February 11, 2013
| by Grant Clauser
NuVo doesn’t offer any integrated speakers for the system, but you can select whatever speakers you want and connect them to the player that fits your room size. Both the P200 and P100 work essentially the same. I connected a set of large Canton floorstanding speakers to the P200 and smaller B & W speakers to the P100. The systems take banana plugs just fine, but high AWG bare wires won’t easily fit into the binding posts. Both players sounded great to me, and in fact for simple music distribution, the cheaper P100 paired with some decent bookshelf speakers is probably more than enough for most rooms. In my living room, the P100 and B & W speakers were able to get as loud as I could possibly need, and sounded very clear—clearer than I expected for internet-based digital music.
The more expensive P200 does two things the P100 doesn’t which may be important to you. First, it supports aptXTM Bluetooth allowing you to send music from your iPhone (or whatever Bluetooth device) to the system. Once connected, Bluetooth-delivered content becomes available to any other zone in the house, not just the zone that it’s directly connected to. Also, the P200 has a line-level output so you can hook it up to an audio system you already have, such as your home theater processor. Both players include Audessy’s Dynamic Volume.
With the Bluetooth connection you can play tracks stored on your phone or tablet, plus any audio streaming app on the phone. It worked well for me, but if your phone strays too far away from the P200 it’s connected to then your music dies. In my house the P200 was in the basement theater. By the time I was halfway up the steps to the second floor the signal was gone.
On the other hand, Bluetooth aside, if you’ve got a big house, the NuVo system can probably fill it because it supports up to 16 individual zones, each with an independent music stream.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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