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Suggested System

A Naim Retailer will recommend the right system for you, however you may choose to partner the CD5 XS with the following as a start:

Upgrade Path

Optional upgrades for the CD5 XS are:

  • Power-Line

    Mains cable upgrade

  • Hi-Line

    Signal interconnect (180 5 pin DIN - 5 pin DIN)

  • DAC

    Connect digital sources via DC1 digital coaxial cable

  • FlatCap XS
    FlatCap XS

    Power supply upgrade connected via supplied SNAIC-5

  • HiCap

    Next upgrade from FlatCap connected via supplied SNAIC-5

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CD5 XS Compact Disc Player

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The 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 seperate, 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.


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.

Analogue Outputs DIN, RCA
Line Outputs Fixed (level) 2.1V rms at 1kHz
Output Impedance 10Ω (max.)
Load Impedance 10kΩ (min.)
Frequency Response 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
THD + N <0.1%, 10Hz -18kHz at full level
Phase Response Linear phase, absolute phase correct
De-emphasis ±0.1dB referred to main response
Digital Outputs (type) S/PDIF, 75Ω BNC
Power Supply FlatCap XS, HiCap, SuperCap
Other DAC
Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
RS232 Optional (DE9 female)
CD Formats Red Book
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R
Front Panel Four button matrix
Handheld Remote handset
Mains Supply 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Supply Options FlatCap, HiCap, SuperCap
Dimensions 70 x 432 x 301mm (H x W x D)
Weight 6kg
Shipping Dimensions 200 x 590 x 500 (H x W x D)
Shipping Weight 9kg
Front Brushed and black anodised
Case Black powder coated


Here is a selection of reviews that have been written about this product. Where PDF downloads or online links are available to us, they are featured.

  • What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - May 2009

    "You can throw anything at this system and it delivers it with sweet musicality"


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