Speak To Me: AirPlay 2 and Siri support coming to Naim Network Streamers

Traditional UK high-fidelity doesn’t have much more of a poster child than Naim Audio.

With more than four decades of experience as a purveyor of audiophile sound, the company rolls out changes with thought, cadence and a nod to longevity and future-proofing.

Take their three levels of network streamers; the reference ND 555 ($32,990 USD), the NDX 2 ($7,495 USD) and the ND5 XS 2 ($3,495 USD), all have been out for a while, but Naim is able to roll out significant software/firmware updates remotely when they see fit to do so. Case in point is the Apple AirPlay 2 updates enabling multi-room functionality and Siri voice control for all three.

The two-box ND 555.

As someone who loves me some Siri, this is great news as I’ve got an ND555 and an ND5 XS2 coming for review. IMHO, the more high-end companies that continue to adopt major consumer trends that involve the ability to voice control electronics – particularly true high-fidelity systems – the more I think you’ll see people start to migrate up the recorded-playback food chain and find themselves living with audiophile sound.

Press release highlights and update instructions

AirPlay 2 is a proprietary Apple technology allowing music to be streamed from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac computer and Apple TV to a compatible Naim device. Audio can be sourced from Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, YouTube, Internet radio and podcasts, and controlled via Apple’s Home app, Control Center or Siri voice commands.

The NDX 2.

Apple AirPlay 2 also supports multi-room playback for owners of multiple streaming products that support the Apple standard, including a 10 different Naim systems (listed below.) Users can ask Siri to play a particular album, song or playlist in sync across all compatible products in every room or a single room, as well as different music in each room

Additionally, AirPlay 2 features enhanced buffering to improve audio streaming performance across the network.

Once the update becomes available, the Naim app will prompt customers to perform an over-the-air update. Apple AirPlay 2 system requirements: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Mac computer and Home Pod must have iOS software version 11.4 or later.

Alongside Apple AirPlay 2 Naim’s range of streamers offer every possible to way to connect to your music including support for Spotify Connect, Tidal, Bluetooth, Chromecast (built-in with support for other music streaming apps including Deezer, Qobuz), Internet radio, UPnP™ streaming (supports high-resolution WAV, FLAC and DSD files at resolutions up to 32bit/384kHz), while also being Roon Ready.

The ND5 XS 2.

  • Naim Audio products supporting Apple AirPlay 2:
  • Mu-so series: Mu-so 1st Generation, Mu-so Qb 1st Generation, Mu-so 2nd Generation, Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation
  • Uniti series: Uniti Atom, Uniti Star, Uniti Nova
  • 500 Series: ND 555
  • Classic Series: NDX 2
  • XS Series: ND5 XS 2

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