Saw the announcement yesterday (before it was removed from the site).
Some people were getting their knickers in a not over the fact that older (96khz) gear won't be compatible. REALLY!!!!!????
Oh no! so it won't work on 96khz models!
Oh dear, does that mean I have to listen to my own private (uncompressed) library of music, and my 24 Bit downloads instead!!!?
What a crying shame....
Seriously, Non-Naim owners will attack this as a profitering exercise (forgetting that possibly the code needed to make the streamers compatible may simply not run on the older boards!)
And for people who own Naim streamers who complain (old and new alike)......SHAME ON YOU!
Leave all that compressed LO-Fi replay for where it belongs! On "gadgets" like tablets, pcs, micro systems, smartphones, and (everything-bar-the-kitchen-sink AV gear).
The more disturbing issue this raises is that the "proper" Hifi industry is being heavily diluted by this pish.
Spotify and other compressed music services are justification for people to accept lower standards, and for music to become a throw away commodity.
It has it's place, but not in real hifi.
Plus I see streaming music is to be included in the Top 40 Charts.. Is it just me or, is that akin to saying "Bobble hats are in fashion this week because more people were trying them on in Charity shops"?