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Naim rolls out Tidal Connect support

  • Naim Audio has today announced that it is – at last – rolling out support for Tidal Connect to its streaming-capable products. The update comes by way of a firmware update, installable over the air using Naim’s streaming app (iOS/Android).

    From the press release: “The Firmware 3.7 update for Uniti Atom, Uniti Atom Headphone Edition, Uniti Star and Uniti Nova music-streaming systems, plus ND5 XS2, NDX 2 and ND 555 dedicated streaming players, will be released on 16th September, with a matching update to follow for the Mu-so 2nd Generation family of wireless speakers.”

    We’ve already covered the how-to of Tidal Connect for beginners in a video (here) and it’s this writer’s ongoing contention that Connect-like services help maintain a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor listening. Why? We use the same Tidal (or Spotify) app for smartphone playback with headphones whilst out and about and then that app becomes a remote control once we hand off the stream to our ‘big rig’ hardware at home.

    Interestingly, Cambridge Audio, another Tidal Connect hardware partner, will soon remove its bespoke Tidal streaming support from the StreamMagic app to leave Tidal Connect as the only way to stream Tidal content to its streaming-capable devices. It will be interesting to see if Naim follows suit.

    Further information: Naim Audio

    Written by John Darko

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