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Naim HDX-SSD Hard Disk Player / Server


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A solid state hard drive alternative to the standard Naim HDX and Naim Audio's flagship CD ripper and hard drive storage model, the finest solution for CD collection storage we've used. If you have hundreds or even thousands of CDs and want to enjoy the best quality rips at the touch of the button, look no further.

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Warranty length 2 years standard (5 years on registration)
Colour Black
Brand Naim Audio
Product Award HiFi World 5 Globes

Tech Specs

UPnP: Transcoding, proxying
DLNA:  Device compatible

Other Inputs: NAS

Analogue Outputs: DIN, RCA
Line Out Fixed: 2.1V rms @1kHz
Output Impedance: 22Ω maximum
Minimum Load Impedance: 10kΩ
Freq Resp: 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
THD+N: <0.1%, 10Hz -18kHz
Phase Response: Linear/absolute
Other Outputs: Ethernet, uPnP

Power Supply: XPS, 555PS
Other: DAC, Hi-Line, Power-Line

Infra Red: RC5. 1x handset included
Remote Input: 3.5mm jack on rear (RC5)
RS232: DE9 male
TV Out: S-Vid, Composite, 15-way-DVGA, RCA
Ethernet: 1 x Rear Panel RJ45
USB: 1 x Front Panel, 4 x Rear Panel
Other: iPhone/iTouch, VGA, PS2 Keyboard/Mouse

CD Formats: Red Book
Disc Compatibility: CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Supports: Apple Lossless, OGG Vorbis

Native: 44.1/48/88.2/96/192kHz
Other rates: Converted to 44.1kHz

Bit Depths: 16bit, 24bit, 32bit fixed/float

Monitor: 4:3/16:9 customisable interface 
IR handset/USB touchscreen: compatible

Front: Touch sensitive colour user interface
Sychronised TV interface

Interface: PC/MAC web browser/Adobe Flash
AMX Creston: Intstaller customisable ref apps
Handheld: iPhone/iTouch devices (App Store)

USB: Scan+ play FAT/NTFS
Network Shares: Scan/play
Network Storage: Rip to external
NaimNet: 6 user streams/NetStreams
CD Metadata: AMG, FreeDB/local database

Mains Supply: 100-120V, 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz

Certifications: Streamnet enabled, DigiFi
Licenses: MP3, aac, AMG

Dimensions (HWD): 87 x 432 x 314mm
Weight: 10.8 kg

 Front: Brushed and black anodised
 Case: Black powder coated

Product Description

Naim HDX-SSD is a Solid State Drive (SSD) variant of the world's first, performance-upgradeable, audiophile hard disk player: the HDX, catering for the music lover with an extensive collection and is designed to save all ripped music to NAS enabling almost infinite storage capability.

How does it work?

When a CD is inserted in the HDX-SSD disc drawer it is read repeatedly until a bit-perfect CD-quality copy of the audio is obtained. Thanks to a network connection this is then stored onto NAS. The internet connection also means your HDX-SSD will automatically catalogue your CDs at artist, album and track level, enabling the simplest search and selection when you come to play your music, which of course is replayed with an utterly uncompromised sound quality.


HDX-SSD is IP-enabled and connected to your home network can form the heart of a IP-based multi-room set up, allowing access to music throughout your home. HDX-SSD can also be controlled remotely via your iPhone with the n-Serve app, which is available to purchase from the app store. Like HDX, HDX-SSD is first and foremost a music player. HDX-SSD reads audio data from a CD, copying and storing it to NAS. Imagine your entire CD collection available for immediate replay at the touch of a screen with Naim CD player sound quality. You don't have to imagine anymore; the HDX-SSD has arrived.

Audiophile Quality

Naim's audio experts have been working on the concept of a music server device capable of audiophile-quality replay for some years. It was only when we were satisfied that we could deliver true Naim performance from this format, that we felt happy to introduce such a product bearing the Naim logo. Our uncompromising standards and adherence to Naim's legendary engineering principles, once again, ensured we delivered a music player that was going to stand up to the exacting standards of our audiophile customers. HDX-SSD has been developed to combine the convenience of a digital music device with the performance of a true Naim source component. As with all Naim products, the HDX-SSD's performance results from achieving the optimum balance of electronic and mechanical engineering.

Playback Electronics

Audiophile playback electronics: HDX-SSD playback begins with a unique Naim-designed, multiple power supply PCI interface that feeds the audio data to the digital-to-analogue conversion stage. The HDX-SSD's playback electronics borrow heavily from the established Naim practices that produce the world's finest sounding CD players. They incorporate multi-regulated power supplies, Burr-Brown digital-to-analogue converters, ultra-low jitter re-clocking, seven pole analogue output filtering, and every last thing we know about maximizing musical sound quality. Even an optional external XPS or 555 PS power supply can be connected for even greater musical performance.


