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Naim Audio ND5 XS

£2,450.00

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This is Naim Audio's first stand alone Streamer and can be plugged into any audio system (Naim or otherwise). It also has a very high quality DAC built in and has digital connections to allow you to connect other items.

Can also be upgraded with an external power supply unit. Can be supplied with an optional DAB/FM module although the standard article provides radio via the internet.

Slimline streaming

Naim has always been associated with firsts. The first high-end CD player- the CDS. The first high-end hard disk music player - the HDX. The first high-end BMR speakers - the Ovator. The first performance-upgradable high-end audio streamer - the NDX. And now the NDX has its first offspring - the ND5 XS. The ND5 XS takes the DNA of the NDX and concentrates it in the slimline XS style package. With an ND5 XS you can stream audio from a UPnP server, discover internet radio, connect your iPod, iPhone, iPad or USB storage, and even listen to conventional digital audio sources. Simply connect the ND5 XS to your home network, plug it in to a spare amplifier input, and the new world of streamed audio is yours.

The ND5 XS is a condensed NDX, but while for the rest of the world that term might imply something missing, there's no functionality cut from the ND5 XS. It incorporates exactly the same NDX digital and analogue audio hardware and signal path, and features the same connectivity. It offers the same variety of control interfaces too - front panel buttons, remote handset or iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch app. It also has the same complement of inputs, outputs and network capabilities. And it goes without saying that the ND5 XS can offer the same potential for extraordinary music from every one of its inputs and sources.

Musical multitasking

Streamed audio is a hi-fi revolution and the ND5 XS unlocks its potential. It provides easy access to all the audio delivery formats that have suddenly made music in the home exciting once again. Through its wired or wireless network connection the ND5 XS can play literally thousands of internet radio stations. The ND5 XS is also fully Apple Authenticated meaning it can play iPad, iPod or iPhone-stored music, digitally for optimised sound quality, via its front panel USB socket. And via the same socket, the ND5 XS can play audio files stored on USB memory sticks. The ND5 XS can play audio files, including iTunes libraries, stored on a computer or on network storage over UPnP™. It can play the full range of audio file and stream formats at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WMA, MP3, M4A, MMS, AAC, AIFF and Ogg Vorbis. The ND5 XS will also handle M3U and PLS playlists formats and it supports gapless playback. Finally, an optional FM/DAB tuner module that integrates seamlessly with the ND5 XS control interface means traditional radio is also not forgotten.

For more conventional external audio sources the ND5 XS provides three independently selectable digital inputs to enable S/PDIF audio from CD players, computers and other digital audio sources at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution to be played. The three digital inputs offer a different connection socket option; optical TosLink, coaxial phono and coaxial BNC, to provide both versatility and optimised sound quality.

Choose to control

The ND5 XS is as versatile in use as it is in its applications. Its three user interfaces provide alternative methods of control - each one appropriate for different situations and personal preferences. It can be operated from its front panel buttons, from its remote control handset or by using the free Naim n-Stream iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app. In each case, control is simple, intuitive and satisfying. System automation features also allowing the ND5 XS to integrate with the DAC or any connected Naim preamplifier or CD player, offering centralised control via the n-Stream app.

http://www.naimaudio.com/hifi-products/nd5-xs

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Streaming par excellence Review by Bingowings
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I had a demo of this at Moorgate after enquiring about streaming. I was pretty much befuddled and had this idea that it was all about compression and as a result would sound crap. HOW WRONG WAS I? Doug at Moorgate played me some 24 bit files and my mind was blown. I was also pretty astounded by the CD rips which were stored losslessly. It all took me a bit of time to get my head around but I needn't have worried because Doug installed it. During the last year I have never played so much music nor have I enjoyed listening to much. Before this I was always rooting about for a CD but now my entire collection is available to me in seconds.

Naim have done two software updates since my purchase but mine has had the upgrades and now I have Tidal - which allows very high quality listening for a small subscription. I love it. My wife loves internet radio too!

I can't tell you how pleased I am to have gotten into streaming! (Posted on 01/06/2016)

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