Naim Product Portfolio 2016
2016
Product
Portfolio
Why Naim?
Every Naim product is conceived, designed and engineered
entirely in service of the sound, revealing a pure experience
of music that is as close as possible to its original live source.
We believe that the exploration
of sound is an adventure that rewards
you with a clarity and connection
that becomes more powerful the
deeper you travel within it.
Which is why, every element
within our systems is crafted to create
a silence around the sound, reducing
any interference between you and the
intention of the artist.
We achieve this through tireless
attention to four fundamentals in
our engineering:
1. Space
We give each of the critical
components their own environment,
omitting outside or ‘toxic’ interference,
which means no compromise on the
purity of sound.
2. Circuitry
We minimise any interplay between
the internal levels, so that you can
simultaneously enjoy both the quiet
and the loud, as originally intended.
3. Purposeful materiality
4. Technology
We constantly strive for new and
innovative ways to achieve our goals,
integrating sophisticated electronic
design and software development,
with mechanical engineering and
acoustics to deliver a truly advanced
sonic experience.
By managing the relationship between
these four pillars of engineering we
enable our listeners to hear every
single note in equal measure and
transcend from audio sound to
musical performance. We call this
unique and emotive transmission
the‘Voice of Naim’, it’s our signature,
our calling card.
This ‘voice’ has been carefully
engineered across our product portfolio
and crafted to take you the listener
deeper through this journey into music,
from the excellent entry-level Mu-so
wireless range, through to the ultimate
listening investment in our ‘Marque’
and reference ‘Statement’ separates.
Let the voice of Naim take you
inside the music… Go Deeper.
We use materials that excel in
performance, not just appearance.
Deconstructed: the NDS Network Player
features 620 individual parts constructed by
highly skilled technicians to deliver Naim’s
trademark pace, rhythm and timing.
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The Naim Audio Story
Naim founder, Julian Vereker MBE (1945–2000),
was a successful racing car driver, self-taught engineer
and entrepreneur with a deep passion for music.
Spending his spare time listening to the greatest
artists of the 1960s and 70s, as well as his own friends
playing live, Julian found the performance of playback at
home fell woefully short in almost every area that matters.
Not content with second best, he set
about designing his own amplifiers
and loudspeakers, completely unaware
that he was laying the foundations for
a range of iconic and award-winning
hi-fi products that would reach well into
the next century. Julian had no ideas
of fame or fortune, he simply wanted
to experience music replayed in its
truest and purest possible form.
These were our founding values
in 1973 and they continue to fuel
every aspect of our progress today.
The technology we use to achieve
our aims will always change and
evolve with time, but our ultimate
goal remains the same – to bring our
listeners a deeper and more intense
experience of their music.
A First Start
at Capital Radio
The NAP 200
Power Amplifier
Julian won a contract to
supply then start-up radio
station, Capital Radio,
with audio equipment.
Our first consumer
product for home use
was launched: the NAP
200 power amplifier.
Originally designed in
1971, its descendant power
amplifiers still aim for
the same performance
goals of pace, rhythm
and timing.
1972
1973
1973
Naim Audio
Officially Founded
Julian Vereker MBE (1945–2000)
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Following the success of
Capital Radio, Naim Audio
was officially incorporated
in 1973 with Julian Vereker
and his co-founder Shirley
Clarke as Directors.
1974
Classic Advertising
The CDS CD Player
NAP 500 Power Amplifier
As Naim Audio grew in
popularity through the
70s and early 80s, the
team decided to grab the
attention of the press and
public with a series of
tongue-in-cheek adverts.
Like so many Naim Audio
products, the design
of our first CD player,
the CDS, flew in the face
of conventional wisdom.
After several years in
development, the new
flagship Naim Audio NAP
500 power amplifier was
born and with it the new
industrial design aesthetic
that would redefine Naim
Audio for the 21st century.
1991
2000
1980
The NAC 12 Preamplifier
With a network of
dedicated independent
retailers now on board in
the U.K., the NAC 12,
our first production
preamplifier, was
launched.
1983
1993
2008
NaimUniti All-in-one
Player
Naim Mu-so Wireless
Music System
Naim’s first all-in-one
audio player launched
to great critical and
popular acclaim.
The latest incarnation,
the NaimUniti 2,
combines groundbreaking
audio technology with
an impressive array
of features.
Naim Audio launches
its first complete wireless
music system, Mu-so,
offering real versatility
and performance
alongside multiroom
capability. 2016 saw
the launch of Mu-so’s
charismatic little brother,
Mu-so Qb, our new
compact wireless
music system.
2009
2014 – 2016
2014
NAIT Integrated Amplifier
Naim Records is Born
Naim for Bentley
The Queen’s Award
Naim Audio’s first
integrated amplifier,
the NAIT was introduced.
This iconic little integrated
amp sounded quite unlike
any other integrated of its
day and set a trend for socalled ‘super integrateds’.
Created by Naim
founder Julian Vereker,
Naim Records combined
his love for music with
his quest to deliver
the best sound quality,
from the studio to the
listening room.
Two brands with
a distinguished British
heritage and a passion
for engineering excellence
share an 18 month
development project to
produce the Naim for
Bentley in-car system.
