|Warranty length||2 years standard (5 years on registration)|
Analogue Outputs: DIN, RCA
Line Outputs: 2.1Vrms @1kHz
Output Impedance: 10O max
Minimum Load Impedance: 10kO
Freq Response: 10Hz–20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
Thd+n: <0.1%, 10Hz-18kHz
Phase: Linear/absolute phase correct
Infra Red: RC5
Remote Input: RCA on rear (RC5)
CD Formats: Red Book
Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Power Supply: 555PS, 2 x 555PS
Dimensions (HWD): 114 x 432 x 314mm
Finish: Brushed and black anodised
Case: Brushed and black anodised
Naim CD5 XS CD player has probably seen the most changes on the journey from its CD5x predecessor within the XS Series. Almost every element, with the exception of the mains transformer and the disc mechanism, is new or significantly revised.
Fundamental elements including critical analogue circuitry have been updated to extract yet more music from every CD. Also new in the CD5 XS is the inclusion, for the first time on a Naim CD player, of a transformer-coupled digital output that provides the choice of digital or analogue signal output. Improving on the award winning CD5x was a tough ask, but through scrutiny and refinement of every last engineering detail, the class-leading Naim CD5 XS delivers newly dramatic and vibrant music.
Based on the CDX2
The CD5 XS uses every possible development from earlier and more costly Naim CD players to help establish it as the reference entry-level CD player. The drawer and transport suspension is borrowed from the CDX2; a low inertia, resonance-controlling device that ensures rigid coupling and mild damping without adding to the task of the drive servo mechanism by increasing rotational inertia. The zinc and extruded aluminium casework is a development of that used in the existing 500 series and results in an inert case with great resistance to pollution from external vibration.
The CD5 XS continues the trend of the latest Naim reference products by including RCA phono sockets alongside the traditionally used DIN sockets. RCA phonos allow easy connection to non-Naim amplifiers with a variety of interconnect cables allowing fine-tuning of the sound which is potentially beneficial when used in a budget non-Naim system.
We are here to help find the right system for you. As a suggested starting point, you may want to consider partnering the CD5 XS with the following:
- NAIT05 XS
- NAIT XS
- NAC 152 XS
- NAP 155 XS
- FlatCap XS
This is the first Naim CD player we've seen featuring a S/PDIF digital output. No big thing, you might think. However, Naim has resisted fitting one before because the company felt it compromised sound quality. The engineers have now found a way round the problem by making the digital output switchable. In our opinion it's the best-value player the company makes. (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
28 Dec 2015Bought a CD5XS about three months ago to replace my faithful Arcam Alpha5, which my local dealer kept alive for 21 years ! Wish it had died sooner..... I auditioned its successor at about £800, & it sounded remarkebly similar to my old machine which cost £450 in 1994. Next up was the £1,100 Naim. Streets ahead, different planet. Tried a Rega at about £1,800 which looked dreadful, but had a bit on the Naim. Then I went to the top of my budget (which might have just gone up !!) & listened to the CD5XS. I wonder how many discerning Naim buyers, like me, play in a band ? This machine has the classic Naim traits of timing, rhythm & pure musicality. Open, rhythmic, punchy (but musically so). It's playing as I type this, through my other 1994 purchases of a Nait 3 & Dynaudio Audience 10s for which I paid £500 & £500 & which have cost me less than 50p per week each item. I am considering upgrading. Remember, hifi is about one thing only; fun ! The CD5XS is superb. Its little brother is half the price & more than half as good, but do the maths over a decade or two & it's cheaper than coffee. Have fun.