27 posts / 0 new
Last post
ErwinC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 9 hours ago
Joined: 24/11/2009 - 12:02
Posts: 421
NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite
English

 

After listening to various Naim components (UnitiQute, Supernait 2, ..) last week i was very impressed by the Naim sound. Since i am also looking (for quite some time now) for an all-in-one solution i am planning to buy a Naim UnitiLite or NaimUniti 2 based on my experience with the UnitiQute.

Tomorrow i will be able to compare the UnitiLite and NaimUniti 2 side by side, but i wanted to ask if someone has experience with one of these or has compared the two? Is the NaimUniti 2 worth the £1100 price difference?

I will be using the Naim with a pair of compact speakers (for the moment Castle Knight 2) in a room of 5m x 8m.

Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival Silverscreen - PMC Twenty.21

calpark46's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 19/01/2009 - 09:53
Posts: 32
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the comparison between the Unitilite and the Uniti 2.  When I bought the Unitilite I demo'ed the Unitiqute first but felt the Lite was a sufficient step-up to justify the additional cost.  Also, because it was my first venture into streaming I felt that I needed the security of the CD player of the Lite.

When Andrew Everard reviewed the Lite he felt it was sufficiently close to the Uniti to question the £1,100 price difference although others on this and other forums have said that there is a significant difference in quality.

AlbaBrown's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 29/06/2012 - 14:42
Posts: 78
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

 

 

If you can stretch to the Uniti2 YES!!

 

As good as the little Lite is, it's amp lacks the grip and control of the Uniti2 and the CD mech (if you still want to play CDs as well as stream from a NAS) is notably better for detail retrieval.

 

The Castles may mask some of the differences due to their rather "safe" nature, but long term you'll be rewarded when you upgrade from them.

 

As a general rule I have found (using various bits of Naim - as well as other brands) that as long as you avoid using mains purifiers/conditioners (which rob Naim equipment of the ability to convey dynamics fully), and speakers that impart too much of their own character (B&W, some Dynaudio, most KEF, Monitor Audio) you'll notice the improvement more.

 

And before anybody leaps on me, I don't have anything against the speaker brands mentioned (I can fully understand why many people love them), but they do mask the differences between a number of Naim upgrades that makes you question whether the are worthwhile.

Juzzie Wuzzie's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 18/09/2007 - 16:18
Posts: 614
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

I've posted my thoughts on a NUL here when I puchased mine.  I couldn't justify the extra the the NU2 (although could have afforded either I guess).  I would also take a look at the Linn Sneaky DSM at the same price point + = HDMI switching - = no CD player.

ErwinC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 9 hours ago
Joined: 24/11/2009 - 12:02
Posts: 421
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

AlbaBrown wrote:

The Castles may mask some of the differences due to their rather "safe" nature, but long term you'll be rewarded when you upgrade from them.

 

It is the intention to upgrade the speakers too. What speakers are a good match for the Naim Uniti2 or UnitiLite?

Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival Silverscreen - PMC Twenty.21

hone_u2's picture
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/01/2013 - 16:43
Posts: 156
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

The Totems do really well with Naim...

Try the Mite?

kev g's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 6 hours ago
Joined: 04/03/2008 - 16:38
Posts: 153
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

Really enjoying my Uniti Lite which I have had for 9 months now. It`s an engaging, up tempo sound. A good all rounder with many different types of music. Bass is taunt & tuneful - just as I like it. Streaming does sound better than the cd player.

Never heard the Uniti 2 but that is perhaps an upgrade in a few years time.

Would like to upgrade my speakers this year & auditioned the Uniti Lite with the excellent Rega rs3 in a room size similar to my own.  Although - my speakers would have to be close to the wall with furniture either side of them so the side drivers of the Rega`s would be partially blocked, perhaps stifling the sound.  

Kef R500, 700, Tannoy DC6TSE,  are speakers I would consider. Totem`s, excellent as they are I think need to be placed a good distance away from the walls.

We seem to be in a similar position.   

 

Naim UnitiLite (FM/DAB), Neat Motive SE2*, Chord Epic cable*

Samsung 40F6740, Sony BDV-E370*

*second-hand

 

calpark46's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 19/01/2009 - 09:53
Posts: 32
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

kev g wrote:

Really enjoying my Uniti Lite which I have had for 9 months now. It`s an engaging, up tempo sound. A good all rounder with many different types of music. Bass is taunt & tuneful - just as I like it. Streaming does sound better than the cd player.

