Replacement of Naim ND5 XS Display!

Sent my Naim ND5 XS for replacement of display last week that cost me S$318.55.

The job was carried out by local Naim Audio dealer. Nothing much to comment, just a direct one to one replacement of LED display. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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REVO SuperSignal @ Amazon.co.uk

REVO SuperSignal Deluxe DAB Table Radio (Walnut+Black) @ S$369.13

Expensive, but looks and sound good! Like the Alarm and bluetooth function! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Naim Audio – Mu-so Qb Review!

Mu-so Qb is not my 1st choice of wireless speaker (Network Streaming) set! After searching on the web for something similar to Mu-so (Price on the high side for a “portable” set), found Ruark Audio R2 Mk3. However, unable to find one in Singapore (Some say, AVOne @Adelphi selling) and online only a few (But was put off regarding warranty and credit card issue) are able to ship to Singapore!

So last week try my luck to AVOne @Adelphi, but before asking for it, did a detour to Absolute Sound! Once there, saw Mu-so Qb and ask for pricing and demo! The demo of Mu-so Qb is quite impressive, however, as the price between Mu-so and Mu-so Qb isn’t too great, I ask for a A-B comparison between the two!

Quite surprised what Mu-so Qb can bring out, and Mu-so does not sound nice to me (maybe the music etc). On the light side, Mu-so Qb is really cute too! haha

Anyway, bought the Mu-so Qb yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pro:

  • Small & Cute
  • Sound solid (Quite good on vocal)
  • Top feature is well design
  • Quality Built

Con:

  • Bass abit too heavy for me (Correct placement resolve this problem!)
  • Initial wireless setup is not written in the quick guide manual
  • Placement sensitive & Software adjustment (limited)

So far so good, I think it will be selling well for the mass market! Form factor and Sound are a good demonstration for Non-Naim user. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for comparison with my Hi-fi set, not the same league. But for a secondary set for leisure listening it is very good and it complement the decorย setting too! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Naim’s HiFi System

MY CURRENT HI-FI SYSTEM

My current system are built around Naim Audio. Going through the Naim’s upgrade path for many years (since 1994 – 1st Naim – Nait 3). It has been fun along the upgrades and some misses…

* With my latest purchase of Naim’s XPS Power Supply for ND5 XS, I will not be upgrading my electronic equipments for the foreseeable future (Exclude accessories). I am happy with the current system and will instead save or spend money on other interest! ๐Ÿ™‚

My Hifi upgrade path –

Initial Set up :

Rotel Pre-Power Amp, Rotel Tuner, Celestion 3 Speaker, Nakamichi CD Player

Replacement of Amplifier :

Rotel > Naim Nait 3 > Naim 72/140

Replacement of CD Player :

Nakamichi > Arcam CD 5 > Naim CD 3.5 > Naim CD 5i > Naim CD 5X > Naim ND5 XS

Replacement of Tuner :

Rotel > Arcam Delta 280 (Not Use)

Replacement of Speaker :

Celestion > Mission 760 > Dunlavy SC-1 > Neat Elite SX

Current System:

Amplifier unit : Naim Nac 72 / Naim Nap 140 (12 Apr 97) (Re-capped 29 Sep 09)

Network Player : Naim ND5 XS (18 Feb 2012)

Power Supply : Naim HiCap-2 (14 Jan 2012) (Without new Discrete Regulator)

Power Supply : Naim XPS-2 (7 Mar 2014) (2nd Hand, without new Discrete Regulator)

Speaker unit : Neat Elite SX (26 Jan 2013)

Support : Fraim Lite (22 Nov 2014)

Cables : SNAIC 4, NAC A5, Russ Andrew’s PowerLink Extension (6-ways), Russ Andrew’s Classic PowerKord, Russ Andrew’s Reference PowerKord

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Future Upgrade :

None

Upgrading Naim ND5 XS Firmware 4.1!

Perform self upgrading for Naim ND5 XS Firmware using Apple iMac! Source

However, I misread the Spotify Connect function, I thought I am able to connect to Spotify but only with Spotify Premium! (Today, any Tablet can connect to any Wireless Speaker (Bluetooth) with Spotify. While my few thousands dollar system can’t!!!)

Requirement :

1. iMac

2. USB (Male) to Mini-B Cable

3. Download Mac_OSX_VCP_Driver

4. Download Software Version 4.1 – Mac Update

5. Follow the instruction from “TN-0030 Naim Streaming Products Update – Version 4.1 MAC

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