Has anyone used a Naim Uniti core as a a (source) CD player into a Uniti Atom/equiv (DAC). I appreciate it is a streaming device by nature (excuse the pun), however I want to have the option to play CD’s as opposed to ripping them.
Hi @LindsayM - I was not aware of this until I was recently informed. I checked it out on Naim website and they inform as follows: As well as being a sleek music archivist and server, Uniti Core can also act as a superb music source.https://www.naimaudio.com/product/uniti-core - bonus feature I was not aware of
It plays the ripped files digitally, not from the CD in real time. Note the second paragraph.
The Uniti Core can operate as a UPnPTM music server providing audio files to any UPnPTM-compatible player on the same network. Uniti Core also incorporates a digital audio output for local playback via the digital input of a hi-fi system.
Music can be played locally from internal storage, a network drive or attached USB drives using the Naim app.
It works very well as a source, playing its ripped files to a DAC via SPdif from a 75Ω BNC coax socket. My preferred cable was a Belden 4794R, even if I needed a BNC to RCA on the DAC end. I never tried the optical or USB outlets.
Naim put a bit of effort into this outlet and whilst I waited for the NDS replacement (ND555 as it turned out) it served well enough that I largely forgot the CDX2/555ps.
Thanks all. It seems I have misunderstood slightly. I understand now that as a source the Core is a ‘digital’ player not a CD player.
I have it linked to a Uniti Atom, therefore I may get a higher bit rate with a direct digital connection.
The SPDIF output is limited to 24/192, so a little more restricted than a network connection. Not a limitation that most people would need to worry about, I would have thought.
Still, given that both Core and Atom need a network connection in order to function, is there any point in adding another cable?
In my main system I use the Core as a digital source via s/pdif into a Naim DAC. It’s very good. It also acts as a server for other network players in the house. As others have mentioned, it doesn’t play a CD directly - you have to rip it first then play the rip.