Introducing Mu-so 2nd Generation
The Premium Wireless Speaker Your Music Deserves
Mu-so 2nd Generation is the successor to the multiple award-winning Mu-so wireless music system, re-engineered for class-leading performance, functionality and usability by our experts here in Salisbury, England.
Combining our 45 years of hi-fi mastery with the very latest music-streaming technology and premium design quality, this is the ultimate single-box system you and your music deserve. From up to 32bit high-resolution streaming to multiroom music to HDMI TV sound; you’ve never heard it so good from an all-in-one wireless system.
第二代 Mu-so 是多次获奖的 Mu-so 无线音乐系统的继承者，由我们在英国索尔兹伯里的专家重新设计，具有一流的性能、功能和可用性。
结合我们 45 年的高保真技术与最新的音乐流媒体技术和优质的设计品质，这是您和您的音乐值得拥有的终极单盒系统。从高达 32 位高分辨率流媒体到多房间音乐再到 HDMI 电视声音；从未有过一体化无线系统能表现得如此出色。
Almost Everything Has Changed
The Naim Streaming Platform
At the heart of Mu-so 2nd Generation is Naim’s music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over 3 years to offer the very best performance whether playing your own digital music collection, a world of Internet radio, or music streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify. This acclaimed innovation is uniquely found in Naim music-streaming products, such as its Uniti range and dedicated network players, including the £20,000 flagship ND 555.
第二代 Mu-so 的核心是 Naim 的音乐流媒体平台，由 25 位工程师在 3 年内开发，可提供最佳性能，无论是播放自己的数码音乐收藏、互联网广播还是 TIDAL 和 Spotify 等音乐流媒体服务。这项备受赞誉的创新只有 Naim 音乐流媒体产品能够提供，例如其 Uniti 系列和专用网络播放器，包括价值 20,000 英镑的旗舰产品 ND 555。
DSP - The heart of the System
The all-new multicore Digital Signal Processor (DSP) drives higher performance, providing 2000 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) compared to the original Mu-so’s single-core, 150MIPS DSP. You can also hear even more from your music.
We have also created a brand new limiter algorithm that keeps each of Mu-so 2nd Generation’s speaker drivers’ movement under control when at high volume levels. The new limiter, by design; is only active at extreme volume levels, and helps to retain the music’s clarity and increase long term reliability.
DSP - 系统的核心
与原始 Mu-so 的单核 150MIPS DSP 相比，新的多核数码信号处理器 (DSP) 具有更高的性能，可提供 2000 MIPS（每秒百万条指令）。这意味着您可以听到更多音乐。
我们还开发了一种新的限制器算法，可在高音量水平时使每个第二代 Mu-so 扬声器磁路的运动处于控制之下。新的限制器经过设计；仅在极端音量水平时才有效，有助于保持音乐的清晰度并提高长期可靠性。
Enhanced Feature Set
Mu-so 2nd Generation is packed full of
game-changing performance, feature and functionality upgrades. Enjoy your music, any way you want.
第二代 Mu-so 拥有颠覆性的性能、特点和功能升级。您可随心享受音乐。
Optimised Speaker Drivers
Mu-so 2nd Generation’s 450 Watts of music power are joined by improved and highly optimised speaker drivers – a joint development project between Naim and Focal R&D departments.
Focal has been creating benchmark acoustic equipment since 1979, and its expertise has taken speaker-driver precision and performance to new levels.
第二代 Mu-so 的音乐功率为 450瓦，与改进和高度优化的扬声器磁路相结合 - 这是 Naim 和 Focal 研发部门之间的联合开发项目。
自 1979 年以来，Focal 一直在创造基准声学设备，其专业知识将扬声器磁路的精度和性能提升到了新的水平。
Discover The New Intuitive Dial
Our new intuitive interface has 15 touch sensitive buttons and a bold, illuminated volume dial with a proximity sensor that wakes the display.
Premium aluminium casing, in a new burnished grey finish.
It may look similar outside, but inside Mu-so 2nd Generation, the majority of components have been upgraded to improve performance.
The cabinet design has been re-engineered to create 13% more internal volume, enabling bigger, better bass. Both the cabinet bracing and baffle moulding have been redesigned for improved rigidity, which suppresses and controls vibrations.
The distinctive heat-sink fins are now more compact, while still being ultra-effective, and continuing to feature Naim patented technology that discreetly incorporates the wi-fi antenna.
第二代 Mu-so 采用优质铝制外壳，配以新的抛光灰色饰面。
外观看起来可能类似，但在第二代 Mu-so 内部，大多数组件已经升级以提高性能。
独特的散热片现在更加紧凑，同时仍然非常有效，并继续采用 Naim 专利技术，谨慎地结合 Wi-Fi 天线。
Upgraded App Control
The updated Naim app allows you to browse by artist, genre, album and more, complete with artwork and extended music information.
