THE HI–FI HEADLINES
The most anticipated release for any product in the industry for some time has been the new Uniti range from Naim. This range was announced – with some fanfare – during the last quarter of 2016. The range consists of four products. At the time of writing we have still only received one. The good news is that if this first release is any indication, the wait will have been worth it. This model – the Uniti Core – is a hard-disc server/ streamer. This is well-built, simple to configure, intuitive to use and, above all, sounds great. Next to arrive is the Uniti Atom. This is a compact amplifier/streamer, ideal for smaller listening environments where performance is of high importance. In the near future we will receive the two final pieces, the Uniti Nova – a high-end version of the Atom – and the Star, an all-in-one amplifier/streamer/CD Player/ripper.
At the heart of all Uniti products is Naim’s (recently upgraded) App. There are thousands of App-driven products on today’s market, and the Naim App is certainly one of the best out there. Irrespective of how good a piece of audio equipment is, any enjoyment of it will soon fade if it is difficult or clunky to operate.