Mu-so Qb

Be summoned by the sound.

Mu-so Qb is the compact wireless music system from the engineers behind the award-winning Mu-so. Controlled by a powerful audio brain, Mu-so Qb is alive with custom-made features. From the contours of the glass-filled polymer casing to the bass radiators that help create huge low frequencies – every millimetre of space has been used to great effect. Mu-so Qb delivers a staggering 300 watts of power that unmasks your music with a sound that defies size.

Its simple to use connectivity includes AirPlay, Bluetooth®/aptX®, Spotify Connect®, TIDAL, UPnP™ (access your stored music), Internet Radio, USB, analogue and digital inputs, Apple iOS and Android App for complete control.

You can also combine Mu-so Qb, Mu-so and other Naim streaming products for the ultimate multiroom experience.

Mu-so Qb is available from our network of specialist audio retailers, John Lewis stores and johnlewis.com, as well as selected Apple stores and apple.com.

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'An incredibly stylish speaker that delivers impeccable high quality audio'
'The best premium wireless speaker you can get'
'the build quality of the Mu-so speakers is aircraft-grade... a powerful sound, with passive bass radiators delivering a strong, tight bass'
'Naim Audio 'products are some of the best you can find on the premium audio market'
'sleek, cutting edge'
'one of the best-sounding compact wireless speaker systems I’ve heard'
'The Mu-so Qb ticks just about every box, is a lot more affordable than its big brother, and gives arguably more bang for your buck. That's why it's number one in this list and in our hearts.'
'This hefty metal cube is, flat out, the best-sounding wireless music system you can get for this sort of money'
'phenomenal sound and a remarkably different design'
'Mu-so together with the Mu-so Qb wireless speakers, remain one of the best sounding wireless audio systems money can buy.'
'This is one of the most sleek and sophisticated speakers we’ve ever seen... It's versatile, it's gorgeous and it produces crystal clear high-quality sound.'
'Naim’s high-end audio skills are incorporated into this amazing-sounding speaker...the sound is deep, bassy and effortlessly room-filling.'
'it boasts unexpectedly phenomenal power...and perhaps the best clarity'
'The construction exudes quality and craftsmanship.'
'the soundstage it produces is astonishing - clear, with amazing stereo separation for a single speaker, while bass is also excellent'
'Audio quality, multi-unit pairing, aesthetic brilliance and ease of use makes it my top pick for any rooms (or budgets) that are a little too tight for a full-size setup.'
'With a stunning audio performance and a plethora of ways to grab music from wireless sources or via more traditional means, Naim Mu-so Qb delivers.'
'sounds an absolute dream'
'A wireless speaker that looks the part and has plenty of power for a rowdy house party.'
'In terms of aesthetics and design it's second-to-none, with audio as cutting as those stand-out industrial looks.'
'great sound, cubed'
'This thing sounds superb. Cracking.'
'This is serious, old-school hi-fi – just wireless'
'a big, authoritative sound that belies its small stature'
'buy this and you’ll get plenty of boom for your buck'
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Mu-so Qb is a wireless music system alive with innovation.

Every component tailored

One of the biggest design challenges with Mu-so Qb was to configure the individual speakers within the smaller cabinet. To achieve that distinctive Naim sound, our engineers had to interrogate every component and adjust speaker angles by the smallest of fractions. It led us to an arrangement of five drivers, offset and angled perfectly to create a left-right dispersion asymmetry. In this arrangement are two microfibre dome tweeters and two mid drivers, all driven by 50W amplifiers. For low frequencies we’ve installed two pistonic passive bass radiators. These work alongside a custom-made woofer that’s driven by a 100W amplifier to create an astonishing bass sound for a system this size. 

Controlling the Mu-so Qb sound

At the heart of Mu-so Qb is a 32-bit digital signal processor - the same high-spec component used in the original Mu-so. Fine-tuned in our listening room, it controls the flow of music information to each speaker. The DSP also includes two EQ settings, tailoring the best sound quality whether close to or away from the edge of any room. The end result is a refined audio experience with no distortion, increased speaker accuracy and an expansive sound that makes hairs stand on end.