更新的 Naim 应用程序允许您按艺术家、流派、专辑等浏览，并附有艺术作品和扩展音乐信息。
Control volume, light settings, room modes and create playlists.
Multiroom Music Made Easy With Smart Integration
Mu-so 2nd Generation works brilliantly on its own or as part of a multiroom music set-up. There are three easy ways to make it multiroom:
第二代 Mu-so 无论是独立运作，或作为多房间音乐设置的一部分，均表现出色。有三种简单的方法可实现多房间：
- Combine it with other networked Naim products (including 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) via the updated Naim app
- Pair it with other AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speakers via the Apple Home app
- Pair it with other Chromecast devices via groups controlled by the Google Home app.
- 通过更新的 Naim 应用程序将其与其他网络 Naim 产品（包括第一代 Mu-so 和 Mu-so Qb）相结合
- 通过 Apple Home 应用程序将其与其他兼容 AirPlay 2 的无线扬声器配对
- 通过 Google Home 应用程序控制的组将其与其他 Chromecast 设备配对。
ARC in with CEC
Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-in, UPnPTM, Spotify® Connect, TIDAL, Roon Ready, Bluetooth, Internet Radio
USB2 (Type A connector)
Optical S/PDIF up to 96khz
Sync up to five Naim Streaming products and control via the Naim App.
Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), BLE v4.2
Internet Radio Formats
Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streams and MMS
Internet Radio Provider
vTuner Premium 5*
WAV, 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 (16bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16bit)
DSD- 64 and 128Fs
Bluetooth - SBC, AAC
Note: Gapless playback supported on all formats
Burnished and anodised aluminium casework, CNC milled, bead blasted and anodised aluminium heatsinks, Dual tone grey and black fabric grille.
Grille colour options in Olive, Peacock and Terracotta.
122mm x 628 mm x 264 mm
450W – (6 x 75W)
100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Typical use: 17W
Standby mode: < 2W
Deep sleep (No-network standby mode): < 0.5W
Stereo 3-way; DSP-optimised vented box acoustic system
Dual tone grey and black grille, remote control, mains cables (market dependent), reset pin-hole tool and information booklets.
Remote handset included and optional control app for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices
Touch control user interface with rotary volume control
Naim Mu-so 2 review
Classic wireless speaker gets a boost in performance and price Tested at £1299 / $1599
By What Hi-Fi? June 19, 2019
A superb-sounding, fully-featured wireless speaker that justifies its considerable expense
- All-inclusive feature list
- Neat all-in-one design
- Rich, rhythmic, insightful sound
- Agreeable app
- Costs much more than the last generation model
Die Hard 2, Once Upon A Time in Mexico and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are all examples of how a sequel can work by simply repackaging a successful recipe. The all-new Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation (or Mu-so 2) is a similar case of a tale twice-told.
Put it side-by-side with the original Mu-so and the two near-identical aluminium boxes may lead you to initially dismiss this as a soft update. But to judge the Mu-so 2 by its cover would be to undermine the progression it brings to the Mu-so line. According to Naim, 95 per cent of the Mu-so 2 is new: drive units, digital signal processing, connectivity and cabinet.
Five years ago, the Mu-so arrived to a chorus of praise. Such was the unique one-box offering of wireless network multi-room streaming, physical connectivity, amplification and speakers, we weren’t sure what to call it. An all-in-one hi-fi system? A streaming system? A wireless speaker?
Since then, there have been many similar products, yet the Mu-so has retained its relevance. As competition grows and new streaming platforms (such as AirPlay 2) arrive, an update does seem timely – even if Naim has boldly priced the Muso 2 at £400 more than the original.
Naim has naturally carried its new comprehensive streaming platform – the beating heart of the brand’s latest streamers and systems, such as the ND5 XS 2 and Uniti Atom – into the Mu-so 2. This gives it UPnP streaming of hi-res music up to PCM 32-bit/384kHz, direct streaming from Spotify Connect and Tidal, Apple AirPlay 2, internet radio and Google Chromecast, which brings Deezer, Qobuz and Google Play Music to the table. Naim claims to have improved the wi-fi stability, although a wired ethernet connection is still a good option.
As with the original Mu-so, offline streaming is catered for with Bluetooth, while USB, optical and 3.5mm inputs offer the ability to connect another source, such as a CD transport, CD player or television. On the latter, Naim has also decided to add a HDMI ARC socket so you can hook the Mu-so 2 up to your telly or AV receiver to pass-through high-quality Blu-ray formats, such as Dolby TrueHD, and also use a single remote to control all connected components.
