Hi, my name is Glen.
I am picking up my first piece of Naim hardware today!!
A CD5i CD player.
Would love your opinions are my decision to go with this player.
For years I have been using an OPPO BDP105 Universal player.
It is now 13 years old.
No complaints but my thoughts were it is a Jack of all trades machine and master of none.
I always thought something was lacking when playing redbook CDs which most of my discs are.
I have it mated up with a Moon 240i amp and Monitor Audio Silver 300 Series speakers.
So I decided because of its age I would sell it and my dedicated SACD and blu ray audio discs and purchase a good CD player.
After some researching I was drawn to Naim.
With the money I got from the sale of my OPPO and my discs, I had enough to by the Naim CD5i.
Thanks for any opinions on the decision I made.
Hi, my name is Glen.
Good choice and welcome to the forum.
I’m very fond of mine, it replaced my Linn Magik CD which packed in last November.
From a cosmetic point of view it sits well above my 202 preamp, I have a Stageline perched on top.
Typical Naim dynamic sound which some people may find too ‘forward’
I don’t however.
My first Naim component was a CD5 around 20 years ago.
It’s a long journey, with many different paths. Enjoy.
Just enjoy it Glen, it’s the very best CD player Naim make currently and has given many people years of enjoyment.
Welcome to the Naim madhouse Glen. Just to warn you that some folks around here will try and persuade you to dump all of your CDs and start streaming Personally I have a CD5XS and would not part with it even if you gave me a streamer for free.
Hi gkella, and welcome. I’ve the same cd player and I’m very glad: enjoi it!
I hope your CD5i makes you as happy as mine did several years ago!
Please respect and abide by forum rules. No soliciting other members for wants/sales. Thanks.
I love my physical media.
Streaming is not an option.
Welcome to Naim and indeed Naim CD Players! I started with a CD5 then added a Flatcap2, then Hi Cap before moving to a CDS3 XPS then XPS DR and finally CDPS555 which I am blown away with. I had the CD5 for about 15 years, never faulted and always loved the same compared to other players of a similar price, never clinical and very musical, the Naim sound. Always love the manual pull door, just adds to the experience, enjoy. Before I forget, if this player comes with a magnetic puck, make sure you do not leave in the player on its base when not in use.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the CD5i. I’ve never heard one but heard lots of good things about it. Enjoy!
I have spent a total of six hours with it so far.
I am very pleased to say the least.
I have been trying out different genres of music on it.
Great separation of instruments and a depth to the music, almost three dimensional.
Very strong in the mid range.
Bass and treble are far from extreme.
Congrats!!! I saw your both videos now . Enjoy your new music making machine.
Always wondered about this: I tend to put the puck to one side rather than in situ - but I don’t know if there’s any/no harm in leaving it in place sans disk.
So far I have left a disc in place with the puck.
Mostly because I would know where it was…lol
Maybe I should take it out to be safe…
I’ve really no idea, (tend not to leave CD’s in after playing) so I err on the cautious side.
Talking of CD players - I must bring my CD2 out of hibernation again, to see if I can finally decide between that and the 5X!
Welcome to boogie land. Great choice.
It’s not that long ago that I dipped my toes tentatively into the Naim world. I used to have a Linn Karik, which I loved. The CD5Si was to go along with the Naim ND5XS2 streamer. They make a really good pair. Like everyone else here, great choice and welcome.