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PISTONIC BASS RADIATORS
Mu-so Qb has two passive radiators. They work in conjunction with a custom-made woofer that’s driven by a 100W amplifier to create astonishing low frequencies.
ACRYLIC BASE
The whole cabinet sits on an illuminated base of high-grade acrylic that provides the foundation for the electronics and speakers to shine.
CUSTOM-BUILT TWEETERS
Our audio engineers installed microfibre dome tweeters for their stiffness and dampening qualities.
MID-RANGE DRIVERS
Custom mid-range drivers provide crystal clear speech and emotively powerful vocals. They’re also carefully positioned to evenly disperse sound.
DSP
Driving Mu-so Qb is a 32-bit digital signal processor. It’s the same high-spec design as in the original Mu-so system, but it has been finely tuned by our engineers to work perfectly with the smaller cabinet space. It controls the flow of music information to each individual speaker and draws on all our experience designing the best in-car audio systems for Bentley motors.
TOUCH SCREEN INTERFACE
At the core is the volume control – made from a solid aluminium ring – which runs the circumference of the touch screen interface with its patent-pending illumination system.
ULTRA-TOUGH CASING
The main body is made from a 20% glass-filled polymer, chosen for its strength, rigidity and dampening.
ALUMINIUM HEATSINK
At the back of the unit an extruded aluminium heat sink has been installed to maximise thermal performance.

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Features
Features
Unleash your digital music wherever it is stored.
UPnP (high-res streaming)

UPnP™ (Universal Plug ‘n’ Play)

Stream music from a PC, Mac or network-attached storage in high-resolution ‘better than CD’ quality. 

Apple AirPlay

AirPlay

Stream music from your iDevice or from iTunes and Apple Music.

Bluetooth (aptX)

Bluetooth

Pair with a Bluetooth device to instantly play your music. Also compatible with aptX for high-performance audio where supported by the device connecting to Mu-so Qb.

Internet Radio

Internet Radio

Access thousands of internet radio stations and save your favourite presets for easy access.

Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock

Mu-so Qb features an alarm clock which can be enabled via the settings menu in the Naim app.

3.5mm Analogue Input

A built-in stereo jack socket connects Mu-so Qb to any of your devices, TVs and other audio equipment, such as turntables or CD players.

Multiroom Audio

Multiroom Ready

Play music between any combination of Mu-so Qbs and Mu-sos in up to five rooms of your home. Choose the same song in beat-perfect sync or play different music in different rooms all via the Naim app.

USB

USB

Play music from your iDevice and other MP3 players and USB sticks.

Digital Inputs

Digital Input (Optical)

Boost audio from digital sources such as TVs, set top boxes, CD players or games consoles. (Does not feature HDMI)

Spotify Connect

Spotify Connect

Mu-so Qb has in-built Spotify support, so you can stream millions of songs from your portable device with ease.

TIDAL

TIDAL

The lossless streaming service is integrated into the system for an immersive, high-quality sound experience. Plus get a 90-day free trial of the lossless Hi-Fi tier service.

Take Control

The Naim control app for iDevices and Android devices puts a world of music at your fingertips.

Unite all of your music in one place with the intuitive Naim control app for iOS and Android devices and put millions of songs at your fingertips. You can scratch the surface or go deeper to explore information on artists, discographies, biographies, reviews, image galleries, similar music and more. The app even includes a simple set up wizard so you’ll be online and listening to more music than ever before in no time.

Multiroom

Bring your music alive in any room of your home.

Combine Mu-so Qb with other Mu-so wireless music systems or Naim Audio streaming products for the ultimate multiroom experience. Simply sync the units to play the same song beat-for-beat in up to five rooms of your home or play different music in different rooms all via the Naim app.

Customisation

Mu-so Qb is supplied with a Classic Naim Black speaker grille as standard.

You can add a new dimension of colour to complement your living space and style. Select from Deep Blue, Vibrant Red and Burnt Orange as pictured below.

You can purchase these grilles from the link below and select Mu-so Qb retailers

 

Product Specification

Audio Inputs
Attribute Value
Analogue

3.5mm jack

Digital (S/PDIF)

Optical S/PDIF (TosLink) up to 96kHz

Streaming

UPnP,™ AirPlay, Spotify (Connect), TIDAL, Bluetooth (with aptX)

Other Inputs

Internet Radio 

USB

Side USB Type A

Connectivity
Attribute Value
Remote Control (not included)

Infra-Red (RC5)

Network

Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) 2.4GHz

Multiroom

Sync up to five Naim Mu-so, Mu-so Qb or any Naim Uniti or Streaming products. Control via Naim App.

Formats
Attribute Value
Audio Formats

WAV, FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/192kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/96kHz
MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16bit)

Bluetooth - SBC, AAC and aptX

 

Note: All formats to 48kHz maximum over wireless network

Internet Radio Provider

vTuner premium 5*

Internet Radio Formats

Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streams and MMS

User Control
Attribute Value
Handheld

Optional remote handset and control app for iDevices and Android devices

Product

Touch control user interface with rotary volume control

Power
Attribute Value
Power Consumption

Typical use: 15W

Standby mode: <4W

Deep sleep: <0.5W

Amplifier Output

300W – (4 x 50W + 1 x 100W)

Drivers

1 x Woofer: 145 x 76mm

2 x Mid-range: 64mm diameter

2 x Tweeter: 25mm diameter

2 x Passive Radiator: 148 x 86mm

Mains Supply

100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz

Physical
Attribute Value
Dimensions (HxWxD)

210mm x 218mm x 212mm

Weight

5.6kg 

Supplied with

Black grille, mains cable (+ plug adaptor market dependant), reset pin-hole tool and quick-start guide

Finishes

Brushed aluminium casework, silver anodised heatsink, black fabric grille.
Grille options in Deep Blue, Vibrant Red, Burnt Orange.