Naim Audio wins U.K.’s
highest business accolade
for our ground-breaking
digital range of network
music players, all-in-one
players, hard disk players/
servers and digital to
analogue converters.
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Which Naim is Right for You?
All-in-One System
Range: Mu-so
All-in-One System
Range: Mu-so
All-in-One Player
Range: Uniti
All-in-One Player
Discovering which Naim system is right for you will illustrate
the boundless potential of Naim. Whether you are new to
the world of high-fidelity audio or are a seasoned audiophile,
we have the perfect system to take you deeper into the music.
As you move through our ranges, Naim
core functionality is retained but the
sound experience becomes increasingly
immersive: your music suddenly has
more depth and detail, the power
to move you and create an intrinsic
connection with the music.
Your journey into the Naim family
starts with the Mu-so range: Mu-so
and the new Mu-so Qb, complete
wireless music systems which draw on
the digital signal processing expertise
developed for the Naim for Bentley
in-car audio system. Both Mu-so and
Mu-so Qb feature innovative speaker
design and powerful digital signal
processing. Whether as an ‘extra room’
system for the Naim enthusiast, or the
perfect introduction to the company’s
digital audio technology, the
Mu-so family offers real versatility
with performance.
For those that crave more,
a first step into two channel hi-fi is
the place to go, with the Uniti range
of all-in-one players. The NaimUniti 2
sits at the centre of a range of products
that feature full Naim streaming
functionality alongside integrated
amplifiers inspired by our iconic NAIT
integrated amplifier design. If you
love your silver discs, NaimUniti 2
also houses a CD player with Naim’s
unique radial arc drawer and clamping
mechanism… just add speakers.
The next stage up in terms of
musical performance is the move to
a Naim integrated player. The ND5 XS
is a dedicated network player that
takes the lead in an attractive dual
system when used with one of Naim's
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Range: Uniti
Integrated Player
legendary NAIT integrated amplifiers.
It’s a ticket to the kind of performance
only separates can bring.
If the ND5 XS gets you front
seat access, then the NDS reference
network player is your VIP pass to all
your favourite artists. It was designed
and engineered for pure performance,
and when partnered with separate pre/
power amplifiers and power supplies
from our Marque Separates ranges,
Classic and 500 Series, makes for an
awe-inspiring experience surpassed
only by the flagship Statement
amplification system.
From an all-in-one system to full
separates hi-fi, Naim’s uncompromising
attitude to engineering enables you to
hear every single note in equal measure
and go deeper into the music.
Ranges: SI and XS
Integrated Player
Ranges: SI and XS
Marque Separates
Ranges: Classic, 500 and Statement
Marque Separates
Ranges: Classic, 500 and Statement
Source
Preamplifier
Power Amplifier
Power Supply
Loudspeakers
Source
Preamplifier
Power Amplifier
Power Supply
Loudspeakers
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Your Digital Music
We are always looking for the best ways to enhance our digital
audio. Streaming speaks directly to the Naim ‘music first’
philosophy in enabling the discovery of exciting new artists,
albums and performances to become a daily experience.
This is where your digital world begins.
Naim defined the new world of digital
music playback with the HDX hard disk
server/player in 2008, and since then
we have been refining our network
music technology and expanding our
range of ways to bring top-quality
music to your system. Ripping and
serve technologies are key to this
development process; our UnitiServe
offers bit-perfect ripping and the ability
to serve music to a wide range of
compatible devices.
If you are a fan of streaming,
Naim has a constantly evolving feature
set that will make the most of your
collection. The latest addition is lossless
streaming service TIDAL. This service,
available natively from all Naim music
streamers, offers high quality sound
and is integrated into the Naim control
app. It joins a formidable arsenal of
connectivity features that include
UPnP™ streaming at up to 24bit/192kHz
resolution, Spotify® Connect, internet
radio, Bluetooth® (aptX®) and a plethora
of wired digital and analogue inputs.
Your gateway to this world lies
with the Naim App for iOS and Android.
Available to download free on your
smartphone or tablet, it offers complete
control of Naim streaming products
with all the playback and browsing
options you could wish for.
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Naim App
We’ve long argued the case for
simplicity. Simpler hi-fi sounds better,
is easier to use and ultimately more
rewarding to live with. The Naim
Audio app, available on iOS and
Android devices, provides simple yet
comprehensive control over both your
music and the network-connected Naim
Audio components used to play it.
You can adjust volume, skip, pause and
play tracks, scroll through album art,
create playlists and store favourite radio
stations to be easily accessed later.
UPnP™ Streaming
USB
Stream music from a PC, Mac or network-attached
storage in high-resolution ‘better than CD’ quality.
Play music from your MP3 players, USB sticks
and NAS drives.
Spotify Connect
Multiroom Ready
Native support of Spotify® to stream millions
of songs from your portable device.
Play music between any combination
of our streaming products, in up to five
rooms of your home. Choose the same song
in beat-perfect sync or play different music
in different rooms all via the Naim App.
TIDAL
The lossless streaming service is integrated
into the system for an immersive, high-quality sound experience.
