I have these 2 together but, it seems they are discontinued? Have not kept up with new products evolution for a while. Out of curiosity how will the CD5XS + DAC combo go down in NAIM history?
Does it really matter? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
They won’t just go down, ever.
The dac made Naim history when it came out. After Eons holding the torch that digital was best done by separating such like with its power supply - when they caught up with the rest of the world - the world was flabbergasted. Naim flipped that flat earth proper.
CD5XS and nDAC make for a good combination.
What will lift it to another level is a PSU on your nDAC - it does make a signifciant difference.
Is it the XPS which would do justice to the DAC ? I have a bit of a problem in my head spending more on a PS than the cost of the component it will feed
Having tried it, I would suggest looking for a 2nd hand 555PS (non-DR). This is what I needed up with.
In which case consider a discontinued XP5XS.
I demmed one as a supply on my one time CDX2 against an XPS. The XP5XS offered about 4/5 of the performance of the latter for relatively little cost.
I ran CD5XS/nDAC as my front end for several years (admittedly with XPSDR) and thoroughly enjoyed it. For my tastes in music, even without a PS, I preferred the combo to the CDX2 and was not alone in this.
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