British hi-fi specialist Naim has announced the next iteration of its excellent (and expensive) Mu-so speaker - the Mu-so 2nd Generation.
Continuing a similar design aesthetic (if it ain't broke...) the new Mu-so instead targets its improvements on sound and, perhaps more importantly, connectivity. The 2nd Generation supports AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Spotify Connect, making it much more versatile as a multi-room speaker (Naim did roll out AirPlay 2 to its older speakers last year).
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There's even an HDMI ARC port this time around, meaning the Mu-so 2nd Generation will work as a sound bar for your TV. Oh, and it can even function as a basic Bluetooth speaker too.
While there are no smart assistants in sight, the support for major protocols like AirPlay and Chromecast will allow the revamped Mu-so to slip into those ecosystems. For example, if you have a Google Home Mini, you'll be able to use it to control music playing out of the Mu-so.
Check out that peacock grille. Lovely stuff
And of course, you can expect powerful sound to put even Sonos to shame. Naim boasts the re-engineered speaker delivers "450 Watts of music power" with new drivers for better precision and deeper, thumpier bass.
If you're at all familiar with Naim, you'll know none of this comes cheap: the Mu-so 2nd Generation costs a wallet-wounding $1599 and will be available 9 May to purchase. And while it comes with a black grille, that can be replaced with Terracotta, Olive or Peacock options.