Internet Radio
Access thousands of internet radio stations
and save your favourite presets for easy access.
Bluetooth (aptX)
Pair with a Bluetooth device to instantly
play your music. Also compatible with aptX
for high-performance audio where supported
by the device connecting to your system.
Digital Input (Optical)
Boost audio from digital sources such as TVs,
set top boxes, CD players or games consoles.
File Format Support
Play back lossless music files in WAV, FLAC,
AIFF and ALAC format or stream MP3, AAC and
Ogg Vorbis. DSD playback is also available for our
range of DAC’s and SuperUniti all-in-one player.
AirPlay (Mu-so Only)
Stream music from your iPhone, iPad or iPod
touch or from iTunes and Apple Music.
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All-in-One System
All-in-One Player
Mu-so
Uniti
Mu-so and Mu-so Qb are Naim’s first wireless music
systems. Finely tuned by our specialist engineers in England,
they deliver an exceptional quality in sound. Both are driven
by powerful digital brains and fitted with custom-designed
speakers for a musical experience that has to be heard
to be believed.
Unleash a world of digital music with the Uniti
family and take the first steps into revealing your
music’s true depth in the world of two channel hi-fi.
Just add speakers.
Connect Mu-so or Mu-so Qb to your
network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to open
up a world of music. Wirelessly stream
in breathtaking high-resolution via
UPnP™ and AirPlay or browse and
play millions of songs through Spotify
Connect, TIDAL or Internet Radio.
High quality Bluetooth (aptX) audio
connectivity, a USB input for charging
and playback of smart phones, tablets
and MP3 players, a 3.5mm analogue
input and a digital input for TVs, set-top
boxes and games consoles make Mu-so
and Mu-so Qb complete music centres.
You can also combine Mu-so
Qb, Mu-so and other Naim streaming
products, such as our range of Uniti
all-in-one players, for the ultimate
multiroom experience. Simply sync the
units to play the same song beat-forbeat in up to five rooms.
Whether you’re looking for another
system to complement your Naim
collection, or the perfect introduction
to our digital audio technology, the
Mu-so family is the best of Naim’s
heritage and innovation, in a simple
elegant form.
Consisting of UnitiQute 2, UnitiLite,
NaimUniti 2, SuperUniti and UnitiServe,
this family of systems allows you to
experience your digital music with
analogue soul. Each system is capable
of streaming high-resolution (up to
24bit/192kHz) music via UPnP from
a storage device such as the Naim
UnitiServe hard disk server, PC or Mac
on your home network, all with intuitive
control provided by Naim control app
for iOS and Android devices.
UnitiLite and NaimUniti 2 feature
our trademark CD player technology
for those who love their silver discs.
UnitiServe is the hub of all your music
with its bit-perfect ripping and serve
capabilities. They also feature internet
radio, Spotify Connect, TIDAL,
Bluetooth (aptX), a DAB+/DAB/FM
tuner, iPod/MP3 player charging and
playback, multiple digital and analogue
inputs, a high-quality DAC and
multiroom streaming.
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Integrated Players
Naim’s integrated players will take you on your first journey
into the world of high fidelity audio. In a world overflowing
with new pathways into music streaming and download,
there is still a place for high-fidelity two box solutions with
integrated amplifiers at their core.
These systems will get straight to the
heart of your music, engaging even the
most complex rhythms and demanding
dynamics with all the grip and authority
you would expect from us. The SI Series
is where the Naim integrated player
journey begins, continuing deeper
into the music with the XS Series.
Take your first steps into Naim’s
integrated world with an accessible
high end system capable of delivering
a seriously convincing sound, whether
it’s Baroque or The Beatles.
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SI Series
XS Series
Offering purity of sound and a tangible connection to the
music, the SI Series will reveal the world of hi-fi separates.
The outstanding CD5 SI CD player is valued as a benchmark
for providing hours of audio enjoyment. Paired with the
NAIT 5SI, the system provides a high-end audio experience
for anyone with a precious CD music library.
Experience the intimacy of live performance and the
versatility the XS Series offers – an outstanding next step
into the world of Naim Audio hi-fi. Each component of
the XS Series marks the beginning of true high fidelity
performance and an exciting upgrade path, taking you
closer to the true emotion of your music.
CD5 SI
NAIT 5SI
ND5 XS
NAIT XS 2
Upgrade Options
CD Player
Integrated Amplifier
Network Player
Integrated Amplifier
Power Supplies
Driven by our relentless
search for the highest
possible sound and
engineering quality, the CD5 SI has benefited from
key improvements in its latest incarnation.
If you are dipping your toe into
the world of hi-fi separates,
the NAIT 5SI integrated
amplifier is the perfect entry
point and the perfect partner
for the CD5 SI.
Streamlined for music, the
ND5 XS is our introduction
to network music streaming.
Welcome to the musical
heart of your system.
The NAIT XS 2 offers much
of the performance of
our reference quality
SUPERNAIT 2 in a simpler,
slimmer package.
FlatCap XS
It combines a 70W power amplifier with
six analogue inputs, a transparent high
performance preamplifier stage and the
single-ended Class A headphone socket
from its big brother.