Never heard the Uniti 2 but that is perhaps an upgrade in a few years time.

Would like to upgrade my speakers this year & auditioned the Uniti Lite with the excellent Rega rs3 in a room size similar to my own.  Although - my speakers would have to be close to the wall with furniture either side of them so the side drivers of the Rega`s would be partially blocked, perhaps stifling the sound.  

Kef R500, 700, Tannoy DC6TSE,  are speakers I would consider. Totem`s, excellent as they are I think need to be placed a good distance away from the walls.

We seem to be in a similar position.   

 

I originally had Rega RS5s with my Unitilite and although they were a lovely match, provided I had the speakers in a particular part of the room, it wasn't really practical to keep them there and I had to position them either side of an armchair.  You can imagine that, in this situation, the side drivers had to fire outwards (they sound better that way anyway IMO), but I also had wooden furniture close to the outside of one of the speakers so that the bass was at times uncontrolled.  It's ironic that Rega market the side drivers as helping with positioning but, in my situation, they were part of the problem.

The RS3s and RS5 are very musical speakers but, given what you've said about your listening room, I would make sure of a good demo, preferably at home, before parting with your cash.

ErwinC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 9 hours ago
Joined: 24/11/2009 - 12:02
Posts: 421
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

kev g wrote:

Bass is taunt & tuneful - just as I like it. Streaming does sound better than the cd player.

 

That is what i read from time to time: the cd player in the Unitilite seems to be the weakest part.

Are you using the cd player a lot?

Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival Silverscreen - PMC Twenty.21

kev g's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 6 hours ago
Joined: 04/03/2008 - 16:38
Posts: 153
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

No, I have hardly used the cd player. Streaming is so conveinient.

Just wondering, Naim with Spendor, Proac, or B&w ?

Naim UnitiLite (FM/DAB), Neat Motive SE2*, Chord Epic cable*

Samsung 40F6740, Sony BDV-E370*

*second-hand

 

msboon's picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/04/2013 - 14:17
Posts: 11
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

Calpark46 - I see from your signature that you are using ls50s with the unitilite. How are you finding the combination? I have ls50s at the moment and am thinking about moving to a naim streaming system.  Is the unitilite at 50w per channel powerful enough for the Ls50s? Are the ls50s a good match for naim in general?

Mike

calpark46's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 19/01/2009 - 09:53
Posts: 32
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

Mike, I'm no expert and don't have experience of a wide range of gear.  The Unitilite was, for example, my first serious hi-fi purchase for 20 years.  The Unitilite is powerful enough for the LS50s in my 5m x 4m lounge and they combine to produce a sound that has given me a lot of enjoyment for the past 12 months. I get the impression though that the Lite might struggle to drive the LS50s hard in a large space.

My listening room is quite compromised and I sometimes wonder whether more powerful amplification might control the speakers' bass, which I've had to temper with KEF's own foam bungs.  In the next few days or weeks I may get the chance to compare the Lite with the Uniti 2, Superuniti and Linn Majik although I'm a bit scared it might prove to be a costly experiment!!

msboon's picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/04/2013 - 14:17
Posts: 11
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

Thanks.  Yes I know what you mean about costly experiments - I'm tempted by the superuniti!

mike

ErwinC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 9 hours ago
Joined: 24/11/2009 - 12:02
Posts: 421
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

calpark46 wrote:

My listening room is quite compromised and I sometimes wonder whether more powerful amplification might control the speakers' bass, which I've had to temper with KEF's own foam bungs.

That is strange. I also owned the LS50 some time ago in combination with a Cyrus 6XP and although the speakers were placed close to the back wall (20cm), i never had a problem with the bass. It was controlled and tight.

Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival Silverscreen - PMC Twenty.21

ErwinC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 9 hours ago
Joined: 24/11/2009 - 12:02
Posts: 421
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

 

Any opinions on the quality of cd playback on both the Unitilite or Uniti 2.

Naim UnitiLite - Chord Carnival Silverscreen - PMC Twenty.21

David@FrankHarvey's picture
Offline
Last seen: 16 hours 23 min ago
Joined: 27/06/2008 - 11:03
Posts: 11613
RE: NaimUniti 2 vs UnitiLite

Not that long ago, I had a couple deciding between the UnitiLite and Uniti2 with their chosen speakers - the Sonus Faber Toys. They (and I) felt the Uniti2 was a good enough step up in performance over the Lite, maybe because the speakers were revealing enough. Great pairing.

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"

Pages

Log in or register to post comments