Will an entry level stereo separates system sound better than a Naim Mu-So

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Anavrin

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Thanks for the comments and suggestions everyone.

It’s been a while since I first asked the question above, still have my Muso but I’m very close to buying something now.

I found a pair of mint KEF Cresta 2 bookshelf speakers, with stands on Facebook market place, I know they’re an old model from the 90’s but read some still positive reviews and I picked them up for £60

Of corse I didn’t have anything to test them with so I bought a cheap Chinese DAC off Amazon, it has Bluetooth, USB B, plus analogue/digital inputs and 40w per channel output.

Its certainly not HiFi quality but is drives the speakers and I finally got the stereo separation I’d been missing with the Muso, I thought for a short while it sounded better, until I went back to the Muso for a comparison, as you would expect, the Muso blows it away for music quality.

So I think I’m going to get myself the Naim Uniti Atom, I’ll keep my cheap Cresta 2’s for now and see how I get on, if I can get the Naim sound I enjoy from the Muso, in stereo I’ll be a happy bunny.

The Uniti Star is the one I really want but the cheap Chinese amp has demonstrated that I don’t need any more power for my room and I can’t really justify spending the extra cash, I’ve always got the option to upgrade the speakers at a later date.
 

rainsoothe

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As others have said, if you like Naim, it's hard to like most other stuff. And yes, cheaper stereo will sound better than one expensive speaker.

If you're on a budget and don't need HDMI or some other stuff you get on the atom, I'd really look into sh Unitiqute 2, or Unitilite or Uniti2.
 
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FunkyMonkey

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One thing that made me consider a Muso was the fact it is not just one speaker. It is an array of speakers. Arguably, more drivers adn amps than a traditional stereo set up.

Now, the other thing is that it has room calibration software built in.

And I always thought Naim was a flat-earth brand.

So in short, Naim shoudl sound better than a budget system.

However, for the price of a Naim Muso you can buy an (stereo) receiver with wifi and bluetooth built in, a chromecast, a decent pair of speakers, and a turntable.

So to me it comes down to aesthetics and not sound.
 

Anavrin

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Well I’ve bit the bullet and ordered a Naim Uniti Star.

I will have to wait until mid July for delivery but I’m excited already, so much so I’ve been up in the attic already, bringing down boxes of long forgotten CD’s.

I guess I’ve taken my own thread off topic now, my idea for a budget stereo system, has been well and truly blown!

Although I did get it on 3 years interest free credit so it’s not totally breaking the bank :)
 

newlash09

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Anavrin said:
Well I’ve bit the bullet and ordered a Naim Uniti Star. 

I will have to wait until mid July for delivery but I’m excited already, so much so I’ve been up in the attic already, bringing down boxes of long forgotten CD’s.

I guess I’ve taken my own thread off topic now, my idea for a budget stereo system, has been well and truly blown!

Although I did get it on 3 years interest free credit so it’s not totally breaking the bank :)
Hearty congratulations. A true upgrade in every sense of the word . I can understand the excitement. These new purchases occasionally bring out the kids in us. Fondly hope you enjoy your new kit to the hilt :)
 

rainsoothe

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newlash09 said:
Anavrin said:
Well I’ve bit the bullet and ordered a Naim Uniti Star.

I will have to wait until mid July for delivery but I’m excited already, so much so I’ve been up in the attic already, bringing down boxes of long forgotten CD’s.

I guess I’ve taken my own thread off topic now, my idea for a budget stereo system, has been well and truly blown!

Although I did get it on 3 years interest free credit so it’s not totally breaking the bank :)
Hearty congratulations. A true upgrade in every sense of the word . I can understand the excitement. These new purchases occasionally bring out the kids in us. Fondly hope you enjoy your new kit to the hilt :)
+1 :)
 

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