Flagship NDS network players will now benefit from multi-room capabilities and all Naim players can now support the BBC’s HLS radio format, as well as Spotify Connect in multi-room mode.
The added support of HLS radio will be a welcome update to many Naim owners, after the BBC made some unexpected changes to its AAC streams, changing them to HLS. Naim was able to reactivate just the BBC Radio 3 320kbps link, the rest being in 128kbps MP3 format.
Naim has also announced that the ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will now ship with aptX Bluetooth compatibility, and these come with a £100 premium to reflect the changes.
NDX inc. DAB/FM £3840
ND5 XS £2245
ND5 XS inc. DAB/FM £2545
NAC-N 172 XS £1865
NAC-N 172 XS inc. DAB/FM £2155
The 4.3 firmware update is available free from Naim’s website, where a table detailing how supported Naim products will be affected can also be found.