Control comes from the latest version of the neatly-designed Naim app (iOS and Android). The home screen offers a simple input selection and preset access, the display of our server’s library features the album art and is easy to browse through. Tidal is nicely integrated too, and the whole experience is responsive on the One Plus 7 Pro smartphone (Android) and Apple iPad (iOS).
The app is also your go-to for multi-room pairing and control. The backwards-compatible Mu-so 2 can be paired with other Mu-so 2, Mu-so and Mu-so Qb speakers, or other compatible Naim products, using the latest streaming platform in three ways: via AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast or Naim’s own software.
The first two are accessible on Apple device software and either through a Chromecast-enabled app or Google Home app. Streaming from your NAS drive in multi-room can be achieved via the Naim app’s ‘now playing’ interface. Connect, disconnect and change volumes independently by pressing the bottom-right four-square icon. You should be able to pair up to eight speakers, if you have the space.
A selection of settings allows you to do everything from naming and updating your Mu-so to setting a sleep timer or alarm clock. You can tailor the sound based on where the Mu-so 2 is positioned – choose from ‘Near Wall’, ‘Near Corner’ or, when out in the open ‘No Compensation’. Users of music player curation software Roon can control the Roon-Ready Mu-so 2nd Generation via Roon’s own app.
The flat handheld remote isn’t as nice as the rounded wand supplied with the original Mu-so, but it offers a more basic means of control if you want a break from your smartphone or tablet screen.
On-unit controls rarely feature highly in our reviews, but the Mu-so 2’s off-centre dial is worth more than a passing mention. An improved touch control panel, ringed by a silky-smooth illuminated dial, allows you to change volume, switch sources and select preset music to play.
Up to five presets, such as albums, playlists or radio stations, can be set via the Naim app. Thanks to a proximity sensor, you can wake the display with your hand and illuminate the icons ready for use.
While the Mu-so 2’s stylish aesthetic heritage is obvious, there are tell-tale signs of its individuality next to the original. The aluminium chassis sports a new burnished grey finish and the front wave-like grille, available in black, terracotta, olive and peacock (blue), is now made of a new nylon and polyester knit fabric that Naim says improves sound sensitivity by around 1db in the midrange.
To improve performance, Naim has fitted new drivers – optimised in collaboration with Focal and collectively driven by 450W of amplification – and advanced the capability of its digital sound processing.
Each driver has been reconsidered: the bass unit has been given a longer voice coil and larger magnet to reduce distortion, while the midrange has a better-damped surround to improve its phase with the cone.
The new processing is capable of 13 times as many instructions as the original Mu-so, and all digitised analogue inputs and all digital inputs are upsampled or downsampled as necessary to a 24-bit/88kHz output. Naim has paid attention to digital timing too, extending the duties of the system’s Master Clock to the streaming card too, as is the case in Naim’s high-end ND555 streamer.
Those improvements combined have secured a calibre of sound that’s more next level than incremental. While there is the familiar richness, both in terms of tonality and quality, the Mu-so 2 walks all over its predecessor when it comes to detail, dynamics and rhythmic dexterity.
The Mu-so 2 effortlessly opens up The National’s Hey Rosey, and everything in that more spacious soundfield – the pitter-patter of piano, the slicing strings, the Gail Ann Dorsey accompaniment – is clearer and more nuanced. The chorus’s kaleidoscopic rhythm pattern sounds much more systematic, too.
The gentle dynamic build to Maribou State’s Turnmills is more obvious, there’s more euphoria to the playful melody, and the entrancing vocal traverses the electronica with greater presence.
To augment bass, Naim has re-engineered the physical structure of the system to increase the cabinet volume by 13 per cent. As the track’s drum loop kicks in, it’s clear that the bass has more control and conviction – the drum machine pattern in Twilight Sad’s It Never Was The Same sounds more sinister and stately than it does through the Mu-so.
Musicality is still at the heart of the Mu-so 2’s performance as a soundbar. There’s weight, insight and liveliness, and as we tune into the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the commentary is clear and coherent.
You don’t get the scale of sound you do from the best premium soundbars (such as the Dali Kubik One or Sony HT-ST5000), or the bass volume of those with external subwoofers. But there’s no question that the Naim does justice to soundtracks and dialogue alike, offering significant improvements over TV speakers.
We’re surprised just how much sonic progression the Naim Mu-so 2 brings, however these advancements are necessary to justify the hefty price increase over the original.
At the time of writing, the first generation Mu-so can be bought for several hundreds of pounds less, but for the extra cost here, you get a better performance, extra sonic insight, better usability and the inclusion of an HDMI socket.
And, just as the best film sequels manage to add something to their franchise, the Mu-so 2nd Generation proves a worthy successor and a fine addition to the Mu-so range.
- Sound 5
- Features 5
- Build 5