Review NAIM ND5 XS2

NAIM is an excellent successor to the ND5 XS2. The new XS2 has an (even) more musical character overall. Vocals look cleaner and a little warmer. That is nice. The level of detail and imaging has remained the same overall. But in the subtle details differences are noticeable. At the bottom of the line the overall picture is a bit better. Add ROON and for us the control side is right too. Remember: the new XS2 no longer has a display, no optional power supply and no remote control. No problem for us… but maybe for you.

NAIM is a ‘very’ British manufacturer of high quality audio equipment. The brand was founded in 1973 by Julian Vereker. NAIM started manufacturing amplifiers. The first product was a NAP160 power amplifier. Soon followed a preamplifier: the NAC12. NAIM is a brand that believes in power supplies. Each device is equipped with a gigantic toroidal transformer. The brand also has external, upgrade power supplies available.