A Naim product of great interest to those of you with extensive CD collections is the UnitiServe music server. At $4300 is an amazing piece if you want easy access to a large collection. All you need to do is insert the CD. The server records it to its hard drive and pops it out. Loading takes 3-4 minutes per CD. There are several versions of the server. The one at $4300 with an internal 2 terabyte hard drive will hold about 3000 CDs, depending on their length. Additional external storage can be added. It is really worth the money just or the basis of the good sound from a CD once you have loaded it. It is easily comparable to CD players at the same price that don’t do anything else. But it does much more in the way it helps you access your music.
If you have many CD’s you may find it difficult to find the music you want and perhaps you want to hear music from a CD but not the whole CD. This is very easy to do with the server. Just go to your computer or your iPad and select the tracks you want to hear on the Naim application and put them in the queue. They will play in the order you have selected or you can choose random play. You can of course also play a CD or a group of CDs. You can also make playlists.
The $4300 version of the server does not have an analogue output so you need a DAC or a component with a built in DAC to use it with. We can help you make sense of it all and choose the right products including Network addressable storage for backup (NAS drives).
I (Charlie S.) have a Naim music server at home now and just love it. The sound is superb and the facility puts me more in touch with my music. I can easily prepare a play queue with a track or two from one album and then a track or two from another, whatever suits my mood at the moment. I can select more music as I sit listening with others, talking about music or engaged in other activity, right from my iPad. It has allowed me to really discover music I have played before but only in the context of playing a whole CD. Now I can select pieces I am curious about but to which I have not paid much attention.
There is no doubt that a Naim music server will put you more in touch with your music and let you access it more easily. I know that we now have fairly high quality music streaming services available, and they are great but they do not guarantee your access to your own music. They could go away. They do not have everything. I have recently become a fan of some new recordings by Keith Jarret. None of them are on Tidal and so it goes.