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Naim Uniti Core Music Server.
Industry-Reference Hard-Disk Server
Uniti Core represents the essence of digital music. It is a seriously powerful machine that will allow you to rip your entire CD collection, store up to 100,000 tracks, serve files to Uniti all-in-one players or other Naim streamers and create a back-up for all of your music. You can also use Uniti Core as a standalone digital source – simply connect it to a digital-to-analogue converter or an amplifier with digital inputs and control playback via the Naim app. Uniti Core is a fuss-free, no-compromise solution to ripping, storing, cataloguing and playing your entire music collection.
Whatever the source, Naim's revolutionary new Uniti players combine seamless digital technology with analogue soul for a sound that’s unmistakably Naim. Play, stream, rip and store entire music collections in flawless high-resolution. Then use the Naim custom-designed software to bring out every note of your music with true high-fidelity sound. New Uniti also gives you the option to sync up to six Uniti systems or other Naim streamers and play music from any source in multiple rooms simultaneously. Or play different music in every room.
Under the Skin of Uniti Core
The compact, yet powerful Uniti Core is the perfect hub for your digital music collection. Every element of this dedicated music server – from the customised operating system, the enhanced ripping engine and the linear power supply to the low-vibration aluminium casework – has been engineered to deliver consistent, reliable performance and highest sound quality. Advanced Ethernet technology means that Uniti Core simply will not buckle under stress, enabling UPnP™ players on the network or a connected DAC to perform at their best.
Uniti Core uses a unique ripping engine to ensure that the extracted data represents a flawless, bit-perfect copy of the CD. Simply insert your CD and wait a minute or two. Uniti Core will then automatically catalogue your ripped music using Rovi’s vast online database, allowing you to search by title, artist, genre, track or composer via the Naim app. You’ll never lose a CD again. A seperate HDD or SSD will need to be purchased for this feature, ask in-store for a recommendation.
Music Storage and Back up
Uniti Core gives complete flexibility, however you wish to store and play your music. You can choose to fit an HDD (Hard-Disk Drive) or SSD (Solid-State Drive) with a capacity of up to 8 TB – enough space for 100,000 tracks. While Uniti Core is ideal for ripping CDs, it also features a folder for downloads and rips originally made to other devices, giving you a single store for your entire music collection. Plus, Uniti Core will remind you to back up your collection, so you’ll never have to worry about losing your precious tracks.
Uniti Core allows you to serve as many as 12 independent music streams to Uniti all-in-one players or other UPnPTM-capable streamers with up to 32 bits/384 kHz.
The compact Uniti Core houses a sophisticated power supply with a custom-made toroidal transformer. This new linear power supply is designed to minimise noise and provide you with a much higher sound quality.
Control Your Way
The new intuitive Naim app gives you effortless control over individual or multiple Uniti products. You can access all of your music, including ripped CDs and playlists, or explore artist discographies and biographies. Furthermore, you can now update your system with a single tap. The new app also allows you to control both hard-disk servers and Naim streaming products, so there’s no need for two separate apps.
Bringing Uniti to Life
Conceived and built from the ground up by our engineers and designers in Salisbury, England, Uniti remains true to our core design principles. From the finned aluminum heatsinks (inspired by our Statement flagship amplification system) to the brushed black aluminum casing, the new illuminated signature volume control and the beautifully lit base – every minute detail has been considered to deliver a beautiful aesthetic packed with features and technology whilst achieving reference-level sound quality. Uniti is a true masterpiece of industrial design.
Integration with NAIM devices as a single storage of music files for all devices
Support only of its own Playlist’ov format
The device serves as a single repository of sound files and will be primarily interesting to those who own several NAIM devices. For example, Naim Mu-So, MU-SO QB, Naim Uniti Atom, Naim Uniti Star and other devices supporting UPNP playback.
In my case, all of the listed devices are available in the house and are located in different rooms. Naim Uniti Core acts for them a single storage of music files. This allows you to easily create Playlist’s from music files stored in various folders on the Naim Uniti Core and play them on any NAIM devices located in different rooms. For example, a child in his room listens to fairy tales, in the kitchen-living room other family members prepare dinner and listen to their chosen compositions placed in Playlist’y, and you listen to your favorites in your room on the Naim Uniti Star.
Music loading in the Naim Uniti Core is carried out in two ways:
A) Rip your CD. Naim Uniti Core performs CDs on the inner disk (purchased separately, SSD or HDD. At the end of 2020, there are no problems with the place on the disks, it is worth considering SDD) in WAV or FLAC format (for your choice). It is connected through the Internet to the database and prescribes automatically metadata (performer, album, composition name, etc.);
B) downloading files over the network to the folder \ downloads \. I used this method, because I have a large collection of music in WAV and FLAC formats;
C) download/playing files from USB carriers;
The moderator of musical content can be one person who will load music for the whole family into one storage.
(Backup is provided and can be performed on another network storage or on a USB disk.
Of the minuses, I only note the limited work with WAV format, due to restrictions on the support of metadata in it. With FLAC and MP3 formats (if someone is required) there are no such difficulties.
In my case, I had to convert WAV in FLAC, and then in a separate program on a laptop, prescribe all tags (metadata) to ensure further indexation and the possibility of searching for Naim Uniti Core.
If someone needs it, then you can connect a good DAC or an amplifier with built-in DACs to the NAIM Uniti Core, and use as another music playback device, installing it in another room.
Ultimately, we get a good multiple, which allows you to reproduce Playlist’i from your favorite compositions on all devices in the house. And if someone needs it, then synchronously on all devices, if in the Party house.
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