Used NAIM CD Player Recommendation

I have a NAIM NAIT 5i amplifier and Rega RS5 speakers. My old NAD CD player has finally given up the ghost. I’m interested to know which used NAIM CD player you would recommend ?

I’ve been looking at the Naim CD5 series but am getting a bit lost regarding the different models.

The CD5i would be the most obvious match for the NAIT 5i. Secondhand ones are fairly easily available. Several very respected UK Naim dealers have a nice line in s/h offerings.

When you say ‘the different models’, if you mean the various CD5xxx ones, from the end user’s point of view, there’s nothing terribly significant to choose between a CD5i, a CD5i or a CD5si: functionality, looks and even price are all fairly similar. Just be aware that the CD5i (with the i in italics) is often called a CD5i-2, or even a CD5i Mk2) since just changing the font of a single letter in a component’s name is not the most helpful thing Naim could have done when naming their upgraded versions. Who’d have thought Naim wouldn’t be very good at naming things, eh? (I’m here all week).

Once you’re talking about other Naim CD players, there are significant differences, but those players would, arguably, not match as well with a NAIT 5i.



CD5i is a great partner with the Nait 5i, as you might expect. I would probably look for a an italic i over the original as it’s a good deal more refined, or even an iS. Otherwise, moving up the range there’s the original CD5, which can also be upgraded with a Flatcap power supply. I’m very fond of this player, although its getting in years and stocks of the VAM1205 mech may not be available from Naim for much longer. And then there’s the CD5x, which is a big jump up in sophistication, uses the Burr Brown PCM1704K DAC chipset and PMD200 HDCD filter. The mech is the VAM1202 so spares are still good.


And what could be the choice on a NAC202 NAP200 combination?

How about a CDX2…?


With a NAC202 + NAP200, you would likely be best partnering a CDX2 or even a CDS3.

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@BigJim I can easily recommend the CD5XS if you wanted to take it up a notch from the 5i range. I’ve been very happy with mine.


Thanks I will look out for these options.

CD5X is so nice, I’m keeping mine for the sad day when my CD2 mech dies (it may outlast me, lol)…or I finally get round to a definitive shootout/clear winner between them…as ever when I plan a comparison, this may take awhile!

Please try this:

Agree. CD5XS has a digital output, so you can add a nDAC to take it to a high level if funds allow. But it’s a fine standalone player.