Naim Label – New Website, New Name, New URL

New Website, New Name, New URL

The Naim Label has a new website, a new name – Naim Label – and a new URL –

The new site is designed to be easy to navigate and to deliver the triple whammy of more information, simple CD purchase and of course downloads at everything from high quality MP3 (320kbps) to 24Bit 96kHz encodes of the original True Stereo analog recording s. If Ken Christianson recorded the music so Ken oversaw the Analog to Digital conversation.

100+ CDs available for purchase
30+ Hi-Res 24/96 or 24/88.2 downloads available
Hi-Res downloads increasing weekly
No up sampling for specmanship
Music from the Naim Label and its imprints: Naim Jazz, Naim Classical and Naim Edge
Downloads available in WAV, FLAC and 320k MP3 formats
Real music with audiophile quality recording.
Downloads also available in standard CD format for backwards compatibility
Full artwork and cover art downloadable

Sons of Kemet nominated for MOBO

Naim Jazz is pleased to announce that Sons of Kemet have been nominated for Best Jazz Act in the 18th annual MOBO Awards to be held at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 19 October.

With the release of their debut album ‘Burn’ on 9 September Sons of Kemet cemented the fierce reputation they had garnered through their incendiary live performances. Led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings with Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums, these four mighty creative forces have yielded music that is powerful, lyrical and, above all, fiercely original. Seldom have a band on the British jazz scene created such a buzz before releasing an album, but through their live shows – and on-air support from the likes of Gilles Peterson on 6music, Jamie Cullum on Radio 2 and even John Kennedy on XFM – Sons of Kemet did just that.
Although born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados and it was back there that he turned for inspiration, with two artists in particular making their mark on him – Count Ossie and Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks. However, it’s partly the deployment of two drummers that gives Sons of Kemet their compelling and infectious sound. Skinner and Rochford’s visceral exchange of rhythmic ideas is an unforgettable, highly danceable experience. Throw into this one of the great wild cards of contemporary British music, Oren Marshall on tuba, and you have a wonderfully unorthodox configuration. A configuration that The Guardian described in a recent 4 star live review as “visceral as a rock group, as serenely sensual as a ska band, as rootsy as a percussion choir and as instrumentally hip as a post-bop outfit”.

Vote for Sons of Kemet now:

The 18th annual MOBO Awards will take place on 19 October 2013 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Watch the new Czlowiek Kamera (Fever Ray, Sigor Ros, Half Moon Run) directed promo video for ‘Inner Babylon’ here.

Sons of Kemet support Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana: Mehliana at the Barbican on 21st November 2013 as part of the London Jazz Festival.

For further information, or interviews please contact Siân Williams at Riotsquad Publicity on 020 7223 7441 or email


HiRes DVD/CD Pack

The Naim Label has launched two multi-pack CDs with Data DVD including high resolution – 24 Bit 88.2kHz – copies of the original masters.

24 Bit 88.2kHz can deliver, assuming you have the right playback equipment, a sound quality far in excess of the standard CD.

Naim Label launches first Super Hi Definition download

Some 14 years after the original recording was released as a Naim Label CD, Meet Me In London by world-renowned guitarist Antonio Forcione and sublime singer Sabina Sciubba is being reborn, but this time as a super hi definition download.

The 24bit/192kHz download represents a major investment for Naim Label. This isn’t a quick ‘digitise the master and bung it out’ release. Meet Me In London (192kHz Super Hi Definition Edition) is a back to the 24 track, remix and remaster by the experienced hands of Tony Platt at Strongroom Studios with final mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering in Hampstead London.

As Antonio Forcione says “Remixing Meet Me in London was a very rewarding experience. Listening back to it now is like observing a starry night through a very powerful telescopic lens – suddenly you see things you didn’t realise were there in the first place … Amazing!!”
The label’s investment matches the investment of its parent company Naim Audio that has recently updated its network players and all-in-one streaming products to 24bit/192kHz capability.

