|Naim CD5 XS CD Player Review|
|Home Theater Audio Sources CD Players|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Wednesday, 31 March 2010|
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I know that many are saying the death knell for Redbook only disc players has been soundly struck. However, I may be in the minority who disagree. Recent releases by a variety of artists have reached into the millions, and the major labels have abandoned high resolution physical media like SACD and DVD-A. There are some, such as myself, that have a rather large collection of standard compact discs, and have no plan to discard them. Hence, a high quality Redbook player still has a market in my opinion. Naim has an outstanding reputation for digital, even while ignoring SACD, with their players enjoying quite a following. But even Naim has seen the need to look towards the future, with their DAC and HDX hard disk player recently hitting the market.
One item that should be addressed is that along with the rest of the XS updates, is the Flatcap XS, but I have it on very good word that the update is strictly cosmetic, so the brushed aluminum faceplate matches the other components is the series. The circuitry is identical, and so is the connectivity. The Flatcap series can also drive additional components as well.
I want to be clear that the Naim does not attempt to divert from the overall fundamental character of the previous player, they just built on its strengths. Naim offers a five year warranty on their disc players as well, which is on the generous side of things. For those readers who are in the market for a Redbook only player just over three grand (MSRP: $3150), with the ability to upgrade via the Flatcap external power supply, I seriously recommend an audition of the Naim CD5 XS.
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