Astral 16, Elegia and Mu-so 2nd Generation voted “BEST products of the year”!Since 1982, the EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) has been bringing together the best of the international specialist press to recognize the most innovative and high-performance products in their category (Hi-Fi, Audio & Home Cinema, Car Audio, Photo, etc.). This year, the Astral 16 audio-video processor and amplifier, the Elegia high-fidelity headphones and the Mu-so 2nd Generation wireless all-in-one streaming system from Naim Audio have caught the attention of the panel and been honoured!
Audio-video processor and amplifier, Astral 16 draws the very best out of high-fidelity and in-wall/in-ceiling loudspeakers by perfectly coordinating all the components within a sensational Home Cinema installation. This product is an invitation to an immersive journey through images and sound of unrivaled quality.
Astral 16 offers comprehensive calibration possibilities and a reference-grade performance. A 200W-per-channel Class D amplifier stage provides the foundation for a muscular multichannel delivery (...). And it is flexible to the extreme. System builders will appreciate its multizone capabilities, integration with smart home control systems, the peace of mind ‘Remote Monitoring’ tool, and 4K HDMI implementation. End users will just love its expressive, detailed and enveloping audio qualityEISA Jury 2019
Elegia is the first Focal audiophile circum-aural closed-back headphones. This product incorporates a new generation of exclusive full-range speaker drivers capable of operating in a small inner environment whilst ensuring exceptional dynamics and the most precise sound reproduction. When connected to portable audio players, Elegia is incredibly high-performing. Zero resonance, excellent soundproofing: the naturalness and realism of the sound is striking.
The Elegia headphone brings a wide range of Focal’s own technologies together to create a model with a powerful yet precise sound. These include the company’s M-profile driver (…), a frameless copper voice-coil and ultra-fine surround to keep the driver firmly under control (…). It’s a great listen, and comfortable to wear, whether at home or on the moveEISA Jury 2019
MU-SO 2nd generation
The Mu-so 2nd Generation system is the proud successor to the multiple award-winning Mu-so wireless music system. Completely re-engineered by the experts at Naim Audio, who have worked with Focal R&D teams to optimize the new speaker drivers, the Mu-So 2nd Generation embodies the best all-in-one wireless streaming system. This high-end 3-way stereo loudspeaker delivering a total power of 450W via its optimized and high-performing tweeter, midrange and subwoofer.
(...) With the Mu-so 2nd Generation, Naim has taken that winning formula [Mu-So] and reinvented it, packing in both extra features and more sound quality, utilising completely new drivers co-designed with Focal, making this even more of a one-box solution for room-filling music (…). It sets the standard all other integrated systems now have to beatEISA Jury 2019