Naim Audio’s NAIT integrated amplifiers have always been popular with us and our customers and the third generation has been no exception. Released in late 2019 NAIT XS 3 is the best yet, is still housed in Naim Audio’s more compact XS Series casing but now includes an internal moving magnet phono stage for the first time. A great all-round integrated at an attractive price.

NAIT XS 3 can be upgraded with the addition of an external power supply, or used to bi-amp with an additional power amp.

This product qualifies for free, remote installation by one of our technicians.

Dimensions: 432 x 70 x 314 mm mm (W x H x D)
Weight: 8.5 kg

2 in stock

NAIT XS 3 – Major performance upgrades and now with added love for vinyl.

In the six years since the last NAIT integrated amplifiers were released, Naim’s research and development team have worked on a range of amplifier improvements.

The result is upgraded power amplifier sections for NAIT XS 3, delivering greater pace and intimacy to their musical delivery – whether it’s driving a pair of loudspeakers or your favourite pair of headphones.

The NAIT XS 3 has received significant performance upgrades, including a built-in phono stage, making it a perfect partner for turntables, as well as for streamers, CD players, or any other music source people want to enjoy with the signature Naim sound.

The NAIT XS 3 offers much of the performance of Naim’s reference quality SUPERNAIT 3 in a simpler, slimmer package combining a 70W power amplifier with five analogue inputs plus a phono stage. 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.

The NAIT XS 3 can be upgraded with our external power supplies, power amplifiers and even cabling upgrades to get the best from all sources.

With Naim’s typical obsessive attention to detail – all in service of achieving the most authentic musical performance – the NAIT XS 3 benefits from the following features:

  • Class A headphone amplification
  • Alps Blue Velvet volume control
  • Reed relay input selection
  • Ceramic insulators for the power transistors
  • Galvanically isolated microprocessor control section
  • Microphonic-isolating PCB mounts

Technology & Craft – The upgrades in more detail:

Naim’s R&D team has found a way to more than double the speed of the voltage gain stage, which in turn doubles the rate at which the speaker output stage can react.

The second gain stage transistors have been optimised, so they no longer need to be shielded by a cascode stage transistor. Removing the cascode means less amplifier stabilisation is required: that doubles the slew rate and delivers another uplift in sound quality.

The phono circuit topology comprises 3 stages: the gain stage, passive equalisation and final gain and active equalisation. This enables excellent noise performance, extended RIAA equalisation beyond the audio band and great overload headroom.

All RIAA equalisation capacitors are ‘through-hole’ mounted film designs, with low microphonic pickup and excellent transient performance. As phono stages are 1000x more sensitive than other inputs, this greatly benefits the sound quality.

Input impedance is 47kΩ in parallel with 470F capacitive loading;  the gain is perfect for 5mV moving magnet cartridges.

Technical Specifications:

Audio Inputs
MM Phono Input
via RCA, 47k parallel 470pF input impedance, suitable for 5mV cartridges

Line Level Inputs
130mV sensitivity, 47k input impedance, suitable for 2V

Power Amp In
DIN Socket

Audio Outputs
Powered Accessory Sockets
+24V for Naim phono amplifier

Speaker Outputs
70W per channel into 8 ohms (4mm sockets), 100W per channel into 4 ohms

Line Outputs Variable (level)
Pre-amp (DIN), Sub (RCA pair) 775mV, <50 ohms

Line Outputs Fixed (level)
AV (DIN), Stream (DIN) 130mV, 600 ohms

Headphone Output
1/4 inch (6.35mm) TRS Socket

Updates – 1 x USB mini-B
Remote Input – 1 x 3.5mm jack on rear

Case – Black powder coated
Front – Brushed and black anodised

Shipping Weight – 12 kg
Shipping Dimensions – 200 x 590 x 500 mm
Weight – 8.5 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) – 70 x 432 x 314 mm

Power Consumption (max.) – 350VA
Mains Supply – 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption (quiescent) – 16VA

Supplied with
NARCOM-5 Remote Control, Mains Lead, Link Plug and Safety Manual

User Control
Front Panel – Volume control and front panel buttons
Remote Control – Infra-Red (RC5)