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So what's going on with Naim and Unitis?
Excellent question, it was summer 2016 when it was announced that Naim's Uniti range of Qute, Lite, and Super would all be replaced in Sept/October with all-new models
We ordered what we needed from the range and waited for new models, and waited, and waited. Scroll on to Jan 2017, still waiting, despite having info and pictures to whet the old appetite the latest news is April, May?, June?
Approaching a year with no production of one of the biggest selling ranges what is going on? At the same time the old guard at the top of Naim have moved on, or retired. Is this because of the launch screw-up? Who knows, perhaps it was just the right time anyway.
Happier news the new gear looks great and is a simplified range.
First to arrive will be the UnitiCore, a cd ripper and server. The Core can store up to 100,000 tracks of uncompressed music and serve out to multiple rooms on a network.
It has no analogue outputs so to be used as a player you need a DAC or an amplifier with digital inputs. Control is by the Naim APP
Available March-ish orders are now being taken, priced at £ 1799, looks fabulous doesn't it?
The three all-in-one music players to complete the range are the Atom, Star, and Nova.
This the Nova, colour screen to see what's playing, stream from internet services, nas drive, bluetooth
and then a 40 watt amplifier. The standard sion is £ 1750, add £ 99 for an HDMI input
The next two are the big boys, full width case, more power, better power supplies.
UnitiStar at £ 3299 will do all the Atom above does and also features a cd drive for playing and ripping your cds
to an external hard drive or to a Uniti Core. Sound performance is notched up a level as well.
Top of the range is the Uniti Nova
Without the cd drive the case is packed with amplification for superior sound quality
Can't wait to get our hands on this one!
Full Naim 80 watts per channel in a gorgeous case, £ 4099
So while the wait for these beauties has been frustrating it looks like it will be worth it