• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Naim Mu-So Owner Review

    I use this as an Airplay device, playing music files through iTunes and to play audio from the TV. I own several other wireless, Airplay/Bluetooth speakers, and enjoy them all; but the Mu-So takes the experience to another level. It's not an audiophile system costing several thousand dollars, but it excels at what it's designed to do. Visually, the design is aesthetically pleasing, and the DAC (digital audio converter) is top notch. On a side note, other reviewers mention problems with the Bluetooth connectivity. If you're using the Mu-so with an Apple device, you should be streaming via Apple Airplay and not Bluetooth. Airplay streams over your home network and uses lossless compression. Bluetooth is device to device and utilizes lossy compression.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but not great.

    I purchased the mu-so about a month ago to play a wide variety of music, mostly via Apple Music using AirPlay. I have used a Bowers & Wilkins A7 in this capacity for several years and actually wanted to purchase another one but, sadly, it has been discontinued. The mu-so is a quality piece of gear. Excellent fit and finish with modern aesthetics that stand out in a room. Set-up was easy, with the unit up and running in about 10 minutes. I've listened to everything from the Beatles to Pink Floyd to the Cults and the sound is indeed impressive for such a small box. Clear, somewhat bright highs, strong, tight bass and much better mid-range than various Bose systems I've had (most recently Soundtouch 300). But....the 'ole A7 is the gold standard for me for a compact, wireless speaker and I find the mu-so to be a bit inferior. Clearly this is a subjective statement on my part, but I find the A7's bass to be much more powerful, without being exaggerated, and the highs less bright. So, I will probably sell the mu-so.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent performance

    Overall: not bad. Bluetooth connectivity is quite poor. There is also a delay in the transmission of music. The sound quality is great on some genres and poor on some other genres; it is inconsistent and needs to be optimised. Needs work, especially for what it costs.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Great features and outstanding sound. Makes great music within a room and has easy to access cables.

    Absolutely fantastic.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    THE One

    In my case it's THE love from the first... hear. I don't care how it looks. Now I even don't care the price tag. I simply have to get one. The sound is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Once you've heard it, there's no turning back. I compared Mu-So with other two great speakers - Bose SoundTouch III 30 and B&O Beoplay A6. In case of Bose I was not able to hear anything but bass. For a while I thought that Beoplay is an answer to all my listening expectations but then Mu-So appeared. I went to a Hi-Fi shop nearby to check Mu-So Qb (smaller one, cube). The guy let me play my tunes on a bigger Mu-So first, probably one of his selling techniques. And I must tell you, since I've heard this 'soundbar' for the first time, there's no other all-in-one audio I want to get as much as Naim Mu-So. Perfect, clear, well-defined sound, giving you incredible joy on each and every volume level. It's like discovering your favourite tunes for the first time!
    Don't get me wrong. I know the price difference between Beoplay A6 or SoundTouch 30 and Mu-So, and I'm perfectly aware that this is a lot of money but you've got to hear it to understand it. This sound is addictive. Don't want to get addicted? Don't even consider checking this beast! That's the only way to stay clean here... really... I'm warning you... don't... Myself, I know for sure, that I won't go and check any other Naim box... ever! I'd probably have to sell my house shortly after that to own this one as well ;)
    Last but not least - all 'professional' reviews lie to you about Naim Mu-So... It's a way better than 5/5. In fact bigger Mu-So should be something like 10/5... ok maybe 9/5... yes 9 for 5 max. It's simply that good

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Underwhelming

    This was the first Naim product I've ever owned. After 20+ years of lusting over Naim's exotic audiophilia, I was very excited to be ordering my first bit of Naim kit. Of course, at just under 2k - I wan't expecting angels singing in my living room, but I did expect something a little bit special, just a little bit.

    I guess the world moves on. Make no mistake, this is a decent Wifi speaker with solid software, but it's price is elevated well beyond it's peers. After a fairly flat initial audition, I really hoped the MuSo would "burn in" and come to life..... alas, it did not. After 150+ hours, it didn't really open up at all. I couldn't help but think I was listening to a half decent HiFi through a sealed cardboard box.

    I guess if you compare the MuSo to other WiFi speakers, it's good, very good. The mids are good, and the highs are clean, but... it's all a little bit too constrained, except the bass, which is positively loose. If you judge it against even a modest HiFi setup (in my case Q Acoustics Concept 40s and an Anthem 310 receiver), they're not even close to HiFi, by category.

    Given it's power rating of 450W, the MuSo really should be a lot louder. Overall, I expected a lot more from the brand, and a lot more for the price.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    I have spent a lot of time perusing and testing wireless audio over the past 18 months but did not take the plunge until last night with the purchase of my mu-so. Much better than expected, completely filled the room with sound and the Airplay playback was solid. My house is alive with music again!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product with some flaws

    I bought it 2 weeks ago to replaced my faulty 10 years old stereo system.

    I still remember the moment I first heard the sound coming out from the box - yeah, it was a Wow when I heard the voice of the female singer - so sweet and with a lot of details. It was a new experience even with songs I heard for a thousand times before. Since then, I sleep less everyday because I was addicted to it. The base was unexpectedly good given it's relatively small physical form.

    However, this is not for every type of music... for example it may not good for classical music which requires a lot of depth and width. Limited by it's physical form, some music would be become less "airy" compared to my previous system.

    The UPnP connectivity provided me a lot of convenience that I can select any album in my 250GB iTunes library in NAS with ease. It can take my mp3, Apple lossless without conversion. However, I experienced a sound breaking up problem with 24bit / 96 KHz ALAC files. I may have to re-encode the files to other format as a workaround. I wish the tech support will be to find out the root cause and deliver a firmware fix soon.

