The problem - I want to stream HiRes audio and listen to it on my Muso 2nd Gen.
I have searched the forum (and Naim streamers specifications - Muso/Unity Atom) for an answer but to no avail. Indeed Naims literature is perhaps intentionally vague on this topic. I wonder if your collective knowledge can help. I can’t be the only one scratching my head.
My setup is a Muso 2nd Gen Wood Edition on its own (not including the TV. No other Naim products)
Can a Muso/Unity Atom etc play Tidal Connect at higher resolution than 44khz/16 bit?
If I play Tidal HiFi/Masters through an iPhone connected to an ifi HipDac then by 3.5mm to the Muso, will I be listening to actual HiRes/MQA music?
For a neat and tidy solution without external DAC’s involved, would the Muso, streaming Quobuz, play at higher resolution than 44khz/16bit?
Here is how I arrived at these musings…
I have a Muso 2nd Gen Wood Edition - a lovely one box solution - and I want to listen to Hi-Res music on it.
I have a Tidal HiFi Plus subscription and an Apple Music subscription.
I know that streaming via Apple Music to the Muso is using Airplay 2 which will limit the quality to CD 44khz/16bit resolution. When I do this, music sounds…OK.
Because of this mediocracy I went ahead and got a Tidal subscription because of the Naim support for Tidal Connect that as I understood would allow me to play ‘HiRes’ music on the Muso.
Naim certainly led me to believe this as they explain in their Connect Magazine release “ TIDAL Connect allows you to explore all the rich features of the TIDAL App, and stream your choices in superb quality direct to your Naim player or system.”
Alas, unless I am mistaken, that is not the case.
Tidal Connect through a Naim streamer is limited to 44khz/16bit or so the Naim App indicates when playing Tidal Connect tracks.
This being the same quality as Apple Music via Airplay2, although Tidal Connect sounds WAY better than Apple Music Airplay2! Go figure.
Tidal HiFi and Masters sound fabulous through my iPhone->ifi HipDac->Shure SE535’s so I decided to run this setup but swap the SE535’s for the Muso, connected by 3.5mm jack. Unless my ears deceive me, this sounds another increment better than Tidal Connect, so I would assume I am hearing audio at resolutions above 44khz/16bit by doing it this way as the DAC is doing the decoding. Yes? No?
That is however, somewhat of a clunky workaround to listen to true HiRes audio through my Muso 2.
So what’s the solution? Stay Clunky? Or get Quobuz? Or something else?
I hope my ramblings may help others with such 1st world problems
Your help is greatly appreciated,