If you loved Naim’s beautiful and loud-as‑heck Mu-so 2nd Generation music player that I featured in October, but would like to do the multiroom thing with the same stellar standard of kit, there’s now a brilliant, smaller, satellite version, the 2nd gen Qb.
A 21cm cube with Naim’s statement “ship’s wheel” control knob on top, the Qb looks tiny but packs almost as big a punch as its £1,299 big brother. The bigger Mu-so can be hooked up to multiroom with as many as five Qbs, or you could just have five standalone Qbs dotted around the house.
With an array of speakers, including as big a downward-firing bass driver as possible, 300 watts of serious spatial sound and as many streaming options as you could want, the little Qb is a pretty superb player in its own right.
As with any music player, I would keep things simple and just subscribe to Tidal for CD-plus quality streamed music direct from WiFi to the machine; then Bluetooth from your phone or tablet anything that’s not on Tidal. But, whatever your streaming bag, the Qb will comfortably accommodate.
There’s also a variety of different coloured speaker panels so if the black box look doesn’t suit, you can colour-coordinate with your home.