NAIM UNTIQUTE 2
NAIM UNTIQUTE 2 REVIEWS
What Naim has done is take a unit that was already very good and make it incrementally better. The Naim UnitiQute 2 isn’t cheap but it is a superbly built, very flexible design that- most importantly- sounds superb. The competition is getting tougher- not least from its own bigger brother but the Naim UnitiQute 2 is an excellent bit of kit. If you are looking for a compact system that makes few concessions to true high end performance, you need to look at this.
In some regards, the most important change to the UnitiQute happened halfway through the life of the previous model. The 192 kHz capability was added as an option while the 96 kHz model was given a price reduction. The new model is 192 kHz capable from the outset and there is no 96 kHz version.
The feature set stays the same as the previous models but this isn’t a bad thing. As well as the UPnP section, the Naim has the same excellent internet radio system that the other streamers are fitted with and this includes the ‘Naims’s choice’ section which does include some useful stations. Unlike the other Uniti’s, the Qute 2 is equipped with a DAB/FM tuner board as standard.
Positive aspects of the breeding show through as well though. The build quality is exceptionally good. The standard non magnetic and heavily damped casework feels absolutely excellent and the glowing logo is excellent too. This might be ‘baby Naim’ but it still feels like high end hi-fi. The n-Stream control app is still lovely and adds to the experience.
Naim equipment is defined by a sound that is generally more powerful than the bald figures suggest and has a bass drive and sense of timing that is hard to define in text but leads to a sense of life and excitement. If you like what Naim equipment does, very little else will do.
This means that the Naim is an even handed and generally entertaining performer. The detailed improvements have taken the performance and eeked a few extra percent out of it. This means that although it is small, the Naim UnitiQute 2 sounds convincing with a wide range of music. Even through the tiny Neat Iota, the sound is full bodied and surprisingly powerful. Voices have a weight and texture that is genuinely impressive for a selection of equipment that takes up so little space. Switching to the Audio Note AN-K’s which are rather larger and the sense of scale increases. Pairing a high sensitivity speaker designed for valve amps with an offering from the high priests of solid state might seem like an odd match but it works surprisingly well. The 30w amp is, in the best Naim fashion, powerful beyond the bald numbers and you have to drive the bolts out of it before it shows any signs of hardening up.
ED SELLEY – AV FORUMS
“The Naim UnitiQute 2 is capable of delivering a big sound, and has amazing flexibility. Naim had better crank up production: this little system is going to be big.”
WHAT HI FI?
the Naim Unitiqute 2 is attractive, compact, versatile and easy to use, but best of all, it sounds fantastic.
Naim has hit the mark perfectly for a high-quality yet reasonably priced, all encompassing HiFi component.
It was amazing to hear an acoustic bass really sound like an acoustic bass.
Just like the legendary Nait and Nait 2 amplifiers, I’m positive the Naim Untiqute 2 will still hold a special place in many music lovers hearts years from now. This is what the music world needs more of.
The Naim UnitiQute 2 is well-specified and, most importantly,capable of a strong sonic performance.
HI FI CHOICE
NAIM UNTIQUTE 2
Naim’s Uniti System represents a new approach to enjoying high ﬁdelity music around the home. Simpler than traditional multi-room and focused purely on convenient access to music, UnitiSystem recasts the hi-ﬁ rulebook and can, literally, re-wire your music.
Simplicity and convenience aren’t provided at the cost of true hi-ﬁ performance, however; a Naim badge ensures that UnitiSystem delivers world-beating sound quality. UnitiSystem brings genuine Naim, audiophile, high-resolution sound quality to every room of the house. UnitiSystem is “grown-up” hi-ﬁ made simple.
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UnitiQute is a compact, stylish, multi-source, all-in-one audio player that can also play UPnP™ streams at up to 24bit/96kHz resolutions. Just like NaimUniti, you only need speakers. And just like NaimUniti, UnitiQute is a true Naim product incorporating all the ampliﬁer and digital audio know-how that produces the world’s best hi-ﬁ . UnitiQute doesn’t just make music, it makes music real.
As well as a class-leading high-performance all-in-one system, UnitiQute’s size also makes it the perfect kitchen, bedroom or study system – or anywhere that a small system ﬁts the bill. Combined with a UnitiServe, UnitiQute offers multi-room audio where perhaps the most complex installation task is opening the carton. It combines a genuine Naim 30 Watt per channel ampliﬁer with a DAB, FM and iRadio tuner, and a USB interface for iPod and iPhone models and high resolution audio playback from memory sticks. Analogue and digital inputs mean further external sources such as DVD players, satellite T V receivers, MP3 players or games consoles can be connected, and a digital output enables both internal and external digital sources, including iPod and iPhone audio, to be sent to an external digital to analogue converter or digital input preampliﬁer. UnitiQute is a decidedly cute digital source add-on to a conventional hi-ﬁ system. Along with remote handset control, the same iPhone / iPod Touch app can also be used with UnitiQute.[/EXPAND]
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