Naim Audio, the British Hi-Fi specialist with 46 years of audio expertise, has introduced the latest member of its Mu-so wireless music system family: Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation. The company says extensive software and hardware upgrades deliver a significant performance boost over the original Mu-so Qb (launched in 2016), while the design evolves to match the Mu-so 2nd Generation styling.Just like the Mu-so 2nd Generation introduced back in May, the new Mu-so Qb features Naim’s own music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over three years to offer strong performance from a user’s own digital music collection, internet radio, or music streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify.
Mu-so Qb also gains the new 2nd Generation illuminated volume dial, complete with a full control array and a proximity sensor: it lights up in welcome as a hand approaches it. Easily access key playback controls favourite playlists and radio stations, Spotify resume, multiroom functionality and more are available from the tactile new interface. Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation can also be controlled via the updated Naim app and – by popular customer demand – a new remote control.
Available in the same burnished grey aluminium chassis and with the same upgraded speaker grille design as its Mu-so big brother, Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is designed to look attractive too.
It can also be customised with optional replacement grilles in the same Olive, Terracotta or Peacock colourways.
Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation’s compact dimensions pack in 300W of music power, served up to all-new speaker drivers – optimised in conjunction with Focal, the acoustic specialist celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Naim’s VerVent Audio associate. Like the bigger Mu-so 2nd Generation, the Qb now has an upgraded ‘brain’, too: a DSP with more than 10 times extra processing power for even greater musical accuracy.
Stream music in high-resolution quality (Qb can handle files up to 32bit/384kHz) via UPnPTM, 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. You can also connect devices wirelessly via Bluetooth and the unit also has a USB input.
Three ways to multiroom
Powerful enough to fill most rooms, Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation’s relatively compact size also makes it a decent option for spaces such as kitchens and bedrooms. A few taps of the Naim app and it can join a multiroom set up with its larger sibling – or other Naim networked products, including 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb. For convenience, you can also multiroom Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation 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 users 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 Qb 2nd Generation is Roon Ready, too.
“The launch of Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation brings Naim’s Award-winning music-streaming platform to more people – and rooms – than ever before. Its size-defying power and performance make it a superb option on its own, but it’s also perfect as part of a multiroom system – ideal for smaller spaces where the bigger Mu-so, which is increasingly finding a home under the TV as a soundbar as well as a music system, may not fit”, says Naim Audio MD, Charlie Henderson.
Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation will be available from September at a suggested retail price of £749/$899/€849.