Speaker
Attribute Value
Speaker System

Dual, two-way with mono subwoofer. Dual ABR (Auxiliary Bass Radiator) loading

Other information
Attribute Value
Warranty

Two-Year
Details here.

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Press Reviews & Awards

Latest Reviews
Mu-so Qb | The Telegraph, Dec 2017
'An incredibly stylish speaker that delivers impeccable high quality audio'
Mu-so Qb | T3 | Gift Guide, Nov 2017
'Mu-so Qb is perfect for soundtracking your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties'
Mu-so & Mu-so Qb | T3, Nov 2017
'The best premium wireless speaker you can get'
Mu-so & Mu-so Qb | WIRED, Sep 2017
'the build quality of the Mu-so speakers is aircraft-grade... a powerful sound, with passive bass radiators delivering a strong, tight bass'
Mu-so Qb | Country Home & Interiors, Sep 2017
'Best for Streaming Quality'
Mu-so Qb | The Gentleman's Journal, Jul 2017
'Naim Audio 'products are some of the best you can find on the premium audio market'
The Sunday Times | Mu-so Qb, Jul 2017
‘Rock the whole house.’
Mu-so Qb | Q Magazine, Jul 2017
'sleek, cutting edge'
Awards
Sound & Vision Top Pick | Mu-so Qb
Best Product of the Year 2016 | Mu-so Qb | The Ear
Red Fingerprint Award | Mu-so Qb | High Fidelity
Best Compact Music System | Mu-so Qb | AVTech Media Award
Best Wireless Loudspeaker of the Year | Mu-so Qb | Hi-Fi World Award
Stuff Hi-Fi Gadget of the Year 2016 | Mu-so Qb
T3 Awards 2016 | Audio Product of the Year
European Compact Audio System 2016-2017 | EISA Award
Top High End 'Innovative Product' of the Year 2016
Red Dot Design Award 2016

Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich powerful and detailed sound Bought this unit for our kitchen, as we were so impressed with our Uniti unit. Great set of features with the iRadio, access to my music on the network & streaming services, all via a wireless connection, and controllable from my phone. So there's not much missing in terms of features. Sounds quality is excellent, plenty of detail, a lovely rich almost analogue tone and rhythm. The little QB goes plenty loud enough for me, and on top of all that, it looks great! OK so there are cheaper alternatives, but there's really nothing else for the same money that looks, sounds and works as well in my book. Still loving my QB after almost a year.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact Big Sound I owned an original Naim Nait amplifier many moons ago so know the quality of their products. Fast forward to the present day digital world; the Mu-so Qb has all the attributes of a high end sound system with the added benefit of a small footprint. Easy to set up with Naim's excellent technical support on hand if needed. It has a host of of streaming features over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, plus wired connections. On the rear are 3.5mm and optical inputs, as well as a USB socket to let you play files from a USB drive, or from an iOS device. Oh yes, the design is gorgeous; from the flywheel motion control dial, the curves and the glowing base!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sound I originally bought a Bose but was so disappointed with the sound quality I returned it in a matter of days. On recommendation of the sales associate, I looked at Naim, having never heard of the brand before. Even though it was more than I planned to spend I knew I wasn’t going to get anything of superior quality without paying for it and saw it as a long term investment without the need to upgrade in a few years. I brought the speaker home and the sound quality was astounding, clear and crisp. Unfortunately mp3’s and digitally produced music etc dont always give you the same quality of sound compared to pre digitally produced tracks.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound Quality & Looks Having been used to a competitor’s product I discovered the QB at Bristol Hifi show. The sound emanating from the tiny cube was impressive even with all the noise from the enthusiasts & adjacent stands. A subsequent listen in a “friendlier” environment convinced me that my existing streaming equipment had to go. I have been using my QB for around 18 months and the clarity & big sound still impresses me and unsuspecting friends. My only gripe is that the device is not “Roon Ready” although Apple AirPlay does work well but doesn’t do the QB justice. On sound quality alone this machine deserves 5 stars but I want that Roon compatibility so -1 Star.
Date published: 2017-10-10
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