Naim ND5 XS Streamer coming soon!

October 10, 2011

Yet another fantastic product from the guys in Salisbury, the ND5XS brings all the benefits of the NDX streamer but at a more affordable price point of £1925.00 inc VAT.


The ND5 XS is Naim’s new slimline network-connected source offering UPnP audio streaming and internet radio along with iPod/MP3 player & USB playback and three S/PDIF inputs.

 XS Series Source: ND5 XS is a derivative of the NDX network player and is pitched at the XS Series performance level – CD-quality streaming (and beyond – up to 24bit/192kHz) with Naim performance is now possible. The ND5 XS shares much of its digital and streaming board with the NDX; it makes use of the same DSP technology and has an identical digital signal path.

 Streaming Source: Central to ND5 XS is digital audio streaming. ND5 XS will stream all available music stored on UPnPTM–enabled devices connected to the home network, such as PCs, laptops, NAS drives and hard disk servers.  Naim would always advocate well-ripped music as a starting point for customers wanting to stream music. A Naim hard disk player / server offers this.

 24/192 Hi-Res Audio: Hi-res audio is also big part of the ND5 XS offering. Users can enjoy 24 bit/192kHz audio files played either from memory stick connected via the front-panel USB socket or streamed from UPnPTM-enabled devices over the home network.

 Internet radio and optional FM/DAB: A network connection also opens up the world of Internet radio. Internet radio is supplied by vTuner full 5* service. Users can also access the Naim webpage to manage their ND5 XS’s internet radio listings and add stations. Naim’s Choice is also available: a listing of Naim’s favourite internet radio stations, including an exclusive 320kbps stream from California’s Radio Paradise. An optional DAB/FM module is available to customers wishing to convert the ND5 XS to a multi-format tuner – the module will seamlessly integrate FM and DAB radio with  internet.

 USB port for memory stick & iPod/MP3 player: A front-panel USB port caters for memory sticks and iPod / MP3 players. ND5 XS will take over the control, charging and display of stored audio. ND5 XS is also Apple authenticated enabling playback of iPad/iPhone/iPod-stored digital media, bypassing the iPad/iPhone/iPod internal DAC for optimised performance.


 Onboard DAC: Three 24 bit/192kHz –capable S/PDIF (BNC, RCA and optical) inputs offer connection to external digital sources, such as CD players or laptops.

 Gapless playback and extensive file formats: Gapless playback is available from ND5 XS and it will stream / play WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted content, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files from any suitable UPnPTM device or USB-connected storage device.


 Wired or wireless network connection: ND5 XS can be connected to the network either wired via an Ethernet connection or wirelessly. Naim recommends Ethernet for optimum performance, however a wireless connection has been provided for convenience.


ND5 XS can be controlled in three ways. It has a front-panel display and key mat interface and a remote control handset is also supplied. Naim’s n-Stream FOC app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and offers full control of ND5 XS (alongside Naim’s other streaming-capable players: NDX, SuperUniti, NaimUniti and UnitiQute). The app also offers System Automation, enabling input and volume control of most Naim CD players, preamplifiers and Naim’s digital to analogue converter within an existing Hi-Fi system.


UPnPTM-enabled to stream audio files from any hard disk server, such as HDX or UnitiServe, network attached storage (NAS) or laptop/computer via the home network

vTuner 5* full service Internet radio

Optional FM/DAB* module

Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio

Apple authenticated enabling digital output from iPod for ultimate quality iPod control, charging and front-panel content display when connected to front-panel USB port via standard iPod digital connector

Three 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF inputs for external digital sources

Multiple intuitive control interfaces: front panel, remote control handset and n-Stream iPhone / iPad control app

Internal architecture for hi-res audio playback up to 24bit/192kHz over the network

Ethernet network connectivity for reliability. Wireless also available for convenience.

Streams/plays WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted content, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files from any suitable UPnPTM device or USB-connected storage device

Gapless playback available on all lossless file formats and some lossy formats (exc Ogg Vorbis and Windows Media-formatted content)

Digital output on 75Ω BNC connector

Switchable DIN/RCA Analogue outputs

Wired remote in

Wired remote out for preamplifier volume control and input switching, also for CD player and DAC control

Performance upgradeable with addition of external XPS or 555 PS power supply or external DAC digital to analogue converter

USB mini-b connector for software upgrades

SHARC DSP with Naim proprietary 16 times digital filtering and buffering

Naim proprietary 16 times oversampling and digital filtering

Linear power supply with 200VA toroidal transformer with four separate windings for digital, DPS, audio clock and analogue sections

Seven pole analogue output filtering

Optical isolation of data control lines

Ultra low noise triple-regulated power supplies

Ground selector switch for optimum performance

High quality Burr Brown PCM1791A DAC

Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case

OLED display for high contrast and easy visibility

British design and build

We are extremely excited about this product and cant wait to put it through its paces! Already prior to its launch it has won Best Streamer in the 2011 Awards issue of HiFi Choice.

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