Introducing Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation
The Premium Compact Wireless Speaker Your Music Deserves
Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is the latest member of the award-winning Mu-so wireless music system family. Re-engineered from the ground up to create our best compact wireless music system yet.
Combining our 46 years of hi-fi expertise with the very latest technology, extensive software and hardware upgrades deliver a significantly enhanced performance whilst the design has evolved to perfectly match Mu-so 2nd Generation.
推出第二代 Mu-so Qb
Enhanced Feature Set
Mu-so Qb 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 Qb 拥有颠覆性的性能、特点和功能升级。您可随心享受音乐。
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.
Upgraded App Control
The updated Naim app allows you to browse by artist, genre, album and more, complete with artwork and extended music information.
Control volume, light settings, room modes and create playlists.
更新的Naim应用程序允许您按艺术家、流派、专辑等轻松浏览，并附有艺术作品和扩展音乐信息。您还可以控制音量、灯光设置、房间模式并创建播放列表。作为另一种选择，第二代Mu-so Qb也是Roon Ready。.
Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation now comes with a stylish, easy to use remote control allowing quick control of common functions including volume, play/pause and track skip.
Multiroom Music Made Easy With Smart Integration
Mu-so Qb 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。
Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-in, UPnPTM, Spotify® Connect, TIDAL, Roon Ready, Bluetooth, Internet Radio
USB 2 (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
210mm x 218 mm x 212 mm
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.
300W – (4 x 50W, 1 x 100W)
100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Typical use: 15W
Standby mode: < 2W
Deep sleep (No-network standby mode): < 0.5W
Stereo 3-way; dsp-optimised dual auxiliary bass radiator 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 Qb 2nd Generation review
What Hi-Fi? Awards 2019. Just a few tweaks make for a superb second version
By What Hi-Fi? October 06, 2019
The Mu-so Qb retains an inherently likeable presentation, but has matured over the three years since its first generation.
- Open, detailed and expressive
- Loads of streaming options
- Multi-room ready
The first draft of this review was excellent. Yet, like every article we publish, it still had to go to the sub-editors: their job being to tinker and tidy up, retaining the character of the writing, while making it clearer and more exciting to read.
And if these words still appear in this review, then we can be sure they’re confident that this is precisely what they’ve done.
So, we know full well the value of revisions. But still it was quite the surprise when first we heard those made by Naim with its second generation of the Mu-so Qb wireless speaker. The previous iteration was great, earning five stars when it was first reviewed, but this version is truly phenomenal.
Outwardly it is similar to the previous model – Naim has hardly altered the Qb’s shape, after all – so it has been a sprucing up rather than wholesale change. There is a trio of new colour options: if the stock black is too modest for your tastes, you can now choose an Olive, Terracotta or Peacock grille.
It still has that gorgeous rotary volume dial with touch-screen controls in the centre – though this illuminated version is also now in its second generation – and there are physical connections for USB, optical S/PDIF, aux-in and wired internet. The latter we’d recommend for a stable connection, though there is on-board wi-fi as well.
But it’s what happens inside that leads to this wireless speaker becoming so exceptional. Remove the grille and you’ll find a three-way stereo speaker combination with upgraded and optimised midrange and bass drive units, all powered by a total of 300W of amplification.
The single bass driver fires directly forwards, while its pair of tweeters and midrange drivers are angled outwards for wider dispersion and a more spacious soundstage overall.
Inside is Naim’s new streaming platform, which has been developed by the company’s engineers over three years. It is also found in the second-generation Mu-so and Uniti products, right up to the £20,000 flagship ND 555. Processing power is increased tenfold from the first Mu-so Qb for even greater speeds and musical accuracy.
You won’t be short of streaming options, either, thanks to the vast array of features included here. There is now Chromecast Built-in and Apple AirPlay 2 alongside Bluetooth for streaming from a device, as well as Spotify Connect, Roon Ready, internet radio and Tidal, the latter with a 90-day free trial.
You’ll also be able to access files up to 32-bit/384kHz anywhere on your home network via the updated Naim app. This is also your ticket to building a high-end multi-room system with room for five Naim streaming products to be controlled by one device. Want to add the new Mu-so Qb to an existing Apple or Google multi-room ecosystem? No problem, Naim has seen to that too.
The Mu-so Qb 2nd Gen comes with its own remote, so once set up, you can control it without necessarily being glued to your smartphone or tablet, but it’s worth at least using the app to choose your sound profile whenever you move the speaker: Naim has developed three pre-set EQs for whether the Mu-so Qb is near a wall, in the corner or out in the middle of the room.
We tested mostly with this new Naim offering in a bit of space, on an Atacama hi-fi rack, and even before it was properly run in we could tell this was a wireless speaker ready to challenge the current class leaders.
There’s certainly value in giving the Mu-so Qb a day or so to run in before offering full judgement. Its treble response is lively and open, but there is a little brightness that takes a few hours to properly polish and make sparkle.
But sparkle it does, matching the richness of tone immediately evident throughout the rest of the register. The overall presentation is muscular but lean. There’s plenty of bass weight and low-end punch precisely delivered, but this Mu-so Qb never skews its balance this way or that.
In fact, there are many ways in which this speaker belies its box-like dimensions. Whereas once everything felt a little enclosed, the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation operates with a mantra of openness. There’s an airiness to the soundstage, those angled drivers doing well to disperse sound while maintaining focus of the music’s core.
It isn’t as if detail was particularly hiding in the first generation of the Qb from three years ago, but this is a more insightful listen. Instruments are organised tidily, and often with sparser pieces it is as if you could reach into the air and grab the notes as they’re emitted.
The second generation also improves markedly on its predecessor’s timing and dynamic range. It not only keeps up, but tends to thrive while delivering snappy rhythmic patterns, issuing a spritely performance anchored but not tied down by its impressive scale in the low frequencies.
It can bear its teeth when necessary, snarling as it attacks grimy and distorted guitar lines, but has also a gentler, more caring side when the noise quells to a whisper. This may not be a replacement for a separates hi-fi system, but it is well equipped to bring that kind of hi-fi sensibility and analysis to one-box wireless listening.
That said, if this is to be your one source of music in the house, we can think of few combinations of separates able to both better the sound and match or undercut the price. It has its innate limitations in terms of upgrades and stereo imaging, of course, but the Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is not just another expensive wireless speaker.
Though its compact dimensions may suggest differently, you really are getting a lot for your money here. Most importantly, though, the greatest value is not found in its features or design, but in a sonic performance that will effortlessly dispense of any one-box rival within a few hundred pounds of its asking price.
Naim has proven that in hi-fi, as with publishing, a second draft can be wonderfully transformative.
- Sound 5
- Compatibility 5
- Build 5