The Sound Organisation

I was very much looking forward to seeing and hearing the new Naim SuperUniti All-In-One Player ($5,995) in the Sound Organisation room and I was not disappointed by either its looks or the music it made. But what is an All-In-One Player? According to Naim it is a UPnP device that can stream music from the internet and the airwaves (FM/DAB/Internet radio) as well as serve music from your library wirelessly, via Ethernet or front mounted USB while pumping out 80wpc into your favorite loudspeakers. There are also six S/PDIF digital inputs (3 optical, front panel optical and 24-bit/192kHz capable BNC and RCA) and the SuperUniti can handle WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, MP3, Windows Media-formatted content, AAC and Ogg Vorbis files at rates up to 24bit/192kHz over the network.

In the Sound Organisation room we were listening to files stored on the Naim UnitiServe 1 TB Audiophile Server ($3,345) as well as a 4TB NAS drive connected through the SuperUniti's ethernet port and a pair of Naim Ovator S400 Loudspeakers ($6,845). You can see from the picture that if you are looking for an uncluttered system approach this relatively new breed of all-in-one players can deliver the goods. You can call this a "Lifestyle" system but to my of thinking that's like suggesting audiophiles who opt for a more complex solution don't have a life style. And we all know that's just silly.