(February 1, 2024) Naim has bolstered its Uniti platform with its beefiest member yet. The all-new Uniti Nova PE, or "Power Edition," stands as the company's top-shelf all-in-one player and stereo amplifier, and a burly companion designed to mate with demanding hi-fi loudspeakers.
At its heart, the Uniti Nova PE is a proper streamer, seamlessly integrating with popular services like Spotify Connect, Apple Music, TIDAL, and Qobuz, alongside a vast selection of internet radio stations. It also offers connectivity via AirPlay 2, Chromecast, UPnP, Roon (with Roon Ready), and Bluetooth AptX HD for broad playback from smartphones and tablets via the Focal & Naim app. A "Party Mode" function in the app can be used to integrate the player into a multi-room system of up to six other Naim devices, giving owners access to controls that create customized listening experiences in each location.
Naim's latest NP800 low-noise streaming card enhances sound quality by using Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) balanced digital signals. It also opens access to Hi-Res music up to 32-bit/384kHz.
In terms of output, the Nova PE moves away from Class A/B amplification in favor of the efficiency of a Class D design. It's capable of 150 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms, or 250 Watts per channel at 4 Ohms, which is 70 Watts more than the original Unity Nova.
And, for those wanting all-in-one media system versatility, it can connect to a TV via HDMI ARC with volume control through a TV remote. However, vinyl fans will be disappointed by the lack of an internal phono stage.
The Uniti Nova PE maintains Naim's tradition of sleek aesthetics with its brushed aluminum box and intuitive LCD screen. The inclusion of a top-mounted volume wheel, which illuminates upon rotation, is a thoughtful touch, marrying functionality with an unusual visual appeal.
Priced at $9,999 USD ($12,999 CAD), the Uniti Nova PE is now available through select dealers.