XP5 XS
It features an upgraded Burr Brown
DAC chip, a more stable DAC clock,
higher voltage supply rails and the
pièce de resistance – a brand new
CD transport. The CD5 SI CD
player sets a new standard for
musical performance at entry level,
especially when partnered with the
complementary NAIT 5SI, our 60W
per channel introduction to highperformance integrated amplification.
>> Suspended transport with low-mass clamping
system and radial arc tray to avoid resonance
>> Discrete digital and analogue power supplies
for superior isolation
>> Low-energy-transfer feet plus stiff, lowvibration enclosure to resist microphonic
degradation of sound quality
Since Naim’s inception, the flagship
NAIT has been an integral part of
our audio family. Our latest edition
epitomises the same fundamental
values: to maximise performance while
maintaining the highest engineering
standards and outstanding quality.
With 60 watts of power per channel,
it features classic Naim technologies,
and when paired with the CD5 SI,
subtle details and imagery come
to stunning light – experience the
infectious enthusiasm the NAIT5 SI
brings to your music.
>> Support for both DIN and RCA inputs
to facilitate connection to a wider range
of systems
>> AV bypass mode for simple connection
to an existing AV system
>> Front mounted ¼” (6.35mm)
headphone output
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It benefits from Classic Naim
engineering principles, fastidious
attention to detail and all the
connectivity options you expect
from Naim streamers. The ND5
XS loses none of the functionality
of its illustrious siblings.
High-res UPnP™ network streaming,
Spotify Connect, TIDAL, USB/iPod
playback, internet radio, DAB+/DAB/
FM radio, digital inputs, multiroom
streaming and control via the
Naim App.
>> Three 24bit/192kHz capable digital inputs
(S/PDIF) to support optimum connection
to external sources
>> Performance upgradeable with external
XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supplies
>> If you are looking for a premium entry level
CD player, the CD5 XS provides the perfect
platform for your CDs. A step up from the
CD5 SI, this CD player features the same high
performance drawer and transport mechanism
as our CDX2
>> Support for both DIN and RCA inputs
to facilitate connection to a wider
range of systems
>> Ceramic heat sink isolation for improved sound
quality on power and preamp sections
>> AV bypass mode for simple connection to an
existing AV system
>> Preamplifier, power amplifier and subwoofer
connections
Designed to complement our entrylevel XS range, the FlatCap XS is a
dual-rail, dual-output power supply
that powers not just one, but two Naim
components if required. It's a logical,
high-value and highly effective upgrade
path – just as you'd expect from Naim.
The XP5 XS evolved to partner our
ND5 XS network player, however as
with our other power supplies, it can
be partnered with other components
in the Naim range. Its low-capacitance
ceramic heat sinks, large smoothing
capacitors and 250VA transformer give
it the performance to match its looks. >> Performance upgradeable with FlatCap XS,
HiCap or SuperCap power supplies
See Upgrade Options (p.22)
See Upgrade Options (p.22)
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Marque Separates
Their intrinsic quality is where our refererence quality high
fidelity separates steal the spotlight and allow you to create
your perfect musical space. The Marque is our definition for
the Classic, 500 and Statement ranges; it provides almost
unlimited scope to travel the Naim upgrade path with power
supplies, pre and power amplifiers and high performance
sources, to create music without compromise.
Steeped in the knowledge, heritage
of design and engineering excellence,
our Marque Separates systems are
constantly being improved and refined,
with Statement as the pinnacle of our
engineering and acoustic achievements.
These systems capture the
difference between listening to a
simple recording of sound and actually
being able to hear the reality of the
musical performance, as the original
artists and engineers intended it to
be experienced.
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Every Detail Counts
Classic Series
No part of a Naim product escapes
the careful scrutiny of our engineers.
The position and layout of wires
that carry signals and power around
a product is very important. Run
a delicate audio signal line next to
a noisy power line for example, and
it will pick up noise and distortion.
We minimise such interference
by optimising the signal path
layout within the product. Even the
influence of every individual cable
tie is considered and controlled.
With the Classic range of separates, both performance
and ambition take on new meaning. This is our separates
range for music in the home that is utterly mesmerising.
Whether you are building a complete system or taking
your first steps into separates hi-fi, you will find
unparalleled clarity, tone and musical depth.
Create your perfect system:
NDX
NAP 200
NAC 202
Network Player
Power Amplifier
Preamplifier
The NDX is the world’s first
audiophile network music
player, surpassed only by
the NDS.
First designed in 1971 by
Julian Vereker, the NAP 200
has Naim Audio musicality
written into its DNA.
Experience classic Naim
control and clarity with
the NAC 202 preamplifier.
It offers all the versatile connectivity
of the ND5 XS but the performance
orientated design includes a
significantly improved power supply
and transformer, and is one of the most
technically ambitious and accomplished
of all Naim audio products.
As our first production amplifier,
no other product encapsulates our
philosophy better: creating an enduring
musical connection with the listener.
Revitalised in 2015, our first product
is still the world-class amplification
benchmark.
