Connect with your music like never before
It's a cliche we know, but good things come in small packages. The UnitiQute 2 all in one audio player however isn't just good: it's a brilliant-sounding, uniquely versatile, seductively compact and, of course, irresistibly cute example of what contemporary music in the home is all about. Music downloads, high-resolution music files, internet radio, network music, UPnP servers, iPod/MP3 players - everything that the new era of music delivery can throw at it, UnitiQute 2 can play. Revitalised for 2013, UnitiQute 2 improves upon the performance of its predecessor with enhanced sound quality and Multiroom functionality. High-resolution 24bit/192kHz streaming capability and a DAB/DAB+ tuner now also come as standard.
Music for everyone
Just like NaimUniti 2, its multi-award-winning sibling, UnitiQute 2 is right at the forefront of modern music delivery technology, and its significance for music enthusiasts of all aspirations is far greater than the simple sum of its component parts. For the committed enthusiast with an existing Naim setup, UnitiQute 2 can not only deliver exceptional Naim music-making as a second system, but also play the role of gateway to all the new digital music delivery formats - from USB memory sticks, UPnP streaming to internet radio. For the more casual listener, UnitiQute 2 can take the place of both the old hi-fi system and the iPod dock, sound far better than either, and at the same time introduce new worlds of audio ripe for exploration.
Small box... Big on features
For starters, UnitiQute 2 includes a preamplifier with two analogue inputs, five 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs and all the traditional Naim musical clarity and transparency. Next, UnitiQute 2 includes a muscular power amplifier that provides all the rhythmic punch and definition you would expect from Naim. You want conventional radio? Well, UnitiQute 2 includes FM and DAB/DAB+ tuners that get the best possible performance from either format. UnitiQute 2 is happy also to play music from an iPod or MP3 player via its front panel-mounted USB socket. The USB audio connection is digital so iPod sound quality is optimised, and Apple authenticated too so compatibility is seamless. And the same USB socket can be used to play music files in almost any format at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution straight from a memory stick. And it doesn't end there. A network Ethernet socket and integrated Wi-Fi means that, along with everything else, UnitiQute 2 can easily tap into Internet radio or UPnP servers, a Naim HDX for example, to drop almost unlimited music choices right into your lap. Talk about cute.
Easy access to your music
Bringing everything audio, digital and analogue together is one thing, but making it all work seamlessly together is something else entirely. UnitiQute 2 is controlled by a dedicated remote handset in combination with a large, clear display. The UnitiQute 2 user interface borrows the principles of intuition and accessibility, and much of the substance, from the already proven NaimUniti 2 interface. The interface is clear, intuitive, uncluttered and makes light work of access to the remarkable versatility and performance of UnitiQute 2. And the n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch will enhance the experience still further and raise its brilliance yet another notch.
Multiroom & Party Mode
As well as being a high-end standalone streaming system, UnitiQute 2 opens up the possibility of multiroom hi-fi. Connected to other Naim streaming products over the home network, it can act as the ‘Master’ or ‘Client’ streaming product in a multiroom system which will get the party started and play music in Naim quality in every corner of your home. Click here for more information on Multiroom & Party Mode.
Enter the world of digital music
UnitiQute 2 can play audio files at resolutions up to 24bit/192kHz streamed from UPnP music servers like the Naim HDX hard disk music player, or from PC or Apple Mac music libraries. And if you don't like the idea of running network cables around the house, don't worry. UnitiQute 2 can do all this wirelessly.
The UnitiQute 2 multi-format tuner can switch seamlessly between DAB/DAB+, FM and internet radio stations. Favourite stations are listed in a common interface menu for browsing and selection. An entire world of radio is a few button presses away.
iPod and MP3
Connect an iPod or MP3 player via the UnitiQute 2 USB interface and its audio files and playlists are listed on the UnitiQute display for simple browsing, selection and playback.
Connect a USB memory stick to the front panel USB socket and the audio files it contains will be identified by the UnitiQute 2 interface and be immediately available for browsing, selection and playback. UnitiQute 2 can play USB-stored music files of up to 24bit/192kHz resolution.
Your complete audio system
UnitiQute 2 may be compact but it packs some serious audio technology within its elegant extruded and die-cast enclosure. On the analogue side, the UnitiQute preamplifier module is a distilled version of that found in its NaimUniti 2 sibling. Similarly, and again, as with the NaimUniti 2, the UnitiQute 2 power amplifier borrows its design from the NAIT 5i, so the music it makes is dynamic, tuneful and addictive.
UnitiQute 2 digital audio performance profits immeasurably from nearly two decades of high-end digital audio knowhow and experience at Naim. From the first CD player, the CDS in 1991, to the stunning DAC-V1 digital to analogue converter of 2013, every Naim digital product has advanced the art of digital audio engineering to the benefit of music reproduction. UnitiQute 2 is no different.
UnitiQute 2 is capable of handling an enormous range of digital audio formats, and Naim digital audio engineering ensures that each one sounds as musical and engaging as its inherent potential allows. UnitiQute 2 digital connectivity also means that as well as offering all-in-one functionality operating as a digital hub for external digital sources, games consoles or digital TV audio for example, it can also output its internal sources or external digital signals to an external DAC for even higher audio quality.