Simple and bit-perfect CD ripping: Ripping CDs with an HDX-SSD could not be simpler. Open the CD drawer, insert the CD and in a few minutes you have a bit-perfect copy. You can make bit-perfect rips of up to 20,000 albums can be fully supported on your home network. The technology of ripping is anything but simple, however. To achieve its bit-perfect copy of the CD data the HDX-SSD employs some of the most advanced data reading and error analysis algorithms ever deployed in the pursuit of sound quality. They are unique to Naim, too. Your music collection is automatically catalogued and in one place: Browsing your music collection with HDX-SSD is a breeze. No more peering at shelves of jewel cases and promising that they'll be in alphabetical order one day. Each CD ripped by the HDX-SSD is automatically catalogued through enquiry to an on-line database and its data added to the internal library.

Music Selection

Simplified music search and selection: Searching for music is not limited to albums and tracks. Want to search by composer, performer, artist, or orchestra? Go ahead. Can't remember the name of the Chris Squire album you ripped that Mel Collins played sax on? The Naim Extended Music database, with the power of AMG at its heart will find it for you. Remember the smallest detail and all your music is there at the touch of a screen. And by the way, the Chris Squire album was Fish Out Of Water. Controllable from your PC: With an HDX-SSD connected to a home network you don't have to be in the same room to browse your music library. The Naim Desktop Client is a Windows PC application that can control your HDX-SSD, browse its music files and handle player setup and maintenance easily and intuitively.

User Interface

A choice of user interfaces: The HDX-SSD incorporates a front panel touch screen that offers all the control you'll need. But perhaps you fancy controlling the HDX-SSD from the listening position? Well, connect a small display screen, or even your television, and you can operate the HDX-SSD with its remote handset. Or perhaps you want to run the HDX-SSD wirelessly from your laptop? Easy; use either the Desktop Client application or a web browser. There's a USB touch-screen option too. You can also use an iPhone or iPod Touch. IP-enabled for multi-room replay: The HDX-SSD can provide up to six different streams of music simultaneously over a home network. Install an HDX-SSD and you've installed the heart of a multi-room audio system too. To find out more about Naim's multi-room system NaimNet, visit


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

Integrated System:

Separates System:
- NAC 282
- NAP 250
- HiCap

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

- 16GB Single Level Cell (SLC) Enterprise Drive
- Bit-perfect CD ripping to external network attached storage (NAS)
- Naim Extended Music Database - supports extended metadata to track-level resolution for intuitive browsing & selection
- Naim Network Scanning - will discover all playable music & metadata available on networked computers (PC & Mac)
- Naim UPnP Server - will serve audio streams to any UPnP rendering playback device, such as the NaimUniti or UnitiQute
- Ethernet network connectivity for reliability
- Front-panel USB port for replay of USB memory stick-stored audio
- Multiple intuitive control interfaces: Front panel touch screen / TV / Web / Desktop Client and iPhone / iPod Touch app
- Naim Desktop Client - for browsing music files, player setup and maintenance with a PC
- WAV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, Windows Media-formatted content files and ALAC files played from any USB-connected storage device
- Native 24 bit/192kHz playback and internal architecture with support for hi-resolution audio formats. Plays WAV up to 24bit/192kHz, MP3 both vbr and fbr, FLAC up to 24bit/192kHz, AAC (m4a only), AIFF, ALAC, OGG Vorbis and Windows Media-formatted content files.
- CD replay with display of cover art, album and track data
- Performance upgradeable with additional of external XPS or 555 PS power supply and DAC digital to analogue converter
- StreamNet-enabled for NaimNet audiophile multi-room replay of up to six streams over a home network
- Separate toroidal transformer and linear power supply for audio circuits
- Naim-designed PCI audio and drivers with ultra-low jitter clocks
- S/PDIF Digital output on BNC or TosLink
- Seven pole analogue output filtering
- Composite, S-Video or VGA display output for screen or touchscreen
- Electrical isolation of data lines and clocks
- Ultra low noise triple-regulated power supplies
- Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case
- Quiet in operation
- British design and build
- Independent and separately grounded multi-regulated power supplies for analogue and digital stages.
- Burr-Brown PCM1791A digital to analogue converter
- Naim-designed PCI audio and drivers with ultra-low jitter clocks
- A seven-pole analogue output filtering using Burr Brown OPA604 op amps
- Custom designed monolithic air core transformer isolated analogue output stages
- Separate toroidal transformer and linear power supply for audio circuits Electrical isolation of data lines and clocks
- Ultra low noise triple-regulated power supplies
- Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case

Press Reviews

  • ' Landmark product that brings easy computer music to audiophiles- and does so with such élan." (Hi-Fi World Magazine November 2008)

  • 'The Naim HDX is both extremley easy to use yet highly accomplished sonically; massivley flexible and highly accessible. Living with this new hard disk player, I couldn't help but be beguiled by the way it worked so easily and so well...I can think of nothing else around right now that comes close." (Hi-Fi World Magazine November 2008)

  • "Interesting one-box network enabled hard disk music system gives superb sonics together with impressive ease of use." (Hi-Fi World Magazine World Standards)

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