Hi. I currently use a uniti core into an nDAC as the source for the rest of my Naim separates. I would like to add speakers to my kitchen, which is sort of contiguous with my living room where the hifi setup is placed. What I’d like to achieve is to be able to have the kitchen speakers playing in sync with the main hifi unit, but also be controllable separately so I could play a different source in the kitchen than what is playing in the living room. I think I can achieve this easily by staying entirely in the Naim ecosystem and using a Muso for the kitchen; however, the Muso isn’t the ideal system for our kitchen; I’d rather use a set of active network stereo speakers (e.g. Kef LS50 wireless) or possibly a pair of passive speakers connected to a networked all in one streamer/preamp/amp. I know a Uniti Atom could be used for this purpose, but I’m curious if there’s any way I can go outside of the Naim world and achieve these goals. I can think of two ways this would work:
- Continue using the Naim app to control the uniti core, but have the Naim app also stream to another brand’s active speakers or streamer. But I don’t think the Naim app can control devices that are not Naim products, correct?
- Alternatively, I could use a different brand’s app to control the kitchen speaker system and the main system’s Uniti Core. For example, iTunes using Airplay 2. But I’m not sure this will work, and I’m also not sure whether it will maintain the fidelity of the source material. Currently, the Core is on the network with the files it plays predominantly CDs ripped to WAV files stored on a NAS. Is there a way to use iTunes to control the Core via Airplay 2 but continue using the files on the NAS?
I guess the simplest way to ask this is: is there a way to do synced multiroom audio using my current Uniti Core for the source for my main hifi setup but a different brand of equipment as the source for my other system in the kitchen?