Naim updates its network players with enhanced functionality

Uncategorised By Jun 29, 2015

Includes Bluetooth (aptX), DSD, BBC HLS playback and improved multiroom capabilities.

Monday 29th June 2015. From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility.

Naim also releases Firmware Version 4.3 today, enabling DSD playback for existing owners of Naim streaming products equipped with their highest spec SHARC DSP hardware (ND5 XS, NDX, NDS, SuperUniti, NAC-N 272).

The flagship NDS network player gets multiroom capability for the first time and all players now support the higher resolution BBC Radio HLS format, can use Spotify Connect in multiroom mode and benefit from a host of minor bug fixes.


The new firmware is free to download from the Naim website below:

Owners can find exactly how version 4.3 will affect their Naim streaming product by referring to the update table below: 

Product DSD 64 Compatibility Multiroom & Party Mode Spotify Connect Multiroom BBC HLS format support
NDS Yes Yes Yes Yes
NDX Yes Current spec Yes Yes
ND5 XS Yes Current spec Yes Yes
NAC-N 272 Current spec Current spec Yes Yes
NAC-N 172 XS Not SHARC DSP Current spec Yes Yes
SuperUniti Yes Current spec Yes Yes
NaimUniti 2* Not SHARC DSP Current spec Yes Yes
UnitiLite Not SHARC DSP Current spec Yes Yes
UnitiQute 2* Not SHARC DSP Current spec Yes Yes

*Original NaimUniti and UnitiQute owners are compatible but will only benefit from the new features (HLS BBC Radio support, Spotify Connect multiroom) if they are 24bit/192kHz capable.

New products which gain the Bluetooth (aptX) functionality will attract small price increases, reflecting the increased costs of the new hardware. Bluetooth (aptX) will only feature on new products and is not available as an upgrade.