I began this review discussing selling a lot of Naits 30 years hence. The sound of Naim has changed since then. Those who want a time machine instead of an amplifier prefer that more characterful, chummy sound, but that sound may have been well suited to the loudspeakers and music of 30 or 40 years ago. The XS 3 is perfect for someone who might also want to listen to music recorded after 1986… and some of that music is really quite good too!
The reason why I used to sell so many Naits 30 years ago was down to one big thing; it sounded damn good. Thirty years on, the core concepts have not changed: the Nait was a damn good amplifier then, and the Naim Audio Nait XS 3 is a damn good amplifier now. If we’ve come full circle, that seems like it’s a good thing… although sadly I’m not holding out for Nirvana reforming any time soon.
Inputs: MM phono (via RCA only), 4× line level (4× RCA and 3× DIN), 1× AV/tape loop (DIN only), power amp in (DIN only)
Powered Accessory socket: +24V for Naim phono amplifier
Phono specification: 47k parallel 470pF input impedance, suitable for 5mV MM cartridges
Line inputs: 130mV sensitivity, 47k input impedance, suitable for 2V
Power output: 70W per channel into 8Ω, 100W per channel into 4Ω
Headphone output: 6.35mm jack, Class A headphone amplifier
Features: Class A headphone amplification, Alps Blue Velvet volume control, reed relay input selection, ceramic insulators for the power transistors, galvanically isolated microprocessor control section, microphonic-isolating PCB mounts
Dimensions (H×W×D): 70 × 432 × 314 mm
Manufactured by: Naim Audio Ltd
Tel: +44(0)1722 426600