Editorial Note: Within the last year or so our sister publication Hi-Fi+ favorably reviewed the full-sized Naim HDX Hard Disk Player () and this week we learned the HDX will soon be joined by compact siblings called the UnitiServe and UnitiServe-SSD. The UnitiServe will be equipped with a 1TB hard drive while the UnitiServe-SSD will feature a 16GB Single Level Cell (SLC) Solid State Drive (SSD).
Below, we present the text of the Naim press release announcing the UnitiServe, which is chockfull of interesting technical details and includes in-depth specifications for the new compact server.
UnitiServe: the New Compact Hard Disk Digital Audio Players/Servers
May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Two, very successful — as evidenced by the recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise — years on from Naim’s launch of the standard-setting award-winning HDX hard disk player, Naim is launching UnitiServe a compact digital audio player and server. Deliveries will begin July 2010.
UnitiServe is designed to serve three key purposes; all significantly benefitting from Naim quality, secure CD ripping and storage.
Local digital playback through the 75Ω BNC or TOSLINK connected digital output. The Naim DAC – which has established itself as the most musical, musically gripping digital to analogue converter available – is the ideal companion.
Multiple streams made available from the Naim written UPnP™ server. This would be ideally suitable to single- or multi-room systems using NaimUniti or UnitiQute. Streams are at native bit rate unless the UnitiServe is configured to downsample the streams on the fly should the UPnP™ renderer require it.
Up to six StreamNet streams of CD Quality to supply a NaimNet whole-house multi-room system.
There are two versions of UnitiServe. The standard version includes a 1TB Pipeline low-noise drive for local storage of up to around 1200 CD rips. The –SSD variant substitutes the 1TB drive for a 16GB Enterprise grade Single Level Cell (SLC) Solid State Drive (SSD).
UnitiServe-SSD – designed for the music lover with a larger music collection – has no local storage and is designed to save to NAS giving almost infinite storage capability.
UnitiServe can play most common audio formats from files stored on a network providing they are not subject to Digital Rights Management (DRM). WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC and AAC together with MP3 and more are easily found, with Network Scanning, and played. This includes hi-res music files up to 24Bit/192kHz, the current limit of S/PDIF and TOSLINK standards.
Hi-Res digital downloads are the audiophile source of the future. The choice of music available is increasing substantially daily; with more and more classic recordings and performances becoming available.
UnitiServe connects to the local network using an Ethernet cable for maximum reliability.
Ripping utilises the same Naim secure ripping engine that helped the Naim HDX gain its superb reputation. Rips should only be carried out once – they need to be the best rips possible.
Ripped music is stored in Naim’s preferred wav format which requires no further processing thus reducing processor overhead, current draw and power supply pollution; hence improving sound quality.
There are many ways to control a UnitiServe. In its server mode it can be installed, set up and then fed CDs as desired. It will rip, catalogue and store the rips efficiently and efficaciously, serving them to the finest UPnP or StreamNet standards. As a player the UnitiServe can be controlled by a Naim Handset, an Apple iPod Touch or iPhone running the HDX app, or by a computer running an internet browser supporting Adobe Flash®. PC users can also run the Naim Desktop Client giving an explorer style interface for control and setting up. UnitiServe can be a Server and Player simultaneously.
Naim recommends that a second backup of all music is kept, ideally off site, as drives can fail and even Raid 5 NAS stores can become corrupt. A second drive as a backup will seem like superb value for money in the event of a primary HD failure. Naim will publish documents on backup strategies on its website shortly.
