Naim NDX 2 Network Player
Mid-level model of the new 500 series of network streamers, effectively replacing and improving on the Naim NDX with streamlined connectivity.
Naim NDX2 Network Player Streamer, with its world-class performance, is versatile and upgradable embodying the current state of the art with host of features such as high-res UPnPTM streaming, AirPlay, Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth (aptX HD), Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Roon compatibility, vTuner internet radio and multiroom streaming as well as digital and USB inputs provide all the connectivity needed.
The main focus in developing the NDX 2 network player was its performance. Along with the bespoke streaming platform, Naim implemented an upgraded DAC and discrete analogue stages. These and numerous other improvements over its acclaimed predecessor make the NDX 2 a sonic force to be reckoned with, offering highly immersive and lively replay quality.
The NDX 2 is the result of over four decades of audio engineering. From state-of-the-art streaming module to powerful, natural-sounding audio stages – every element of this network player is built on Naim’s design DNA, giving it that distinctive, captivating Naim sound. The NDX 2 development process also helped Naim step foot into new technologies: for the first time, they added low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) to a premium player minimising timing errors and radiation due to its fast speed and low noise.
A bi-directional, Zigbee-compatible remote control puts essential functions right at your fingertips. In contrast to infra-red remotes, it requires no line of sight so you can take control whatever direction you’re facing or even from around the corner. You can also use the same remote for different Naim streamers.
The Burr-Brown PCM1792A digital-to-analogue converter working alongside Naim’s new streaming platform is one of the best available. Naim improved its performance even further by implementing their own digital filters and adding a discrete current-to-voltage converter immediately after the DAC. The streaming section of the NDX 2 uses the latest Naim network card featuring low-noise, high-speed low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) to route the digital audio signal.
The higher speed is capable of decoding all HD audio formats at up to 32 bits/384 kHz or DSD128. Rather than the source acting as the digital timing master, our new streaming board turns things around and allows our DAC clock to control the flow of audio data. The data is integer-over-sampled in a SHARC DSP to an incredible 40-bit accuracy before it’s fed to the Burr-Brown DAC.
The NDX 2 features an integrated low-noise power supply with a custom-designed toroidal transformer and separate windings for the digital and analogue sections. However, the player can be upgraded with an external XPS DR or 555 PS DR power supply, giving you a marked increase in sonic authority and emotion. During the development of the NDX 2, our engineers examined every detail, from mechanical construction, component selection and board layout. The result is a network player worthy of the Naim badge, with a sound that’s rich, detailed and engaging.
Naim’s latest network players have been engineered on the basis of a completely new streaming system. Three years in the making, this innovative, Naim-designed digital technology surpasses anything they’ve done before. Combining state-of-the-art DSP with a rich, analogue soul, the 500 Series’ network players deliver engaging, immersive sound quality to get the very best out of your music, whilst retaining Naim’s classic styling. The range includes the ND5 XS 2, NDX 2 and ND 555 – the first network player in the Naim 500 Series and the only one to match its power and audiophile-quality sound.
All your Music
Naim’s new network players offer numerous ways to listen to your music with clarity and precision. Chromecast built-in lets you stream audio from hundreds of supported smartphone or tablet apps such as Deezer, Qobuz, Plex, TuneIn, Soundcloud and Pandora with up to 24 bits/96 kHz resolution. Apple AirPlay streams music from your iOS device or from iTunes and Apple Music. Tidal lossless streaming service is integrated for ease of use and audiophile-quality sound. Native support for Spotify lets you play millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service. Start playback from a portable device and listen on your Naim network player, using the Spotify app as a remote. Bluetooth (aptX HD) pairs your Bluetooth device for instant playback of your music in high definition with the best current Bluetooth (low latency).
Internet radio allows you to explore thousands of stations from across the world and save your favourites as presets for easy access. UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) streams music from a PC, Mac or network-attached storage with a stunning resolution of up to 32 bits/384 kHz or DSD128. Digital Inputs (Optical and Coax) boost audio from digital sources such as TVs, set-top boxes or games consoles. Thanks to Wired IR RC5 system integration, you can control your Naim amplifier directly from the Naim app on a phone or tablet. You are also able to play music from a USB-connected phone, iOS device, other MP3 players, USB sticks or HDDs.
Play music from multiple Naim streaming sources at the same time. Simply link, for example, the ND 555 in your main system to the Uniti in your office and the Mu-so in your kitchen using the intuitive Naim app. Roon-Ready completely transforms the experience of browsing and playing music: rich, beautifully laid-out metadata is hyperlinked to build an easy-to-navigate, searchable magazine of your music collection.
With Naim’s new network players, they retained a classic look while integrating the latest technology and innovative new features. All of the models in the range use the familiar brushed metal exterior, while NDX 2 also includes a 5” front-panel TFT display. Along with the Naim app, it’s the face of our seamless new streaming system, providing access to streaming services such as Spotify and TIDAL, internet radio, local sources and album artwork in short, ultimate connectivity.