August 27, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
For those about to rock—can we suggest NaimNet? The company has just embarked in the music server market and could use some love.
Naim Audio has been cranking out CD players for a while, and now they are adding music servers to their lineup. This UK import says it uses DigiFi and NetStreams StreamNet Connected IP technology to deliver digital media (a lot of it) to one room or the whole house.
The NaimNet NS01 ($6,800) promises up to six separate simultaneous uncompressed music streams, but has just one “audiophile analog output.” The NS02 ($7,900) offers the same output and the same streams, with another three analog outputs (not “audiophile” we’re guessing). Finally, the NS03 ($9,575) has all of the above, but throws in a touchscreen on the front panel.
All three include Naim’s own CD ripping software, two 400GB drives, and an automatic back-up plan.
There’s no word on when each of the units will be available in the U.S., but the company is planning to unveil each product to dealer/installers at next week’s CEDIA show.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.