Naim Audio has announced at the Focal Naim America booth at CEDIA Expo 2022 that it has added Crestron driver support to its range of music streaming speakers and systems.
The Crestron support joins existing Control4 driver support, with the new software providing more ways for custom installers to integrate Naim performance into their jobs.
The new drivers allow installers to seamlessly control connected Naim products from Crestron’s range of touchscreens, remote controls, and apps, so high-performance music streaming can be more easily integrated into discreet custom installations. The driver also supports volume control and source switching through the Crestron interface, allowing installers to customize the user experience any way they like.
The Crestron driver features an enhanced browsing experience that now allows access to both your personal music collection and recommended content on Tidal and Qobuz. There’s a new Favorites menu that allows quick selection of a wide variety of your most used content, including internet radio stations and TIDAL/Qobuz playlists. The Search feature makes it easy to quickly find music on a streaming service; while you can browse and playback your high-quality personal music collection from a Naim Uniti Core hard-disk music server or UPnP server.
The driver offers full switching control of digital and analogue inputs, including HDMI-ARC
Driver with streaming service credentials built in.
The Crestron driver works with all Naim products based on the latest-generation music streaming platform. This includes the Mu-so and Mu-so Qb 2nd-gen wireless speakers; Uniti Atom, Uniti Star and Uniti Nova streaming systems, and ND5 XS 2, NDX 2 and ND555 dedicated music streaming players. Further Naim products, including the Uniti Core music server, can also be integrated, offering the ability to rip and store music collections for playback through home installations.
The Naim Crestron driver offers two control methods for a Naim streaming product. One is as a media driver, allowing browsing and playback of music services. The other is a traditional zone driver, enabling source switching, volume control and other functions. An installer can use either or both in a project, allowing them to integrate the Naim product in the most suitable way for each installation.
The driver connects the Naim product to a Crestron processor over a network connection, so does not require any special cabling. Both wired or wireless connection can be used, but Naim Audio recommends a wired connection for optimum performance.
AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, and Spotify Connect features continue to operate as normal, and the Naim app and individual product remote controls can also be used.
The updated Naim Crestron driver is available now from development partner, Intrinsic.