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Naim Mu-So Qb 2nd Generation
Redesigned, enhanced, reimagined – it not only looks different but sounds different too.
On August 9, 2019, in Salisbury, England, Naim Audio, a British hi-fi specialist with 46 years of experience in the audio industry, introduced the latest member of its award-winning family of wireless music systems, the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation. Comprehensive hardware and software updates ensure a significant improvement in performance compared to the original Mu-so Qb (released in 2016), while stylistic refinements align the new device with the design language of the Mu-so 2nd Generation.
Similar to the acclaimed Mu-so 2nd Generation introduced in May, the new Mu-so Qb features Naim's unique music streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over 3 years. It delivers optimal performance whether you're playing your own digital music collection or streaming from internet radio or music streaming services like TIDAL and Spotify. This renowned innovation is exclusive to Naim music streaming products, spanning the entire Uniti range to the flagship ND 555. Mu-so Qb has gained a new illuminated volume dial, along with a full control panel and a proximity sensor that lights up in greeting as you approach it. Easy access to key playback controls, favorite playlists, radio stations, Spotify resume function, multiroom functionality, and more is available through this touch-sensitive interface.
The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb can also be controlled using the updated Naim app and, by popular demand, a new remote control. Encased in the same polished aluminum housing in grey and the same speaker grille construction as the Mu-so, it can also be personalized with optional interchangeable grilles in Olive, Terracotta, or Peacock colors.
In its compact dimensions, the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb packs 300W of musical power delivered to entirely new speakers, optimized in collaboration with the brand Focal. The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb also features an upgraded DSP processor, now with over 10 times more processing power for even greater musical precision. Stream high-resolution music (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, and internet radio. Enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity ensures smoother streaming, while Ethernet remains an option if you prefer wired connections. You can also connect devices wirelessly via Bluetooth®. In the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb, the USB input supports music playback from USB drives, while the optical input allows you to easily connect your TV for improved sound quality from your favorite TV shows, movies, and games.
3 Ways to Multiroom
The compact size of the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb makes it an excellent option for rooms like kitchens and bedrooms, where accommodating a larger Mu-so system might be challenging. A few simple clicks in the Naim app allow you to easily join it to a multiroom setup with its larger siblings or other Naim networked products, including the 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb. For convenience, you can also use multiroom with other AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speakers via the Apple Home app or with other Chromecast devices through the Google Home app.
The updated Naim app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows browsing by artists, genre, album, and more, with graphics and extended music information. You can also control volume, backlight settings, rooms, and create playlists. The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb is also ready to integrate with Roon.
Details of the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb:
New Smart Controls: The redesigned interface features 15 intuitive touch buttons and a beautifully bold illuminated volume dial that lights up when you approach it.
Easy Multiroom: Three ways to use multiroom via Naim, Apple, or Google Apps.
Greater Musical Power: The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb offers a new advanced multi-core digital signal processor (DSP).
Enhanced Speaker Transducers: A collaborative design from Naim and Focal research and development departments ensures top-notch performance.
New Streaming Technology: Naim's unique streaming platform is highly efficient and flexible, available in all products across the range, from Uniti players to high-end hi-fi streamers and the Mu-so 2nd Generation.
New Finishes and Grille Colors: Personalize the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb by swapping the standard black speaker grille for one of three new colored options – Olive, Terracotta, or Peacock.
Built-in Google Chromecast: Seamless streaming connection to hundreds of supported apps, including Deezer, Qobuz, Plex, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and Pandora.
AirPlay 2: Stream music seamlessly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Play uninterrupted with Apple Music and control audio devices and Siri-enabled smart home devices.
Spotify Connect: Effortlessly stream millions of songs from your smartphone or tablet.
TIDAL: Experience true CD-quality streaming directly to the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb. A free 90-day HiFi trial is included with each 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb.
Bluetooth®: Simply connect Bluetooth devices for instant music playback.
Internet Radio: Access thousands of internet radio stations and save your favorite presets for easy access.
UPnPTM Streaming: Stream music from your PC, Mac, or network-attached storage – high-resolution "better than CD" quality.
Roon Ready: Roon changes the way you browse music. A beautifully laid-out interface and automatically localized metadata, coupled with links, create an easily navigable digital library with your music collection.
Room Compensation: Adjust sound experiences to best suit your space with three different settings – Near Wall (close to the wall); Near Corner (close to the room's corner); No compensation (for open spaces) to tailor the 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb to your room's acoustics. Excellent Connectivity The 2nd Generation Mu-so Qb features a USB input, optical digital input, and a 3.5mm analog input.
Brand New Remote Control: Now available, a stylish and easy-to-use remote control for quick control of basic functions, including volume, play/pause, and track skipping.
Alarm Clock: The device features an alarm clock that can be activated through the settings menu in the Naim app.
Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, UPnPTM, Spotify® Connect, TIDAL, Roon Ready, Bluetooth, Internet Radio
USB2 (Type A)
Optical S/PDIF up to 96kHz
Sync up to five Naim streaming products and control them through the Naim app.
Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), BLE v4.2
Internet Radio Formats
Windows Media, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streaming, and MMS content
vTuner Premium 5*
Audio File Formats
WAV, FLAC, and AIFF – up to 24bit / 384kHz
ALAC (Apple lossless) – up to 24bit / 384kHz
MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320