NDS Network Player


Revolution meets evolution.
NDS Network Player

Our reference network player, the NDS, is an audiophile-quality music source, every bit the sonic equal of the very finest high-end CD players and turntables. Whether you’re browsing your digitally stored music collection, exploring tens of thousands of internet radio stations, discovering music via the built in Spotify Connect feature, or indulging in a high-resolution 24bit/192kHz download, the NDS delivers unrivalled performance.


  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim Audio hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, DSD (single rate), Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3. Gapless playback on all lossless file formats and on most compressed music
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • 40bit SHARC processor optimises digital pathways and helps eliminate jitter
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Native support for TIDAL streaming service with free 90 day trial of lossless HiFi tier
  • Reference-quality Burr Brown PCM1704 precision laser-trimmed sign-magnitude DACs
  • Three 24bit/192kHz capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Fully isolated internal layout, with shielding cans housing streaming module, DSP power supply and DACs
  • Heavy brass sub-chassis with steel-sprung floating suspension system for optimum isolation
  • iOS and Android Naim Audio app for intuitive control
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
NDS Network Player
NDS Network Player
Technology & Craft

The electronic brain of the NDS is a 40bit SHARC Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the most powerful to be fitted to any Naim Audio component so far. It’s capable of performing a staggering billion calculations per second. By monitoring the flow of data through the NDS’ buffers and adjusting the clocks accordingly, it provides jitter-free accuracy and optimum performance whatever the relative quality of the music being played. Yet, for all its complexity, the NDS is easy to use: our bespoke control software ensures seamless compatibility with all your digital devices inlcuding support for TIDAL streaming service. You’ll find the NDS simple to live with and an absolute delight to listen to.

While its concept is revolutionary, much of the NDS represents an evolution of classic Naim Audio themes. Its internal architecture is separated into carefully screened digital and analogue pathways, each mounted on suspended brass plates to minimise resonance and vibration. Sound critical boards and components are further isolated by their own shields, reducing interference within the chassis to the absolute minimum. Finally, the NDS has no internal power supply, ensuring optimum performance by isolating its sensitive electronics from electromagnetic and mechanical interference.


Product Specification

Audio Inputs
Attribute Name Attribute Value
Digital (S/PDIF)

3 x S/PDIF:
   - 1 x coaxial BNC - up to 24bits/192kHz
   - 1 x coaxial RCA - up to 24bits/192kHz
   - 1 x optical TOSLINK - up to 24bits/96kHz


1 x front panel Type A socket


Wi-Fi (802.11 g or n at 2.4GHz)


Wired Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi

Audio Outputs
Attribute Name Attribute Value
Digital (S/PDIF)

1 x BNC (75Ω)

Load Impedance

10kΩ (min.)


1 x DIN and 1 x RCA, 2.1V RMS at 1 kHz

Output Impedance

<20Ω (min.)

Frequency Response

10Hz  - 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB


<0.005%, 10Hz - 18kHz at full level

Attribute Name Attribute Value
Remote Control

Infra Red (RC5)

Remote Input

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

Remote Output

2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated or unmodulated)


1 x USB Type Mini-B

Attribute Name Attribute Value
Audio Formats

WAV (up to 24bit/192kHz)
AIFF (up to 24bit/192kHz)
FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz) 
DSD (single rate DSF64 & DFF64 only)
ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz) 
WMA (up to 16bit/48kHz) must be WMA 9.2 
Ogg Vorbis (up to 16bit/48kHz) 
M4a (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
MP3 (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
Playlists (M3U, PLS)

Internet Radio Provider

vTuner 5* full service

User Control
Attribute Name Attribute Value
Front Panel

Nine button matrix


Remote handset included and optional Naim app for iOS and Android.

Attribute Name Attribute Value
Power Supply

External power supply required. XP5 XS, XPS, 555 PS all compatible (double Burndy connection for 555 PS).


Hi-Line, Power-Line (on external power supply)

Attribute Name Attribute Value
Dimensions (HxWxD)

87 x 432 x 314 mm 


14 kg

Supplied with

Uniti Remote Control, Standard Interconnect

Suggested System

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

XPS Power Supply

Classic Series

Ovator S-600 Loudspeaker

Ovator S-600

555 PS DR Power Supply

555 PS DR
500 Series

Manuals & Downloads

Reviews & Awards

Latest Reviews
HiFi Critic, Dec 2014
"streaming really does not come with much higher definition than this"
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, Oct 2014
"This is quite simply the best network music player we've ever heard"
Hi-Fi Critic, Apr 2013
"A ruthless dedication to the musical qualities of sound reproduction has resulted in a first class product of international audiophile stature."
MSN Tech, Mar 2013
"Perfect for: the audiophile rock star."
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, Dec 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+, Nov 2012
"The future of music is in safe hands."
Queen's Award for Innovation
Hi-Fi Critic 'Audio Excellence'
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision 5 Stars

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