ND5 XS2 vs - AURALiC Altair G1(1.1)

Sorry you felt that this was a political bias, rather than a socioeconomic one.
As someone who’s family comes from Asia and has good reason to have strong political views, I have always striven to live outside of that kind of thinking.
Please believe me when I say, my views are from ethical/socioeconomic roots. I fully accept the political implications of these views, but am
striving to maintain a purely apolitical viewpoint.
Going back to the original purpose of my thread, I am genuinely looking for a streaming solution that suits me. If that turns out to be Auralic then that will be the choice.


Absolutely understand.
Going back to the streaming solutions - having had the ND5XS2 and the Altair G1, I must say if I were to make a choice now, I would actually go for the Atom HE and admit I love its sound signature and would prefer it hands down personally, but have not tried with active speakers…

How would this connect alongside my NAC202🤔

You could look at the Rose units. Well reviewed and South Korean.

yes, not sure you can on the Atom HE without duplicating the preamp section?

Yeah, I’m looking for a Standalone Streamer without any amplification elements.
The Rose unit suggested by @Neilb1906 is also sadly quite a jump above the budget of £2.5k🫤

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Okay, here’s a bit of a development.
My new Dynaudio Evoke 50’s and my Naim Fraim have arrived with my dealer.
He’s coming out to put the whole system together for me on Saturday 1st October and he’s bringing their demo ND5 XS2 with him😊

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Nice work QuickSticks. FWIW, I’ve owned a Altair G1 for a year. A very good piece with a nice app. Altough Roon also works on both streamers. Anyway, I bought a NDX2 and my dealer sold the G1 before the NDX2 arrived. In the time between the two he lend me his ND5XS2. Since delivery took some time I had it for several months. I must say that the difference is that the G1 is more technical, the ND5XS2 is warmer. But I liked the both a lot. So I don’t think you can go wrong with either. The thing that’s great for the ND5XS is the automation between the streamer and the 202. You can adjust the volume in the naim-app. A big plus.

Well enough said, have fun with the demo!