Naim NAIT XS Integrated Amplifier

N fans are a critical audience: rejoice a new model is always suspiciously checked whether the developers in the English Salisbury betrayed also Yes none of the old ideals.

  1. Naim NAIT XS integrated amplifier
  2. Data sheet

The NAIT XS follows the ritual inspection of especially long checklist for amplifier: the “banana only” terminals and the DIN inputs are still there? Yes, all there, the former together with customized, CE compliant connectors, the latter even with parallel RCA. So everyone can test what is on the Naim thesis on it, that the DIN connector sound better. Two of the DINs are coupled via link plug – clear case, another important point is checked: the NAIT XS is seperable in pre-and power amplifier and can engage external power supplies to the preamp. What does not mean that the British would have saved power: more than the built-up 380-VA toroidal simply does not fit into the housing. at all of the NAIT XS offers maximum space utilization: as the shoehorn has n fit the circuit of the top amps Supernait (1/08) in the flat body of the 5-series. The separate digital input Board is missing, otherwise the XS heart only in the smaller transformer and the slightly less opulent screening the precursors operating voltage is visible. The data sheet gives an idea still further, not on immediately visible differences. So the Supernait has on the one hand the higher sensitivity, but also the double headroom; also, the preliminary stages outputs at the great are still low-impedance.

XS XL sound

In the listening test was still unmistakably the sound relationship between the two amps, but also the higher degree of refinement of the Supernait: percussion on Vienna Teng “Soon Love Soon” (“waking hour”) sounded more finely modulated in turn and swinging yet delicate and Ms. Teng voice, when the great played. The NAIT XS let go first his brother, more than twice as expensive, was to be expected. Much more difficult, it was the testers to choose between the n and the musical fidelity A 5.5. The musical had a smoother, plumper and tonally mild, sometimes almost too mild: the XS could lead the listener, such as the HD-FLAC Islandsmoen Requiem, deeper in the microcosms under the tonal surface. When the A-5.5 this interface to do so was simply bigger and sealed as with shimmering lacquer. Both polls have their strengths depending on the music. Which are for small to medium services of Naim: here the flat amplifier sounds extremely insightful, sensitive and pleasant, warm way well-balanced. The 60/90 watts of Naim (at 8 and 4 ohms) are not earth-shattering, but still usable until shortly before the onset without the slightest sign of stress: surprisingly, naturally choir voices over the entire dynamic range slide, without, as often, with every step of the dynamics forcierter to work. Especially beautiful this powerful and soulful game on the Tannoy was displayed, which showed more creamy and juicy abundance on the Naim as even on the reference Accuphase definition DC__8 (page 126)

Naim audio NAIT XS

Manufacturer Naim audio
Price €1700.00
Rating 105.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) 43.2 x 7, 0 x
34.0 cm
Weight 8.6 kg
Features
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Muting
Tone controls / switched off /
Loudness
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Connections
Input phono MM / MC Optional Board / optional Board
High level RCA inputs / XLR 5 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 1 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 2
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 93.0 W / 63.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 108.0 W / 71.0 W
Noise line 91.0 dB(A)
Review
Absolutely coherent, moving fine, rich sound, via power supply still improved
No headphone output
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 105
Sound XLR
Facilities well
Operation Very good
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment Reference class 105
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 2 / 09