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Help! Is NAIM ND5 XS the right choice?

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jockey.wilson's picture
Joined: 27 Jan 2009
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RE: Help! Is NAIM ND5 XS the right choice?

Harry, does your Primare amp have the ability to separate the Pre and power amp sections?

If so, consider the Naim Nac 172XS Pre streamer feeding into the power amp of the Primare.  Its cheaper than the ND5XS and although i havent listened to it, im sure it will run it close.  FWIW, the Naim streaming system with N stream is very stable and robust.  My NDX is fantastic and has transformed the way I listen to music.


Naim NDX / 202 / 200 / NAPSC Dynaudio Contour 1.3Mkii

KevH's picture
Joined: 16 Jun 2008
Posts: 41
RE: Help! Is NAIM ND5 XS the right choice?

I don't understand, how can Naim do a Uniti for just over 1k with built in amps, but the cheapest dedicated streamer is over 2k???

I really fancy a Naim streamer but I can't stretch to 2k.

nopiano's picture
Joined: 15 Feb 2009
Posts: 1059
RE: Help! Is NAIM ND5 XS the right choice?

Kev, I was looking at a used Uniti a while back with the same idea - using it as a source only. In the end I was feeling relatively skint and bought the SBT - and jolly good it is too!. I think there are a few streaming devices intended as all in ones but which could do duty this way.

I believe that to some extent as new technologies, streamers don't yet have very coherent hierarchies of price and performance. Whereas with mature technologies like CD players they do.  Just my thoughts. 


Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.

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jerry klinger's picture
Joined: 26 Jun 2010
Posts: 333
RE: Hi Harry,As already

jjbomber wrote:

The ND5 XS is superior and will win easily with, say, a NAC252 and NAP 300.

It will win easily into a Supernait 2 - I know, that's what I'm using! No need to go as high as 252 etc.

Simple choice based on available funds. If I were the OP I'd go for the Uniti 2 having sold the rest as this will be a significant improvement over the Unitilite and a complete integrated system


Rega RP6 Groovetracer sub and counterweight/DV20X2L/Rega Aria/Naim CD5XS/Flatcap XS/NAT05XS/ND5XS/Supernait 2/Dynaudio 1.8-II & sometimes Rega RS5