Meet Me In London (192kHz Super Hi Definition Edition) can be downloaded from: ‪

One lucky downloader will win a Naim ND5 XS 24bit/192kHz capable network player. Closing date 31st March 2012. This new player has already received five stars reviews from What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision the UK’s top selling specialist hi-fi magazine and an award from Hi-Fi Choice magazine.

The Process

The original album was recorded on 24-track Ampex tape in analogue and without any Dolby noise reduction at September Sound in Twickenham. To ensure the ultimate quality of transfer for this project, Naim engaged the services of legendary producer Tony Platt, whose CV reads like a who’s who in music: Bob Marley, AC/DC and Gary Moore, Buddy Guy, Soweto Kinch and Foreigner to name but a few. The playback of the analogue masters and capturing as 24bit digital WAV files was being undertaken at Strongroom Studios in London. Strongroom is part of the Air Studios group and is one of the finest studios available with world-class engineering and facilities. Artists such as Dido, David Gray, James Taylor, Kaiser Chiefs and Snow Patrol have all recorded there.

Fortunately, the master tapes were found to be in good condition and did not require any oven baking to consolidate the oxide layer – a problem that can plague old masters.

The process of capturing the digital WAV files in 24bit resolution at 192kHz in Pro-Tools began by playing the original masters on a Studer A800 MKII analogue tape machine. The A800 is universally regarded as one of the most faithful and accurate 2-inch reel-to-reel tape machines ever built.

The playback feed from the Studer, carefully aligned to the original tapes using the test tones recorded at the time, was routed into a Digidesign analogue to digital converter and monitored via the Digidesign D-Control ES mixing console. This state-of-the-art console is fully integrated with Pro-Tools HD, enabling control of the recording to be undertaken either via the console or from within Pro-Tools itself. The captured 24bit/192kHz WAV sound files were saved to hard disk.

The next step of the process was to convert the digital files back into analogue to enable them to be mixed on a Neve analogue mixing console. Why not just use the original analogue master on the Neve and avoid all the A-D and D-A conversion? Given their 14-year age it was considered that the tapes wouldn’t have survived the repeated playback required during mixing. Making a duplicate analogue master and mixing from that would have introduced additional tape noise, which would have been obvious on 24bit/192kHz playback. Alternatively mixing on the Digidesign console entirely in the digital domain would have meant using certain plug-ins that only operate at 16 or 24bit/44.1 or 48kHz and would have necessitated down-conversion of the digital signal. None of these other options were considered desirable from a sound quality point of view.

The Neve was chosen for mixing because of its superb sound quality. The Apogee Symphony A-D was used post mix to convert back to digital as it interfaces directly with Pro-Tools HD, sounds fabulous and Tony didn’t want to feed the audio back through the same convertor twice.

Mastering again presented questions in whether to convert to analogue to apply final eq and limiting or to stay within digital but with a smaller choice of tools. Listening tests determined that staying in digital was the obvious choice – a decision made easier by the availability of the excellent Sonnox plug-ins that are capable of supporting 24bit/192kHz. The plug-ins were used to add slight touches of eq and gentle limiting to maximise the overall musical presentation.

Tony Platt when asked about the process replied, “I was absolutely delighted to be asked to oversee this remixing project for several reasons. Most notably because I have been a fan of Antonio’s playing for some time but also because the chance to open the subtle nuances of such wonderful music with a high resolution remix doesn’t come along every day!

Normally, in my role of producer and engineer, I am trying to record and mix music to sound good through the worst possible playback situation so I had to re-adjust my perspective slightly without letting myself becoming so carried away with the process that I lost sight of the album as a musical work. This was occasionally difficult because the world of 192kHz is relatively uncharted and the technical challenges kept us very much on our toes.

However, I think we have stayed true to the original whilst releasing aspects of the performances that were hitherto not so clear and accessible. I find this version to be extremely listenable because the space and perspective this format allows enables the listener to really enter the room with the musicians.”

About the original recording

Naim Label guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione was touring Europe, when he chanced upon the stunning tone and control of twenty-something Sabina Sciubba at an after-show celebration in Hamburg. Upon his return to the UK, he made a beeline for Naim Audio with a spur-of-the-moment idea to take this amazing young lady into the studio. Antonio and Sabina exchanged demo tapes and song ideas until in the autumn of 1997, the two met at September Sound Studio in Twickenham to record an album of popular reinterpretations and originals. The resultant LP, Meet Me In London, became Naim’s most successful album to-date and is to this day cherished by audiophiles and music lovers the world over.

