I have an 82, 2 x 135 system and have had various CD players from Naim including CD5Si, CDS2 and CDS3. I have sold them all and bought a CDS2 again, which needs a power supply. Tbf I picked it up at a very reasonable price. I have an NDS and 555PS and could have gone down CD transport route. However I love the sound of the CDS2 which sounds like vinyl. I would say it sounds like an old LP12. Love it.
A more neutral sounding Audiolab CDT maybe better financially but I love the Olive character.
And I was looking at the new Audiolab CDT and Cyrus CDT as contenders.
I completely agree on the CDS2 being a delight and reminiscent at the margin of a high-spec LP12. Mind you, when my mech finally dies, I will probably get an Audiolab (like others here have done) or just rip to a Core.
Thanks Bevo. I’ve sunk a chunk of money into my rig so, up to a point, I’d prefer to stick with Naim gear and I’d like to buy the best that I can afford so your recommendation of the CD5XS is valuable, especially as you value it so highly
Hi @Biggsy Another recommendation of the CD5XS from me, at least if you want a CD transport. I used it with nDAC/XPS as my main source for several years and very good it was, too. It was my first Naim purchase and is still in the rack.
Another happy CD5XS owner here @Biggsy. Reckon I might have to ask your advice on streamer boxes to add to my set in another ten years or so. I’m the cautious type and I want to see if it catches on first.
Seriously, I hope it works out, whichever player you choose.