I’ve just been checking out the latest What Hifi? awards results for 2023, and I see that it’s been another very successful year for Naim - in fact pretty much a carbon copy of last year;
Best wireless speaker over £500 - Mu-So Qb 2nd Gen
Best stereo amplifier £1,500-3,000 - NAIT XS3
Best music streamer over £1,500 - ND5 XS2
Best hi-fi system over £1,500 - Uniti Atom
Notably, for yet another year they are all repeat winners - the Atom for the seventh year in a row!
Well done everybody at Naim!
Friends in high places no doubt
I’ve read a few reviews on the ND5XS2/XS3 combination and it gets excellent results
With a suitable pair of speakers one can achieve a great sounding system for reasonable money
Yes hats off to Naim
It’s also good to see Arcam very much back in the fray with their CD5 (now, where have I heard that naim before??), A5 and A15 all picking up awards.
ND5XS2 is sublime at this price point
Agreed, it’s the only Naim unit I have left now.
Here’s hoping the XS series stays around as the roll out of new products continues. I guess the issue with ND5XS2/Nait XS3 is that it competes with the Nova on price and performance(???)
Nice to see Naims lower end gear getting the credit it deserves.
Agreed. And perhaps beyond.
Tidal MQA isn’t supported?
Naim’s software head posted this a while back about Naim’s position on MQA.
Correct. Based on TIDAL had adopted the tech, we investigated in detail on getting it into the Naim platform. Tech wise not a problem as all our products contain a high powered DSP, but we more held off for business reasons. Primarily:
the business model of MQA Ltd. made no financial sense. Their business would need to sell about 1.5million licences a year to break even, and about 4 million licences to make a worthy profit. Unless they get adoption from a major comp…
From what I’ve heard, the ND5XS2 is the sweet spot in the entire Naim range. Fabulous SQ at a sane price.
Arcam used to make some cracking equipment. I had an Alpha 5 CD player in the 90’s and upgraded it several times. Lovely bit of kit. Then ditched it for a Meridian 508.
Same here. Ultimately I found the 508 a bit boring.
I also remember it ate cd’s if improperly placed in the tray. The person I eventually sold it on to found one hidden in the carcass and kindly sent it back to me.
Atom winner since 2016….congrats Naim. But how long to a new successor