What Hi-Fi? Awards – 2021 – Best music streamer over £1500
This network streamer remains a sterling piece of hi-fi kit
Naim Audio ND5 XS Streamer
Streamlined for digital music
The ND5 XS is our introduction to network music streaming, but still benefits from classic Naim Audio engineering principles and fastidious attention to detail in every aspect of its layout and design.
It also loses none of the flexibility or functionality of its illustrious siblings. High-resolution UPnP network streaming, Spotify Connect built-in, USB playback, access to thousands of internet radio stations, DAB/FM radio, digital inputs for external sources, native support for TIDAL high fidelity music streaming service, multiroom streaming and a bespoke iOS and Android control app will get you listening to more music than ever before.
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
Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, DSD (single rate), Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3. Gapless playback on all lossless file formats and on most compressed music
Three 24bit/192kHz capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
Native support for TIDAL streaming service with free 90 day trial of lossless HiFi tier
Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player and USB-stored audio
Bluetooth connectivity with aptX codec for quality audio playback
Technology & Craft
Like the NDX, the ND5 XS is one of the most technically advanced and accomplished of all Naim Audio products. The use of numerous innovative techniques for electronic signal processing and isolation ensure that each digital audio data stream is delivered to the ND5 XS outputs with maximum fidelity. The ND5 XS uses the same RAM buffer and master-clock jitter removal technique of the Naim Audio DAC and all the oversampling, filtering and signal management techniques that have brought Naim Audio to the forefront of digital music in the home.
And the result of all this extraordinary technology is extraordinary music reproduction. Connect an ND5 XS to your existing audio system and the world of high resolution audio downloads, UPnP streaming, and the vast resource of internet radio are yours for the listening. And it’s a world where music from any source will live, breath and satisfy – completely.
Pleasenote: only current “Classic” style XPS power supplies can be used with the ND5 XS. Older “Olive” style XPS units are incompatible and cannot be used.
3 x S/PDIF:
– 1 x coaxial BNC – up to 24bits/192kHz
– 1 x coaxial RCA – up to 24bits/192kHz
– 1 x optical TOSLINK – up to 24bits/96kHz
1 x front panel Type A socket
Wi-Fi (802.11 g or n at 2.4GHz), F type (plus PAL adapter) on tuner version
Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi
1 x BNC (75Ω)
1 x DIN and 1 x RCA, 2.1V RMS at 1 kHz
10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/−0.5dB
THD + N
<0.02%, 10Hz - 20kHz at full level
Infra Red (RC5)
1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated and unmodulated)
2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated or unmodulated)
1 x USB Type Mini-B
WAV (up to 24bit/192kHz)
AIFF (up to 24bit/192kHz)
FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz)
DSD (single rate DSF64 & DFF64 only)
ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz)
WMA (up to 16bit/48kHz) must be WMA 9.2
Ogg Vorbis (up to 16bit/48kHz)
M4a (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
MP3 (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
Playlists (M3U, PLS)
Internet Radio Provider
vTuner 5* full service
Master: Will stream WAV, FLAC and AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz), ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), AAC and MP3 (up to 16bit/48kHz) files only as MP3 320kbps quality.
DAB Tuning Range
(optional module) Band III and L Band
FM Tuning Range
(optional module) 87.5 – 108MHz
Nine button matrix
Remote handset included and optional Naim app for iOS and Android.
XP5 XS, XPS, 555 PS
DAC digital to analogue converter, Hi-Line, Power-Line