Naim Mu-so qb 2 Wireless Music System

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Description

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.

Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation is available from a wide range of retailers.

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.

- Chromecast built-in

Play hundreds of supported apps including Deezer, Qobuz, Plex, TuneIn, SoundCloud and Pandora from your smartphone or tablet. all streamed directly to your Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation via Chromecast built-in. Add Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation to the Google Home app to control it alongside your other Chromecast and smart home devices.

- AirPlay 2

Stream music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Seamless playback with Apple Music and control your audio and smart home devices using Siri.

- TIDAL

Experience true CD-quality audio streamed directly to your Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation. A free 90-day trial of the HiFi tier is included with every Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation.

- Spotify® Connect

Easily stream millions of songs from your smart phone or tablet straight to your Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation.

- Bluetooth®

Simply connect your Bluetooth devices to instantly play your music.

- Roon-Ready

Roon transforms the experience of browsing music. Beautifully laid-out metadata is located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable, searchable digital magazine about your music collection.

- Internet Radio

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

- UPnP™ (Universal Plug and Play)

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

- Multiroom Ready

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:

1. Combine it with other networked Naim products (including 1st Generation Mu-so and Mu-so Qb) via the updated Naim app
2. Pair it with other AirPlay 2-compatible wireless speakers via the Apple Home app
3. Pair it with other Chromecast devices via groups controlled by the Google Home app.

- Digital/Analogue Inputs

Boost audio from digital sources with optical connections such as TVs, set-top boxes or games consoles. There's also a built-in stereo jack (3.5mm) socket that can connect your Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation to other devices.

- USB

Connect a USB stick or external USB hard disk to Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation and experience all your music in audiophile quality.

- Remote Control

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. owing quick control of common functions including volume, play/pause and track skip.

- App Control (iOS™ & Android™)

The updated Naim app allows you to easily browse by artist, genre, album and more, complete with artwork and extended music information. You can also control volume, light settings, room modes and create playlists. As a further option, Mu-so 2nd Generation is Roon Ready, too.

- Loudness Control
Intelligently boosts bass and treble to give you the complete musical experience whatever volume you choose
- Room Compensation
Tailor your listening experience to best suit your space. Choose from three different settings - Near Wall; Near Corner; No Compensation [In Free Space] to adapt Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation to your room.
- Alarm Clock
Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation features an alarm clock which can be enabled via the settings menu in the Naim app.

Specs:

Audio Inputs
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
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
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
Handheld 

Optional remote handset and control app for iDevices and Android devices

Product 

Touch control user interface with rotary volume control

Power
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
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
Speaker System 

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

Other information
Warranty 

Two-Year

 
Designer

Why Naim?

Every Naim product is conceived, designed and engineered entirely in service of the sound, revealing a pure experience of music that is as close as possible to its original live source.

We believe that the exploration of sound is an adventure that rewards you with a clarity and connection that becomes more powerful the deeper you travel within it.  Which is why, every element within our systems is crafted to create a silence around the sound, reducing any interference between you and the intention of the artist.  We achieve this through tireless attention to four fundamentals in our engineering:

1. Space

We give each of the critical components their own environment, omitting outside or ‘toxic’ interference, which means no compromise on the purity of sound.

 

2. Circuitry

We minimise any interplay between the internal levels, so that you can simultaneously enjoy both the quiet and the loud, as originally intended.

 

3. Purposeful materiality

We use materials that excel in performance, not just appearance.

 

4. Technology

We constantly strive for new and innovative ways to achieve our goals, integrating sophisticated electronic design and software development, with mechanical engineering and acoustics to deliver a truly advanced sonic experience.

By managing the relationship between these four pillars of engineering we enable our listeners to hear every single note in equal measure and transcend from audio sound to musical performance. We call this unique and emotive transmission the ‘Voice of Naim’; it’s our signature, our calling card.

This ‘voice’ has been carefully engineered across our product portfolio and crafted to take you the listener deeper through this journey into music, from the excellent entry-level Mu-so wireless range, through to the ultimate listening investment in our ‘Marque’ separates - Classic, 500 and Statement, our flagship amplification system.  

Let the voice of Naim take you inside the music… Go Deeper.

The Naim Audio Way

Ever since the early days we’ve ignored trends and trusted our own sense of what matters most in music playback. 

How we Listen 

No matter how vanishingly low we’ve managed to make distortion and jitter or how well we’ve controlled power supply noise and interference, we will always make our final judgement on a product in the listening room. Every component has to earn its place.

When we listen it’s not just for technical competencies. It’s about being able to forget that you’re listening to hi-fi at all and becoming immersed in a complete experience, feeling all the emotion that the artist intended when they first created the music. 

Built to last

Built to last

Unlike most other consumer electronics, Naim Audio products are not designed to be replaced in three to four years. Buying a Naim Audio product is an investment in many years of incredible musical experiences. It’s a choice to make music a central part of your life.

