Naim Audio CD5si CD player

Pure Audio CD player
High-end mechanics
Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC
Naim Audio Narcom 5 remote control
Made in UK

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Manufacturer : NAIM AUDIO

1 990,00 €

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The Naim Audio CD5si CD player continues the lineage of Naim's renowned CD players dating back to the 1990s with models like the CD3 and CD3.5. It replaces the well-known CD5i, introducing several technical improvements aimed at delivering enhanced performance.


True to Naim Audio's tradition, the CD5si features a front panel crafted from textured cast aluminum, exuding a minimalist and sophisticated design. The chassis is made from non-magnetic aluminum.

Located on the right side of the player are basic controls: Play, Stop, Next Track, and Previous Track. Additional functions are accessible exclusively via the provided remote control.

A green LCD display at the center indicates the selected track and time, complemented by 4 small LEDs indicating selection status.

On the right side of the front panel, there's the traditional manually operated disc tray. The tray opens in a circular motion, revealing the mechanism. It's suspended within its housing, completely isolated from the chassis. This design aims to simplify the mechanism for improved reliability by reducing the number of motors, gears, and belts. It also minimizes potential degradation of the audio signal.

The CD is placed directly onto the mechanism and secured with a magnetic clamp, a simple yet highly effective method that adds a touch of sophistication reminiscent of vinyl use, elevating the CD format.


As expected, the rear panel features the traditional 5-pin DIN output.

A Naim Snac5 DIN cable is included with the player. For non-Naim systems, stereo RCA outputs are also provided.

Power is supplied via an IEC cord, allowing for potential upgrades with a high-quality power cable.

One minor drawback is the absence of a digital output.


The Naim Audio CD5si is equipped with a new DAC.

After extensive testing and listening sessions, Naim has selected the Burr Brown PCM 1793 chip. Its processing and environment are closely aligned with those used in the Naim NDX.

The DAC's resolution can reach up to 24-bit/192 kHz, though it is capped here to provide a wide bandwidth (10 Hz to 20 kHz at 0.6dB) with very low noise and distortion levels (< 0.007%).

The CD5si also benefits from a more stable and precise DAC clock, a redesigned analog filter, and an improved optical mechanism. These enhancements were driven by Naim Audio's R&D efforts to enhance reliability, sound quality, and overall audio performance.

Each modification has been rigorously tested and validated over extensive hours of testing and listening.


The Naim Audio CD5si CD player delivers exceptional musical performance.

It embodies all the qualities that have defined Naim's success over the past forty years.

The dynamics are outstanding, coupled with an unprecedented expressiveness and swing within its product range.

The bandwidth is notably wide, offering remarkable depth and punch in the lower spectrum. The soundstage, instrument placement, and openness are particularly impressive, setting it apart from many competitors.

Its tonal quality and natural sound make it versatile across various musical styles.

Undoubtedly, it stands out as Naim's best entry-level CD player to date and arguably one of the best available under 2000 euros.

Paired with a Naim Audio amplifier like the Naim 5si or a competitor's amplifier, it consistently enhances musicality and enthusiasm.

Our top recommendation!


Compatibility: CD, CD-R

DAC: Burr Brown PCM 1793

Resolution: 24/192 k

Frequency response: 10 Hz to 20 kHz at 0.6dB

Output impedance: 10 ohms

Line output level: 2.1 Vrms at 1 kHz

THD: < 0.007% (10 Hz to 20 kHz)

Rca output: 1 x stereo

Din output: 1 x 5-pin

Remote control: IR supplied

Modulation cable: DIN stereo supplied

Dimensions: 432 x 70 x 301 mm

Weight: 8.1 kg

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La musique, somptueuse, et rien d'autre ...

En passant d'un lecteur entrée de gamme d'une autre marque anglaise renommée à ce Naim CD5si je suis entré dans une autre dimension musicale ... Justesse des timbres bien sûr, relief aussi, mais surtout la musique est d'une finesse incroyable, les graves sont amples, les mediums parfaits et jamais agressifs ... Bref c'est somptueux (avec un tout de même en ce qui me concerne un très bel ampli à tubes et de bonnes colonnes B & W bien qu' un peu anciennes). Coté mécanique l'appareil est très rassurant : ensemble lourd avec ce tiroir à CD pivotant manuel qui est surement une très bonne solution pour la fiabilité à long terme; le petit palet presseur aimanté à poser sur le CD pour le stabiliser est très agréable à utiliser, sorte de miniature de son équivalent pour vinyles 33 tours. J'apprécie aussi beaucoup de pouvoir "suspendre" l'affichage digital permanent (bien que vert et moins agressif que le rouge d'autres marques) : dans ce cas le numéro de la plage s'affiche 3 secondes environ puis disparait. Petite chose à signaler en revanche : le mode d'emploi de la télécommande n'est pas assez précis pour comprendre le mode programme si on n'est pas un habitué de la marque et j'ai du me référer à la télécommande plus ancienne Narcom 4 en cherchant sur internet.
En résumé un superbe lecteur donnant à la musique toute sa beauté, avec de plus, à mon sens, un excellent rapport qualité / prix.
Franck B.

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Naim Audio CD5si CD player

Naim Audio CD5si CD player

Pure Audio CD player
High-end mechanics
Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC
Naim Audio Narcom 5 remote control
Made in UK

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