Naim Audio has launched this week a new Naim Radio HD upgrade. The British specialist with almost 50 years of hi-fi expertise, has announced a new and higher-quality radio choice for users of its streaming speakers, systems and separates. Without an upgrade, the stations are all freely available from this week (17 Nov 2020). I’ve had a look on the Naim Uniti Star and it is all working very nicely indeed. There’s no mention of the greatest web station Groove Salad here, and our daily radio station is still there and happily unaffected.
There are dedicated Naim Jazz HD and Naim Classical HD stations that will join a revamped Naim Radio HD stream; all three are available in up to CD quality. They will join a dedicated HD Radio category to browse and enjoy from the Naim App. This curated collection of the highest-quality radio streams from around the world, including Radio X, Intense Radio, the full Radio Paradise network, Frequence 3 network, NRJ Paris, Rondo Classic and Sector Network.
Naim Records manager, James Tailby, says,
The new Naim Radio HD channels are home to the entire, updated Naim Records back catalogue – covering everything from some of the very first classic releases, right up to the electrifying debut tracks from latest signing, Fable – truly showcasing our eclectic and exciting roster
Users of Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation wireless speakers, Uniti Atom, Star and Nova systems, and ND 5 XS2, NDX 2, ND 555 players will be able to enjoy the three new Naim Radio stations as high-quality, 16bit/44.1kHz FLAC streams, and the HD Radio selection at their native resolutions – some as high as 24bit/96kHz.
Meanwhile, users of legacy Naim streaming products also get a quality upgrade, with AAC 320kbps streams now available, matching the highest-quality output from BBC Radio stations.
The higher-quality radio options will be available via the Naim App from today; no software upgrade required.
Founded in 1973, Naim is an award-winning hi-fi manufacturer based in Wiltshire, UK. With a history rooted in engineering and design excellence, Naim has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise on three occasions, most recently for its ground-breaking design of digital music systems.
Naim shares the same intense relationship with music as its customers, a passion that has driven them to design and engineer hi-fi products including digital music systems, amplifiers and loudspeakers that connect people with their music. For Naim, music always comes first. Every product is the subject of intense scrutiny from a team of engineers who spend months or years perfecting designs, never content until the music speaks to their hearts and souls as well as their heads.
Naim also has partnerships with Bentley Motors – the Naim for Bentley premium audio system is available as an optional extra on all Bentley cars – and Princess Yachts, which offers a range of class-leading, multi-zone Naim audio systems across its luxury yacht range.