Naim Nait 5i-2
Brand: Naim Audio
RRP: $1599

The most recent NAIT 5i is the latest iteration of Naim's fabled entry-level amplifier bringing enhanced performance and usability over its highly regarded predecessor. The most noticeable change is perhaps the addition of a convenient iPod/MP3 player input on its front panel.

The NAIT 5i naturally forms a wholly synergistic partner for the CD5i CD player. Together they provide the perfect and most cost-effective introduction to Naim system ownership.

There's a long Naim tradition of the NAIT Integrated Amplifier punching above its weight. It began with the original NAIT in 1983 and continues now with the NAIT 5i. Although the recently introduced SUPERNAIT represents the current state-of the-art for integrated designs, the NAIT 5i remains a superb and cost-effective introduction to the Naim sound for those who don't require the advanced features and capabilities of the SUPERNAIT.

The NAIT 5i delivers 50 Watts into real loudspeaker loads, each Watt with the legendary Naim rhythmic drive and musical integrity. Entry level it may be, but the music it makes is detailed, engaging and recognisably Naim. It borrows many of the latest Naim amplifier innovations to become one of the finest sounding integrated amplifiers ever to carry the logo.

Versatility is vital for an entry level amplifier. The NAIT 5i makes integration with existing systems easy by incorporating phono socket inputs alongside the traditional DIN sockets, and offers the possibility of use with a wide range of speaker cable types. Integration with audio visual systems is handled through a programmable "unity gain" input. The 5i is intuitive in use, too, making it a true plug and play product.

The 5i's construction and aesthetic borrow directly from the acclaimed 5 Series. It features zinc die-casting, combined with aluminium extrusions and covers, which together result in a rigid case that offers great immunity to the effects of external vibration.

The NAIT 5i establishes a new entry-level reference point for natural musical reproduction, flexibility and reliability.