CEDIA 2009 Coverage

September 14, 2009


Naim showed off its two new media server solutions, The HDX (top) is what is now becoming standard hard disk server that rips discs to a hard drive, gathers meta data, and provides access through its small touch panel screen or an external monitor using a Windows application. Data is stored on two 400GB disk drives — one primary and one back up (RAID1). Presumably they will offer a 1TB option. It supports WAV, MP3, AAC, FLAC and WMA formats. The literature only states that it has analog outputs and I didn’t see any digital outputs. What were they thinking?

The UNITI All-in-One (bottom) is, surprising, an all-in-one unit. Here is how they describe it:

So imagine everything audio in one place: integrated amplifier, CD player, DAB/FM tuner, internet radio, iPod dock, digital-to-analogue converter, music file player and network stream player. And now combine all that with legendary Naim musical quality, engineering integrity, design sophistication and interface know-how. Congratulations! You’ve just come up with the NaimUniti.

It has no internal hard drive but can find and play audio files from a network attached storage unit (NAS)

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