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Suggested System

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

  • Integrated System
  • Separates System
  • NAC 202
    NAC 202

    Six input preamplifier. NDX will work with any pre/power combination from NAC 202/NAP 200 upwards.

  • NAP 200
    NAP 200

    85W per channel power amplifier. NDX will work with any pre/power combination upwards of NAC 202/NAP 200

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The Audiophile Network Player

The NDX is a network audio player with the potential to transform music in the home. It can play UPnP audio streams, internet radio, iPod or iPhone audio, and files stored on USB memory hardware. Three high resolution S/PDIF digital inputs complete its versatility.

NDX is however more than just a versatile network audio player. It embodies Naim's unrivalled digital audio experience and knowhow to provide music reproduction quality equivalent to the best-in-class CDX2 CD player and HDX hard disk player . It makes music with vitality and clarity, rhythm and warmth. NDX defines a new class of high-end audio source equipment and brings to it genuine audiophile performance.

Streaming Versatility

Connected to an analogue or digital preamplifier input, NDX unlocks the potential of network audio. Its network connection can be either wireless or wired, and NDX can stream audio files, including iTunes libraries, stored on a computer or on network storage, via UPnP. It can play all common, and some not so common, audio file and stream formats at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution: WMA, MP3, MMS, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF and Ogg Vorbis. NDX also recognises M3U and PLS playlists formats and supports gapless playback on all lossless formats.

NDX can play literally thousands of internet radio stations and an optional FM/DAB tuner module, that integrates seamlessly with the NDX control interface, is also available. NDX can play iPod or iPhone music via its front panel USB socket and, via the same socket, it can play audio files stored on USB memory sticks and drives. NDX is fully Apple Authenticated enabling playback of iPod/iPhone-stored digital media, bypassing the iPod/iPhone internal DAC for optimised performance.

Three independently selectable digital inputs enable S/PDIF audio signals from CD players, computers and other digital audio sources at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution to be handled by the NDX. 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.

Choice of control

Versatility and audio quality is worth nothing without an intuitive user interface and the NDX has three. It can be operated from its front panel buttons, from its remote control handset or using the Naim n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The app also allows input and volume control of Naim preamplifiers and DAC.In each case, NDX control is simple, intuitive and satisfying.

Connected to a world of music

Connect an NDX 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 technology, it's a world of very high quality reproduction also, where music doesn't simply play in the background but lives, breathes and communicates.

For more technical detail please read the white papers available for the NDX.


  • 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
  • Optional FM/DAB* module
  • Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio
  • Apple authenticated enabling digital output from iPod/iPhone for ultimate quality control, charging and front-panel content display when connected to front-panel USB port via standard Apple digital connector
  • Three 32bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF inputs for external digital sources
  • Multiple intuitive control interfaces: Front panel, remote control handset and iPhone / iPod Touch app
  • Internal architecture for hi-res audio playback up to 32bit/192kHz over the network
  • Ethernet network connectivity for reliability. Wireless also available for convenience.
  • Streams/plays WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted content, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files from any suitable UPnP device or USB-connected storage device
  • Full Naim Multiroom functionality including Party Mode
  • Gapless playback available on all lossless file formats
  • Digital output on 75Ohm BNC connector
  • Switchable DIN/RCA Analogue outputs
  • Wired remote in
  • Wired remote out for preamplifier volume control
  • Performance upgradeable with addition of external XPS or 555 PS power supply or external DAC digital to analogue converter
  • RS232 for software upgrades
  • SHARC DSP and buffering with fixed sampling rates
  • Naim proprietary 16 times oversampling and digital filtering
  • Optical isolation of all key elements
  • Linear power supply with 200VA toroidal transformer with four separate windings for digital, DPS, audio clock and analogue sections
  • Seven pole analogue output filtering
  • Optical isolation of data control lines
  • Ultra low noise triple-regulated power supplies
  • Ground selector switch for optimum performance
  • High quality Burr Brown PCM1791A DAC
  • Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case
  • OLED display for high contrast and easy visibility
  • British design and build