- Slot-loading drive for ease of use
- Two options: UnitiServe or UnitiServe–SSD
- UnitiServe — 1TerraByte Hard Drive
- UnitiServe-SSD — 16GB Single Level Cell (SLC) Enterprise Drive
- Naim bit-for-bit CD secure ripping
- Hi-res file playback – up to 24/192
- Naim Extended Music Database – Rich Metadata - easily find music
- Very low noise power supplies
- UPnP Server – will serve multiple UPnP-enabled players
- StreamNet – up to six streams to NaimNet audiophile multi-room whole-house systems
- Extremely Low Jitter
- Convenient – easy to control
- Multiple methods of control
- Network Scanning – finds all the playable music on your network
- USB ports for easy connection of USB sticks for playback
- Quiet in operation – no fans
- Naim designed silent resilient 1TB Hard Drive mount
- Ethernet network connectivity for reliability
- S/PDIF Digital output on 75Ω BNC or TOSLINK
- Composite, S Video or VGA display output for screen or touchscreen.
- Compact non-magnetic, low resonance, low microphony, low eddy current case
- British Design and Build
Digital outputs: S/PDIF, 75Ω BNC and TOSLINK
CD formats: Red book
Disc compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio formats supported: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC, Windows Media formatted file, MP3
Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz native
Bit Depths: 16bit, 24bit, 32bit fixed, 32bit float
Infrared: RC5 (handset optional)
RS232: 1 x 9-way D type
TV outputs: 1 x S-Video, 1 x composite, 1 x 15-way D VGA
USB: 4 x rear panel
Ethernet: 1 x rear panel RJ45
Other: 1 x PS2 keyboard, 1 x PS2 mouse
USER CONTROL INTERFACES
Front panel logo: Touch-sensitive eject and shutdown mode function
TV/Monitor: 4:3 and 16:9 customisable TV interface
USB: touch screen compatible
Web Interface: PC and Mac internet browser compatible, Adobe Flash® user interface
Handheld: User interface app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices
AMX & Crestron: Installer-customisable reference apps available
STREAMING AND RIPPING
USB: Scan and play from FAT and NTFS formatted memory sticks
Network Shares: Scan and play from music stored on a network share
Network Storage: Rip to external network storage for expanded music storage
UPnP™: Transcoding, proxying UPnP™ Server, DLNA® device compatible
StreamNet: 6 user streams to NaimNet and NetStreams systems
CD Metadata: AllMusic.com online, FreeDB online and local database
Mains supply: 100-240VAC, 50 or 60Hz
Dimensions (H x W x D): 87 x 207 x 314mm
Windows Media™ is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
UPnP™ is a trademark of the UPnP™ forum.
iPod, iPhone and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Adobe Flash® is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
DLNA® is the registered trademark of the Digital Living Network Alliance.
Naim’s UnitiServe is powered by the DigiFi platform; leading edge software technology licensed from DigiFi Ltd of London.
Copyright notice: UnitiServe users are reminded that copying CDs may, in certain circumstances, be illegal.
Naim has a passionate and committed interest in music. This is as true today as it was at the time of the company's formation in Salisbury, England, over 35 years ago. Enjoyment of music has driven Naim to design and manufacture the finest range of audio equipment available.
Top engineering principles ensure that all Naim products meet and exceed the measurable parameters essential for state-of-the-art performance, safety and reliability: all essential qualities for which Naim is renowned. Measurement alone, however, is not enough: every product must also deliver the emotion of music. This is what makes good hi-fi great hi-fi.
Naim quality requires an attention to detail verging on the obsessive: a special and unique approach to component selection and system design, all within a highly specialised production environment. Every aspect of a Naim product’s design is considered for its impact on sound quality.
Naim's toughest critics are its management and its employees. Together with customers – music lovers and numerous musicians, who regard Naim's products as the closest to live music – Naim push onward on a path of continuous improvement.
Naim does not chase market fashion and will not move from its overriding objective of achieving consistent musical performance. The company has its own record label, Naim Label, which specialises in high-quality music recordings. Naim has moved steadily into the world of audio streaming and multi-room, introducing the award-winning NaimUniti all-in-one audio player and a range of multi-room audio products: NaimNet, designed to bring new customers to the Naim fold without sacrificing Naim's legendary performance. Naim also announced an exclusive partnership with Bentley Motors in 2008, with the launch of the Naim for Bentley Premium Audio System, which is available across all Bentley models.