This integrated streaming player/Amp is the big brother to the Uniti Atom, and claims to be the Audiophile version. The Atom itself is a great little box, and does an amazing job, so the Nova has a high bar to get over…
Out of the box, the packaging for the Nova is in the same style as the Atom. This has clearly been inspired by the advances in packaging design popular with mobile phone manufacturers. This all exudes quality, and as the device itself emerges from the folds of the packing, the feeling of quality only increases.
Pluggin the unit in and switching it on is relatively simple. They encourage you to download the App, and this makes logging the unit onto your WiFi easier. That done, the unit first wants to download the latest firmware update – clearly Naim’s development team have continued to be busy since the manufacturing process started. The update only takes a few minutes, and the unit is then ready to delight you.
With our demonstration unit we decided to plug it into a pair of Focal Sopra No2 speakers to see what it could do. Right from the get-go it was tight and focussed with plenty of excitement and dynamics. As it warmed up, a sense of space and a large soundstage revealed itself. There is plenty of controlled power available to drive high quality speakers, and we’ve been delighted to listen to it’s output.
Naim Uniti Nova in numbers:
Dimensions and Weight
95 mm x 432 mm x 265 mm (H x W x D), 13 kg
2 x Optical TOSLink (up to 24bit/192kHz)
2 x Coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
1 x BNC (up to 192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
1 x HDMI ARC
2 x RCA
2 x 5-pin DIN
2 x USB Type A socket (front and rear)
1 x SD card
1 x Stereo power amplifier
1 x RCA sub/pre output
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
|Audio Formats||WAV – 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.
|Internet Radio Formats||Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, OGG Vorbis streams and MMS|
|Internet Radio Provider||vTuner premium 5*|
|Amplifier Output||80W per channel into 8 ohms|
|Power Consumption||Typical use: 140W
Standby mode: <5W
Deep sleep: <0.5W
|Mains Supply||100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz|
|App Control||Naim App for iOS and Android|
|Front Panel||5″” colour LCD display and rotary volume control with proximity sensor and four buttons|
This is not a cheap product, at £4199.00, however we think it’s well worth money, delivering performance and features to match the price tag.
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