What is hi definition and super hi definition audio?

There is no specific standard of hi definition audio. We have all become accustomed to CD quality audio, which is 16bit/44.1kHz, so any audio with a sample rate of above 48kHz or a bit-depth greater than 16bit can be referred to as hi definition. At the Naim Label we describe hi definition audio as being between 24bit/44.1kHz and 24bit/96kHz. Above that we describe downloads as Super hi definition.

What are the benefits of hi definition?

The very simple answer is higher sound quality. As the sample rate increases then so does the maximum frequency of a waveform that can be reproduced. The musical notes in themselves may not extend to the (theoretical) 22kHz maximum of even CD reproduction, but the harmonics of notes that give music its ‘feel’ do – and well beyond too!

Is it a case of the larger the numbers the better the quality with regards to bit-depth and sample rate?

As the bit-depth (16bit to 24bit) of an uncompressed audio file increases then the potential dynamic range of the recorded signal increases too – this is the difference between the loudest and quietest sounds that can be recorded. With a 16bit source then the recordable dynamic range is 96dB whereas with a 24bit source then the dynamic range is 144dB. It is possible that the full dynamic range of a 24bit recording would not be usable due to physical limitations of the hardware in either the recording or playback chains. Similarly, the production and mixing stages of the recording process can (and usually do) involve a pass through a processor called a compressor whose purpose is to increase the level of quiet portions of the music and to reduce the loud bits so that you’re not always adjusting the volume to hear what’s playing at a comfortable level.

What file types are there and which is best?

Uncompressed file formats provide the best sound quality in our experience – so WAV or AIFF.
Lossless formats, such as FLAC and ALAC may mathematically extract to provide the same raw data as their uncompressed brethren. However, they generally require significantly greater processing power to unpack and the trade-off here is generally that the noise floor suffers slightly when playing back; as the hardware has to work harder and this creates additional electronic noise and interference. However, the differences are small – some people can’t hear them – so don’t worry if your favourite music arrives as a FLAC file.
Lossy compressed files such as AAC and MP3 should generally be avoided where sound quality is important but may be useful for portable or car use. 320kbps is a very good compromise between file size and sound quality for mobile use.


NAIT XS Integrated AmplifierNAIT XS Integrated Amplifier

New performance-upgradeable NAIT joins the family

Its development project name was the NAIT Speed, reflecting its objective – Performance, Performance and more Performance. The XS delivers 60 watts per channel into eight ohms and 90 watts per channel into four ohms.The NAIT XS shares the elegant non-resonant non-magnetic chassis and bodywork of the NAIT 5i, but the overall design is derived from the engine of the SUPERNAIT.

THE NAIT XS shares a heritage of 25 years of award-winning market-influencing Naim NAITs (Naim Amplifier InTegrated). The NAITs are amplifiers that have led the world in delivering music to enthusiasts, students, vice-presidents and indeed anyone with a passion for music.The space within the slim-line case has been fully utilised optimising the signal path. Components that like space are given it. Overall the circuitry – the minimum switching and relays are, for example, like a sports car stripped back to essentials for the track – delivers a performance that’s exciting and full on.The performance of the NAIT XS hasn’t just been achieved by simplifying the signal path; it includes some true innovations. This design is the first to use Naim’s newly developed bayonet PCB mounting technique that delivers a consistent board ‘float’; reducing microphonic effects. The heat sink is castellated to enable maximum cooling for reliability, maximum dynamics and to reduce capacitance effects from potentially longer PCB tracks.

