Naim ND5 XS Network Player

Naim ND5 XS Network Player

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'Best Music Streamer £2000+' 

Naim ND5 XS Network Player

Many audiophiles today are looking to embrace the new, streaming music sources as a source of musical enjoyment, but don't want to compromise on the reproduction quality that is often part of the digital streaming deal - that's where the Naim ND5 XS comes in.

Designed to compliment Naim's other XS range of audio components, the ND5 XS has the same slimline alloy casework, with superb build quality and logical ergonomics.

Naim have designed the ND5 XS without compromise, to be a fully fledged hi-end digital music source capable of holding it's own against any other high quality sources, be it CD or tuner or turntable - only the quality and resolution of the digital music file will determine the final sound quality, and you can be sure that the ND5XS will make the most of all high resolution files.

The functional blocks within the ND5 XS are a uPnp streamer, a high quality 32 bit 192kHz digital to analogue converter, wireless and wired network connectivity, low distortion analogue output stage and a huge, high dynamic range power supply with upgrade options to XPS or 555PS.

Once connected to your Ethernet network, the ND5 XS will establish it's own iP address, and communicate with the rest of the devices available on the network to establish music sources such as network storage drive, computers and iDevices for control. You may then connect the analogue outputs of the ND5 XS to your amplifier to create a new high resolution streaming source within your hi-fi system. Provided your music files have been ripped to a high data rate (Apple Lossless or FLC/ WAV are ideal) you will be rewarded to some of the finest musical experiences possible.

Any Apple iDevice can control the ND5 XS via the free of charge n-Stream app - more conventional control via push button or infra red remote control are also available. A front panel USB socket gives the chance to play your music stored on your iPhone or iPad digitally, using the high quality internal DAC to decode the music files. A clear, bright display gives full artist, album and track information, whilst the nine green back lit push buttons give menu navigation control and play options.

The unit can be factory specified to include an optional DAB/FM module should you wish to listen to conventional radio, however almost all of these stations are now available via internet radio.

On the rear panel you will find the analogue audio outputs which can be connected to your integrated amplifier or pre-amplifier using either 5 pin DIN or phono terminated interconnects. A ground lift switch helps to eliminate any unwanted ground currents by floating the chassis ground with respect to safety ground potential - it's ideal position is best determined by listening for the quietest setting for your hi-fi system.

Next along is the power supply link plug, which can be removed to allow the upgraded power supply options to be fitted - the addition of Naim's XPS or 555PS give a significant performance lift, as you would expect. Three digital inputs to the DAC are available on either BNC (75 ohm), optical or coaxial, so any of your digital music sources (CD player, DVD player, Blu-ray, games console, set top box) can enjoy the superior audio processing offered by the ND5 XS. A single digital output permits an external DAC to be used if desired.

If you prefer your equipment to be hidden away from sight in a cupboard, there are remote control signals available to pass through to the rest of your system on the rear panel, so everything can be controlled from one Naim remote control. For any future firmware upgrades, a mini USB connector is also thoughtfully incorporated.

For the most reliable network connection, we would always recommend hard wiring the ND5 XS to your router using the Ethernet port provided, however where this is impractical, the wireless antenna is a useful addition. Mains on/off switch and detachable IEC mains lead finishes off an impressive high end streaming player.



 Digital (S/PDIF) 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 
USB  1 x front panel Type A socket
(also used for iPod)
 Antenna Wi-Fi (802.11 g or n at 2.4GHz),
F type (plus PAL adapter)
on tuner version
 UPnP Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi 
           AUDIO OUTPUTS            -
 Digital (S/PDIF) 1 x BNC (75Ω) 
 Analogue 1 x DIN and 1 x RCA,
2.1V RMS at 1 kHz
 Output Impedance 22Ω (max.) 
 Load Impedance 10kΩ (min.) 
 Frequency Response  10Hz - 20kHz, +0.1/−0.5dB
THD + N <0.02%, 10Hz - 20kHz at full level 
Remote Control Infra Red (RC5) 
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack
(RC5 modulated and unmodulated)
Remote Output 2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack
(RC5 modulated or unmodulated)
 Updates 1 x USB Type Mini-B 
Audio Formats 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
Multiroom Master: Will stream WAV,
(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 
Dimensions (HxWxD) 70 x 432 x 301 mm 
Weight 6.5kg

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Please remember that postage and packing is completely free for orders over £50*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.

Deliveries usually take 1-3 working days. The majority of orders are sent via our couriers'; Interlink Express on a next-day-delivery service. Smaller, low value or light-weight items are normally posted using Royal Mail Recorded or Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Once your product has been dispatched, you will be notified via email and sent a unique consignment number, you can use this number at to check the status of your delivery. If you have provided a mobile telephone number, Interlink's Predict service will notify you by text (and email) of a one-hour delivery window. If the window they suggest is inconvenient, you can change the date of delivery to a later one via text or email.

*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.

Shipping CostsMainland UK (Next-Day)Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly IslandsRepublic of Ireland (2-day)
Under £50 Orders £7.50 £12.50 £15.00
Over £50 Orders FREE £19.99 £29.99
Surcharge Orders £50.00 £69.99 £79.99
Saturday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Sunday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Saturday by 12 Delivery £35 N/A N/A


Post codes exempt from the free delivery service include:

Scottish Highlands Post Codes: AB30-38, AB41-42, AB44-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-33, PA34-40, PH15-26, PH31-41, PH49-50
Islands Post Codes: HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3
Northern Ireland: All BT postcodes
Channel Islands Post Codes: JE, GY
Scilly Isles Post Codes: TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25

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