High-end Audio Meets Single Case Audio
There's a convention in high-end audio that says only separates can reach genuine high-end performance. Well not any more. The NaimUniti showed just how much audio performance and versatility could be housed within one stylish casing. Now the SuperUniti takes the concept still further to tear-up the rule book and play with the big boys.
"All-in-one" means not just an integrated amplifier and a couple of integrated sources. SuperUniti genuinely can do it all. Take a deep breath because listing its talents takes a while. SuperUniti is an integrated wireless UPnP network stream player, USB audio player, iPod and iPhone dock, internet radio, DAB radio, FM radio, ten input digital and analogue preamplifier, digital to analogue converter, and stereo 80 Watt power amplifier. And just so that you don't lose track of time while listening - easily done - it has an alarm clock too. Out of breath?
SuperUniti might well contain all the audio versatility you'll ever need, but audio versatility is nothing without musical ability, and that's where four decades of Naim audio expertise comes in. Not only does SuperUniti do everything, it does it all with brilliant clarity and heart-stopping emotion. Every musical source, from internet radio via analogue inputs through to digital streams, is played with genuine musical quality. Every drop of music is squeezed from every stream of data - whatever its provenance.
- 80W per channel into 8 Ohms
- UPnP -enabled to stream audio files from any hard disk server, such as UnitiServe, HDX, network attached storage (NAS) or laptop/computer via a home network
- Multi-format tuner for FM/DAB/Internet radio
- vTuner 5* full service Internet radio
- Naim's Choice allowing access to higher quality iRadio streams selected by Naim
- Front panel USB port for replay of MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio
- Apple authenticated enabling digital output from iPod/iPhone for ultimate sound quality, charging and front panel content display, when connected to front panel USB
- Six S/PDIF digital inputs for external digital sources. Three optical, front panel optical and 24-bit/192kHz capable BNC and RCA
- Multiple intuitive control interfaces: front panel, remote control handset and n-Stream app - enabled for system automation, useful for those wishing to use a CD player alongside SuperUniti
- Internal architecture for hi-res audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over the network
- Ethernet network connectivity for reliabilty. Wireless also available for convenience
- Plays/streams WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, MP3, Windows Media-formatted content, AAC and Ogg Vorbis from any suitable UPnP device or USB-connected storage device. Gapless playback available on all supported file formats
- Naim custom-designed digitally operated analogue volume control for excellent sound quality and precise channel matching
The SuperUniti High-end Pedigree
It isn't just SuperUniti versatility that is, "all-in-one". SuperUniti also pulls together a collection of high-end core audio technologies borrowed directly from Naim high-end products. The SuperUniti power amplifier module comes from the SUPERNAIT integrated amplifier. Its digital audio hardware is drawn from the NDX network player; the World's first upgradable audiophile streaming source. Its digital to analogue conversion technology, including the innovative data buffering jitter removal process, comes courtesy of the Naim DAC. SuperUniti is a high-end audio technology "all-in-one".
SuperUniti is not limited by audio file source, format or resolution. It can stream audio files, including iTunes libraries, stored on a computer or on network storage, via UPnP. It can play all common, and some not-so-common, audio file and stream formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, MP3, M4A, Windows Media-formatted files, LPCM and Ogg Vorbis. And where the file format supports high resolution, SuperUniti can make the most of 24 bit/192kHz data. SuperUniti also recognises M3U and PLS playlists formats and supports gapless playback on all supported formats.
Crowding so much audio technology in one place brings numerous challenges of component selection, circuit and component layout, power supply noise and microphony. Meeting such challenges however is second nature at Naim Audio and the expertise that brings solutions has long been part of the audio engineering culture. SuperUniti is a masterpiece of audio technology packaging.
Along with drawing from the best existing Naim technologies, SuperUniti introduces a new technology of its own. Behind the traditional looking volume knob lies an innovative new digital control technology providing noise-free digital volume adjustment that intuitively varies its operating characteristic depending on how quickly the volume knob is turned.
Upgrade potential has long been a central philosophy behind the Naim approach to music in the home. Despite its integration, SuperUniti embraces that philosophy with a preamplifier output that enables an external power amplifier, perhaps the classic NAP 250, to be used to provide even more high-end musical performance.
Integrated With Life
Integration is a theme that continues through to SuperUniti's place in the home. Its wireless and network capabilities mean it can integrate with other UnitiSystem products, like the UnitiServe CD-ripping hard disk music player or the UnitiQute compact all-in-one player, to create a multi-room home audio system. SuperUniti integrates with a busy life too. It can be controlled from its front panel buttons, a conventional remote control handset, or wirelessly via the free Naim n-Stream iPhone and iPad app. And if you aren't quite ready to let go of your CDs just yet, SuperUniti will connect with your existing player through its system automation features to enable integrated CD control via n-Stream. Never has access to so much audio horsepower been so simple.
It's All About Music
Integration, versatility, technology, streaming, networking - it would be easy perhaps to lose sight of the music. Easy, that is, until you listen. SuperUniti is Naim high-end audio that carries the power to move both the emotions and the hairs on the back of the neck. It just comes in a single elegant enclosure.