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Naim CDX2 CD Player


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CDX2 is Naim's flagship CD player in the Classic range, with the only higher model being the £15k CD555, making this the finest choice for most Classic and XS series system owners.

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Warranty length 2 years standard (5 years on registration)
Colour Black
Brand Naim Audio

Tech Specs

Analogue Outputs: DIN, RCA
Line Outputs: 2.1Vrms @1kHz
Output Impedance: 10O max
Minimum Load Impedance: 10kO
Freq Resp: 10Hz–20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
THD+N: <0.1%, 10Hz -18kHz
Phase: Linear/absolute correct
De-emphasis: ±0.1dB (main resp)
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF, 75O BNC


Infra Red: RC5
Remote In: 3.5mm jack on rear
RS232: Optional (DE9 female)


CD Formats: Red Book
Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R


Dimensions (HWD): 87 x 432 x 314mm
Finish: Brushed and black anodised
Case: Black powder coated

Product Description

The Naim CDX2 CD Player (available on 0% finance) is designed to be the best in its class, incorporating genuine technological advances to provide a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience. CDX2 is a single box CD player but may be upgraded further with the addition of an XPS power supply upgrade.

Recently improved 

The CDX2 has recently undergone some performance-enhancing modifications to offer added flexibility and continue in its offering of as few compromises as possible to ensure complete musical satisfaction, rivalling the finest analogue turntables.

Notable modifications to the new version are the inclusion of a switchable S/PDIF output for use with external digital to analogue converters and a BNC connector for correct impedance matching, as well as performance-enhancing modifications to the internal boards.

Mechanical perfection

Integrity and stability of the RF signals read by the laser were prime design considerations for the CDX2's development. A suspended transport and low mass magnetic clamping system ensures that the disc spins accurately and silently, unhindered by mechanical resonance. Paths between critical components are as short as possible to preserve delicate signals and each stage of the circuitry is powered by a separate regulated supply. Correct earthing is used throughout and there is no headphone output.

The mass of the custom-made glass reinforced front-loading drawer mechanism has been carefully calculated to optimise rigidity and isolation. Anti-vibration, resonance-controlling feet complement the elegant new cast and extruded anti-magnetic chassis to protect the sensitive internal components from resonance and microphonic vibration. Additionally, the internal shielding has been improved bringing about further upgraded performance and lower noise.

Finest components

Both the transport and chipset have been upgraded for the CDX2. The HDCD decoder/digital filter is only activated when playing encoded discs. Eight-times over sampled data is then sent to two (one per channel) Burr Brown PCM mono D/A converters. A separate, fully optimised master clock controls all main digital functions, and the clock configuration and layout are engineered to minimise jitter. A seven-pole analogue filter follows the DAC to remove spurious noise.

The CDX2 has a fully double-regulated power supply with 20 low-noise, regulated power supplies on the main circuit board, plus a separate supply on the servo control board and another on the display board. 


We are here to help find the right system for you. As a suggested starting point, you may want to consider partnering the CDX2 with the following:

Integrated System:

Separates System:
- NAC 202
- NAP 200

Upgrade Paths:
- Power-Line
- Hi-Line
- 555 PS

Naim research has proved that divorcing the main power supply from a CD player is wholly beneficial and the Naim XPS power supply is extremely sophisticated with six separately regulated, ultra low noise outputs, featuring a toroidal transformer and six power regulators. This ensures complete stability of the ultra-sensitive circuitry in the CDX2. The same external supply is used with the Naim CDS3 CD player, thus providing a further possible upgrade path from one player to the other.

All main control functions are handled by a microprocessor running Naim-written software. Every aspect of the SAA 7324 servo controller/decoder functionality is under software control: Naim-written codes allow maximised performance in all areas. For example, the transport parameters are optimised for each disc as it is loaded.

Special care has been taken to ensure the CDX2 player/user interface is as logical as possible with features such as "display off" (for improved sound quality) and program cancel, where tracks the listener does not want to hear can be quickly selected. Worthwhile user features have been added: a clearer layout of the back panel and RC5 and optional RS232 ports allowing seamless integration into even the most complex of home installations.

In common with the flagship Naim CD555 CD player the CDX2 has user-configurable outputs, allowing a choice between the preferred DIN output and RCA phono connections, allowing the CDX2 to be used with a wide range of other manufacturers' cables and components.

Naim CDX2 Features

- Ultra-high quality CD player.
- Twenty power regulators make up a fully double-regulated power supply with exceptional dynamic stability.
- User-configurable versatile (DIN/phono) outputs.
- Full infrared remote control.
- RC5 input for wired remote control in complex installations.
- Optional RS232 input/output for use in full home automation systems.
- The optional Naim XPS power supply provides six regulated power supplies; this significantly reduces supply noise for all circuitry.

Naim CDX2 Recent Design Update Summary

- Redesigned 4-layer (rather than 2) motherboard giving better tracking and a greater copper area.
- New tray board.
- Switchable S/PDIF output - either have analogue or digital, but only one at a time for no compromise. S/PDIF is disabled when using analogue output stage.
- Extra low-noise clock regulation.
- Infrared - takes modulated and demodulated inputs.

Press Reviews

  • Even the name doesn't officially change, though we notice many people on the web are referring to it as the CDX2.2.  The big news is the addition of an electrical digital output.  It uses a BNC connector rather than the more common RCA, because Naim believes it sounds better.  (What Hi-Fi Magazine)

  • "A fine high end m\achine, but add an XPS2 and it becomes one of the most charismatically engaging 16bit machines we've ever heard. Plays music with such passion!" (Hi-Fi World Magazine World Standards)

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