New Naim network players hit the ground streaming
The latest streaming components from Naim have hit the shelves and have already made an impact. While they are building on the success of their previous streaming platform, these units are essentially completely new products, but feature the classic Naim styling of old.
Each unit shares the main streaming model and accepts higher sampling rates than their predecessors: up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM, and DSD 128. Control is through the Naim application (available for iOS and Android phones and smart devices) but they are also Roon compatible. Tidal, Spotify Connect and Chromecast (up to 24-bit/192kHz) are built in, as is UPnP for your network storage devices, and aptX HD Bluetooth and AirPlay are both on the menu.
In-store, on top of the audio performance, we have also noticed a distinct improvement in the stability of network connectivity.
Nd 555 (above): the flagship ND 555 ($25,500) requires also the 555 PSU ($13,250), and the performance reflects what you would expect from components in this bracket. The digital components are completely isolated in an internal ‘faraday cage’ from the power and analogue boards which are suspended with a brass sub-chassis for vibration isolation. The twin PCM1704U-Ks are the highest spec Burr-Brown chips available.
Nd5 Xs 2: While the entry-level ND5 XS 2 ($4,750) lacks the colour screen, it still achieves an exceptional level of quality behind the brushed-aluminium. This used the lower-spec Burr-Brown PCM1791A DAC but has the same streaming card as the other models that use the low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) to route the digital audio signal. The NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 will be in store for demo soon, but all units are now available to order.
NdX 2: The mid-range NDX 2 ($9,750) incorporates many of the same features as the flagship ND 555, including the 5” colour screen that beautifully displays cover art while playing. The Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC handles the same high-quality files. The internal toroidal transformer has separate windings for the analogue and digital sections, but the unit can be upgraded with an external power supply for even better sonics.