*In markets supporting DAB

Streaming Technology

Beneath NDX versatility lies one of the most technically ambitious and accomplished of all Naim products. The wide variety of digital audio data streams and signal types, and the necessity that each one is delivered to the NDX outputs with maximum fidelity, demanded first that many new and innovative techniques for electronic signal isolation had to be developed and refined. The full spectrum of Naim's uniquely advanced digital signal handling and processing techniques is also deployed in the NDX. The NDX uses, for example, the same RAM buffer and master-clock jitter removal technique of the Naim DAC outboard digital to analogue converter. It employs the same Burr Brown digital to analogue converter chip as fitted to the HDX hard disk player, and all the oversampling, filtering and signal management techniques that have brought Naim to the forefront of digital music in the home. Component selection and layout on the six layer main PCB is entirely optimised for sound quality and the classic Naim extruded non-magnetic aluminium case and chassis construction ensures microphony is minimised. NDX is a true audiophile product where maximising sound quality drives every development decision.

As with every Naim product, fastidious attention to power supply noise and regulation is a fundamental element of NDX performance. A massive mains transformer, oversize smoothing capacitors, independent power supplies and multiple regulators, along with painstakingly meticulous PCB layout and earthing topology, ensure minimal power supply noise.

Power Supply Upgrades

The NDX network player can be used in conjunction with the XPS* or 555 PS power supplies to significantly enhance its performance. However, only Classic Series XPS units are compatible with the NDX, not the older Olive Series versions. Olive Series XPS power supplies should never be paired with an NDX network player as this has the potential to cause the Olive XPS to overheat, damaging the product*.

*Please note: this only applies to Olive Series XPS units when paired with the NDX. The old Olive XPS is compatible with CDX and CDS model CD players, the HDX hard disk player and the DAC digital to analogue converter.

AUDIO INPUTS
Sample Rates Supported S/PDIF up to 192kHz
USB Inputs Front panel socket
UPnP Hi-Res UPnP playback up to 24bit/192kHz (WAV and FLAC)
Antenna Inputs DAB/FM, WiFi
Tuning Range DAB (Band lll and L Band), FM 87.5-108MHz
Other Inputs Ethernet
AUDIO OUTPUTS
Analogue Outputs DIN and 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
Digital Outputs (type) S/PDIF, 75Ω BNC
Line Outputs Fixed (level) 2.2V rms
UPGRADES
Power Supply XP5 XS, XPS, 555 PS
Other DAC digital to analogue converter, Hi-Line, Power-Line
CONNECTIVITY
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
RS232 DE9 female (For software upgrade only)
Ethernet Cat5, WiFi
USB 1 x front panel
Remote Output 2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)
FORMATS
Audio Formats Supported WAV, AIFF and FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz ) ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz) Ogg Vorbis (up to 320bit/s) Windows Media-formatted content-9 (up to 320kbit/s) Playlists (M3U, PLS) MP3, M4a (up to 320kbit/s)
Multiroom Master: Will stream native quality WAV, FLAC and AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz), ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), AAC and MP4 (up to 16bit/48kHz) files only Client: Will play 320kbps MP3 quality only
USER CONTROL INTERFACES
Front Panel Nine button matrix
Handheld Remote handset included; optional n-Stream User app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad available to download from the iTunes App Store
POWER
Power Supply Options Internal Integrated or External
Mains Supply 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption 60VA max.
PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES
Certifications Apple (Made for iPod), vTuner Premium
Licenses MP3, AAC, DAB
PHYSICAL
Dimensions 87 x 432 x 314mm (H x W x D)
Weight 10kg
Shipping Dimensions 240 x 590 x 500mm (H x W x D)
OTHER
Notes Windows Media is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. UPnP is a trademark of the UPnP forum. iPod, iPhone and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Please note information provided relating to specification is subje

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.

  • What HiFi? Sound & Vision - July 2011

    "If sound quality is your priority the NDX has to be the high-end media player of choice at this time."
  • Hi-Fi Choice - May 2011

    "...a genuinely expressive piece of machinery that not only articulates the words a singer uses, but also communicates the emotions behind them."
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