Naim Audio CDX2

CDX2

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CDX2

A classic, redefined.

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Designed well, a product should have many years of useful life.

The original Naim Audio CDX debuted in 1999, and the revised CDX2 shares plenty of design DNA with its predecessor.

Its radial arc disc tray is classic Naim Audio.

It is different from the motorised assemblies used by other players, but undoubtedly better, with superior isolation and resistance to resonance.

In its latest incarnation, the CDX2 has incorporated some useful new enhancements, including a switchable digital output and extra low-noise clock regulation.

After all, being able to do something well shouldn’t stop you from trying to do it better.

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Features CDX2

Suspended transport with low-mass magnetic clamping

mechanism to resist resonance

Anti-vibration resonance-controlled feet plus cast and

extruded anti-magnetic chassis to further counter vibration

Fully double-regulated power supply with 20 low-noise,

regulated voltages on the main circuit board, plus separate

supplies on the servo control and display boards

User-selectable DIN and RCA analogue outputs, plus digital output (only functions when analogue outputs are disabled)

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Technology & Craft

Integrity and stability of the signals read by the laser were prime design considerations for the CDX2’s development.

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A suspended transport and low mass magnetic clamping system ensure that the disc spins accurately and silently, unhindered by mechanical resonance.

The mass of the custom-made glass reinforced front-loading drawer mechanism has been carefully calculated to optimise rigidity and isolation.

Additionally, the internal shielding has been improved bringing about further upgraded performance and lower noise.

Paths between critical components are as short as possible to preserve delicate signals and each stage of the circuitry is powered by a separate regulated supply.

The CDX2 has a fully double-regulated power supply with 20 low-noise, regulated power supplies on the main circuit board, plus a separate supply on the servo control board and another on the display board.

The CDX2 is easily upgradable via the XPS or the 555PS ultra low noise power supplies to provide a substantial improvement in sound quality.

All main control functions are handled by a microprocessor running Naim Audio-written software.

Every aspect of the servo controller/decoder functionality is under software control

Naim Audio-written codes allow maximised performance in all areas.

For example, the transport parameters are optimised for each disc as it is loaded.

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Specification CDX2

Audio Outputs

Analogue DIN, RCA

 

Line Outputs Fixed (level) 2.1V RMS at 1kHz

 

Output Impedance 10Ω (max.)

 

Load Impedance 10kΩ (min.)

 

Frequency Response 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
 

THD + N

<0.1%, 10Hz -18kHz at full level
 

De-emphasis

±0.1dB referred to main response
 

Digital Outputs (type)

S/PDIF, 75Ω BNC

Connectivity

 

Remote Control

Infra Red (RC5)
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated/unmodulated)
 

RS232

Optional (DE9 female)

Formats

 

CD Formats

Red Book
 

Disc Compatability

CD, CD-R

User Control

 

Front Panel

Four button matrix
 

Handheld

Remote handset

Power

 

Power Supply Options

XPS, 555 PS

Upgrades

 

Power Supply

XPS, 555 PS
Other DAC

 

Physical

 

Dimensions (HxWxD)

87 x 432 x 314 mm
 

Weight

10.8 kg
 

Supplied with

NARCOM-4 Remote Control, Standard Interconnect, Mains Lead
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Brand

Naim Audio

Naim Audio

Their story begins with one man’s passion for music and weaves its way through four decades and a raft of iconic product launches to the present day.

Naim Audio founder Julian Vereker MBE (1945-2000) was a racing car driver, entrepreneur and self-taught engineer with a deep passion for music.

Spending his spare time listening to and recording his friends playing live in the 1960s, Julian found that playback on his system at home fell woefully short of the experience he craved.

Not content with second best he decided to design his own amplifiers and loudspeakers, ignoring accepted wisdom and focusing on aspects of performance that made music burst to life.

These first designs laid the foundations for a range of iconic and award-winning hi-fi products that would reach well into the next century.

1972 A first start at Capital Radio

Julian won a contract to supply then start-up radio station, Capital Radio, with audio equipment.

The successful design was a compact version of an early Naim Audio power amplifier combined with speaker drive units in one cabinet – the NAM 502

1973 Naim Audio Officially Founded

Following the success of Capital Radio, Naim Audio was officially incorporated in 1973 with Julian Vereker and his co-founder Shirley Clarke as directors. Based in a shop in the centre of Salisbury, our first HQ had both manufacturing and demonstration facilities.

1973 The NAP 200 Power Amplifier

Naim Audio’s first consumer product for home use was launched in the year of our founding: the NAP 200 power amplifier. Originally designed in 1971, its descendant’s power amplifiers differ greatly technologically but still aim for the same performance goals of pace, rhythm and timing

1974 The NAC 12 Preamplifier

With a network of dedicated independent retailers now on board in the UK, the NAC 12, our first production preamplifier, was launched.

1980 Classic Advertising

As Naim Audio grew in popularity through the 70s and early 80s, the team decided to grab the attention of the press and public with a series of tongue-in-cheek adverts. They reflected the confident, often unorthodox nature of our approach to music playback and have become iconic in their own right.

1983 NAIT Integrated Amplifier

Naim Audio’s first integrated amplifier the NAIT introduced. This iconic little integrated amp sounded quite unlike any other integrated of its day and set a trend for so-called ‘super integrateds

1985 The Queen’s Award

Naim Audio is recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for the first time in 1985. We would go on to repeat this achievement a further two times in the 21st century, winning for Export in 2010 and for Innovation in digital music streaming in 2014.

1991 The CDS CD Player

Like so many Naim Audio products, the design of our first CD player, the CDS, flew in the face of conventional wisdom. Its Two-box configuration gave the power supply its own separate enclosure and the CD clamp used a rare earth magnet to keep its mass low whilst still firmly holding the disc without vibration

2000 NAP 500 Power Amplifier

The year 2000 marked a step change in Naim Audio history. After several years in development, the new flagship Naim Audio NAP 500 power amplifier was born and with it the new industrial design aesthetic that would redefine Naim Audio for the 21st century. Its music-making ability would only be bettered by the arrival of Statement in 2014.

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