All Naim streaming products are now available with high resolution 24bit/192kHz streaming.
The updated streaming board also facilitates streaming of Apple Lossless (ALAC) files up to 24Bit/96kHz and updates wireless connectivity to IEEE 802.11n (2.4GHz).
This completes the feature set of streamed files: all ‘24/192’ players stream and play WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and MP3. NaimUniti and UnitiQute will be available with 24bit/96kHz streaming, or alternatively, for a small price premium, 24bit/192kHz capability.
The firmware updates available at the same time for all ‘24/192’ models except ND5 XS and SuperUniti, which already have the updates, add an alarm and clock to Uniti products and far improved compatibility with FLAC files with large embedded images for all streaming products. Firmware upgrades for ‘24/96’ models will be available before Christmas once the final stage closed public beta has completed. A PC app to allow home updates, should an owner prefer, will be made available at the same time.
The timing is ideal as there is an increasing number of hi-res downloads becoming available in 24/192 and especially 24/176 formats. Record companies are raiding their back catalogues of music originally digitised using the DSD format. They are downsampling these original one-bit recordings to 88.2kHz or 176.4kHz, which is mathematically simple, and the results are often spectacular. Existing owners will be able to have their players updated by their Naim retailer.