>> Three 24bit/192kHz capable digital inputs
(S/PDIF) to support optimum connection
to external sources
>> 70W per channel into 8 Ohms
>> Performance upgradeable with external XP5
XS, XPS or 555 PS power supplies
>> Internal power supply to allow a direct
connection of a NAC 202 or NAC 282
preamplifier
>> Partner with our classic SUPERNAIT 2
integrated amplifier for a high-fidelity two
box solution. Offering 80 watts of power
and six inputs to support both DIN and RCA
connections, the SUPERNAIT 2 sits right at the
forefront of Naim's amplifier technology
>> Large custom designed transformer providing
300VA of transient power
It introduced a new level of technical
and musical performance to our
range of preamplifiers, with superior
transparency and a wide range of
expansion and upgrade options.
A true Naim classic.
>> Support for both DIN and RCA inputs
to ease connection into a wider range
of systems
>> Performance upgradeable with FlatCap XS,
HiCap or SuperCap power supplies
>> Can be powered from the preamp
inputs of the NAP 200 power amplifiers
See Upgrade Options (p.22)
>> Features new DR technology
See Upgrade Options (p.22)
Pictured: NDX network player showing the
intricate wiring paths, meticulously constructed
by our technicians.
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Source Options
Whichever way you prefer to listen to your music, whether
it’s a streaming preamplifier that combines the best of
analogue and digital, a DAC tuned perfectly to unleash
your digital music or a CD player that makes the most
of your treasured collection; Naim has the perfect source
component to bring your music to life.
NDS
NAC-N 272
CDX2
DAC
DAC-V1
Network Player
Streaming Preamplifier
CD Player
Our reference network player,
the NDS is an audiophilequality music source, every
bit the sonic equal to the very
finest high-end CD players
and turntables.
The place where two
audio worlds collide.
Designed well,
a product should have
many enjoyable years.
Digital to Analogue
Converter
Digital to Analogue
Converter
If the DAC’s musical
performance is extreme,
its flexibility is just as
remarkable.
Our newest DAC is the
perfect companion for
modern digital listening.
The building of the NDS features
supreme attention to detail; including
having critical electronics suspended
on a brass sub-chassis via coiled
springs. Whether you’re browsing your
music library, exploring internet radio
stations, listening via DSD 64 or 128,
playing your TIDAL lossless collection
or indulging in a high-res download, the
NDS delivers unrivalled performance.
>> UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio
files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from
Naim hard disk servers, NAS devices or any
home computer
>> Supports WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF,
AAC, DSF64 and DFF64, WMA, Ogg Vorbis
and MP3
>> vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
>> External power supply required. XP5 XS,
XPS, 555 PS all compatible (double Burndy
connection for 555 PS)
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The NAC-N 272 combines our latest
innovations in digital audio technology
with classic analogue preamplifier
engineering. As a streaming
preamplifier, it samples the
best of both worlds to create
an immensely musical hi-fi system.
With varied upgrade paths,
an assortment of amplifier pairing
options and an impressive array
of inputs, the 272 has been carefully
designed to deliver a completely
immersive musical experience.
>> UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files
at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim
Audio hard disk servers, network-attached
storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
>> Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs
(S/PDIF) to support optimum connection
to external sources
>> Performance upgradeable with XP5 XS, XPS
or 555 PS power supplies
>> Supports WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF,
AAC, DSD64-DFF and DSD64-DSF, WMA,
Ogg Vorbis and MP3
>> Native support for TIDAL and Spotify
streaming services
The original Naim CDX debuted in
1999 and its newest sibling, the CDX2,
shares plenty of design DNA with its
predecessor. The radial arc disc tray
is classic Naim, alongside some useful
new enhancements. After all, being
able to do something well shouldn’t
stop you from trying to do it better.
>> Suspended transport with low-mass magnetic
clamping mechanism to resist resonance
Capable of partnering and upgrading
a wide range of Naim Audio products,
the DAC has more in common with our
CD players than with any conventional
DAC. Its Burr-Brown converter chips,
for instance, are also found in our
flagship CD555 CD player.
>> Anti-vibration resonance-controlled feet
plus cast and extruded anti-magnetic chassis
to further counter vibration
>> Eight S/PDIF inputs for digital sources
like games consoles, set top boxes
and hard disk servers
>> User-selectable DIN and RCA analogue
outputs, plus digital output (only functions
when analogue outputs are disabled)
>> Two USB inputs (one front, one rear)
>> 40bit SHARC DSP chip handling filtering
and oversampling
>> Plays audio files at up to 24bit/768kHz
resolution
>> Plays audio files at up to 24bit/768kHz
resolution
Among its features are an asynchronous
USB input and a single-ended Class-A
headphone amplifier, both of the
highest quality. Its compact size
makes it a perfect desktop addition
to your Mac or PC and its exceptional
musicality means it will complement
our standard width hi-fi components
with the same aplomb.
>> Five S/PDIF inputs for digital sources like
games consoles, set top boxes and hard
disk servers
>> Selectable fixed or variable analogue
outputs (DIN or RCA)
>> Naim digitally controlled analogue volume
control for performance and precision
>> 40bit SHARC DSP chip handling filtering
and oversampling
>> Single-ended Class-A headphone
amplifier output
>> Combine with the UnitiServe hard disk server
and the matching NAP 100 power amplifier to
create a stunning hi-fi system Hand Matched
Components
In designing our systems we found
that matching the characteristics of
certain sound critical through-hole
components for each channel,
can greatly improve sound quality.