    Overall, I think it is a stylish products which is good for casual listening. However, if you're an audiophile type of person this may not be your cup of tea.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth is super weak

    If your paying 1,500 for a bluetooth speaker you should be able to be on the moon and still have good connection! I was connected via my iMac about 9 feet away from the speaker and it was still breaking up! Obviously the thing is a really good looking speaker but my only issue so far is the Bluetooth connection.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Naim is the one for me

    The best sounding speaker, like music, is very subjective and depends largely on your preferences as well as the music you play through it. Previous to purchasing the Mu-so I used and still have two Bowers & Wilkens A7s for my office and bedroom which I love but I was looking for something with a 'bigger' sound for our living room. I wanted AirPlay in the event I wanted to play music to all speakers. I initially bought the Klipsch Stadium which is $500 more than the Mu-so. The frequency response was wider (26 on the low) with the Klipsch but the sound was muddy and too bass-y which lessened the details of the music and the vocals also were thin sounding to me. I had problems with the AirPlay and ended up returning it which led me to purchase the Mu-so - thank goodness. The range, clarity and detail are vastly superior. Frequency response of 35 is more than sufficient for rich full bass for the music I prefer - jazz, alt-country, folk, vocals, classic rock. The unit itself is much more attractive than the Stadium and has a more functional remote. I've never had one issue with connecting wirelessly to the unit period. On the unit, there is a multi-functional touch wheel that is very slick. Volume, source, playing and more can be controlled. Very, very pleased. This is not a cheap unit by any means but I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again or recommend. Highest quality, solid in every way, and sounds fantastic. Fine with the black grill but nice to have the option to mix it up.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    One of the most satisfying purchases I have ever made. The speakers have a truly wonderful sound that fills the room with no effort and easy to connect with all my preferred sources. Also owning the Mu-So means I can listen to BBC radio in high quality here in Ireland - something the BBC website seems to struggle with.
    I’ve always been quite satisfied with my Bose Sound-Dock, but this is in a different league altogether.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional. Worth every penny.

    Incredible. It does not lose connection on Airplay,
    works perfect with Spotify. Almost seems native in their app, but just as good & reliable using Spotify app

    and even their tons of built in streaming stations really great.

    -audio is intense, utterly phenomenal. Even at high Volume the base is just astoundingly clear and crisp
    -seamless, via the app, their remote and touch and play on the device
    -no stop and start, reconnect to wifi, restart spotify, restart device like with other wireless speakers I have owned
    -the look is just stunning in your living room
    -it just works, and so so well

    yes $$$ but worth every single penny. Period.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mu-so

    It is a great sounding unit but just a couple of niggles.

    Have the latest iPod touch and whether in Bluetooth or Air play I have been getting on occasion a jump or slight skip during a song. Something I need to do? Not sure

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Randomly shuts off

    Yea, this thing is horrid, and is going back tomorrow. Keeps shutting down in he middle of everything. TV, music, movies. So frustrating because I like it.

    11 of 78 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply stunning in all ways

    If you're looking for high quality wi-fi system, look no further. Sound is just mind blowing, design is spectacular and the compatibility with apple products is good too. Had some trouble to find it over Naim app, had to add device manually, but since then only pure joy to use it. Highly recommended!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Audiophile quality product, seriously attractive and worth every dollar

    After going through so many high end wireless speakers, I have finally found pure listening pleasure. The NAIM mu-so is developed by a company which produces some serious high end audio equipment beyond 6 figures, therefore whatever they create is going to be top notch. Reading so many reviews, I was only drawn to the 99% of which were positive, and many which are written by experts. The negative reviews are clearly by those who have no idea about high end audio, and possibly only drawn to commercial brands. Although it is considered a wireless speaker, and we know there are so many on the market now, the NAIM mu-so is in a class of it's own and delivers exceptional sound quality like no other.
    Setting up the unit was incredibly simple, and the unit works beautifully with the NAIM APP. Something which was painful to accomplish with several other well known brands I have since on sold. The performance of the NAIM mu-so definitely lives up to the spec sheet, it is stunningly beautiful, and produces powerful yet subtle sound which is as close to high end hi-fi from a single all-in-one unit.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Naim Quality

    Brilliant unit and arguably the best wireless speaker on the market. Have auditioned a lot of the current offerings and whilst the B&W A7 comes close the Naim is still the closet to audiophile sound in a box.

    Some observations:

    The airplay implementation works best of you reset the Muso before connecting. A common requirement with most airplay consumer devices. I wish Apple would fix this.
    In true Naim tradition It is ruthlessly revealing of the quality of the input so don't expect great sound from poor recordings.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product; buy it

    absolutely brilliant product. It's not cheap but it really is worth it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding MU-SO

    The sound is addictive. Amazing lows from its size. Brilliance at its best. Keep it up Naim.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The dog's ...

    I wanted a system for my bedroom that was better than the B&W A5 I had. My friend has a Sonos Playbar and Play 3, which I was impressed with. However, when I heard this I was blown away by the clarity and weight behind it. It is said that it is true hifi in 1 box. I would agree with that.
    I have most of my albums on iTunes match and the sound is stunning.
    What sounds even better is if it is used as a network player using Mezzmo to stream ALAC files from my PC to it. Then it can show it's true colours. Other inputs include airplay, 'net radio, bluetooth, Spotify, optical and small phono

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