Uniti Core

Description

Reference Hard-Disk Server

Uniti Core represents the essence of digital music. It is a seriously powerful machine that will allow you to rip your entire CD collection, store up to 100,000 tracks, serve files to Uniti all-in-one players or other Naim streamers and create a back-up for all of your music. You can also use Uniti Core as a standalone digital source – simply connect it to a digital-to-analogue converter or an amplifier with digital inputs and control playback via the Naim app. Uniti Core is a fuss-free, no-compromise solution to ripping, storing, cataloguing and playing your entire music collection.

Features

Music Serving

Uniti Core gives complete flexibility, however you wish to store and play your music. Choose to fit an HDD (Hard-Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid-State Drive) with a capacity of up to 8 TB – enough space for 100,000 tracks. While Uniti Core is ideal for ripping CDs, it also features a folder for downloads and rips made to other devices, giving you a single store for your entire music collection. Plus, Uniti Core will remind you to back up your collection, so you’ll never have to worry about losing your precious tracks.

CD Ripping

Uniti Core uses a unique ripping engine to ensure that the extracted data represents a flawless, bit-perfect copy of the CD. Simply insert your CD and wait a minute or two. Uniti Core will then automatically catalogue your ripped music using Rovi’s vast online database, allowing you to search by title, artist, genre, track or composer via the Naim app. You’ll never lose a CD again.

Music Storage and Backup

Uniti Core gives complete flexibility, however you wish to store and play your music. Choose to fit an HDD (Hard-Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid-State Drive) with a capacity of up to 8 TB – enough space for 100,000 tracks. While Uniti Core is ideal for ripping CDs, it also features a folder for downloads and rips made to other devices, giving you a single store for your entire music collection. Plus, Uniti Core will remind you to back up your collection, so you’ll never have to worry about losing your precious tracks.

Power Supply

The compact Uniti Core houses a sophisticated power supply with a custom-made toroidal transformer. This new linear power supply is designed to minimise noise and provide you with a much higher sound quality.

Specifications

 

Audio Inputs
USB2 x USB Type A Socket (front and rear)
Audio Outputs
Digital (S/PDIF)1 x BNC S/PDIF
Certification and Licenses
CertificationRovi, NTFS, HFS+
Connectivity
MultiroomServe up to 12 network-connected players via UPnP™.

Music stored locally on Uniti Core:
384k 32-Bit WAV, 24576kb/s: <3 streams
384k 24-Bit WAV, 18232kb/s: <5 streams
192k 24-Bit WAV, 9216kb/s: >12 streams
44.1k 16-Bit WAV, 1411kb/s: >16 streams

Music stored on a NAS:
192k 24-Bit WAV, 9216kb/s: <8 streams

MultiroomServe up to 4 network-connected players via UPnP™ at full CD quality.

Party Mode Streaming: Sync up to six Uniti all-in-one players or other Naim streamers and control via the Naim app.

UpdatesUpdate your system wirelessly via the Naim app.
NetworkEthernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
Formats
CD FormatsAudio CD (Red Book, CD and CD-R)
Audio FormatsWAV – up to 32bits/384kHz
FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/384kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/384kHz
MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16 bit)
DSD – 64 and 128FsNotes: Gapless playback supported on all formats.
Physical
Dimensions95mm x 214mm x 265mm (HxWxD)
FinishesBrushed and anodised aluminium
Weight7kg
Power
Auto Standby timeUser selectable: adjustable from off up to 24 hours
Mains Supply115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power ConsumptionTypical Use (no storage attached): 6.7W
Network Standby (no storage attached): <2W
Deep Sleep: <0.5W
Network Standby (with internal or USB HDD attached): > 15W*.
*Actual power consumption will vary depending on the size and type of attached internal HDD or USB devicesNote: Power consumption will be increased with the addition of user fitted storage (typical increase of approximately 8W for an internal HDD, dependant on the specification of storage).
Ripping and Storage
CD RippingCreate bit-perfect copies of your CDs, store them internally and play back (external DAC or digital input amplifier needed).
StorageStore up to 100,000 tracks to internal (HDD or SSD – up to 8TB) or external Network Attached Storage or USB-connected storage and serve to a network-connected player.
Supplied with
Supplied withPower-Line Lite mains cable (UK only), standard mains cable (international markets), cleaning cloth, drive caddy screws, BNC to Phono Connector and quick start guide.
Please note: not sold with an internal hard drive – features a removable caddy into which an HDD or SSD can be installed
Upgrades
Mains CablePower-Line Lite mains cable (UK denominations only)
User Control
App ControlNaim App for iOS and Android
Reviews

Audiostream

Sounstage! Simplifi

But as my experience confirmed for me, the Uniti Core is very impressive even as a standalone component. What you get is a superbly engineered product that will store your digital music files, let you organize them so they’re easy to find, and extract details from them that you may not have realized they contain.