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ISE 2024: Naim Reveals CI Series Speakers

At ISE 2024, Naim has introduced the new CI Series range, including three new models designed to complement integrated setups, and CI Focal loudspeakers.

The CI-Uniti 102 is considered the “brain” of the series, a streamer/amplifier designed to seamlessly integrate into an indoor or outdoor space. It provides amplification for CI Focal speakers and enhances audio from all media sources, including TV, Spotify, gaming consoles, and more. Its integrated DSP provides full system calibration, enabling it to interconnect with the CI-NAP 108 and CI-NAP 101.

The new Focal & Naim Manager software and Speaker Profiles, compatible with CI Focal speakers, enable you to customize the DSP fully for an optimal installation, whether in a commercial environment, at home, or outdoors.

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The CI-Uniti 102 is controlled by the end user via the Focal & Naim application and home automation platforms such as Crestron, Control4, RTI, Savant, and Elan. For the integrator, the Focal & Naim Manager software allows complete configuration of each of the CI-Uniti 102’s outputs, with Speaker Profiles for each loudspeaker in the CI Focal catalogue, EQs for on-the-spot calibration, crossovers for use with subwoofers, a limiter to control maximum listening levels, delays for temporal alignment, and configuration settings for use on a Dante network.

There’s also wired and wireless streaming capabilities (TIDAL, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, Spotify, UPnP, Internet Radio, Airplay 2, ChromeCast, Dante; and HDMI, Bluetooth, S/PDIF, and analogue connectors.

The ultra-silent, efficient, compact integrated power amplifier produces 150W at 8 ohms. Two independent stereo RCA outputs can be used for subwoofers or sub-zones. There’s multiroom capability for up to 32 rooms. “Trigger” outputs provide remote standby for the CI-NAP 108 and CI-NAP 101. It comes with a universal 90V to 240V power supply and will sell in Canada for $1,949.

The CI-NAP 108 ($3,899) is a rack-mountable 8-channel power amplifier. When paired with the CI-Uniti 102, it makes it possible to connect multiple speakers in different rooms or amplify eight separate audio streams, with its local inputs for each amplified channel. The CI-NAP 108 is also an ideal solution for pairing with AV processors to deliver a combination of sound quality and power, says Focal Naim.

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It has 10 RCA inputs, including eight local inputs and 2 L/R bus inputs, 10 RCA outputs for serial connection with other amplifiers, such as the CI-101, Two Euroblock outputs per channel, independent level control, input signal detection with automatic standby after 20 minutes, and a universal 90V to 240V power supply.

The CI-NAP 101 ($2,599) is a rack-mountable mono power amplifier capable of operating in low or high-impedance mode. Along with the CI-Uniti 102, it is specifically intended for use with subwoofers or speakers on a 70/100V line while maintaining exceptional audio quality. With the ability to operate at an output load of 2ohms, it can amplify 1000 IWLCR Utopia speakers, accompanied by two 1000 IWSUB Utopia subwoofers from Focal. Additionally, it can be paired with an AV processor to combine sound quality and power.

Features include stereo RCA inputs and stereo RCA outputs for serial connection; two Euroblock outputs for easy parallel connections between speakers; amplification for low-impedance loudspeakers and 70V/100V line loudspeakers with selectable high-pass crossover; level control; input signal detection with automatic standby after 20 minutesl and a universal 90V to 240V power supply.

All rack-mountable products in the CI series will be available in Q2 2024.