Analogue audio connectivity is not forgotten either. Two analogue inputs can accommodate CD players or portable music players via rear panel phono sockets and a front-panel mini-jack. And a preamplifier output means that with the addition of an external power amplifier, or even a sub-woofer, UnitiQute 2 can become the heart of a very wide bandwidth audio system. And when you want to listen privately, a front panel headphone socket makes such selfishness all too easy.
• UPnP-enabled for playback of network-stored audio / internet broadcasts from PC, Mac or NAS drives
• Multi-format radio (FM, DAB/DAB+, Internet)
• Front-panel USB for iPod/MP3 player and USB memory stick playback
• Apple authenticated enabling digital output from iPod/iPhone for ultimate quality
• iPod/iPhone control, charging and front-panel content display when connected to front-panel USB port via standard Apple connector
• Full Naim Multiroom functionality including Party Mode
• 3.5mm front panel input that supports both analogue and digital sources
• Two analogue inputs (3.5mm front-panel socket and RCA)
• Onboard DAC with five 24bit/192kHz capable S/PDIF inputs for external digital sources
• Preamplifier and 45W per channel into 4Ohm, 30W per channel into 8O ohm power amplifier
• Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity
• Plays WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), MP3, Windows Media-formatted content and AAC from any suitable UPnP device
• Switchable bass contour control for low-volume listening
• Bass management system for use with subwoofer-satellite loudspeaker systems Digital output on 75Ohm BNC connector (RCA adapter supplied)
• Front-panel display with intuitive interface, remote-controlled
• Front-panel 3.5mm headphone output Front panel logo touch-sensitive mute function
• vTuner 5* full service internet radio service
• Linear Power supply with 200VA toroidal transformer with three separate windings
• Separate power supplies for digital, analogue, and power amplifier Ground selector switch for optimum performance
• High quality Burr Brown DAC
• Naim compact, non-resonant, non-magnetic case
• OLED display for high contrast
|Analogue Inputs||1 x RCA pair, 1 x front panel 3.5mm jack (combined optical)|
|Antenna Inputs||Wi-Fi, F type, (plus PAL adapter)|
|Input Sensitivity||270mV at 47kΩ|
|Digital Inputs||5 x S/PDIF (2 x optical TOSLINK, 2 x coaxial RCA, 1 x front panel mini-TOSLINK)|
|USB Inputs||1 x front panel Type A socket (also used for iPod)|
|Other Inputs||Ethernet and iPod (digital via USB socket)|
|UPnP||Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio (S/N Ratio)||80dB|
|Power Outputs||30W per channel into 8Ω, 45W per channel into 4Ω|
|Digital Outputs (type)||BNC 75Ω (plus RCA adapter)|
|Remote Control||Infra Red (RC5)|
|Audio Formats Supported||Internet radio (Windows Media-formatted content, MP3 Streams, MMS), Playlists (M3U, PLS), MP3, AAC (up to 320kBit/s, CBR/VBR), Windows Media-formatted content-9 (up to 320kBit/s), FLAC and WAV (up to 32bit/192kHz via UPnP and USB only), OGG Vorbis|
|DAB Tuning Range||Band III and L Band|
|FM Tuning Range||87.5 - 108MHz|
|Internet Radio Provider||vTuner 5* full service|
|Internet Radio Formats||Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streams and MMS|
|Multiroom||Master: Will stream native quality WAV, FLAC and AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz), ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), AAC and MP4 (up to 16bit/48kHz) files only Client: Will play 320kbps MP3 quality only|
|USER CONTROL INTERFACES|
|Front Panel||Logo touch-sensitive mute and volume control function|
|Handheld||Remote handset included and optional n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch available from the App Store|
|Other||Front panel logo touch-sensitive mute function|
|Mains Supply||100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz|
|Power Consumption||25VA (quiescent), 200VA (max.)|
|PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES|
|Certifications||Apple (Made for iPhone), vTuner Premium|
|Licenses||MP3, ACC, DAB|
|Dimensions||87 x 207 x 314mm (H x W x D)|
|Shipping Dimensions||210 x 280 x 410mm (H x W x D)|
|Notes||Windows Media is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. UPnP is a trademark of the UPnP forum. iPod and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.|
|Languages||English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch|
|Front||Black powder coated|
|Case||Black powder coated|
Here is a selection of reviews that have been written about this product. Where PDF downloads or online links are available to us, they are featured.
Pocket Lint - February 2014"Fantastic design, brilliant but simple display, built to last, sounds beautiful"
Stuff - December 2013"Proper hi-fi meets Wi-Fi in an all-in-one of small stature and big ability"
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - August 2013"The ‘open, fast and superbly weighted’ character we noted in the UnitiQute 2's forebear is just as evident here, along with effortlessly accomplished timing and tremendous detail-retrieval."
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - November 2010"The UnitiQute 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."
HiFi Choice - November 2010"The UnitiQute is well-specified and, most importantly,capable of a strong sonic performance."
Tone NZ - September 2010"The more I listened, the more convinced I became that the UnitiQute is the real deal - a disc-free, pint-sized piece of Naim gear with an affinity for computer music and associated networks."
Gramophone - August 2010"A flexible package likely to have as much appeal as the original uniti - if not more."
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