Key Features

• Series 5 Aluminium chassis and sleeve with zinc die-cast front panel.
• Upgradeable with FlatCap, HiCap or SuperCap power supplies
• 6 line inputs: 4 x RCA/DIN, 1 x RCA/3.5mm jack, 1 x powered input for phono stage
• Auto switching 3.5mm stereo jack socket for iPod/MP3 player input on the front panel
• Aux 2 power for phono stage
• 60WPC into 8 ohm or 90WPC into 4 ohm
• 380VA toroidal transformer
• 5 separate secondary windings: 2 x L&R power, 1 x pre, 1 x display, 1 x relay switching
• AV unity gain option (AV bypass switchable)
• Full bandwidth stereo subwoofer output
• Preamp similar to SUPERNAIT
• Can be split to use as a preamplifier or power amplifier
• Remote control for volume and input selection
• Programmable Auto Input Switching (AIS)
• Compatible with a wide choice of cables and speakers


On demonstration for the first time at the Bristol Sound and Vision show February 20-22, and on sale from April 2009, the NaimUniti – the more music box – will deliver the customary Naim sound quality and emotional connection to music to a new generation of customers as well as existing ones.
Naim developed the NaimUniti in recognition of a growing demand for integrated solutions. Sophisticated consumers are becoming used to converging audio sources but can be reluctant to compromise on quality. Now they don’t have to.
The NaimUniti is the first all-in-one audio player to offer so many sources: CD, FM/DAB, Internet Radio, MP3/iPod, Digital Audio Music Streams and USB: making it the most music box.

NaimUniti‘s Internet Radio player takes Internet Radio (iRadio) seriously, it’s not the afterthought that internet radio so often appears to be. It offers the listener a wealth of musical options, thousands of stations – narrowcasting at its finest – now easily accessible from a Hi-Fi component and available in Naim-quality sound.

Also key is NaimUniti‘s digital audio music streaming capabilities. NaimUniti can wirelessly stream music stored on UPnPTM networked devices, providing access to even more music.

With its onboard DAC, NaimUniti becomes the ultimate audio source hub, able to interface with digital audio sources, such as computers and gaming consoles and the latest TVs.

NaimUniti has a front panel USB port for playback of music stored on USB memory sticks and suitable mp3 players. NaimUniti will take over control, and display content stored on most mp3 players connected via its front panel USB port.

NaimUniti‘s CD swing drawer and transport suspension are as used on the award-winning CDX2, as is the magnetic disc clamp; a low inertia, resonance-controlling device that ensures both rigid coupling and mild damping without adding to the task of the drive servo mechanism by increasing rotational inertia. This allows the Philips’ sourced VAM1202/12 transport to deliver a performance considerably in advance of what it could if used in a conventional tray mechanism. NaimUniti is the first Naim player to utilise the new, more rigid, beam-strength mounting of the swing drawer on the front panel supported by the base.

NaimUniti includes a FM/DAB tuner for those stations that have yet to move to dual- or triple-casting. Tuner presets are transparent to source. Preset one for example can be FM, DAB or Internet Radio.

The optional n-Link, Naim’s custom designed iPod connector, cable allows the NaimUniti user to connect and charge their iPod through the NaimUniti‘s dedicated rear panel iPod input. Connecting an iPod to NaimUniti via the n-Link also enables iPod control and display of music content via the NaimUniti front panel.

Also known as Naim Uniti

Feature summary

A complete audio system – just add speakers

The most music in one place ever

True Naim source component performance

Simple, logical and easy to use

More radio than ever FM, DAB and iRadio

Connect to your iPod using Naim’s n-Link

NaimUniti is a standalone product, although it can be upgraded by the addition of a separate power amp.

Firmware upgradeable

NaimUniti has a simple user interface

NaimUniti has Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity

NaimUniti is a uPnP enabled digital audio music stream player

NaimUniti has an on-board DAC with 5 digital inputs

Naim non-resonant non-magnetic case

OLED display for high contrast

Remote control

Bass management for use with sub-sat systems

Large toroidal transformer 330VA with 6 secondary windings

Product quick summary

Imagine a Naim CD5i and NAIT 5i in one quality Naim chassis with Internet Radio, uPnP Music Streaming, FM, DAB, MP3 and USB stick connectivity together with iPod control connectivity and charging and you have NaimUniti in one.


