The StageLine is a separate phono stage, available in either moving coil or moving magnet versions, designed to optimise sound quality from a wide range of cartridges.
The StageLine can be powered either from a special socket on the rear of the NAIT XS or by a separate supply such as the FlatCap XS for even better performance.
The Stageline is part of Naim's 5 Series and, unsurprisingly, shares its cosmetics with the rest of the range. So it's black and it's a box. With a light on it. It's a sturdy little affair, though, and its machined aluminium case - chosen to keep stray electrical and radio frequency interference at bay - is to a very high standard, so perceived value is high.
It's still a Naim, so for owners of non-Naim unfortunately it's not a viable option. It's all down to the company's use of DIN socketry, plus the fact that the Stageline needs to be powered by a Naim amp.To further complicate things, the output from the Stageline runs to the power supply, which then feeds the amp.
As for the overall sound, the presentation is best described as being 'far away'. Indeed, the performers are presented before you at a convincing distance and in a well ordered, deep, and ambient-rich soundstage. The Naim also has its goal as transparency it prefers to concentrate on all-round resolution.It's all about speed and attack, and what is essentially a 'clarity without compromise' approach.
||K & S 100uV, E 400uV, N 2mV
|Input Load Options
||S 470Ω, K & E 560Ω, N 47kΩ
|Power Supply Options
||NaimUniti, NAIT XS, SuperNait, 152XS, 202, 282, 252, 552, FlatCap XS, HiCap, SuperCap
||57 x 121 x 187mm (H x W x D)
||Bead blasted and black anodised
||Black powder coated
*Reprint from Manufacturers Website.