Just a couple of months after launching the 2nd-generation version of its stylish Mu-so model, this latest iteration comes with extensive’ hardware and software upgrades over the original model which first arrived in 2016.
Naim’s newest offering can stream from its own digital music library, content from streaming services like Spotify, and content airing on Internet radio stations via the brand’s unique music-streaming platform that took three years to create and involved 25 engineers.
All of this can be controlled using Naim’s own app or a physical remote control which is new to the 2nd-generation model.
In terms of aesthetic changes, while the new model appears similar to its predecessor, the design has been updated with several new features, including a new illuminated volume dial that has a control array. It has a proximity sensor that illuminates the dial as soon as it senses a hand close to it.
The new speaker is finished in the same burnished grey aluminium chassis and upgraded speaker grille fabric as its larger-sized Mu-so sibling. Optional replacement grilles allow the user to customise the Mu-so Qb in a choice of Olive, Terracotta or Peacock.
Although the Mu-so Qb still packs 300W of power, the hardware has also been upgraded with redesigned drivers developed in collaboration with French acoustic brand Focal and an upgraded processor featuring a Digital Signal Processor, with more than 10 times extra processing power.
The new Mu-so Qb will be available from September, priced at $899.