Audio Outputs:

Speaker output,

Line output (L+R RCA)

Sub output (2 Mono outputs via RCA),

Pre-amp output (DIN)
Tape Output Fixed: 275mV, 600Ω
Preamp Output load: 10kΩ to ∞
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 50 kHz

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 80dB
Phase response on CD: Linear phase, absolute phase correct
Power Output: 50WPC into 8Ω 90WPC into 4Ω
Other Outputs: Headphone 3.5mm jack

Antenna inputs: F type
Analogue inputs: 3.5mm socket on front,


1*DIN with power to support Stageline phono stage
Digital Inputs: 5 SPDIF (2*optical, 2*coaxial, 1*3.5mm jack
Input overload: 27 dB (Rear panel connections) (Front panel: 33.8 dB)
Input sensitivity: Rear: 275mV at 22kΩ, Front 125mV at 10kΩ
USB: Front panel socket
Other Inputs: Ethernet and iPod (analogue)

Remote input: Rear panel
RS232: Rear panel
Audio files supported: Internet radio (WMA, MP3 Streams, MMS)

Playlists (M3U, PLS)
MP3, AAC (up to 320 kbps, CBR/VBR),

Apple Lossless (from iPod)
Windows Media-formatted content (up to 320 kbps)

CD formats disc compatibility: Redbook and CD-R

Supply Voltage: 100-120V or 220V to 240V, 50/60 Hz

Dimensions (H x W x D): 87 x 432 x 314mm
Weight: 11.3kg
Shipping weight: 14kg
Shipping Dimensions (H x W x D): 240 x 590 x 500mm

Finish: Black

iRadio Service provider: Full vTuner service 5«««««
Naim R&D, when asked, suggested the following Internet Radio stations


Location/Europe/Ireland/Celtic/LiveIreland1 – nice music, rubbish metadata!

Location/Europe/France/All/1onAir Connect – inoffensive ‘pop music’ I often have in the background

Location/Europe/United Kingdom/Classical/Classic FM – clue’s in the name!

Location/Europe/United Kingdom/Electronica/1 Mix Radio Trance – clue’s in the name!


Location/Oceania/Australia/Triple M – Low bit rate general local aussie radio


BBC Radio3 World routes and Jazz library podcasts

BBC Radio4 Farming today podcast (ooo arrr)

Location/Europe/Netherlands/Electronica/The jungle train

Location/Europe/Denmark/Electronica/DR Electronica

Location/Europe/Denmark/Jazz/DR Jazz

in fact, All the Denmark/DR stations are pretty darned good

Location/Europe/France/Radio Campus Toulouse

Location/Europe/France/Radio Pikan (low bitrate dodgy island music from the indian ocean!)

Location/Internet only/Electronica/Soma

Location/Internet only/Reggae/BIGUPRADIO


Location/Europe/France/FranceInter – the station that helps in times of homesickness

CD555 and Hi-Line Images

Here are some hi-res images of the CD555 and Hi-Line. Click on the thumbnail to open then. Please note that on a slow connection they might take a while to open as they are roughly 5mb each.

Naim’s Summer Sound

Experience the New Ovator S-600 loudspeaker and the New Naim DAC at Naim’s Summer Sounds Roadshow

June 1st 2009 Naim today announced the dates for their Summer Sounds roadshow.

Planned to take place in 33 Naim retailers in the UK, the Summer Sounds events will feature demonstrations of the new Naim Ovator S-600 loudspeaker that launched, and received so much interest, at the recent Munich High-End Show.

Naim will also be demonstrating the new Naim DAC that will launch in September.

Naim personnel from sales, marketing and R&D as well as participating retailer staff will be on hand to answer questions and play some excellent music. Also expect a glass of wine or two and maybe some cheesy nibbles.

For many this will be the first opportunity to listen to the S-600 the world’s first high-end loudspeaker to use Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) technology and to learn about the innovations in the new Naim DAC.

More info

BMR Overview

The use of a technology like BMR until now has only been seen in low-end AV speakers, even though technically it delivers two huge advantages. There is no crossover point right in the middle of the frequencies where the ear is most sensitive – the voice band .The Naim BMR covers six octaves from the mid bass to beyond the hearing of even a young child. The directivity, or dispersion as it is perhaps better known, is far more even with frequency, thus ‘driving’ a room more naturally and giving a far wider ‘sweet-spot’. Conventional loudspeaker designs deliver a very unnatural power response in comparison to live voices or instruments.

