Naim Nait 5i Integrated Amplifiers

4.89/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $1650.00


Product Description

Integrated amplifier to replace the Nait 5. Rated at 50wpc into 8 ohms, four line-level inputs (CD, Tuner, Tape, A/V), all four of which have RCA sockets and two of which (CD and Tuner) also offer the Naim 5-pin DIN connectors. Amp includes a remote, tape loop, and is fully integrable into a 5-channel surround system.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gino a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2014

Bottom Line:   
This is for the Nait i5 not the Nait i5 -2.. Excellent amp The sound is lot bigger than its watts. . Its a true all rounder with all music. very smooth and detail Look no further if you find one second hand

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Max a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I can but give it 5 stars too.
I have owned a lot of Naim gear, in all-Naim systems (wall socket to loudspeakers), including some mid-level, relatively costly units. This one was bought new, as part exchange for speakers I didn't like; I had read great reviews about it so I was expecting a good return for my money, but I knew I was downgrading in comparison to other systems I have had.

Well, this amp is lovely and amazing. Has guts, subtlety, and definitely belies its spartan looks and features. It's exactly the integrated one should buy when on a relative budget and only criteria are good sound and musical evolvement.
If one has to find a few flaws, bass is not so deep and powerful as other amps', but imaging is great and it retains, in more modern ways, the classic, lively Naim voicing I was so fond of a few years ago.

A great little amp.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kanishka a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Without a doubt, this is "The Best" integrated amplifier at it's price range. I used NAD C372 prior to buy this, which stated Stereophile class B recommended component. With this new amp, the change I am having is 100000 miles apart. Everything is same in my system except the amp and the NAIM speaker cables it use. I am still wondering if Stereophile class B is sounding that inferior to this amp, then what class this amp should get. Because as per Stereophile explanation, sound of Class B and A does not differ much from each other.

This classic amp has few faces initially. Out of the box, it will sound wonderful, vibrant and anyone would love it. Then it goes to a dip with more darker, shrilly presentation but after considerable hours of continuous power-on (or rather burn in), it will relay loosen up and become something out of the world. It will start producing every noun of the music with precise timing, weight and depth. Just music, pure heart pounding music. Unlike typical NAIM products I've heard, I would say this new amp is an all rounder because it plays almost all the music genres with flying colors. I heard almost every high-end brand available to date but the presentation this little amp gives is only comparable to few of mega systems out there. And those I heard through source and speakers that in the same league. But this little one I am running through much inferior my Dali Evidence 470's with a usual house class source nevertheless it is giving a serious challenge to those top of the range systems in terms of the music presentation. It is all music nothing else comes out of this small wonder. With impeccable timing, it is producing music top to bottom with no compromise to the recorded material it plays. You will hear each and every detail recorded with almost life like and natural form.

If you want a world class audio gear for a small budget, make sure that this amp be a part of that system. However, have patience for a while after you hook it up to judge it's sound. Highly recommend to use NAIM speaker cables to get the full potential of this nice little integrated. As well go with NAIM source if possible which will improve sound significantly than with other non-NAIM sources. This is usual with all the NAIM products and I witnessed it many times.

BTW don't get fooled with it's power rating. Anyone will get a pleasant surprise when play it for the first time loud. I am letting you know my experience by comparing it with earlier 150W NAD. NAIM presents power output in totally different way (not technically but the feeling) than every other product out there.

Last warning though, this amp will engage you with music than anything else and will become very addictive piece of equipment where you cannot left it without listening to it, at least few minutes a day even. No exception; I am very very serious about this warning.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nadman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the italic version 2. I replaced an Arcam integrated with the Naim Nait 5i-2 and wasn't really expecting too much difference. I was right except for two major areas. One, the music had more punch and was more dynamic. The first thing I noticed was the bass was stronger and tighter even though the power of the amp was less. Two, it sounded more "live" and less like an amplifier. Drum sections seemed like the drummers were in my living room and voices sounded natural and life-like. It still kept a lot of the good characteristics of the Arcam (detail, non fatiguing, not overly warm) but added what I felt I had been missing... dynamics and involvement in the music.

I've had quite a few integrated amps in the under $2000 but this one is definitely the best and a keeper. Now I understand why there are so many NAIM followers out there. My only gripe would be the lack of pre outs which I would expect at this price.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mfm6 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

Bottom Line:   
This is the 5i "italic" (i.e. version 2) that has the front panel iPod input. The amp has the distinctive and very pleasing Naim "PRatT", or pace, rhythm, and timing, which makes for a very lively and punchy sound. The music remains very natural sounding, but just seems to have more impact than I've heard with other amps. I listen to various genres including jazz, rock, and classical. I find the Nait is especially good at adding excitement (buy not in an unnatural manner) to older CDs and vinyl LPs and radio. For example, before this amp, I would never have listened to certain FM radio shows that featured older 40's big band recordings. I used to find they sounded like a low quanlity AM broadcast. Not so with the Nait, where this music somehow sounds sharper and with lots of clarity and, again, impact.

The sound was definitely improved by switching to Naim's speaker cable--a bigger effect than I've heard with other amps after switching cables. My speakers are rather inefficient at 85 db, and the Nait's 50 watts are plenty.

The remote control, which also controls my (Naim) tuner and CD player, is quite nice. I should like to point out that it has a nice features for fine control of volume: If you double click and hold the up or down volume button it now changes the volume at a much reduced rate. Also, if you give a quick one-time click, it makes just a very small incremental change in the volume.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2007




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