Apologies if this is documented somewhere, but I was wondering if anyone knows how the Naming of the ranges came to be? It seems a bit idiosyncratic:
SI → XS → Classic → 500 → Statement
And there’s the Uniti range, which I didn’t include as I’m not 100% sure where it fits, between SI and XS ? Parallel to XS?
I guess “Uniti”, “Classic” and “Statement” follow some sort of theme, but why suddenly 500 in the middle? They didn’t use the model nr. elsewhere really. Classic contains 100, 200 & 300. (Where’s 400 BTW?)
And what do SI and XS stand for / how do they fit in?
Si is Naim’s entry-level separates range. It derived from being ‘i’ - which I believe (don’t quote me) came from integrated, then Si - you can find the CD5si and Nait 5si in the range.
XS is the next level up in the Naim separates category - I believe the XS stands for ‘extra slim’, as these are in more slimline cabinets.
The whole Naim range - as Richard points out - has grown very organically, with products having very long lifespans. We’re always keen to honour our heritage, too, so many model numbers/terms are re-used and adapted.
If extra slim is the, well, slim ones, you could then have Regular for the classics, Large for the 500 series and Extra Large of the Statement. Then just scrap the i series because it’s covered by the Unitis anyway and would spoil the naming convention. You read it here first.
So we have:
I like the product names sticking to a traditional theme, but I think there’s room on aligning the names of the ranges. Either continue the “vaguely amusing” names after XS, or the more conservative naming below Classic. Any the 500 doesn’t match either, any idea why it didn’t get a name like all others?
Can anyone tell me what Marque Separates means on the Naim Products webpage? I have never understood this as to me Marque means the make of something so Marque Separates means that the separates are branded as Naim.
Marquee Separates would make more sense to me as that could be superlative or headlining according to an online dictionary I looked at.