The Naim CDX2 is a CD player but this isn't just any old CD player. My husband is really into Naim hi-fi equipment and bought all of his collection before we met, it's a good job he did as even though I really like them I don't think I could ever justify the £3000 price tag, just for a CD player, ok it's got amazing sound and is the best on the market, apparently, but still I think that's silly money to spend on a CD player, oh well.
Firstly I will tell you what it looks like and how to use it and then I will quote an article to tell you about the technical details because it does have a lot of technical information which is what makes it such a high priced item but one that really does outperform the competition.
The Naim is a good looking CD player, it's sleek and compact and more importantly fits in with the rest of the Naim products we having, giving our hi-fi case a really good look to it. The thing I like about it is that it does not look out of place in a family home like ours but is still very modern looking and would look just as good in a high end electronics store too. The CD player is a long black rectangular box with just a few buttons and space for the CD.
The CD section is really quite different to any other one I have used before. Instead of posting the CD into a slot or simply loading it into the top, on this CD player you have a drawer which pulls out and then there is a magnet which sits in the middle of the CD holding the CD into place. My husband always tells me that when we are not using a CD in the machine we should always take it out which I duly do so as not to break it in any way. The CD loader is on the left hand side of the machine. Apparently, according to an article I read, this is, "A suspended transport and low mass magnetic clamping system that ensures that the disc spins accurately and silently, unhindered by mechanical resonance." I do find that CD's play really well in this machine and you never have it where the CD skips or does anything like that which is nice.
On the right hand side there are simply 4 buttons that you press in order to work the CD. These are prev, next, stop and play so it's actually really simple to work this CD which I really like. There is a digital green display next to this which shows you which track number you are on. I find this handy as when I want to skip to a specific track I know which one I am one.
There is also a remote control that comes with this machine but I actually don't use it that often as its just so simple to use without it. The sound that comes out of the machine is absolutely amazing. The music is extremely crisp and the sound is really bright. I especially like listening to CD's with a lot of instrumental parts in it as you can really hear the instruments well and it really enhances the sound in my opinion.
Now onto the technical details that I have quoted from the website as most of it means nothing to me but will do to technical folk who are interested in purchasing one of these machines;
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. It is a stand-alone, mains powered machine, which may also be used with the XPS ultra low noise power supply, providing a substantial improvement in sound quality.
The addition of anti-vibration, resonance-controlling feet complement the elegant new cast and extruded anti-magnetic chassis to protect the sensitive internal components from resonance and microphonic vibration. Additionally, the internal shielding has been improved bringing about further upgraded performance and lower noise.
We recently had to have our machine fixed because the CD was not loading when we put it in the machine. This is after about 8 years of almost daily use so I think it has lasted well. We needed to send it off to Naim and they had it about 6 weeks in total and it costs about £250 to fix, eek you say but its as good as new now and hopefully will last for quite a few more years yet.