We can still repair almost every product we’ve ever made in our service and restoration department. The skilled technicians there are some of our most experienced, with the know-how to breathe life into classic Naim Audio equipment. They regularly restore some of the first hi-fi products we ever made, ready to provide another 30 years of musical enjoyment to their owners. 

If your product is over 10 years old then it’s a good idea to send it back to us for some care and attention. You can book in a service with our Customer Support team.

 

Performance upgradable

Performance upgradable 

Once you’ve chosen Naim Audio you may find that you crave for even more of the musical performance that our products deliver. The good news is that there is usually an upgrade path which will allow you to attain the next level of performance without having to purchase a completely new system. That could be as simple as upgrading to a Power-Line mains cable, opting for an additional power supply or even making the move to separate pre and power amplifiers.

Infinite Curiosity 

It takes infinite curiosity to be a Naim Audio engineer. To define, test and redefine each component and material in every product we design, ignoring trends to find new and better ways to achieve state of the art performance. 

Ultimate Attention to Detail - Naim
Ultimate Attention to Detail

Pictured: 555 PS power supply rear panels being extracted from a bath of electrolyte fluid. A DC current is passed through the liquid, anodising the metalwork and giving a perfectly even black coating. 

The SNAIC Shaker
The SNAIC Shaker

Every Naim Audio interconnect is shaken 180 times by a custom-designed pneumatic production device affectionately named ‘The SNAIC Shaker’ by our technicians. Why do we do this? Because it improves sound quality.

40-point Floating Point Digital Filter
40-point Floating Point Digital Filter

The digital filter in the NDS is mathematically precise enough to count 2 32 x 2256 seconds (that’s a 5 followed by 86 zeros). In other words, it’s powerful enough to count every second since the universe began many times over with pin-point accuracy. This level of precision is essential in order to keep filter arithmetic noise below – 144dB (the theoretical signal-to-noise ratio of 24bit PCM audio) at all times for best sound quality.

Absolute power
Absolute Power

Nowhere is our determination to dance to the beat of our own drum more apparent than in our understanding of and enthusiasm for better quality power supplies. Improving the power supply has a clear and tangible effect on sound quality, we’ve observed it over and over. It’s why Naim products carry large transformers with isolated windings. The philosophy is exemplified in our range of separate power supplies that have the sole purpose of providing smooth, stable and low-noise power for audio electronics to shine. 

Decoupling and isolation
Decoupling and Isolation

Minimising mechanical, electromagnetic and thermal interference between components is a key part of Naim Audio design. Decoupling sockets to cut off interference from incoming mains power and suspending circuit boards on brass sub plates to create an isolated environment for critical electronics are two applications of this principle. A less obvious example is the creation of small bends in individual resistors by hand, decreasing microphonic interference (microscopic vibrations which degrade sound quality). But similar techniques are applied at every level of the design and build. And we only introduce techniques if they prove effective and repeatable in listening tests.

Hand-Matched Components
Hand-matched Componentry

Matching the characteristics of sound critical components for each channel (left and right speaker) of an amplifier can greatly improve sound quality. Batches of resistors typically come matched to within a 5% margin of error. Through listening tests we found that if the resistance of the left and right channels are matched to closer than 0.5% music becomes dramatically more communicative and engaging. Following this discovery a bespoke production procedure was conceived to help us match resistors by hand.

Julian Vereker - Naim Founder

Our Story

Our story begins with one man’s passion for music and weaves its way through four decades and a raft of iconic product launches to the present day.   

Naim Audio founder Julian Vereker MBE (1945-2000) was a racing car driver, entrepreneur and self-taught engineer with a deep passion for music. Spending his spare time listening to and recording his friends playing live in the 1960s, Julian found that playback on his system at home fell woefully short of the experience he craved.

Not content with second best he decided to design his own amplifiers and loudspeakers, ignoring accepted wisdom and focusing on aspects of performance that made music burst to life. These first designs laid the foundations for a range of iconic and award-winning hi-fi products that would reach well into the next century.  

1969 Humble Beginnings
1969 Humble Beginnings 

Frustrated with the quality of music reproduction after recording his friends playing live, Naim Audio’s founder, Julian Vereker turned from building his own racing cars to experimenting with amplifiers.

1972 A first start at Capital Radio
1972 A first start at Capital Radio 

Julian won a contract to supply then start-up radio station, Capital Radio, with audio equipment. The successful design was a compact version of an early Naim Audio power amplifier combined with speaker drive units in one cabinet – the NAM 502.

1973 Naim Audio Officially Founded
1973 Naim Audio Officially Founded

Following the success of Capital Radio, Naim Audio was officially incorporated in 1973 with Julian Vereker and his co-founder Shirley Clarke as directors. Based in a shop in the centre of Salisbury, our first HQ had both manufacturing and demonstration facilities. 

