What the original Mu-so Qb does so well is fill a room with sound, and unless you are trying to fill an aircraft hangar or determined to play thrash metal at pain-threshold levels, it will achieve this task well, with surprisingly good bass. The Mu‑so Qb 2nd Generation doesn’t break that well-won goal, and if anything plays just that bit louder, but with distinctly more defined bass. OK, so physical constraints of size mean you are not going to hit low organ pedal notes, and the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation really comes into its own from about 80Hz on up, but those bass notes it does play are well-formed, and have a shape and consistency that is extremely alluring. I played ‘King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown’ from the album of the same name by Augustus Pablo and King Tubby [Yard International, TIDAL], and this track needs both a wall of sound and an ability to play a really good bass line. While the sheer depth of dub is lacking its teeth-rattle power, the precision of the bass line and the fun factor of the music is played perfectly by the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation.
In fact, that whole ‘fun’ part is what defines the Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation so well. It’s a no-fuss, no-nonsense musical fun machine that is just as comfy being your accompaniment to cooking the evening meal as it is acting as a big alarm clock in your bedroom. The new models beefed up sound makes it more attractive in these settings and its beefed up DSP and wireless connectivity makes it more capable to be used in these settings as a multi-room or standalone player too. In short, it just brings more sonic enjoyment to the home, all over the home. Love it!
Type: Integrated Streaming System
Inputs: 3.5mm analogue jack, USB 2 (Type A connector), optical S/PDIF (up to 24/96), Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2
Streaming options: Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-in, UPnP, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Roon Ready, Bluetooth, Internet Radio (vTuner Premium 5)
Audio formats: WAV, FLAC and AIFF – up to 32bit/384kHz, ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 32bit/384kHz, MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit), AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16bit), DSD- 64 and 128Fs, Bluetooth - SBC, AAC. Note: Gapless playback supported on all formats
Multiroom: Sync up to five Naim Streaming products and control via the Naim App
Finish: Burnished and anodised aluminium casework. Dual-tone grey and black fabric grille. Optional olive, peacock, and terracotta grilles
Dimensions (W×H×D): 21 × 21.8 × 21.2cm
Manufactured by: Naim Audio
Tel: +44(0)1722 426600