Naim's audio experts have been working on the concept of a music storage device capable of audiophile-quality replay for some years. It was only when we were satisfied that we could deliver true Naim performance from hard disk, that we felt happy to introduce such a product bearing the Naim logo. Our uncompromising standards and adherence to Naim's legendary engineering principles, once again, ensured we delivered a music player that was going to stand up to the exacting standards of our audiophile customers.
HDX has been developed to combine the convenience of a digital music device with the performance of a true Naim source component. As with all Naim products, the HDX's award-winning performance results from achieving the optimum balance of electronic and mechanical engineering.
Audiophile playback electronics: HDX playback begins with a unique Naim-designed, multiple power supply PCI interface that feeds the audio data to the digital-to-analogue conversion stage. The HDX's playback electronics borrow heavily from the established Naim practices that produce the world's finest sounding CD players. They incorporate multi-regulated power supplies, Burr-Brown digital-to-analogue converters, ultra-low jitter re-clocking, seven pole analogue output filtering, and every last thing we know about maximizing musical sound quality. Even an optional external XPS or 555 PS power supply can be connected for even greater musical performance.
Simple and bit-perfect CD ripping
Ripping CDs with an HDX could not be simpler. Open the CD drawer, insert the CD and in a few minutes you have a bit-perfect copy. You can make bit-perfect rips of around 1200 CDs to the HDX and low cost overflow storage for up to 20,000 albums can be fully supported on your home network. A solid-state drive variant, the HDX-SSD, is available for those who wish to opt out of internal storage, preferring to rip to network-attached storage only. The technology of ripping is anything but simple, however. To achieve its bit-perfect copy of the CD data the HDX employs some of the most advanced data reading and error analysis algorithms ever deployed in the pursuit of sound quality. They are unique to Naim, too.
Your music collection is automatically catalogued and in one place
Browsing your music collection with HDX is a breeze. No more peering at shelves of jewel cases and promising that they'll be in alphabetical order one day. Each CD ripped by the HDX is automatically catalogued through enquiry to an on-line database and its data added to the internal library.
Simplified music search and selection
Searching for music is not limited to albums and tracks. Want to search by composer, performer, artist, or orchestra? Go ahead. Can't remember the name of the Chris Squire album you ripped that Mel Collins played sax on? The Naim Extended Music database, with the power of AMG at its heart will find it for you. Remember the smallest detail and all your music is there at the touch of a screen. And by the way, the Chris Squire album was Fish Out Of Water.
Controllable from your PC
With an HDX connected to a home network you don't have to be in the same room to browse your music library. The Naim Desktop Client is a Windows PC application that can control your HDX, browse its music files and handle player setup and maintenance easily and intuitively.
A choice of user interfaces
The HDX incorporates a front panel touch screen that offers all the control you'll need. But perhaps you fancy controlling the HDX from the listening position? Well, connect a small display screen, or even your television, and you can operate the HDX with its remote handset. Or perhaps you want to run the HDX wirelessly from your laptop? Easy; use either the Desktop Client application or a web browser. There's a USB touch-screen option too. You can also use an iPhone or iPod Touch.
IP-enabled for multi-room replay
As well as a stand-alone hard-disk music player, the HDX can be used as a music server that can provide up to six different streams of music simultaneously over a home network. Install an HDX and you've installed the heart of a multi-room audio system too. To find out more about Naim's multi-room system NaimNet, visit www.naimnet.com.
Design features overview
- Independent and separately grounded multi-regulated power supplies for analogue and digital stages.
- Burr-Brown PCM1791A digital to analogue converter
- Naim-designed PCI audio and drivers with ultra-low jitter clocks
- A seven-pole analogue output filtering using Burr Brown OPA604 op amps
- Custom designed monolithic air core transformer isolated analogue output stages
- Separate toroidal transformer and linear power supply for audio circuits Electrical isolation of data lines and clocks
- Ultra low noise triple-regulated power supplies
- Naim reference non-magnetic, low-resonance low microphony case