Published on October 13th, 2016 | by The GC Team0
Naim and Bentley collaborate on premium wireless speaker range
British manufacturer Naim Audio and car maker Bentley have partnered in the launch of a premium wireless speaker range comprising the Naim for Bentley Mu-so and the more compact Naim for Bentley Mu-so Qb.
Building on Naim Audio and Bentley’s longstanding collaborations – Naim Audio recently worked closely with the car maker to develop the Naim for Bentley Bentaga in-car audio system – the Mu-so and Mu-so Qb take design cues from the luxury world of Bentley cars. The Portland coloured grille is a signature Bentley tone found in many areas of its car interiors, while the stainless steel rotary control interface directly references the signature detailing from the legacy dashboard.
Inspiration for the premium patterned aluminium casework comes from the grille motif of the Naim for Bentley Bentaga in-car audio system, with the Mu-so range replicating the design’s intricate detail. This attention to detail also surfaces on the heavy duty acrylic base where a Naim for Bentley logo subtly illuminates when powered.
Simon Matthews, group director of design at Naim, said: “It’s a perfect marriage of both the performance heritage and the visual relationship between the two great brands.”
The Naim for Bentley Mu-so range is said to deliver best-in-class multiform audio, playing the same or different music with any combination of Mu-so systems in up to five rooms of the home, controlled by a dedicated Naim app for iOS and Android.
The Mu-so speaker system can be connected to the home Wi-Fi network and downloaded music can be wirelessly streamed in high-resolution via UPnPTM. Users can browse and play millions of songs through Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Internet Radio or Airplay. The speakers also feature high quality Bluetooth (aptX) connectivity.
The higher spec model delivers powerful, rich and detailed sound, commanding 450 Watts of power through six custom designed speakers. The more compact Mu-so Qb fits five drivers and 300 Watts of amplification into its single enclosure. At the heart of both systems is a powerful 32-bit digital signal processor.