Connect with your music like never before
It's a cliche we know, but good things come in small packages. The UnitiQute 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, Wi-Fi streaming - everything that the new era of music delivery can throw at it, UnitiQute can play.
Music for everyone
Just like NaimUniti, its multi-award-winning sibling, UnitiQute 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 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 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 includes a preamplifier with two analogue inputs, five 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs and all the traditional Naim musical clarity and transparency. Next, UnitiQute includes a muscular power amplifier that provides all the rhythmic punch and definition you would expect from Naim. You want conventional radio? Well, UnitiQute includes FM and DAB tuners that get the best possible performance from either format. UnitiQute 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/96kHz 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 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 is controlled by a dedicated remote handset in combination with a large, clear display. The UnitiQute user interface borrows the principles of intuition and accessibility, and much of the substance, from the already proven NaimUniti interface. The interface is clear, intuitive, uncluttered and makes light work of access to UnitiQute's remarkable versatility and performance. And an iPhone/iPod Touch Uniti control App, expected early in 2010 will enhance the UnitiQute experience still further and raise its brilliance yet another notch.
Then there are the multi-room audio opportunities that UnitiQute opens up. With a UPnP server, a wireless network router and a UnitiQute you have a very high performance hi-fi system with access to almost limitless music. Add a second, or even a third UnitiQute and you have a multi-room hi-fi system that installs effortlessly, is easily modified and sounds outstanding.
Enter the world of digital music
UnitiQute can play audio files at resolutions up to 24bit/96kHz 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 can do all this wirelessly.
The UnitiQute multi-format tuner can switch seamlessly between 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 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 interface and be immediately available for browsing, selection and playback. UnitiQute can play USB-stored music files of up to 24bit/96kHz resolution.
Your complete audio system
UnitiQute 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 sibling. Similarly, and again, as with the NaimUniti, the UnitiQute power amplifier borrows its design from the NAIT 5i, and given a pair of Naim n-SAT speakers to work with, the music it makes is dynamic, tuneful and addictive.
UnitiQute 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 digital to analogue converter of 2009, every Naim digital product has advanced the art of digital audio engineering to the benefit of music reproduction. UnitiQute is no different.
UnitiQute 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 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 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, Internet)
• Front-panel USB for iPod/MP3 player and USB memory stick playback
• Apple authenticated enabling digital output from iPod for ultimate quality
• iPod control, charging and front-panel content display when connected to front-panel USB port via standard iPod cable
• 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 8Ohm power amplifier
• Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity
• Plays WAV, MP3, Windows Media-formatted content, AAC and FLAC from any suitable UPnP device together with WAV, AAC, MP3 and Apple Lossless (from an iPod)
• 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 Wolfson DAC Naim compact, non-resonant, non-magnetic case
• OLED display for high contrast
Analogue Inputs 3.5mm front-panel socket, 1 RCA
Antenna Inputs Wi-Fi, F type, (plus PAL adapter)
Overload Margin 20dB
Input Sensitivity 270mV at 47KO
Digital Inputs 5 S/PDIF (2 optical, 2 coaxial, 1 digital/analogue 3.5mm jack)
USB Inputs 1 front-panel socket
Other Inputs Ethernet and iPod (digital via USB socket)
Tuning Range FM 87.5 - 108Mhz DAB Band III and L Band
Signal To Noise Ratio (S/N ratio) 80dB
Power Outputs 45W per channel into 4O, 30W per channel in 8O
Digital Outputs (type) BNC 75O (plus RCA adapter)
Other Outputs Headphone
Audio Outputs Speaker output, preamp output (RCA)
IR Input Front panel only
Other Front panel logo touch-sensitive mute function
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 24bit/96kHz via UPnp and USB only), OGG Vorbis iRadio Service Provider vTuner 5* full service
Supply Voltage 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption (maximum) 200VA
Languages English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch
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. Dimensions 87 x 207 x 314mm (H x W x D)
Front Black powder coated
Case Black powder coated