Uniti Star

Description

Versatility and Performance

The clue is in the name: this system is the star of the show. With plenty of features and the ability to play, rip, store and serve your treasured music collection, Uniti Star offers infinite possibilities. Stream your music in high-resolution, play or rip your CDs, tune in to your favourite radio stations, access a world of music with a host of streaming services and dramatically improve the audio quality of your TV or games console. Ready to go with practically any speaker set-up, Uniti Star will have you rediscovering your entire music collection with a deep, immersive sound.

Under the Skin of Uniti Star

This all-in-one player packs a heavy punch. Since Uniti Star includes a CD player alongside streaming and amplification technology, our engineers had to pay special attention to preserving thermal stability and decreasing interference between components. The custom-integrated CD drive also doubles as a ripper, making Uniti Star the most versatile all-in-one in the range.

Features

Class A/B Amplification

Uniti Star uses a powerful 70-watt A/B-class amplifier with technology taken from our iconic NAIT integrated amps. We’ve also installed the largest power supply possible as well as the finest-quality SMD circuitry to deliver the unique Naim pace, rhythm and timing.

Revolutionary New Streaming Platform

Uniti has been developed with a completely new, extremely powerful and versatile streaming board. This innovative new platform is extremely powerful, 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.

CD Ripping and Storage

Uniti Star offers bit-perfect CD ripping to create files that you can either play back or serve to any UPnP™-capable streamer on your home network and then can store them locally on a USB-connected device or SD card, either in WAV or FLAC lossless format. Uniti Star uses a unique ripping engine to ensure that the ripped data represents a faultless replica of the CD, even with badly damaged discs.

A Closer Look at the Uniti’s Digital Brain

The new Uniti Star features an incredibly powerful, phenomenally accurate fourth-generation 40-bit SHARC DSP processor. Unique Naim software minimises jitter (timing errors inherent in digital music streaming) and up-samples incoming data to ensure optimum sound quality. This all happens in the tiniest fraction of a second so the only thing you notice is the extra clarity in your music.

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
CD FormatsAudio CD (Red Book, CD and CD-R)
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
Weight12kg
Power
Auto Standby timeUser selectable: adjustable from off up to 2 hours
Amplifier Output70W per channel into 8 ohms
Mains Supply115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power ConsumptionTypical use: 130W
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
CD RippingCreate bit-perfect copies of your CDs, store them on the local storage and play back.
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

What Hi-Fi?

The combination of myriad source options and great sound make the Star an obvious choice.

In use the Uniti feels classy, as befits its premium price, and is clearly built to last.

FOR
Entertaining and informative sound
Musical cohesion and excitement
Extensive features, fine build
AGAINST
Nothing

Forbes

I hesitate to use the word perfect about any product but the Naim Uniti Star sounds pretty perfect to me. I think you’d have to spend a great deal more to improve the sound of this unit. When you consider that this piece of kit is about the price of a small second hand car, it’s incredible value for money and cements Naim’s reputation as the Aston Martin of the audio world.