Naim UnitiQute2 all in one player
British hi-fi company Naim Audio is synonymous with creating great sounding CD players, digital music streamers, amplifiers, tuners and loudspeakers, but not all of us have the money or space for a high end separates hi-fi system. That's where Naim's UnitiQute 2 comes in - a self contained box with five complete products within - a stereo analogue/ digital preamplifier, FM and DAB Radio, Universal Plug and Play network streamer plus a superb quality digital to analogue converter and stereo power amplifier - all you need to add to get seriously good sounding music in your home is a quality pair of loudspeakers and you're in business.
The half-width case Unitiqute2 is aimed at music lovers who want to experience the wealth and breadth of music content not just from their CD's and other traditional music carriers, but from music sources accessible via the internet. Nowadays, you don't need to own the music to play it - there are many free sources of great content out there online, plus a bunch of very high quality subscription sources such as Spotify, Last.fm and Napster - plus you have the ability to listen to radio stations from around the globe via internet radio, all with that unique Naim foot tapping sound quality. Of course the UnitiQute 2 lacks a CD player itself, and so it will happily partner a traditional CD player or vinyl turntable from an existing system, thanks to it's single analogue stereo preamp input.
Naim have recently re-evaluated the UnitiQute 2 and improved it further, now providing support for Spotify Connect and integrating high quality, lossless apt X Bluetooth compatibility to make this unit one of the most prolific and exemplary all-in-one systems on the market today.
Five digital inputs (two optical, two coaxial, and a front panel USB) are also present on the rear panel which connect directly to the onboard DAC, but also still giving you control of volume, allowing you to connect all manner of digital music sources such as games console, set-top box, TV audio, external DAB tuner, PC or Mac computers, the list is almost endless. The ubiquitous iPod/ iPhone/ iPad can also be connected via the front panel USB socket using the standard iPhone USB cable, as can memory sticks containing music files. A front panel 3.5mm mini jack socket also allows connection of other mobile devices.
Naim's own UnitiServe or indeed any network drive can be used to store music files digitally at up to 32 bit resolution at 192kHz sampling frequency to give you full access to any CD ripped to the network, all under control of Naim's very own free App which is desined to work from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Artist, album track and genre are all selectable with a few taps of the screen, as is the desired volume. Uniqute 2 can connect wirelessly or with a wired connection to your network, and makes it's own network settings to discover other devices on the network without you ever needing to intervene.
With a power output of 30 watts per channel into eight ohms, or 45W per channel into four ohms, you will rarely find any need for more punch than that available from the Uniqute 2. If you wish to add an external power amplifier in the future, no problem, there are stereo pre-amp outputs on the rear panel. A ground lift switch is provided to give a soution to hum and other grounding problems sometimes encountered.
This latest upgrade of the original UnitQute to '2' status moves the performance up to where there really is very little else in the market to compete - with much better sound quality under it's belt, more advanced streaming features, DAB included within the standard price and multi-room audio capability, the Unitiqute 2 is one of the most in-demand streaming products of the moment.
|Analogue Inputs||1 x RCA pair, 1 x front panel 3.5mm jack (combined optical)|
|Antenna Inputs||Wi-Fi, F type, (plus PAL adapter)|
|Input Sensitivity||270mV at 47kΩ|
|Digital Inputs||5 x S/PDIF (2 x optical TOSLINK, 2 x coaxial RCA, 1 x front panel mini-TOSLINK)|
|USB Inputs||1 x front panel Type A socket (also used for iPod)|
|Other Inputs||Ethernet and iPod (digital via USB socket)|
|UPnP||Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio (S/N Ratio)||80dB|
|Power Outputs||30W per channel into 8Ω, 45W per channel into 4Ω|
|Digital Outputs (type)||BNC 75Ω (plus RCA adapter)|
|Remote Control||Infra Red (RC5)|
|Audio Formats Supported||Internet radio (Windows Media-formatted content, MP3 Streams, MMS),
Playlists (M3U, PLS),
AAC (up to 320kBit/s, CBR/VBR),
Windows Media-formatted content-9 (up to 320kBit/s),
FLAC and WAV (up to 32bit/192kHz via UPnP and USB only),
|DAB Tuning Range||Band III and L Band|
|FM Tuning Range||87.5 - 108MHz|
|Internet Radio Provider||vTuner 5* full service|
|Internet Radio Formats||Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streams and MMS|
Will stream native quality WAV,
AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz),
ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz),
MP4 (up to 16bit/48kHz) files only
Will play 320kbps MP3 quality only
|USER CONTROL INTERFACES|
|Front Panel||Logo touch-sensitive mute and volume control function|
|Handheld||Remote handset included and optional
n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
available from the App Store
|Other||Front panel logo touch-sensitive mute function|
|Mains Supply||100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz|
|Power Consumption||25VA (quiescent), 200VA (max.)|
|PRODUCT CERTIFICATION & LICENSES|
|Certifications||Apple (Made for iPhone), vTuner Premium|
|Licenses||MP3, ACC, DAB|
|Dimensions||87 x 207 x 314mm (H x W x D)|
|Shipping Dimensions||210 x 280 x 410mm (H x W x D)|
|Notes||Windows Media is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
UPnP is a trademark of the UPnP forum.
iPod and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc,
registered in the U.S. and other countries.
|Language||English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch|
|Front||Black powder coated|
|Case||Black powder coated|
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Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Please remember that postage and packing is completely free for orders over £50*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.
Deliveries usually take 1-3 working days. The majority of orders are sent via our couriers'; Interlink Express on a next-day-delivery service. Smaller, low value or light-weight items are normally posted using Royal Mail Recorded or Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Once your product has been dispatched, you will be notified via email and sent a unique consignment number, you can use this number at http://www.interlinkexpress.com to check the status of your delivery. If you have provided a mobile telephone number, Interlink's Predict service will notify you by text (and email) of a one-hour delivery window. If the window they suggest is inconvenient, you can change the date of delivery to a later one via text or email.
*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.
|Shipping Costs||Mainland UK (Next-Day)||Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly Islands||Republic of Ireland (2-day)|
|Under £50 Orders||£7.50||£12.50||£15.00|
|Over £50 Orders||FREE||£19.99||£29.99|
|Saturday by 12 Delivery||£35||N/A||N/A|
Post codes exempt from the free delivery service include:
Scottish Highlands Post Codes: AB30-38, AB41-42, AB44-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-33, PA34-40, PH15-26, PH31-41, PH49-50
Islands Post Codes: HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3
Northern Ireland: All BT postcodes
Channel Islands Post Codes: JE, GY
Scilly Isles Post Codes: TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25
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