Three new players based around integrated Uniti family
Since their debut at The Bristol Show in February (HFC 435), Naim has released further details about its three new standalone network streamers. Each model is built around the same streaming platform found in its integrated Uniti family and includes the ND5 XS 2 (£1,999), NDX 2 (£4,999) and ND555 (£12,999). All models support PCM files up to 32-bit/ 384kHz and DSD128 via UPnP and provide access to Tidal, Spotify and Internet Radio network streaming services, together with AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and Roon compatibility.
The ND5 XS 2 does without a display or remote control and, with no front panel controls, is reliant on Naim’s Control app, while the NDX 2 and ND555 (pictured) are fitted with a full colour LCD display as found on the Uniti models. Naim says that improvements in its ClockMaster system, power supply arrangements and output stages mean that the new network players outperform their predecessors, and any future firmware updates will be wirelessly downloaded and seamlessly controlled via the app.
The flagship ND555 is the first 500 Series product in 12 years and represents the ultimate expression of Naim’s streaming philosophy. The streaming hardware is placed in a separate enclosure within the chassis and the main boards are mounted on massive floating brass plates to ensure that they are correctly isolated. Twin Burr-Brown PCM1704U-K DACs are fitted in their own Faraday cages to isolate from interference and the unit is designed to work with the company’s flagship 555 PS DR power supply (£6,999) to deliver separate digital and analogue power feeds to the streamer.
The first of the new streamers to appear will be the ND5 XS 2, followed by the two further models arriving later this summer. Click here to see the Naim website.
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