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Uniti Nova

Description

Audiophile All-in-One

Uniti Nova is proof that an all-in-one player can deliver audiophile quality. Whichever source you choose, your music will be transformed into a stunning sonic experience. The reference player in the range, Uniti Nova has been configured to offer the very best solution that we can implement in a single-box, compact enclosure. All the available space has been used to provide 80 watts per channel of Class A/B amplification capable of driving the most demanding loudspeakers – detail and depth you’ll hear in every note, riff and chorus.

Under the Skin of Uniti Nova

Uniti Nova really lives up to its name with some outstanding new technology which really sets it apart from the rest of the range. Its circuitry features the highest quality discrete components, a massive toroidal transformer for an exceptional sound, superior isolation, our new signature volume control, more inputs than you can shake a stick at and an 80 watt power per channel power amplifier to boot. Uniti Nova is as good as an all-in-one player can get.

Features

A Closer Look at Uniti’s Digital Brain

New Uniti Nova features an incredibly powerful, phenomenally accurate fourth-generation 40-bit SHARC DSP processor. This DSP chip removes jitter (timing errors) and, using Naim’s RAM buffer (first used in the Naim DAC and NDS), oversamples the audio 16 times to feed the premium Burr Brown DACs, resulting in a smoother and more precise sonic performance.

Revolutionary New Streaming Platform

Uniti has been developed with a completely new, extremely powerful and versatile streaming board. This innovative new platform is much more powerful than its predecessor, has masses of memory, will adapt to new technology effortlessly and seamlessly integrates with other network-connected Naim systems, including the Mu-so wireless music system.

Class A/B Amplification

Driving this digital innovation is an 80-watt amplifier with technology derived from our most iconic and best-loved integrate amp, the NAIT. The filter sections in Uniti Nova are made using the finest-quality through-hole film capacitors and discrete transistors. The power amplifier sections are now twice as fast and run from linear power supplies with substantial transformers and we’ve also installed premium Burr Brown DACs to deliver the unique Naim pace, rhythm and timing.

Local Storage

Uniti Nova allows you to plug in an external USB-connected drive or SD card so you can store up to 20,000 tracks and play them back through your all-in-one player. You can also use your Uniti Nova to serve music to up to four network-connected players in a multiroom system.

State of the Art WiFi

New Uniti all-in-one players include the very latest Wi-Fi technology. The superior Wi-Fi processor supports 2.4 and 5 GHz, alongside a much better internal buffer and memory – Uniti Nova will store up to five minutes’ worth of data, which results in far fewer dropouts. The Wi-Fi aerials (one on either side of the product for optimum range) are integrated behind a slot machined into the heat sink, a patent-pending system that provides robust connectivity without the need for an external aerial.

Specifications
Audio Inputs
DAB/FMOptional DAB/FM module available (release date to be confirmed)
Memory Card1 x SD Card
StreamingChromecast Built-In, Apple AirPlay, TIDAL,
Spotify® Connect, Bluetooth (AptX HD), Internet Radio, UPnP™ (hi-res streaming), Roon Ready
USB2 x USB Type A Socket (front and rear)
Analogue1 x RCA

1 x 5-pin DIN

Digital (S/PDIF)2 x Optical TOSLink (up to 24bit/96kHz)
2 x Coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
1 x BNC (up to 192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
1 x HDMI ARC
Audio Outputs
Analogue1 x Stereo power amplifier
1 x RCA sub/pre output
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
Certification and Licenses
CertificationApple AirPlay, Chromecast Built-In, Bluetooth, AptX HD, zigbee RF4CE, Rovi, HDMI, NTFS, HFS and Wi-Fi.
Connectivity
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 (10/100Mbps), WiFi (802.11 b/g/n/ac with internal antennae)
Formats
Internet Radio FormatsWindows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, OGG Vorbis streams and MMS
Internet Radio ProvidervTuner premium 5*
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. All formats to 384kHz maximum over wireless network.
Physical
Dimensions95mm x 432mm x 265mm  (HxWxD)
FinishesBrushed and anodised aluminium
Weight13kg
Power
Auto Standby timeUser selectable: adjustable from off up to 2 hours
Amplifier Output80W per channel into 8 ohms
Mains Supply115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power ConsumptionTypical use: 140W
Network standby mode: <2W
Deep sleep: <0.5W
Network Standby (with SD Card and/or USB devices attached): > 15W*.
*Actual power consumption will vary depending on the size and type of attached SD card or USB devices
Ripping and Storage
StorageStore up to 20,000 tracks to a local USB connected storage device and serve to a network-connected player.
Supplied with
Supplied withRemote control, Power-Line Lite mains cable (UK denominations only), cleaning cloth and quick start guide.
Upgrades
Mains CablePower-Line mains cable
AmplificationExternal power amplifier or sub-woofer
User Control
App ControlNaim App for iOS and Android
Front Panel5″” colour LCD display and rotary volume control with proximity sensor and four buttons
Handheldzigbee RF4CE
Reviews

Home Theater Review

It’s an exquisitely designed all-in-one audio player that in my opinion sets a new audiophile standard for quality music reproduction from a single box this feature-laden. The intuitive nature of the operating system and Naim Control App, combined with the simplicity of the excellent remote, result in bulletproof functionality. What’s more, it’s a joy to use, being completely devoid of any of the glitches that typically accompany all-in-one products to one degree or another.

The Absolute Sound

The Naim Uniti Nova can make the transition from hair-shirt audiophilia into a thoroughly modern musical world a painless, musically expansive, and completely audiophile-approved experience.

The combination of input flexibility, almost universal format acceptability, compact size, and perhaps most importantly the Uniti Nova’s well-integrated ergonomics and control functions separate it from 99% of the cobbled-together solutions currently available.

Stereophile

The Uniti Nova sounded fantastic with every recording format, whether I used its remote, app, or front-panel controls. Particularly transparent to sources, the Nova dependably re-created powerful, palpable, thoroughly engaging sound.

If you’re a fan of getting your music all possible modes of delivery, Naim’s Uniti Nova must be on your short list.

Definitely, effusively, highly recommended.

What Hi-Fi?

5 of 5 Stars

As complete and convincing an argument for one-box convenience as you’ll hear.

FOR
Purposeful build, robustly elegant looks
Comprehensive functionality
Muscular, detailed, confident sound

AGAINST
Not cheap
So-so control app