When the Naim Mu-so launched in 2014 it attracted critical acclaim, bagging the Pocket-lint Awards 2015 gong for best speaker. Now the essence of that high-end wireless all-in-one multiroom speaker is available in a smaller, cube-shaped form factor: the mu-so Qb.
It might be smaller than the original Mu-so, but the Qb doesn't scrimp on power or performance, delivering 300 watts of power from its five drivers. There are microfibre dome tweeters, copper-capped mid-range drivers and two bass radiators that work alongside a 100W-amplifier-driven custom woofer for maximum output.
The smaller configuration of the Qb means less of the premium metal and materials is used in the construction, squeezing the price point down to £595 ($1,000). And while that may sound like a lot, that's Naim opening up to a whole new audience.
On top of the Qb is a solid aluminium ring, which acts as a large volume dial and incorporates a touchscreen interface just like the original Mu-so. It looks space-age futuristic, yet feels intuitive in use.
Wirelessly stream in high-resolution via UPnP; link up Spotify Connect, Tidal or internet radio via Airplay; sync your smart device via Bluetooth aptX; or plug directly in via the 3.5mm port - the choice is yours. Formats are supported up to 24-bit/192kHz.
If you're looking for high-quality audio at a cut down size and at a cut-down price (well, for Naim products anyway) then the Mu-so Qb looks to be the ideal companion. And if you already have Mu-so and want to go multi-room then perhaps this is the ideal addition to expand the system.