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Naim ND5 XS 2 media player

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The late Julian Vereker, the sharp-minded former racing driver who founded Naim Audio and designed its first products, did so because he wanted audio amplification of a quality he felt no one else was making at the time, reasoning that if he wanted such a thing, so might others. Thus came about Naim’s first domestic-audio product, the distinctive NAP200 solid-state amp (1973).

Throughout the 1980s, I closely followed Naim’s work, buying a few of their products, lusting after others, and seeing in many of them the same originality of engineering that had characterized the NAP200.… Read the full article

Vervent Audio Group Creates Focal Naim America and Focal Naim Canada

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

New York, NY – February 14, 2019 -Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the French brand leading acoustic and electronic innovation at the crossroads of luxury design and cutting-edge technology, is announcing its strengthened position in North America and acceleration of its international ambitions, with the acquisition of Audio Plus Services & Plurison. The two major distributors of high-end audio equipment in the US and Canada, extend the expertise and excellence of Vervent’s iconic brands, Focal and Naim.

Focal and Naim combine pleasure and innovation with their exceptional materials, avant-garde processes, and pure, sensational and emotional experiences.… Read the full article

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Naim ND 555 network player REVIEW

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

As we lugged three boxes — two large heavy ones, and a medium lighter one — from the car up the many steps to the music room, we couldn’t help thinking that this seemed a lot of weight for a streaming source. The heavier boxes contained not one but two required components — Naim’s new top-of-the-heap ND 555 network player itself, and then the CD 555 PS, a unit for which the suffix is more descriptive than the prefix, it being the required standalone power supply as supplied for review (this was the DR version, now redesignated the 555 PS DR, which is a requisite for the ND 555, and costs an additional $13,250).… Read the full article

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Naim Uniti Atom All-In-One Audio System | Review

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

“All in one, and one for all!” Wait, what? Ha! You’ve just been introduced to my new tagline for Naim Audio’s nifty combined audio system, the Uniti Atom. It’s an all-in-one audio system, as in high-end meets lifestyle. As in “I want this thing, and so should everyone else.”

So let me explain…

I’ve dealt with combined audio systems before. I suppose I’m a bit biased against them, but for no good reason. Audiophile purist snobbery perhaps? Maybe my issues hearken back to my youth, when brick and mortar department stores like Montgomery Ward or J.… Read the full article

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An interview with Naim Audio's Steve Sells

By | January 18th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

This interview accompanied our review of the ND 555 Network Player, which appeared in issue #1-2019 of Audio Esoterica magazine. The review can be read online by clicking here, and this interview should be read in the context of the review.

Steve Sells, Naim Audio’s
Technical Director of Electronics

An interview with Naim Audio’s Steve Sells

Steve Sells is Naim’s Technical Director of Electronics, overseeing the development of Naim’s electronics, including the already-legendary Statement amplifier, and the company’s new network players, We asked him to clarify some of our questions about the ND 555 network player.… Read the full article

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Command Performance AV; Focal, Naim, EAT – CAF 2018

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Focal

This was by far my favourite budget system of Capital Audiofest 2018. If you consider it’s a complete system which includes Focal and Naim and clocks in at just a hair under $18K, if you don’t count in the component rack and audio cables.

When so much of the audio show can be a rattling cage full of systems with most individual components costing $20K alone, to see a more down to earth budgeted system at a show, is more than a breath of fresh air.Read the full article

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Naim Adds AirPlay 2 and Siri to its Music Systems

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Naim Audio has announced a software update that adds Apple AirPlay 2 multiroom streaming and Siri voice control to its award-winning Mu-so and Uniti wireless music systems.
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Naim Mu-so Goes Gold

By | September 2nd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Naim Audio’s award-winning Mu-so wireless speaker is now available in a ‘Special Edition’ champagne finish.

Naim Audio’s Group Design Director, Simon Matthews, said: ‘Champagne finishing has been selected as it ideally represents both a celebration of the continuing success of the Mu-so family but also because it delivers a unique appearance that oozes sophistication and exclusivity. It offers a highly desirable and unique aesthetic that will appeal to those music lovers who do not settle for second best when it comes to luxury in the home.’

The Naim Mu-so has six internal amplifiers that drive a speaker array comprised of two elliptical bass drivers, two circular midrange drivers and two soft-dome tweeters, all of which are front-firing.… Read the full article

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Naim Uniti Nova

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Naim Uniti Nova

Although Naim has been making audio gear since 1973, it is not your typical stodgy old-school hi-fi firm. Instead, it is one of those fleet-footed audio manufacturers whose products have continued to evolve over the years. Sure, it still makes separate preamps and power amplifiers as well as DACs (how quaint), but Naim’s latest components are one-box units far less demanding of room acreage. The Uniti Nova ($7495) is Naim’s highest-priced and most feature-laden single-box audio system. Add loudspeakers, and your stereo is almost complete.… Read the full article

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Naim ND 555 Network Player has North American debut at invite-only event

By | July 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

While I’m unsure how many CD enthusiasts have lobbied Naim for the return of the CD 555, the company knows a great-looking design when they make one and have kept those iconic CD 555 lines for their latest 500-series product: the ND 555 Network Player, which was previewed back in April overseas along with the NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 players.

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