Naim ND 555 and PS 555 DR

Music servers and computer audio
Naim Audio ND 555/PS 555 DR
Naim ND 555 and PS 555 DR

Whether with music such as this or John Williams’ playful march from 1941, which builds from hushed woodwind to the entire marching band thing complete with thundering drums in the hands of the Dallas Wind Symphony under Jerry Junkin in a glorious concert-hall acoustic [on Reference Recordings], the effect is always the same, As the last note decays into digital silence, the only possible reaction is a release of the breath you didn’t realise you’d been holding, closely followed by a another scurry of swipe and click to find something else to play.

Given the advance the ND 555 represented over the NDS, I wasn’t expecting too much of the ‘twin power’ strategy on the newer player, but Naim has done it again. Just when I thought I was enjoying things as much as I could, it’s sidled up, branded hoodie tightly in place against the Autumnal chill, and hissed ‘Now, do you want to try the really good stuff…?’


Type: Digital Streamer

Frequency Response: -0.025dB @20Hz; -0.07dB @20kHz

Streaming File Formats: WAV – up to 32bits/384kHz
FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/384kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/384kHz
MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16 bit)
DSD – 64 and 128Fs
M4A – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)

Audio Inputs: 2x TOSLink (up to 24bit/96kHz), 1× coax RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs), 1× coax BNC (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs) , AirPlay, Chromecast built-in, Internet Radio, RoonReady, Spotify Connect UPnPTM(hi-res), TIDAL, Qobuz (hi-res); UPnP Server

Audio Outputs: 1× 5-pin DIN, 1x RCA (switchable) 

Dimensions (W×D×H): 432 × 314 × 87mm

Weight: 12.25kg

Price (as reviewed): £27,998

Manufacturer: Naim Audio Ltd


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