Delivering 60 watts per channel in to eight ohms or 90 watts per channel in to four ohms, the NAIT XS shares the non-resonant, non-magnetic chassis and bodywork of the NAIT 5i but takes more of a design nod from the SUPERNAIT.
Naim claims to have simplified the signal path, with minimal switching and relays, in order to deliver a performance that's 'exciting and full on'.
There's innovation, too: it's the first amp to use Naim's newly developed bayonet PCB mounting technique that delivers 'a consistent board float: reducing microphonic effects', while the heat sink has a large surface area in order to enable maximum cooling.
There are six line inputs, with four RCA/DIN inputs, an RCA/3.5mm jack and a powered input for a phono stage. There's also a 3.5mm input on the front panel and a subwoofer out on the back.
The NAIT XS can be split to use as a preamp or a power amp, and comes complete with a remote control for volume and input selection.
Using the Series 5 aluminium chassis and a zin die-cast front panel, the NAIT XS is due out in December for £1250. And best of all, we'll be carrying a review in our February issue, out January 10th.