This is an amplifier that, when launched, set the cat amongst the pigeons.
The Nait XS3 is a substantial step forward from the Nait 5si. More scale, resolution and refinement. Terrific midrange transparency too. This is the first amp in the range that can be upgraded with the Flatcap or HiCap power supplies, something worth bearing in mind for the future. But really, there is no rush.
NAIT XS 3 offers much of the performance of our reference quality SUPERNAIT 3 in a simpler, slimmer package combining a 70W power amplifier with five analogue inputs plus a phonostage. Its high performance preamplifier stage is as transparent as you would expect from a Naim Audio amplifier, and it also shares the single-ended class-A headphone output of its larger sibling.
With Naim’s typical obsessive attention to detail – all in service of achieving the most authentic musical performance – the NAIT XS 3 also benefits from the following features:
• Alps Blue Velvet volume control
• Reed relay input selection
• Ceramic insulators for the power transisitors
• Galvanically isolated microprocessor control section
• Microphonic-isolating PCB mounts