For example, batches of resistors
typically come matched to within
a 5% margin of error.
Through listening tests,
we found that if the resistance
of the left and right channels
are matched to closer than 0.5%,
sound is significantly improved.
Following this discovery, a bespoke
production procedure was
conceived to help us match resistors
by hand.
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What is DR Technology?
Upgrade Path Options
Since our early days in the 1970s, we have been pioneers
in the modular approach to system building and have been
refining it for more than 40 years. We have always offered
a clearly defined upgrade upgrade path which allows you
to attain the next level of audio performance without having
to purchase a completely new system.
Power Supplies
We have long noted the importance
of a clean, stable, low-noise power
supply to audio performance. Our
DR (Discrete Regulator) technology,
first introduced to our power supplies
and now featuring in Statement and
our power amplifiers, is the latest
progression of that philosophy.
A regulator is an electronic device
designed to maintain a constant
DC output voltage regardless of
fluctuations in supply voltage and
in current draw from its output.
Naim’s DR provides ultra-low noise
supply voltage to critical electronics.
The new topology, which was refined
over two years, has proven itself
to be inherently low noise and
capable of fast recovery to transient
current demands.
Preamplifiers
Power Amplifiers
SuperCap
HiCap
NAP 250
NAP 300
NAC 282
NAC 252
As iconic as it is widely
acclaimed, the SuperCap
is a Naim Classic, capable
of powering almost all
preamplifiers in our range.
It may be small, but
the HiCap's talent for
maximising your system's
musicality should not be
underestimated.
Few components in the
history of hi-fi can match
the pedigree of the mighty
NAP 250.
The power behind
your music and a perfect
upgrade from the NAP 250.
High-quality performance:
our NAC 282 is the definition
of refinement.
Its substantial toroidal transformer
and high-quality smoothing capacitors
combine to ensure improved timing,
clarity and dynamic range from your
favourite music.
A compact power supply partner for
almost all of our preamplifiers, its large
toroidal transformer and generous,
high-quality smoothing capacitors
ensure excellent performance and
value. NAC 282 preamplifier owners
can enjoy better performance by
adding an additional second HiCap
to their system.
It incorporates all the advances
pioneered by its siblings and adopts
the radical two-box configuration of
its big brother, the NAP 500. It features
the same high-calibre DR technology
and new NA009 transistors developed
for Statement.
Featuring a silent micro-processor
and optical protection circuits,
plus a host of other key components,
this preamplifier will open up a world
of superior transparency and musicality,
plus of course all the flexibility you
would expect from one of our
preamplifiers.
Showcasing classic Naim
control and clarity, the NAC
252 descends from one of
the finest preamplifiers ever
made, the legendary NAC 52.
>> 13 x 24V power outputs, one x 12V output
>> Features new DR technology
XPS
Clean, beautiful power;
a simple but tremendously
effective way to increase
musicality.
First introduced in 1975, its regular
updates – aesthetic and technical, have
kept it at the top of the amplifier game
for more than three decades. The latest
incarnation features DR technology,
delivers 80W per channel and has all
the speed, power and agility needed
to unleash your music.
>> 80W per channel output into 8 Ohms
>> 90W per channel into 8 Ohms: capable
of prolonged output into 2 Ohms with
no discernible impact on performance
>> Two 24V power outputs
>> Large custom-designed transformer providing
400VA of transient power
>> 300 PS power supply included
(two box configuration) minimises
electromagnetic interference
>> Features new DR technology
>> NA009 transistors as used in Statement
>> NA009 transistors as used in Statement
>> Support for both DIN and RCA inputs
to facilitate connection into a wider
range of systems
>> Silent microprocessor control that sleeps
during listening
>> Precision rotary potentiometers with precious
metal wipers
>> AV bypass mode for simple connection
to an existing AV system
>> Performance upgradeable with FlatCap XS,
HiCap or SuperCap power supplies
With a separately housed power supply
to keep key components isolated and
hundreds of hours spent listening
to various designs, it is this attention
to detail that makes the NAC 252
so special.
>> Support for both DIN and RCA inputs
to facilitate connection into a wider
range of systems
>> SuperCap power supply (with fourteen
independently regulated voltages) required
>> Totally separate regulated supplies for digital
control and switching circuitry
>> Precision rotary potentiometers with precious
metal wipers
>> AV bypass mode for simple connection
to an existing AV system
One of our most flexible performers,
it can be used to upgrade any source
component, including our DAC.
Its large toroidal transformer features
six separately regulated, low noise
outputs and benefits from our
DR voltage regulation technology.
>> Six 24V power outputs
>> Features new DR technology
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500 Series
The 500 Series is our elite range of hi-fi separates, surpassed
only by Statement. It’s the result of a single-minded pursuit of
musical performance with a narrow focus on enhancing the
aspects of music that matter to us most: pace, rhythm, timing
and ultimately, emotive power.
