Esoteric British hi-fi and AV brand Naim has launched its own custom install brand at the CEDIA UK EXPO today. NaimNet combines the company’s legendary hi-fi savvy with the IP technology of StreamNet, which it has licensed from NetStreams LLC.
The result is a surprisingly sophisticated multiroom entertainment system designed to manipulate multiple sources (full bandwidth audio, video, metadata and control signals) within a home network, via CAT5.
Unlike some rival AV streaming solutions, this allows seamless system integration between AV, heating, security and lighting.
According to Naim, benefits of its NaimNet approach include zero audio compression (“NaimNet delivers genuine CD quality by sending digital audio that’s a bit-for-bit copy of the CD across the network to any room,”); RoomSync, which ensures that distributed sound stays in sync between rooms, and scalability: “There is no practical limit to the number of rooms that can be accommodated with NaimNet – it’s actually 1.8 million.”)
The system also allows ripped music to be synced across a network. “Imagine a scenario where you have a NaimNet system in your city apartment and one in the house in the country,” says the company. “Loading a CD onto the NaimNet server in the city will automatically update the NaimNet server in the country. No getting home at the weekend to find that you have left that key music in the other player.”
The first NaimNet products comprise four different music servers (pictured above), each of which can deliver up to 6 streams of CD quality (bit for bit) across a network and have at least one local output (but up to four possible).
The servers will be joined by the NNT01 DAB/FM Multi-Tuner (four DAB/FM tuners in one slim case); NNC01 Multi Input Preamplifier and Room Player (pictured below); NNP01 Room Amplifier and NNP01 concealed Room Amplifier.