CDX2 CD Player


CDX2 CD Player

Designed well, a product should have many years of useful life. The original Naim Audio CDX debuted in 1999, and the revised CDX2 shares plenty of design DNA with its predecessor. Its radial arc disc tray is classic Naim Audio. It is different from the motorised assemblies used by other players, but undoubtedly better, with superior isolation and resistance to resonance. In its latest incarnation, the CDX2 has incorporated some useful new enhancements, including a switchable digital output and extra low-noise clock regulation. After all, being able to do something well shouldn’t stop you from trying to do it better.

  • Suspended transport with low-mass magnetic clamping mechanism to resist resonance
  • Anti-vibration resonance-controlled feet plus cast and extruded anti-magnetic chassis to further counter vibration
  • Fully double-regulated power supply with 20 low-noise, regulated voltages on the main circuit board, plus separate supplies on the servo control and display boards
  • User-selectable DIN and RCA analogue outputs, plus digital output (only functions when analogue outputs are disabled)


CDX2 CD Player
CDX2 CD Player
Technology & Craft

Integrity and stability of the signals read by the laser were prime design considerations for the CDX2's development. A suspended transport and low mass magnetic clamping system ensure that the disc spins accurately and silently, unhindered by mechanical resonance.

The mass of the custom-made glass reinforced front-loading drawer mechanism has been carefully calculated to optimise rigidity and isolation. Additionally, the internal shielding has been improved bringing about further upgraded performance and lower noise. Paths between critical components are as short as possible to preserve delicate signals and each stage of the circuitry is powered by a separate regulated supply.

The CDX2 has a fully double-regulated power supply with 20 low-noise, regulated power supplies on the main circuit board, plus a separate supply on the servo control board and another on the display board. The CDX2 is easily upgradable via the XPS ultra low noise power supply to provide a substantial improvement in sound quality.

All main control functions are handled by a microprocessor running Naim Audio-written software. Every aspect of the servo controller/decoder functionality is under software control: Naim Audio-written codes allow maximised performance in all areas. For example, the transport parameters are optimised for each disc as it is loaded.

Product Specification

Audio Outputs
Attribute Value
Digital Outputs (type)



±0.1dB referred to main response

Line Outputs Fixed (level)

2.1V RMS at 1kHz


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

Load Impedance

10kΩ (min.)

Output Impedance

10Ω (max.)



Frequency Response

10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB

Attribute Value

Optional (DE9 female)

Remote Input

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

Attribute Value
CD Formats

Red Book

Disc Compatability


Attribute Value

10.8 kg

Dimensions (HxWxD)

87 x 432 x 314 mm 

Attribute Value
Power Supply Options

XPS, 555 PS

Supply Voltage

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

Supplied with
Attribute Value
Supplied with

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

Attribute Value
Power Supply

XPS, 555 PS



User Control
Attribute Value
Front Panel

Four button matrix


Remote handset

Remote Control

Infra Red (RC5)

Suggested System

A Naim Audio Retailer will recommend the right system for you, however you may choose to partner the CDX2 with the following as a start:

  • Sopra
  • NAP 250 DR
  • NAC 282
  • HiCap DR

Manuals & Downloads

Reviews & Awards

Latest Reviews
Dominic Todd, Sep 2009
"Naim's CD player, the CDX2 has been a top-selling model since its launch in 2002"
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, May 2009
"You can throw anything at this system and it delivers it with sweet musicality"
Channa Vithana, Jul 2007
"Naim's upgrade path is an integral part of their philosophy"
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, Jul 2007
"The Naim player gets the essentials right, making the most of any disc you feed it"
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, Dec 2005
"The Naim disc spinner gets the essentials right, making the most of any CD you feed it, irrespective of quality - while never forgetting that the music comes first"
Tone magazine, Nov 2005
"There is an unalienable 'rightness' about hearing music reproduced as it should be"
Andrew Everard, Oct 2005
"The CDX2 is very definitely a special CD player"
5 Stars

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