Smart move on NAIM's part. I can't believe the that even the 5si will be around long. It's hard to justify a CD player at those price points when they are both blown away by using a Uniti Core into a good DAC. Linn decided this some years back too, I just can't see who would part with that kind of money for a standalone CDP at those prices when there is just so little upside to it.
Isn't the CD5xs also now discontinued?
Yes, when will the CD5si bite the dust? Probably if/when those mechanisms get scarce.
Smart or not, everyone has different tastes. I don't see much the point to use a turntable these days. Very incovenient use, very variable press quality (scratches, warped records etc.) I still collect vinyl btw.
Somewhat excessive, perhaps?
Since the CDX2 has been, by some margin, Naim's longest running CD player ever, it is not surprising that there is a problem with keeping adequate stock of high quality parts. Still I, for one, will be very sad to see it go. For me it was the CD player that really made CDs sing. Other CD players were either too harsh or too dull. The CDX2 got it just right both for rock and classical music. As far as I can tell it may be the last Naim component to really have the drive and vitality (aka PRAT) that I loved when I first came to Naim over twenty five years ago. Since then it has seemed to me that the typical Naim sound has got more balanced, more sophisticated or as one dealer said to me "more mature". But for sheer drive, excitement and emotion you have to go back to the old olive components or listen to the CDX2.
Long may Naim keep maintaining all the old CDX2s with all those parts which are not being made into new CDX2s.
But for sheer drive, excitement and emotion you have to go back to the old olive components...
Seems like a fair assessment, I'd say.
At the moment i'm considering a couple of of 2nd hand options or possibly i' ll place an order for a new one.
Here we are,
A mint condition '09 unit just landed at my work premises
Finally at home