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The Ultimate Reference Audiophile Network Player

The NDS is a network music player without equal. Inspired by the audio engineering and performance of world beating Naim CD players, and using the latest in high resolution network audio technology, the NDS lifts network streaming and digital audio sources unquestionably into the high-end. From internet radio to 24bit/192kHz audio, the NDS displays all the musical quality of the finest high-end components. The NDS takes its place above the award winning ND5 XS and NDX as the reference Naim network player. It is a revolutionary step forward for high-end audio.

Music lives, breathes and communicates

Connect an NDS to your existing audio system, and the world of network audio opens for discovery. It’s a world of high-resolution audio downloads, UPnP™ streaming, and the vast resource of internet radio. But thanks to Naim audio engineering, it’s also a world of very high quality reproduction, where music lives, breathes and communicates.

For more technical detail please read the white paper available for the NDS.


  • UPnP-enabled to stream audio files from any hard disk server such as HDX or UnitiServe, network attached storage (NAS) or laptop/computer via the home network
  • vTuner 5* full service internet radio
  • Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player and USB-stored audio
  • Three 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF inputs for external digital sources
  • Multiple intuitive control interfaces: front panel, remote control handset and n-Stream iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch control app
  • Internal architecture for high-resolution playback of audio up to 24bit/192kHz over the network 
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity
  • Streams/plays WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted content, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files from any suitable UPnP™ device or USB-connected storage device
  • Gapless playback available on all lossless file formats and some lossy formats (exc Ogg Vorbis and Windows Media-formatted content)
  • Digital output on 75Ω BNC connector 
  • Switchable DIN/RCA Analogue outputs
  • Isolation cans house streaming module, DSP power supply and DACs preventing noise transference to other boards 
  • Suspension isolation system for analogue two layer and digital 6 layer board - provides a mechanical resonance below the audible range at 4Hz
  • Wired remote in
  • Wired remote out for preamplifier volume control and input switching, also for CD player and DAC control
  • No internal power supply to minimise noise and interference
  • External power supply required. Compatible with XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supplies (two Burndy interconnects required for use with 555 PS)
  • USB mini-b connector for software upgrades
  • SHARC 40-bit DSP for jitter removal and Naim oversampling 
  • Naim proprietary 16 times oversampling and digital filtering
  • Optical/galvanic isolation of all key elements
  • Ground selector switch for optimum performance
  • High quality Burr Brown PCM1704 precision laser-trimmed sign-magnitude ladder DACs
  • Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case
  • OLED display for high contrast and easy visibility

From network streams to digital inputs

In addition to a network connection for UPnP™ streaming and internet radio, the NDS uses three high-resolution S/PDIF digital audio inputs, and a USB input for audio stored on USB memory sticks. Its network connection can be either wireless or wired, and the NDS can play audio files, including iTunes libraries, stored on a computer or on network storage. Each digital input comprises a different connection socket option; optical TosLink, coaxial phono and coaxial BNC, to provide yet greater versatility and optimised sound quality. The NDS can play all common, and some not so common, audio file and stream formats at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution: WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, AAC Windows Media-formatted content, Ogg Vorbis and MP3. The NDS also recognises M3U and PLS playlists formats and supports gap-less playback across all formats.

Liberating control

Versatility and high-end audio performance is worth nothing without an intuitive user interface and the NDS has three. It can be operated from its front panel buttons, from its remote control handset or using the graphically rich and immensely satisfying Naim n-Stream iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app. In each case, control is simple, intuitive and dependable. The NDS can also be hardware linked with preamplifier remote control to create integrated audio system control.

Upgrade Path

The NDS not only borrows from the technology of Naim CD players, it also borrows the celebrated Naim external power supply and upgrade philosophy. In common with all the top line Naim Classic Series source and preamplifier components, the NDS has no internal power supply. It can be partnered however by an XP5 XS, an XPS or a 555 PS (using one or, in the case of the 555 PS, two Burndy interconnects). Each power supply upgrade brings more musical detail, clarity and emotion from every digital audio source or network stream.

AUDIO INPUTS
Sample Rates Supported S/PDIF up to 192kHz
S/PDIF 1 x coaxial BNC, 1 x coaxial RCA, 1 x optical TOSLINK
USB 1 x front panel Type A socket
UPnP Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi
AUDIO OUTPUTS
Load Impedance 10kΩ min.
Audio Outputs DIN and RCA
Output Impedance <20Ω min.
Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
Phase Response Linear phase, absolute phase correct
Digital Outputs S/PDIF, 75Ω BNC
UPGRADES
Power Supply External power supply required. XP5 XS, XPS, 555 PS all compatible (double Burndy connection for 555 PS).
Other Hi-Line, Power-Line (on external power supply)
CONNECTIVITY
Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
Remote Output 2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
RS232 DE0 female (for software updates only)
Network Ethernet (Cat5), WiFi
FORMATS
Audio Formats Supported WAV and AIFF (up to 32bit/192kHz) FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz), ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz) Windows Media-formatted content (up to 16bit/48kHz) must be WMA 9.2, Internet radio (Windows Media-formatted content, MP3 streams, MMS, Ogg Vorbis)
iRadio Service Provider vTuner 5* full service
USER CONTROL INTERFACES
Front Panel Nine button matrix
Handheld Remote handset included and optional n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch from App Store
POWER
Supply Voltage 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption 38W 230V (quiescent), 50W 230V (maximum)
PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES
Certifications vTuner Premium
Licenses MP3, AAC
PHYSICAL
Shipping Dimensions 240 x 590 x 500mm (H x W x D)
Dimensions 87 x 432 x 314mm (H x W x D)
Weight 14kg
Shipping Weight 15.9kg

REVIEWS

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.

  • Hi-Fi Critic - April 2013

    "A ruthless dedication to the musical qualities of sound reproduction has resulted in a first class product of international audiophile stature."
  • MSN Tech - March 2013

    "Perfect for: the audiophile rock star."
  • What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision - December 2012

    "Frankly, if there’s a better way to play digital music in the home right now, we’ve yet to hear it."
  • Hi-Fi+ - November 2012

    "The future of music is in safe hands."

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