I currently use a Nova predominantly as a roon end-point. For reference, my ‘system’ consists of the following :
Apple Macbook Pro i7 16GB RAM and 512GB of SSD
USB connected via an Audioquest Jitterbug 8TB External Seagate HDD with my ripped music collection
Roon 1.6 Core
Qobuz Studio Subscription
Network : Google Wi-Fi Mesh WiFi network
Living room roon end-point:
Naim Uniti Nova only using WiFi
Chord Company Epic speaker cables
Harbeth SHL5+ 40th Anniversary speakers on Something Solid XF stands
For full disclosure, I will be ‘trading’ up to an NDX 2 and Supernait 2 pairing next Tuesday (probably… I’m booked in to audition the combo against my Nova).
My experiences thus far with the Nova: It’s excellent as a Roon end-point, complete integration into the roon app, with the ability to change volume, and start-up activate via the roon app. The Wi-Fi reception is okay and easily able to support high bit rate hi-res streaming from the roon core over wi-fi with no drop outs at all. It obviously helps that the Roon core is also doing buffering activities on a Qobuz stream.
Talking of Qobuz, since there are no Naim streamers / network players able to natively support Qobuz Connect, the Nova, like the NDX2, ND5 XS2 etc must rely on the built-in Chromecast or UPnP renderers, which is fine, but can sometimes be a bit of a headache to get the Qobuz app to present the hi-res versions through Chromecast and UPnP, but when using Roon, it’s super easy to pick the Hi-Res version of the track / album and send it - just a nice feature of Roon, rather than a new platform Naim streamer thing obviously.
When I used to use Tidal, via roon and via the Tidal app (which the Nova - and by extension the ND5 X2 , NDX 2 etc, can handle natively) I used to notice a slight SQ difference: the Tidal app directly to the native Tidal renderer sounded slightly more dynamic than the Roon Todal renderer for some reason to my ears.
Another nice feature of the new streamers is the ability to label the inputs. The Nova obviously has a set of analogue and digital inputs, that when labeled makes it very easy to operate. Most of the time, the Nova will automatically select the correct input when it senses the signal.
From a wife acceptance factor perspective - if your wife is like mine, fewer boxes greater than many boxes, which makes the Nova a good choice, but if you are like me and like the idea of growing, upgrading the system in time, then…