The Naim UnitiQute is an all-in-one audio player designed to handle digital music formats from a wide range of sources. Coming from Naim, it’s an unsurprisingly high-end affair with a hefty price tag to match, but what that gets you is a luxurious, audiophile-standard unit with internal electronics that’ll squeeze every last drop of quality from your beloved tunes.
The UnitiQute’s versatility knows no bounds. It can play digital music files from USB devices, UPnP servers via Wi-Fi, iPods and MP3 players, internet radio and devices connected to its variety of analogue and digital inputs. If you’re a music enthusiast with music stored in a bunch of disparate places, the UnitiQute brings them all together in one compact box. The UnitiQute is derived from the company’s first all-in-one player NaimUniti, which additionally features CD player, and the SuperUniti.
Aside from its musical talents, UnitiQute’s design is an attraction in itself. It’s remarkably compact, about half the width of your average Blu-ray player (207mm), and is built like a tank. The outer casing is fashioned from black powder coated die-cast metal, offering a robustness that you simply wouldn’t get from a budget player (the 5.6kg weight says it all). It’s not a particularly dazzling design, but there’s an understated seriousness about it that really appeals.
On the front are a 3.5mm analogue input, a headphone jack and a USB port, which allows you to connect USB memory sticks and play digital media. It also connects digitally to an iPod and supports control and charging. The illuminated Naim logo on the front is touch sensitive, muting the sound when pressed once or changing the volume when held down.
The rear panel tells a much more complicated story. It’s teeming with sockets, including analogue stereo input, four digital audio inputs (two optical and two coaxial), stereo pre-amp outputs to feed an external amp, a 75Ohm BNC digital output (which may require the supplied RCA adapter), RS232 and Ethernet ports, speaker terminals (designed for the supplied banana plug adapters) and connections for DAB/FM and Wi-Fi antennae. There’s also a signal ground switch, which allows you to select ‘chassis’ or ‘floating’ if there’s another earthed source component elsewhere in the system.