There’s been a lot of speculation recently about the impending release of the 300 series ‘into the wild’ as it were, so it got me thinking about what else might be coming. Now let me be clear, this is pure speculation on my part (hence the thread title), I have absolutely no connection to Naim and no definite information about anything new that is due!
However, I can’t help thinking about the possibilities, so here’s how I think it could go:
100 series (£2.5-3k per item)
Thinking maybe a streamer to replace the ND5 XS2 (NSS111?) and and integrated amplifier (NSAN1xx?) for this series, plus a power supply to replace the Flatcap/HiCap type products (NPX100?). As signalled by the NPX300, I think we may have seen the last of specific PSUs for sources and pre-amps, and that all future power supplies here will be capable of powering numerous items across different ranges.
I would like to think that this series may also be a shoebox design as signalled by the NPX TT (HiCap replacement too?)
One other thought was that the Atom HE could be rebadged as 100series and they could introduce a power amp in the same format. Might be interesting
200 series (£4-6k per item)
Obviously we already have the NSC222 and NC250, but I could maybe see space for a dedicated pre-amp here (NAC221?). I did wonder about a power supply too, but I have discounted that in my mind as it would have logically been released with the NSC222 and NC250 instead of the NPX300, but you never know. Finally, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see a SN3 replacement in this series, price wise I think it would fit (NAN2xx?)
300 series(£5-12k per ‘item’)
We know about the NSS333, NAC332, NPX300 and NAP350 amps, plus the NVC331 phono stage. I think there is an outside chance that the 300 series would see a ‘Super’ integrated amp, but I’m not personally sure it will happen tbh, despite the fact that I know a few of you would like it to happen.
500 series (£20-35k per item maybe?)
I refuse to believe that this won’t happen at some point! It would make sense to keep everything on brand, but the possibilities are interesting. Maybe a separate Streaming Transport (NST555?) and DAC (NDD5xx?) would be interesting, I’ve long thought that separating the two technologies is a good idea.
Presume we’ll also see a Pre-amp (NAC55x?) and power amp or amps (big pair of beasty Monos would be awesome!)
Again, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see an NPX500 too!
Statement (£ I don’t even wanna know!)
Introduction of a streamer maybe, otherwise not sure here as it pretty much lead the way design wise.
Anyway, as I said, it’s all just my own personal thoughts, but I thought it might be interesting to see what you all thought too!