Development of a Naim BMR drive unit to deliver this level of performance is not a trivial undertaking as perhaps the three years of development time indicates. The combination of mathematical analysis, computer simulations and empirical analysis, combined with countless iterations of the drive unit with minute changes are hugely resource consuming as well as requiring a massive investment in personnel and advance measurement and modelling equipment.

More information:

S-600 Press Release:


Naim launches SuperLine – the high-end Phono amplifier

Naim celebrates 50 years of vinyl standards.

Naim, the UK’s leading high-end hi-fi manufacturer, will deliver the first SuperLine high-end phono amplifiers in March 2008, 50 years after the RIAA in the USA set the standard for the modern stereo vinyl LP.

The design goal for SuperLine was to extract the ultimate musical presentation and maximum possible detail from vinyl records.

SuperLine, Naim’s reference active phono stage includes a three-stage phono engine for optimum results with moving coil cartridges. It delivers true RIAA equalisation accurate to 0.1dB.

The SuperLine requires an external power supply – either from the (Aux2) power supply output of a Naim preamplifier or the SuperNait integrated amplifier or, for optimum performance, a dedicated HiCap or SuperCap.

Paralleled phono and BNC sockets provide input versatility. Cartridge impedance matching adjustment is provided by four resistive and three capacitive load plugs. In combination with the SuperLine’s internal input load, twenty different standard load combinations are possible as standard.

Key points

BNC and WBT nextgen RCA inputs
Ultra low-noise
Sub-sonic suspension for electronics: using a spring mounted 4.4kg brass sub chassis
Paralleled DIN connectors for adjustable (R & C) cartridge load optimisation
Powered by Aux input of preamp or SuperNait, HiCap or SuperCap
Burndy connector for SuperCap power: uses 13 supplies from SuperCap
25 internal regulated very low-noise supplies
Three-Stage Phono Engine – Single-ended Class A
Passive single-pole low-pass filtering
Fixed Gain
Floating rear panel – mounted to floating sub chassis
New five-transistor quiet room for thermal stability
Low microphony mechanical design
Low eddy current aluminium case and chassis

Cartridge compatibility 100uV to 500uV
Gain 64dB @ 1kHz
Signal to Noise 82dB ref 500uV input, 0ohms Z (A-weighted)
Distortion <0.005% (500uV @1kHz)
Frequency response 10Hz to >200kHz –3dB
RIAA accuracy + 10Hz HPF +/-0.1dB (20Hz to 20kHz)
Crosstalk >80dB (20Hz to 20kHz)
Max output 7.5VRMS (21Vpkpk)
Input overload 5mVrms (1kHz)
Weight 7.7kg
Loading 10k, 500R, 220R, 100R (resistive)
1nF, 2nF, 6nF, 11nF (capacitive)


NaimUniti Updates to Hi-Res

24 February 2010. Salisbury. Naim Audio today confirmed that they have released a significant update for the award-winning NaimUniti.

The key upgrade is the support for 24Bit/96kHz (and 24/88.2) playback of .wav and .flac files including fixed point 24 and 32bit files as well as 32bit floating point variants. Playback of files with a sampling rate above 48kHz is not suggested if using a wireless connection – it may work well, but performance cannot be certain.

The update will be distributed to Naim retailers by a download this week. All the NaimUniti units shipped in February have included the latest code. This shows as Version 2.00.00 when checking the NaimUniti status screen.

Naim strongly suggests that NaimUniti owners return their units to their Naim retailer for update. The update requires a part RS232 and part browser connection and takes around 20 minutes to complete once set up. NaimUniti owners should contact their retailer to make an appointment for the update.
Radio presets now function regardless of input selected; a feature requested by NaimUniti owners.

The update also includes minor updates to improve performance and consistency of performance together with Unicode support giving greater support to Chinese and Cyrillic character sets. This can be a significant benefit when listening to some more obscure internet radio stations.