CD5 XS CD Player


Accessible, upgradable, high-end.
CD5 XS CD Player

As our premium entry-level player, the CD5 XS doesn’t just sound better than our CD5si: it also gives you more scope for growth. You can make its sound even more expressive by adding our FlatCap XS power supply component. Alternatively, you can use its transformer-coupled digital output to upgrade it with our external DAC. Add an ND5 XSnetwork player and Naim Audio amplification and you’ll have an accessible high-end separates system capable of delivering a seriously convincing sound no matter how you choose to listen.

  • Stiff, extruded aluminium casework provides excellent resistance to external vibration
  • High performance drawer and transport mechanism as with our premium CDX2 model, providing low resonance, low-inertia disc operation
  • BNC digital output for connection to external DAC
CD5 XS CD Player
CD5 XS CD Player
Technology & Craft

The CD5 XS shares some of its core components with more advanced Naim Audio CD players. Its low-resonance radial arc disc tray and transport suspension is a unique Naim Audio feature. Designed to provide a rigid and stable platform for the CD, it sits on an independent suspension system to isolate it from mechanical energy and maintain sound quality. Creating our own loader also brought other advantages: it meant we could control important factors such as the reflectivity and composition of the drawer surface which also has a significant effect on sound.

Its extruded and anodised aluminium casework is classic Naim Audio. As with all Naim Audio products, it doesn’t just contribute to the premium aesthetic, it’s an integral part of the overall design. It provides the perfect platform for the internal electronics to perform at their very best by negating external interference and resonances. The CD5 XS is the perfect stage to let your CD collection shine.

Product Specification

Audio Outputs
Attribute Value


Line Outputs Fixed (level)

2.1V RMS at 1kHz

Load Impedance

10kΩ (min.)

Frequency Response

10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB


<0.1%, 10Hz -18kHz at full level


±0.1dB referred to main response

Digital Outputs (type)


Output Impedance

10Ω (max.)

Attribute Value
Remote Control

Infra Red (RC5)

Remote Input

1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)


Optional (DE9 female)

Attribute Value
CD Formats

Red Book

Disc Compatability


User Control
Attribute Value
Front Panel

Four button matrix


Remote handset

Attribute Value
Supply Voltage

100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz

Power Supply Options

FlatCap, HiCap, SuperCap

Power Consumption

30VA (peak)

Attribute Value
Power Supply

FlatCap XS, HiCap, SuperCap



Attribute Value
Dimensions (HxWxD)

70 x 432 x 301 mm


6 kg

Supplied with

NARCOM-4 Remote Control, Standard Interconnect, Power-Line Lite mains cable (UK denominations only)

Manuals & Downloads

Reviews & Awards

Latest Reviews
CD5 XS | Stereophile, Nov 2017
'musically, it is nothing short of superb'
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, May 2009
"You can throw anything at this system and it delivers it with sweet musicality"
Diapason D'Or
5 Stars

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