Naim has just announced a new slimline network player to join the rank and file of its XS Series. The new product was just introduced at the Top Audio Show in Milan.
The ND5 XS network player is a network-connected separates source. It offers UPnP streaming up to 24bit/192kHz resolution over a network, either from network-attached storage or a hard disk player / server, such as Naim’s HDX or UnitiServe models. The ND5 XS incorporates an internet radio tuner and features Naim’s Choice: a pre-loaded list of Naim’s favourite internet radio stations, including an exclusive 320kbps stream from Radio Paradise. On the front-panel is a USB socket for digitally-connected iPod, MP3 players and memory sticks as well, the player has three S/PDIF inputs for connection to external digital sources, such as a CD player. An optional FM/DAB tuner module is also available. The ND5 XS can handle music in a wide range of formats, including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats.
The ND5 XS can be upgraded in performance with the addition of an external XPS or 555 PS power supply and / or Naim DAC. A matching slimline power supply will be available next year. There is also the promise of AirPlay capability early in 2012.
The ND5 XS is expected to begin shipping this October with U.K. pricing of approximately £1925. North American release date and pricing details have not yet been announced.
Look for more details at: www.naimaudio.com