Create your perfect system:
Literally thousands of hours were
spent in development and hundreds
of prototypes were created; countless
long days and late nights spent in the
lab and the listening room defining,
testing and refining until the music
spoke to our hearts as well as our heads.
The first product to pass this test was
the NAP 500 power amplifier. Featuring
its own separate power supply specially
developed for the project, the 500 PS,
and enclosed in radically new anodised
aluminium casework, it set the standard
for rest of the range. The NAC 552
preamplifier and the CD555 compact
disc player soon followed, along with
their own matching power supplies,
to create a complete system that
redefined the best.
CD555
NAP 500
NAC 552
555 PS
CD Player
Power Amplifier
Preamplifier
Power Supply
Focus is everything.
The CD555 is our reference
CD player, the finest we have
ever made.
Ever heard the phrase,
the devil is in the detail?
Experience performance
without limits with the NAC
552 preamplifier, second only
to our Statement NAC S1.
Not everyone sees hi-fi
as we do.
It’s a statement of our engineering
excellence, a showcase for our core
beliefs. Of course, it’s a fast, detailed
and dynamic-sounding performer:
anything less would be fundamentally
at odds with who we are and what we
do. But the CD555’s genius is the way
it brings each disparate strand of your
music together into one fluid, natural
and involving performance. This, we
believe, is how hi-fi should sound.
>> Massive aluminium chassis, with heavy
brass sub-chassis to minimise resonance
and vibration
>> Top loading disc mechanism plus
low-resonance CD clamp and
motorised loading door
>> Low-infra-red reflective coatings
around the CD mechanism to reduce
the interference and noise
>> Separate high performance 555 PS
power supply to isolate sensitive electronics
from electromagnetic interference
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As the debut product in our reference
500 Series, the NAP 500 is a
monumental expression of Naim’s
amplifier technology.
Its design was honed over six years
and assembled by our most skilled
technicians. It is this eye for detail,
alongside its remarkable power, that
allows the NAP 500 to bring your music
into breathtaking focus.
>> 140W per channel output into 8 Ohms; capable
of prolonged output into 2 Ohms with no
discernible impact on performance
>> Bridged power amplifier configuration
for maximised open-and-closed loop speed,
with ten stages of local regulation per channel
>> Two box configuration for optimum rejection
of electromagnetic interference
>> 1,100VA toroidal transformer provides twelve
raw DC supplies for the power amplifier
Its distinctive two-box configuration
differentiates it as surely as its
unfettered musicality reflects our core
values. It’s one of the best preamplifiers
we’ve ever produced, and by extension,
among the best in the world.
>> Two box configuration for optimum rejection
of electromagnetic interference
>> Split rail power supply featuring
800VA toroidal transformer and three
smoothing capacitors
>> Fully suspended sub-chassis for superior
isolation of sensitive circuit boards
>> AV bypass mode for simple connection
to an existing AV system
>> Independent listen and record banks
for maximum flexibility
NA009 – Small Chip,
Big Difference
For us, a smooth, stable and low
noise power supply isn’t just desirable:
it’s fundamental to proper hi-fi
performance.
Nowhere is that belief more
evident than in our reference 555 PS,
the best power supply in our portfolio.
The ultimate upgrade.
>> Seven regulated supply voltages, including
a separate supply for the CD555 clock circuit
>> Low resonance case with isolating feet
>> Massive transformer, 40% larger than that
fitted to the XPS
>> Supplied with Power-Line mains cable
as standard
>> Seven DR regulated supply voltages
The NA009 is the new power
transistor used in the output stage
of our Marque Separates power
amplifiers. Exclusive for use in Naim
amplifiers, the NA009 was over a
year in development, with extensive
work on the choice of materials,
thermal dynamics – the effect
of heat on the performance –
and die-matching, to ensure
consistency between individual
transistors.
The result is improved
heat dissipation and even more
vanishingly low noise interference –
less noise, more music.
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System Accessories
Every link in your system is important. Our range of easy
to install upgrades, including equipment support systems,
cables and interconnects have been carefully engineered
and hand-crafted in Salisbury to enhance the Naim
fundamental values of pace, rhythm and timing.
Power-Line
Hi-Line
DC1
HeadLine
SuperLine
StageLine
Mains Cable
Interconnect
Interconnect
Headphone Amplifier
Phonostage
Phonostage
To us, a smooth, stable and
low noise power supply
is critical to performance.
During the development
of the reference CD 555
CD player, a special project
ran in parallel; to develop a
new signal cable that would
exceed the performance of
the standard.
A fabulous little addition
to our accessories range,
the DC1 is a versatile digital
coaxial cable that forms the
perfect connection between
our DACs and streaming
products with any digital
source.
A high-end headphone
amplifier like no other:
make the most of your
audiophile standard
headphones with HeadLine.
Vinyl replay is experiencing a
renaissance alongside today’s
heavyweight of streaming.
Our StageLine Phonostage
makes the most of the black
magic offered by the vinyl LP.
At their best, records have a uniquely
engaging and musical quality, and
with our SuperLine phonostage, which
features both RCA and BNC inputs,
the best of vinyl just gets better.
