Naim Au­dio’s Uniti all-in-one range goes Nova...

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Naim Au­dio takes out our Sin­gleBox So­lu­tion of the Year on p93 with its Uniti Atom — now the larger Nova is ready for re­lease as well. Again a sin­gle-box de­sign us­ing that spec­tac­u­lar top knob im­ported from the com­pany’s Mu-so de­signs, it pro­vides 80 watts per chan­nel of Class A/B am­pli­fi­ca­tion, and plenty of source op­tions, with the Uniti Nova again na­tively sup­port­ing Chrome­cast and Blue­tooth (with both aptX and apt HD) to stream music from smart­phone or tablet, and also Air­Play, so you can stream music from any iDe­vice or iTunes. Tidal and Spo­tify are also in­te­grated, along with the abil­ity to play in­ter­net ra­dio, plus it has UPnP so you can con­nect to a com­puter or to net­workat­tached stor­age. You can also play music via USB-con­nected stor­age or from an SD-card.

One diŒer­en­tia­tor over the Atom is that for AV ap­pli­ca­tions the Uniti Nova has an HDMI ARC con­nec­tor to play au­dio from your TV, while there are also two ana­logue in­puts, plus dig­i­tal in­puts. Dig­i­tal file for­mats sup­ported in­clude WAV, FLAC, DSD, Ap­ple Loss­less, AIFF, AAC, Win­dows Me­dia-for­mat­ted files, Ogg Vor­bis and MP3. An op­tional DAB+ tuner mod­ule is avail­able for lis­ten­ing to ter­res­trial dig­i­tal ra­dio.

The front panel of the Uniti Nova has a 127mm colour LCD dis­play that can show al­bum art­work and con­tent as well as music meta­data and sys­tem sta­tus. Front panel but­tons and that lovely top knob give a di­rect method of con­trol­ling the unit. You can also use the sup­plied re­mote or the Naim App. RRP is $7250. www.naimau­

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