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The Naim Mu-so Qb 2 is a compact streaming speaker for audiophiles

It was just some months in the past that I wrote concerning the Naim Mu-so 2, an replace to one of many first high-end streaming audio system. I’m at present within the strategy of testing that mannequin, and it delivers outstanding sound high quality in a soundbar-like physique. However for a lot of areas, it’s form of overkill. For these locations, Naim now has the small Mu-So Qb 2nd Era. I’m simply going to name it the Qb 2.

Naim is a premium audio firm. The Mu-so 2 price $1,600, so it’s not shocking the smaller Qb 2 is available in at a staggering $899 worth level. However the former is likely one of the greatest streaming audio system I’ve heard, so I’ve excessive expectations for the latter.

Like its larger sibling, the Qb 2 can play music by means of Google Forged, AirPlay 2, Spotify Join, Tidal, Bluetooth (SBC/AAC), UPnP, and Roon. It helps multi-room audio by way of Forged or AirPlay. It additionally has 3.5mm, USB, and optical inputs for these of us who nonetheless like our wires sometimes.

Additionally like its larger sibling, the Mu-so Qb 2 includes a touch-sensitive management dial that robotically lights up whenever you strategy it, and gives fast entry to widespread features and your favourite playlists.

However Naim is thought for its sound. The drivers have been co-developed with sister firm Focal Audio, and Naim says it has ten occasions the processing energy onboard for DSP tips. One in every of these tips is having the ability to tune the sound relying on whether or not the speaker is positioned close to a wall or nook.

Oh, and it’s actually fairly too.

The large pity is that Naim makes no point out of stereo assist – I believe many an audiophile would discover the Qb extra fascinating if they may get correct stereo playback out of it. The Mu-so household occupies a little bit of a bizarre area, in that it has the stylings and comfort of a way of life product with the sound (and worth) of the audiophile market. Nonetheless, if the Qb 2 is something like its bigger sibling and stereo isn’t a priority, the Qb ought to ship spectacular sound in a small package deal when it goes on sale September  2.

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Printed August 9, 2019 — 21:49 UTC




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