available in Terracotta, Olive or Peacock colourways.

Mu-so 2nd Generation works brilliantly on its own or as part of a multiroom music set-up. There are three easy ways to make it multiroom: combine it with other networked Naim products (including 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) via the updated Naim app; with other AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speakers via the Apple Home app; or with other Chromecast devices via groups controlled by the Google Home app.

Available for iOS and Android devices, the updated Naim app allows you to browse by artist, genre, album and more, complete with artwork and extended music information. You can also control volume, light settings, room modes and create playlists. As a further option, Mu-so 2nd Generation is Roon Ready, too.

That’s quite a regeneration.

In-store now, £1299. Pop in for a listen.

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