The New Naim CD5XS CD Player uses every possible development from earlier and more costly Naim CD players to help establish it as the reference entry-level CD player. All XS Series products have the new 5 series brushed aluminium front panel and where performance gains could be made to the existing designs, these have been implemented. 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 die-cast zinc and extruded aluminium casework is a development of that used in the existing 5 series and results in an inert case with great resistance to pollution from external vibration.
The Naim CD5XS CD Player continues the trend of the latest Naim reference products by including RCA phono sockets alongside the traditionally used DIN sockets. RCA phono's 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. The Naim CD5XS CD Player uses the same Naim developed replay and control software as the reference CDS3 ensuring that the Naim CD5XS CD Player presents the maximum information from the discs in an entirely musical and believable manner.
In addition, care has been taken to ensure that the player/user interface is as logical and intuitive as possible, with extra features such as "display off' (for improved sound quality) and program cancel, where the listener can quickly select tracks not wanted to be played. The Naim CD5XS CD Player extends the Naim qualities of natural musical reproduction, flexibility and reliability to fall within the reach of even more music lovers.
New custom-extruded mounting brackets (uses surface area of bracket to give angle) increased rigidity on x series
4-layer main board (rather than 2) giving better tracking and a greater copper area
Switchable S/PDIF - either have analogue or digital. But only one at a time
New low impedance power supply for digital clock, hard-wired clock power supply regulation
Switchable Din or RCA analogue output
Tray has new beam strength mounting and tray PCB
Infrared - takes modulated and demodulated inputs
Transformer-coupled digital out - isolated from zero volts and chassis
Redesigned main board - now 4 layer for improved ground planes
New display and display PCB for lower noise
Updated analogue board
210VA toroidal transformer
Hard wired clock regulation
Upgradeable with FlatCap XS
Swing arm Beam strength mounted with enhanced triple bracket mounting points - increased rigidity
Absolute phase correct
Analogue via DIN & RCA
2.1V rms @1 kHz
Frequency Response 1
10Hz - 20kHz + 0.1dB - 0.5dB
10 Ohms maximum
Total harmonic distortion
0.1% 10Hz - 18kHz
100 - 120V
What Hi Fi 5 Star Review - CD5XS - A musically enthralling performer; fine build; easy to upgrade; nice to use - 5 Stars
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