1973 The NAP 200 Power Amplifier
1973 The NAP 200 Power Amplifier

Our first consumer product for home use was launched in the year of our founding: the NAP 200 power amplifier. Originally designed in 1971, its descendant power amplifiers differ greatly technologically but still aim for the same performance goals of pace, rhythm and timing. 

1974 The NAC 12 Preamplifier
1974 The NAC 12 Preamplifier

With a network of dedicated independent retailers now on board in the UK, the NAC 12, our first production preamplifier, was launched. 

1980 Classic Advertising
1980 Classic Advertising 

As Naim Audio grew in popularity through the 70s and early 80s, the team decided to grab the attention of the press and public with a series of tongue-in-cheek adverts. They reflected the confident, often unorthodox nature of our approach to music playback and have become iconic in their own right. 

1983 NAIT Integrated Amplifier
1983 NAIT Integrated Amplifier 

Naim Audio’s first integrated amplifier the NAIT introduced. This iconic little integrated amp sounded quite unlike any other integrated of its day and set a trend for so-called ‘super integrateds’.

1985 Brompton Connection
1985 Brompton Connection 

Julian joins friend and fellow inventor Andrew Ritchie at his newly founded company. Their product is an innovative bicycle which can be quickly and easily folded up for transportation and storage. He backs the business and becomes a director, helping them to set up production and eventually to become one of the most iconic British brands in the world: Brompton Bicycle.

1985-queens-award
1985 The Queen's Award

Naim Audio is recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for the first time in 1985. We would go on to repeat this achievement a further two times in the 21st century, winning for Export in 2010 and for Innovation in digital music streaming in 2014.  

1991 The CDS CD Player
1991 The CDS CD Player 

Like so many Naim Audio products, the design of our first CD player, the CDS, flew in the face of conventional wisdom. Its two box configuration gave the power supply its own separate enclosure and the CD clamp used a rare earth magnet to keep its mass low whilst still firmly holding the disc without vibration.

1993 Naim Records is Born

Created by Naim founder Julian Vereker, Naim Records combined his love for music with his quest to deliver the best sound quality, from the studio to the listening room.

2000 NAP 500 Power Amplifier
2000 NAP 500 Power Amplifier 

The year 2000 marked a step change in Naim Audio history. After several years in development, the new flagship Naim Audio NAP 500 power amplifier was born and with it the new industrial design aesthetic that would redefine Naim Audio for the 21st century. Its music-making ability would only be bettered by the arrival of Statement in 2014. 

Naim for Bentley
2008 Naim for Bentley 

Two brands with a distinguished British heritage and a passion for engineering excellence share an 18 month development project to produce the Naim for Bentley in car system. Using sophisticated Naim Audio DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and speaker drive unit technology, the system is available as a custom extra on all Bentley models. 

2009 NaimUniti
2009 NaimUniti 

An all-in-one player which combines the new world of music streaming with a CD player and integrated amplifier inspired by the original NAIT is launched. The NaimUniti won a coveted What Hi-Fi Product of the Year award in 2009 and in 2012. 

2013 Celebrating 40 Years
2013 Celebrating 40 Years

We celebrated our 40th anniversary in true Naim Audio style with live music from Naim Records acts at the Salisbury Arts Centre, just a stones-throw from where it all started at our first HQ on Salt Lane in the centre of town.

2014 Naim Audio Wins Queens Award for Innovation
2014 The Queen's Award

Naim Audio wins UK's highest business accolade for our ground-breaking digital range of network music playersall-in-one playershard disk players/servers and digital to analogue converters. The 3rd Queen's Award win for Naim Audio, with previous wins for Export in 1985 and 2010.

2014 Statement

Crafted for pure musical performance, 2014 saw the pinnacle of Naim’s engineering knowledge and artistry in the arrival of Statement.  The ground-breaking series comprises the NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 mono power amplifier.

Conceived over a decade ago, with development from 2011, the objective was to set a new reference standard in high-end audio and music reproduction and aesthetics, a new page in the Naim Audio story.

2014 Mu-so

Naim Audio launches its first complete wireless music system, Mu-so, offering real versatility and performance alongside multiroom capability, a new landmark in high fidelity digital music.  Mu-so is driven by a powerful digital brain and fitted with custom-designed speakers for a musical experience that has to be heard to be believed.

2016 Mu-so Qb
2016 saw the launch of Mu-so’s charismatic little brother, Mu-so Qb, our new compact wireless music system. Measuring 20cm ³, Qb’s glass-filled polymer casing and bass radiators help create huge low frequencies and beautiful depth of sound. Featuring the same clever digital brain as Mu-so, with 300W of power, Qb has taken the hi-fi world by storm.

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