Naim Mu-so 2 All in One Wireless Music Player ... latest version

This is a critics choice for a powerful stand alone streaming system with good fidelity that is delightful to use. Please note that this the highly acclaimed new version and not the low performance older model that is being sold off by some Department stores and dealers with old stock.


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What Hi-Fi? June 19th 2019.



Mu-so® is the latest version of this Naim wireless music system. Finely tuned by specialist engineers in England, its powerful audio brain delivers the most exceptional quality in sound, commanding 450 watts of power through six custom-designed speakers to create an experience of music that has to be heard to be believed


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Overview

Five years ago, the Mu-so arrived to a chorus of praise. Such was the unique one-box offering of wireless network multi-room streaming, physical connectivity, amplification and speakers, we weren't sure what to call it. An all-in-one hi-fi system? A streaming system? A wireless speaker? Whatever you called it, Naim had a hit on its hands and the Mu-so was a winner from day one.

95% New & Improved

In this significant update, Naim has naturally carried its new comprehensive streaming platform – the beating heart of the brand's latest streamers and systems, such as the ND5 XS 2 and Uniti Atom – into the Mu-so 2. This gives it UPnP streaming of hi-res music up to PCM 32-bit/384kHz, direct streaming from Spotify Connect and Tidal, Apple AirPlay 2, internet radio and Google Chromecast. Naim has also improved the Wi-Fi stability, although a wired ethernet connection is still a good option.

As with the original Mu-so, offline streaming is catered for with Bluetooth, while USB, optical and 3.5mm inputs offer the ability to connect another source, such as a CD transport, CD player or television. On the latter, Naim has also decided to add a HDMI ARC socket so you can hook the Mu-so 2 up to your telly or AV receiver to pass-through high-quality Blu-ray formats, such as Dolby TrueHD, and also use a single remote to control all connected components.

Advanced Naim App Control

Control comes from the latest version of the neatly-designed Naim app (iOS and Android). The home screen offers simple input selection and preset access, the display of Audio Trends server's library highlights the album art and is easy to browse through. Tidal is nicely integrated too, and the whole experience is responsive on a smartphone or tablet.

The app is also your go-to for multi-room pairing and control. The backwards-compatible Mu-so 2 can be paired with other Mu-so 2, Mu-so and Mu-so Qb speakers, or other compatible Naim products, using the latest streaming platform in three ways: via AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast or Naim's own software.

A selection of settings allows you to do everything from naming and updating your Mu-so to setting a sleep timer or alarm clock. You can also tailor the sound based on where the Mu-so 2 is positioned – choose from Near Wall Near Corner’ or, when out in the open ‘No Compensation’. Users of music player curation software Roon can control the Roon-Ready Mu-so 2nd Generation via Roon's own app.

Looks Better, Works Better

While the Mu-so 2's stylish aesthetic heritage is obvious, there are tell-tale signs of its individuality next to the original. The aluminium chassis sports a new burnished grey finish and the front wave-like grille, available in black, terracotta, olive and peacock (blue), is now made of a new nylon and polyester knit fabric that Naim says improves sound sensitivity by around 1db in the midrange.

The flat handheld remote is similar to the one supplied with the Naim Uniti series and offers a handy means of control if you want a break from your smartphone or tablet screen.

Another upgrade is to the Mu-so 2's top mounted dial which features an improved touch control panel, ringed by a silky-smooth illuminated dial allowing you to change volume, switch sources and select preset music to play. Up to five presets, such as albums, playlists or radio stations, can be set via the Naim app. Thanks to a proximity sensor, you can wake the display with your hand and illuminate the icons ready for use.

Sounds Better

To improve performance, Naim has fitted new drivers – optimised in collaboration with Focal and collectively driven by 450W of amplification – and advanced the capability of its digital sound processing. Each driver has been reconsidered: the bass unit has been given a longer voice coil and larger magnet to reduce distortion, while the midrange has a better-damped surround to improve its phase with the cone.

The new processing is capable of 13 times as many instructions as the original Mu-so, and all digitised analogue inputs and all digital inputs are upsampled or downsampled as necessary to a 24-bit/88kHz output. Naim has paid attention to digital timing too, extending the duties of the system's Master Clock to the streaming card too, as is the case in Naim's high-end ND555 streamer.

Those improvements combined have secured a calibre of sound that's more next level than incremental. While there is the familiar richness, both in terms of tonality and quality, the Mu-so 2 walks all over its predecessor when it comes to detail, dynamics and rhythmic dexterity.

The sound of the Mu-so 2 is forceful, hugely engaging and precise. The sound stage is wider, the bass response improved and the sheer presence of it is just that much more massive. To augment bass, Naim has re-engineered the physical structure of the system to increase the cabinet volume by 13 per cent. Turn it up and you'll find it will go loud, without distortion. You can have Mu-so 2 practically all the way up and not really realise how loud it is… until you try to have a conversation and find it drowning you out.

Our Take

The original Mu-so was one of those products you wanted to buy and own even if you didn't really have a need for one. It was such a cool looking piece with amazing tech and extremely impressive sound. Naim Audio has just made the Mu-so 2 even harder to resist by improving, well, almost everything. We secretly think the piece of tech Naim didn't tell you about is this new model's incredible ability to smoothly remove your credit card from your wallet and have it in your hand before you even realise how much you want the Mu-so 2. Now that's technology in action.

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