Available in either moving coil or
moving magnet versions, it can be
powered from just our NAIT XS 2
amplifier or via its own dedicated
power supply. However you
configure it, you can be assured
of the consummate musicality so
fundamental to every Naim product.
That’s why we designed the
Power-Line mains cable. Its complex
precision-engineered construction
has been refined following solid
mechanical engineering principles
and confirmed after hundreds of
hours testing in the listening room.
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The result was the unique Hi-Line
signal cable. Available in both DIN and
RCA, its patented Air-PLUG connector
is a decoupling device that reduces
vibration transmitted along the cable.
The result? Maximum musicality.
Developed alongside our reference
DAC, it supports high-res S/PDIF
audio streaming and is a perfect match
for our range of digital products.
Its exceptional transparency is
classically Naim, as is its ability to
deliver a low-noise, low-distortion
reproduction of your treasured music.
HeadLine’s modest proportions and
volume control make it perfect to create
your own exclusive concert for one.
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Equipment Support System
Fraim
FraimLite
Just as live musicians need
a stage, your hi-fi equipment
also deserves the best
possible support system
to reproduce your music
as the musicians intended
it to be heard.
For entry-level Naim
systems, our FraimLite
features the same tripodstyle configuration,
carefully optimised shelf
spacing and high quality
material construction
of our reference Fraim.
Fraim has been carefully designed
to provide the perfect platform
for Naim electronics to shine.
Each level is carefully isolated
from the next and an additional
double layer base platform provides
further isolation from resonance.
From the stainless steel spikes
which complete the isolation process,
to the zinc-plated steel nuts and studs
that tie everything together, each
component of Fraim has been carefully
selected for its effect on sound quality.
Add to that its beautiful aesthetics
and you have your perfect stage.
You’d expect nothing less from us.
>> Extruded, anodised aluminium Fraim legs
available in three heights, and in silver
or black finishes
Fraim
It takes the core Fraim concepts and
components and strips them back
to the fundamentals to create the
perfect entry-level engineered support
for your precious black boxes.
Even modest Naim electronics will
benefit with greater detail resolution,
more accurate dynamics and simply
more music. If you’re upgrading your
hi-fi, FraimLite also has the option to
upgrade to reference Fraim levels,
ensuring you have the best quality
support system to match your music.
>> Extruded, anodised aluminium Fraim legs
available in three heights, and in silver
or black finishes
FraimLite
>> Modular design allows for system expansion
over time
>> Modular design allows for system expansion
over time
>> Decoupled structure with inter-level
cup-and-cone interfaces underneath shelves
>> Fully decoupled structure with inter-level
cup-and-cone interfaces and toughened
glass sub-shelf supported on ball bearings
>> Stainless steel floor spikes for
maximum isolation
>> Double-layer base level, plus stainless steel
floor spikes for maximum isolation
Super Lumina
>> Optimised shelf spacing to reduce magnetic
interaction between components
>> Optimised shelf spacing to reduce magnetic
interaction between components
Every link in the audio chain is important.
The influence of cable and connector construction
on sound quality is something we’ve confirmed
time and time again in listening tests.
When our engineering maestros began
developing Statement, our flagship
amplification system, another project
took shape alongside it: a completely
new range of high performance Naim
speaker cables and interconnects.
The brief was simple: create a
range of cables that would maximise
the performance of Statement but that
would also be at home in Naim 500 and
Classic Series systems. We started with
a blank page, identifying each key
element using our expertise in cable
construction and material science, along
with thousands of hours spent in the
listening room testing prototypes.
Consisting of pre to power amplifier
interconnects, source to preamplifier
interconnects and speaker cables in
various terminations, the Super Lumina
range is the result of this exhaustive
development process. Crafted from the
highest quality materials, Super Lumina
features an advanced version of our
patented Air-PLUG technology, which
minimises microphonic interference
and preserves maximum signal fidelity.
Every cable and interconnect is handassembled at Naim in Salisbury to
your specifications, with the greatest
attention to detail and signature
Naim quality.
Your system deserves no less.
Finishes
Fraim platforms are available
in Natural Ash and Black finishes.
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Statement
Crafted for pure musical performance, Statement is the
pinnacle of Naim’s engineering knowledge and artistry.
The ground-breaking series comprises the NAC S1
preamplifier and NAP S1 mono power amplifiers.
The idea for an entirely new kind
of amplifier was first conceived by
our engineers over a decade ago
and development began in earnest
in 2011. The objective was to set a new
reference standard in high-end audio
and music reproduction. The result
is Statement; three years of relentless
questioning, iterative design and
a point blank refusal to accept ‘no’
as an answer.
Everything about Statement is a
leap forward in technology and design.
It has been engineered from the ground
up for pure performance. Statement’s
radically different aesthetic may seem
like a departure from Naim tradition
but it’s the ultimate expression of
everything we represent.
The imposing monolithic structure
with its stark silhouette is offset by
the organic sculptural flow of the heat
sink, the beautifully lit volume control
and the central divide. If it is the
best amplifier in the world during lab
tests, we’ve only done half a job – the
listening room is where it really counts.
For full product specifications
and to find a retailer, visit us online
at www.naimaudio.com
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