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.
Owners can find exactly how version 4.3 will affect their Naim streaming product by referring to the website. New products which gain the Bluetooth (aptX) functionality will attract the new prices approximately £100 higher than previous, reflecting the increased costs of the new hardware. Bluetooth (aptX) will only feature on new products and is not available as an upgrade.