ND555

After the new Uniti launch experience I can understand Naim's hesitance over new product launches and I think after the unfortunate leak the other side of the pond Trevor's response is spot on.

Shame we are not going to hear the ND 555 at Bristol, if I understand correctly. But I am glad the Classic/500 series look will continue going forward. 

Eloise posted:
Ravenswood10 posted:

Second the green light! Now where did I leave that green marker pen for my Core?

I wonder if Naim will build a Core in a “classic” case.  I think they’re going to have to...

I doubt it. The Core doesn't look out of place with a Classic system, with a similar chunky brick-like look.

French Rooster posted:

i wonder if it is a sort of nds2 or real 500 series streamer. The nds will remain normally because it is a classic serie level and the nd555 a 500 serie level(?).  f i understood well.

Why is it any different than when there was CD555 and CDS?  The NDS was the last of the stand alone streamers to be launched (iirc) so wouldn’t make sense it was the first to be replaced, a “higher” ND555 which then provides “trickle down” to the Mk2 versions of NDX, ND5XS and then NDS makes logical sense,

French Rooster posted:

i wonder if it is a sort of nds2 or real 500 series streamer. The nds will remain normally because it is a classic serie level and the nd555 a 500 serie level(?).  f i understood well.

It’s the equivalent of the CD555, not a replacement for the NDS. It even has the brushed 500 series case. It would seem logical that replacements for the NDS and NDX, using the new streaming platform, will then follow. 

The original 555PS was designed for the CD555. Later came the NDS and it was built on the same foundation naim already had (555PS).
I, somehow, couldn't find the NDS to be an interesting piece of gear, it bored me from the moment I pushed the start button and 
I never understood the fascination with it (Martin Colloms ranked it 300 points, where the CD555 is only 89).
The NDS does not sound any better than a naim CD player (CDS2/CDS3/CD555). Not even close to them IMHO.
The CDS2 for example is much more engaging and has more drive, rhythm, pace, weight of instruments, soundstage, focus -
which leads me to find an interest with the music.
The NDS is too polite, in a non-naim way, which leads me to listen for a little while and then lost interest.
Naim understood this, and here comes the new streamer, which I hope will fight the old CD players (finally).
Although I doubt - I was starting to think that there is something with the CD transport/laser mechanism that makes it so special sounding - so good.

BP.

So glad it will still match the other classic items we save up for and buy over a long period of time. The screen looks nice but not so sure about the buttons up the right hand side. Whatever, none of that is more important than how it sounds.

Thanks Trevor. Very cleverly well assumed. Thank you Salisbury for carrying the Classic and 500 Series looks a few more years. Now you really have to let us know the main attributes of the beast. Don’t let us hung up like this too long.

Is the ND 555 going to be to the NDS what the CD555 was to the CDS3? Is it really going to be The Last Dinosaur or The Nothing?

Chag -

Piotr1 posted:

Is it power button on front panel?

Does that mean internal power supply in ND555?

We can only wish, maybe my SMPS wish.  On the Uniti's that same button is for Power Standby,  interesting to find out how that'll work with a separate PSU.   

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