The new CI Series range from Naim consists of three products designed to complement integrated setups and CI Focal loudspeakers. With these innovations, the British high-end streaming and amplification brand is focusing on the customer and installer.
This series marks a new era for Naim and Focal, as they are offering complete solutions in the custom integration (CI) market for the first time. They combine Naim’s core DNA with Focal’s expertise in acoustics for home (indoor/ outdoor), maritime, and commercial space audio solutions.
The CI Series range includes three new rack-mountable products. The CI-Uniti 102 is an all-in-one streamer and amplifier for $1,499 USD. The CI-NAP 101 is a low- and high-impedance mono power amplifier for $1,999 USD. The CI-NAP 108 is an 8-channel power amplifier for $2,999 USD. They are each available in Q2 2024.
The CI-Uniti 102 is a streamer/amplifier that offers both musical performance and versatility. It is designed to seamlessly integrate into any indoor or outdoor space, providing amplification for CI Focal speakers and enhancing audio from all media sources (TV, Spotify, gaming consoles, etc.). Its integrated DSP provides full system calibration, enabling it to interconnect with the CI-NAP 108 and CI-NAP 101, making it suitable for all situations.
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.
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 catalog, EQs for on-the-spot calibration, crossovers for use with subwoofers, a limiter to control maximum listening levels, and delays for temporal alignment. The software also features configuration settings for use on a Dante network, selection of available sources for the end user, wired and wireless streaming capabilities (TIDAL, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, Spotify, UPnP, Internet Radio, Airplay 2, ChromeCast, Dante), versatile connectivity (HDMI, Bluetooth, S/PDIF, analog), a compact integrated power amplifier producing 150W at 8 ohms, two independent stereo RCA outputs that can be used for subwoofers or sub-zones, multiroom capability for up to 32 rooms, “trigger” outputs providing remote standby for the CI-NAP 108 and CI-NAP 101, and a universal 90V to 240V power supply.
The CI-NAP 108 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 audio-video processors to deliver a combination of sound quality and power.
Key features of the CI-NAP 108 include 10 RCA inputs, including 8 local inputs and 2 L/R bus inputs, 10 RCA outputs for serial connection with other amplifiers, such as the CI-101, a silent, efficient, compact integrated power amplifier, two Euroblock outputs per channel for easy parallel connections between speakers, independent level control, input signal detection with automatic standby after 20 minutes, and a universal 90V to 240V power supply
The CI-NAP 101 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 is ideally suited for amplifying 1000 IWLCR Utopia speakers, accompanied by two 1000 IWSUB Utopia subwoofers from Focal. Additionally, it can be paired with an audio-video processor to combine sound quality and power.
Key features of the CI-NAP 101 include stereo RCA inputs and stereo RCA outputs for serial connection; an ultra-silent, efficient, compact power amplifier capable of driving the most demanding loudspeakers; 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 minutes; and a universal 90V to 240V power supply.