kevin J Carden posted:
Rear panel ND5 XS2, the new entry level standalone streamer.
No power supply upgrade (there is no XP5 XS anyway anymore...), no screen.. There's your ND5 si! Wondering about the price-tag of this.
Looking at the range separation at the Naim website, we have 4 categories: All-in-one system (muso), All-in-one player (Uniti), Integrated Player (si+XS) and Marque separates. It becomes obvious that now that the Uniti is good enough, some rationalization is due in the "Integrated" range, with SI+XS merged at the "XS" brand, without DR and without power supply upgrade possibilities. In a similar way, -X and -S sources are merged into an -X "classic" level and 500 series becomes the new king. So it seems that the price (and performance?) gap for each upgrade step will become larger.
Let's see what the future brings!