The New Naim Network Players
The latest network players have been engineered on the basis of a completely new streaming system. Three years in the making, this innovative, Naim-designed digital technology surpasses anything Naim have done before. Combining state-of-the-art DSP with a rich, analogue soul, the network players deliver engaging, immersive sound quality to get the very best out of your music, whilst retaining Naim's classic styling. The range includes the ND5 XS 2, NDX 2 and ND 555 – the first network player in the Naim 500 Series and the only one to match its power and audiophile-quality sound.
Experience Breath-Taking Depth of Sound
Naim’s new network players offer numerous ways to listen to your music with clarity and precision:
- Chromecast built-in
- Apple AirPlay
- Spotify® Connect
- Bluetooth (aptX HD)
- Internet Radio
- UPnP™ (Universal Plug and Play)
- Digital Input (Optical and Coax)
- Wired IR RC5 Output
From the state-of-the-art streaming module to powerful, natural-sounding audio stages – the design DNA runs through each model in the range and helps to give it that distinctive Naim sound. The ND 555 development process also helped Naim step foot into new technologies: for the first time, they’ve added low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) to a premium Naim player. Naim chose LVDS for its high-definition audio output, which offers faster processing and very low power consumption.
Extraordinary Design Inside and Out
With the new network players, Naim wanted to retain a classic look while integrating their latest technology and innovative new features. All of the models in the range use the familiar brushed metal exterior, while NDX 2 and ND 555 also include a 5" front-panel TFT display. Along with the Naim app, it’s the face of the seamless new Naim streaming system, providing access to streaming services such as Spotify and TIDAL, internet radio, local sources and album artwork – in short, ultimate connectivity.
Total Control At Your Fingertips
NDX 2 and ND 555 are supplied with their own Zigbee® remote controls. They remove the need for line of sight, so you can take control whatever direction you’re facing or even from around the corner. You can also use the same remote for different Naim streamers – a new device can be paired in a matter of seconds. Both the ND 555 and NDX 2 also feature 5" TFT colour displays with proximity sensors, as well as four control buttons for added flexibility and streamlined usability.
The Naim App gives you effortless control over your network player: access all your music including radio stations, streaming services, and explore artist discographies and biographies. Convenient over-the-air software updates make it easy to add new functions at the touch of a button.
The ND 555 is bristling with innovative technology from input to output. The streaming section uses the latest Naim network card featuring low-noise, high-speed LVDS to route the digital audio signal. The higher speed is capable of decoding all HD audio formats at up to 32 bits/384 kHz or DSD128. Rather than the sthece acting as the digital timing master, the new streaming board turns things around and allows the DAC clock to control the flow of audio data. The data is integer-over-sampled in a SHARC DSP to an incredible 40-bit accuracy and fed into the Burr-Brown® PCM1704, a true R2R ladder DAC valued for its exceptional sound quality.
Naim’s renowned DR regulator technology, as used in the range of amplifiers and power supplies, makes its first appearance in a network player, providing ultra-pure DC voltage to the sensitive audio circuitry in the ND 555. The analogue stages use only high-grade through-hole components and are suspended on sprung sub-chassis with heavy brass plates to minimise the effects of microphony.
There are several ways to control ND 555. The Naim App for iOS and Android gives you complete control over individual or multiple Naim products. You can access all of ythe music including radio pre-sets, streaming services and playlists, sync several Naim players for multiroom playback or explore artist discographies and biographies. The app also controls the Uniti Core music server (so there’s no need for two separate apps) and allows you to update ythe system wirelessly with a single tap.
For those who prefer a more tactile experience, a premium metal Zigbee® remote control is supplied. It requires no line of sight to the player, so you can take control whatever direction you’re facing. The front panel features a 5" colthe display presenting album artwork as well as track information in crisp detail, and there are keys for most commonly used functions including standby and input selection.
The ND 555 can be complemented with a second 555 PS DR power supply and/or a Super Lumina interconnect cable to boost audio performance.