Naim NAIT XS 3


Naim 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, our 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.


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Naim NAIT XS 3

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 our 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 our 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:

  • Our 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


Product Specification

Audio Inputs
MM Phono Inputvia RCA, 47k parallel 470pF input impedance, suitable for 5mV cartridges
Line Level Inputs130mV sensitivity, 47k input impedance, suitable for 2V
Power Amp InDIN Socket
Audio Outputs
Powered Accessory Sockets+24V for Naim phono amplifier
Speaker Outputs70W 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 Output1/4 inch (6.35mm) TRS Socket
Updates1 x USB mini-B
Remote Input1 x 3.5mm Jack on rear
CaseBlack powder coated
FrontBrushed and black anodised
Shipping Weight12 kg
Shipping Dimensions200 x 590 x 500 mm
Weight8.5 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD)70 x 432 x 314 mm
Power Consumption (max.)350VA
Mains Supply115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption (quiescent)16VA
Supplied with
Supplied withNARCOM-5 Remote Control, Mains Lead, Link Plug and Safety Manual
User Control
Front PanelVolume control and front panel buttons
Remote ControlInfra-Red (RC5)

Brandstraat 28
9255 Buggenhout