Naim ND5 XS 2: A versatile network player to consider

Naim ND5 XS 2
Naim ND5 XS 2

The best of what Naim engineers have come up with for the NDX is concentrated into a compact XS Series body. Naim ND5 XS 2 allows you to listen to streaming audio from UPnP servers and Internet radio stations, connect to iPod, iPhone, iPad or USB drives, as well as traditional digital audio sources. Simply integrate the ND5 XS into your home network, connect it to a free amplifier input, and a new world of audio streaming opens up before you.


The Naim ND5 XS 2 network player uses an innovative streaming platform with an advanced feature set. Support for UPnP, AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth (aptX HD), Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Roon, vTuner, various multi-room modes, digital and USB inputs make this versatile player the ideal partner for one of Naim’s integrated amplifiers.

The streaming section of the Naim ND5 XS 2 uses Naim’s proprietary low-voltage differential digital audio network card. Thanks to its high speed, decoding of all HD audio formats up to 32 bit / 384 kHz or DSD128 is supported. The new streaming platform allows you to control the audio data stream using its own DAC clock rather than an external one. Before being sent to the DAC, incoming data is resampled by a SHARC DSP to 40-bit precision and then sent to a PCM1791A Burr-Brown D/A converter.

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For maximum convenience, the ND5 XS features three independently switchable S/PDIF digital inputs for connecting CD players, computers and other digital audio sources with resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. . Each digital input on the ND5 XS 2 features a variety of TosLink optical, RCA coaxial and BNC coaxial connectors for maximum versatility and optimized sound quality.

The Naim ND5 XS is as versatile in its use as it is in its applications. Three user interfaces provide alternative methods of device control – each suited to different situations and personal preferences. The player can be controlled using the front panel buttons, the remote control or the free Naim n-Stream app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In all cases, simple, intuitive and reliable operation is ensured. System automation features also allow the ND5 XS 2 to be integrated with a DAC or any connected Naim preamp/CD player, with central control via the n-Stream app.

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As with every Naim product, special attention has been paid to eliminating noise and regulating power supplies. A Naim wound power transformer, large smoothing capacitors, independent multi-regulated power supplies and a specially designed ground circuit ensure minimal noise from the power supply.

Naim ND5 XS 2 Features

Play music from computers or network storage devices at up to 32-bit/384kHz resolution.
Supports major audio formats: WAV, FLAC, DSD (single rate), Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, M4A and MP3. All lossless formats (and most compressed formats) support continuous playback.
Four S/PDIF 24-bit/192 kHz digital inputs for connecting external digital sources.
Built-in Chromecast support lets you stream audio from a variety of supported smartphone and tablet apps (192 kHz).
Apple AirPlay – stream music from iOS gadgets or from iTunes and Apple Music.
Built-in support for Spotify Connect allows you to play millions of tracks from the world’s most popular streaming service.
Built-in support for TIDAL, an uncompressed music streaming service with audiophile quality sound. Free trial subscription for 90 days.
USB connector on the front panel for connecting MP3 players and flash drives (1.6A)
Internet radio vTuner 5*
Multiroom and party mode
Naim App for iOS and Android for intuitive control.
Bluetooth connection with aptX HD codec provides high quality sound.
With RC5 system integration, you can control your Naim amplifier directly from the Naim App on your phone or tablet.
Built-in support for Roon, a service that turns your music collection into a full-fledged music magazine.

Naim ND5 XS 2 specifications

File formats: WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD64, DSD128, AAC, MP3, OGG, WMA, M4A
Maximum resolution: 32bit/384kHz (WAV), 24bit/384kHz (FLAC, ALAC , AIFF)
Streaming services and protocols: Chromecast, Airplay, Bluetooth (aptX HD), UPnP, Spotify Connect, Tidal, InternetRadio (vTuner Premium), Roon Ready
Inputs: 2 x optical (up to 24 bit / 96 kHz), coaxial RCA (up to 24 bit / 192 kHz), coaxial BNC (up to 24 bit / 192 kHz)
Interfaces: 2 x USB Type A, Ethernet
Outputs: RCA, DIN
Power consumption : 19 W
Dimensions: 432x87x314 mm
Weight: 10 kg


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