D Player 5 XS / Flatcap XS

The differences of brand new CD 5 X are 5 XS to the previous CD only in small details. But they dramatically affect.

  1. Naim CD Player 5 XS / Flatcap XS
  2. stereoplay knowledge: clean power
  3. Data sheet

Unlike at the fundamental new designs by Naim (such as network player HDX, test 10/08) it’s the XS series “only” developments of proven X models. But already the amplifier NAIT XS turned out to be blockbusters (2/09). Now, we can feel the player CD 5 XS on the tooth. Bring more compared with the previous 5 X 150 euro (3/05, 2200 euros) real sound profit?
With the swing drawer, his green backlit logo and matching display, the newcomer has a unequivocally as a Naim player. That stems the front panel over the CD, 5 X more solid and more finely polished looking only at second glance.
The tuning is visible on the back: A BNC digital output with 75 Ohm standard fair offers the CD data external transformers or recorders. However the user must live with a compromise: the operation software activates either the digital or the analog outputs, not both together. Naim developers argue that the analog signal is noisy when activated digital output.

As usual, however: in addition to RCA audio outputs for amplifiers any manufacturer there DIN jacks for playing partner of the same brand. According to Naim, a still finer sound results from the DIN wiring due to the better connection. During the test the RCA outputs were but because of comparability.

A short plug to the Jack labeled “Upgrade” the testers appeared promising as the difference between DIN or RCA. The plug wired to the internal power supply of the analog Board. Alternatively an external power plant such as the Flatcap XS for 950 euros feeds) the analog section. We were curious to see how it would affect the hearing test.

The developers gave the player themselves mechanically and electrically front man. They fixed the rotation and pivot the CD drawer more stable with a swivel mounted inside the front panel. The motion included in the charge was given an extra filtering. In addition, they stabilized the voltage for the laser. Four – instead of previously two-layer boards minimize inductive single wandering gene and optimize the signal routing. The clock generator got a still fault poorer environment.

The finishing touch was paid in the listening test: the CD 5 XS made the music so to speak not splash, but flow with a sovereign matter of course. The newcomer as a better alternative to some deliberate and cautious-sounding players is offered with the ELAN, the playfulness of the heights, the quick start and the deep bass.

And this included also the previous CD 5 X. When r.e.m. the song “loosing my religion” agreed to 5 XS was the guitar the CD fresh scene and deepened the bass fundament. While not overly pressed the S-class player on the pace or faked bass volume. He honed and more elegant, dealt with the music more manoeuvrable and powerful. It also confirmed smoother sounds. The piece “Paris in A day,” intoned the American songwriter Ellis Paul 5 XS the CD offered more openness and more intense tones.

However, the predecessor was minimal Sreeram and colorless. With the Turbo power supply Flatcap XS, however the version X 2 sound points put to: now the light curtain, the hint of toughness been wiped away was – the X was more colorful, more radiant and still more fluid as the XS. But the Flatcap XS now also helped the Sonic delights. When Gustav “The Planets” as Holst he traced glorious panorama rich the imaginary clan elders in our solar system, the stage plumbed wider and deeper.

The Linn Majik CD (6/06) connected to the comparison then countered with something Easier-to-handle how to play, had 5 XS, the better overall estimated the testers but not quite the force and the stable image of CD burning from the external power supply. So arose the question whether this ends up CDS 3 power supply XPS 2 (11/03) in the region of 63 points possibly in addition to its three times more expensive stable companions? The CDS 3 chose the comparison more details and more direct arrival although with a pinch of but so scarce that the tester awarded the same score and a highlight the newbie!

A central theme is the power for all devices for music playback. The problem with CD players: The power consumption is changed permanently by leaps and bounds. So that the read speed of the data is constant, must the engine be altered constantly.
In addition, that the laser has two stages are tracked: rough on the carriage, fine on optics. She takes care of piek-clean data selection. This, she must focus for scratched CDs or plates with a treble blow between 200 and 500 times per second. It’s briefly high currents flow. A weak power supply goes into the knee and modulates the output stages.
Many manufacturers incorporate two transformers in your player and provide digital and analog boards separately. Naim opts for mechanically separate power supplies, because come the transformers with their litter boxes in the enclosure. A brilliant move: only the analog Board benefited from the external supply, the internal power supply feeds the mechanics and the digital electronics continue to. The new Flatcap comes up parallel to the player for the preamp section of the NAIT XS. Then the internal amplifier power supply is dedicated to only the power amplifiers.
Naim audio CD 5 XS + Flatcap XS

Manufacturer Naim audio
Price €3300.00
Rating 63.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 43,0 x 7.0 x 30.0 cm
Weight 6.6 kg
Remote control / Adaptive nabaasa
Outputs unbalanced / symm. / No
Digital output TosLink / ST / coaxial / XLR No / No
Display CD / SACD text No
capable of reading CD-R / CD-RW /
Volume control No
Headphone output / adjustable nabaasa
Random track selection
HDCD playback
Measured values
Error correction information layer CD
Error correction surface CD
Power consumption standby / operating
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good-87 points
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 10 / 09