Naim NAC-N 272 streaming Pre-amplifier.
Naim Audio NAC-N 272 Streaming Pre-amplifier.
What we Say:
The Naim NAC-N 272 is a combined Pre-amplifier streaming product. The NAC-N 272 features 2 line level inputs (1 with Din and RCA) and 6 digital inputs. The front panel has a simple clean layout. The Naim NAC-N 272 combines a thorough set of features and great performance at the price point.
A Pre and Power amplifier give big performance advantages because there is more space to separate sensitive circuitry from sources of interference. The 272 has an internal power supply so it can connect to power amps such as the NAP250. Inside the NAC-N 272 the main feature is a large circuit board. Careful circuit layout and grounding is used throughout. Microphony is minimised through careful mechanical de-coupling. No other company makes amplifiers in quite the same way Naim do. This attention to detail is what gives the Naim amplifier range such a distinctive dynamic sound.
The NAC-N 272 is a future proof product. Hook it up to a NAP200 DR power amplifier for a great sounding combination. Improve the performance further by adding the Naim XPS DR. This improves performance because it powers separate parts of the amplifier circuit with their own dedicated power supply.You then connect it via a burndy cable for a significant lift in performance.
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The Naim Audio NAC-N 272 has been a huge success story for Naim because it is so flexible. The combination of pre-amplifier and streamer gives a high-quality two box system. Partner it with an active pair of speakers, like ATC’s wonderful SCM40A, and you have a superb single-box solution,rated by critic Jason Kennedy as ‘all the system most of us will ever need’.
We love the Naim Audio NAC-N 272 because of its combination of performance and flexibility.
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What they say:
The NAC-N 272 combines our latest innovations in digital audio technology with classic analogue pre-amplifier engineering. It samples the best of both worlds to create an immensely musical hi-fi system.
Paired with a NAP 200, NAP 250 or even a NAP 300 power amplifier, the 272 is an ideal choice for those seeking the convenience of a single box streaming system with iOS and Android app control, but that crave hi-fi separates performance. It boasts an impressive array of inputs including high-resolution (up to 24bit/192kHz) UPnPTM streaming, Spotify Connect, iRadio, Bluetooth (aptX), USB, multiroom, TIDAL music streaming support and an optional DAB/FM module. Six digital and three analogue inputs cover integration with a wide range of sources from CD and games consoles to phonostages. It’s also performance upgradable with the addition of a Naim Audio XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supply.
All this functionality does not come at the cost of performance. The 272 has been carefully designed and meticulously hand-crafted to deliver a completely immersive and awe-inspiring music experience.
- High quality preamplifier including digitally controlled analogue volume control
- UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim Audio hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
- Performance upgradable with XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supply
- Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, DSF64 and DFF64, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
- Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
- Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
- Native support for TIDAL streaming service with free 90 day trial of lossless HiFi tier
- Bluetooth connectivity with aptX audio codec
- Optional DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
- vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
- Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
- Naim Audio app for iOS and Android
Hand-built in Salisbury England
All analogue input sockets on the 272 are individually hand wired to the main board to enhance mechanical decoupling. The board itself is mounted on a system of shoulder bolts which releases any tension which can adversely affect sound quality. The sound critical resistors used arrive at Naim Audio matched to within 5%. This already high tolerance is improved before assembly by hand-matching to within margin of just 1%. We then go even further by introducing a slight mechanically compliant bend in the legs of each one during assembly. We take this care and attention because we know it can help to make the difference in producing the incredible sound on which we’ve built our reputation.
Hybrid Volume Control & Class-A Headphone Amp
The 272 volume control is derived from the design of the flagship Statement NAC S1 control. It offers smooth operation and perfect level matching while a Class-A single-ended headphone amplifier makes the most of high-performance headphones. As soon as headphones are plugged in, the output current drive is automatically turned up five times to give dynamic drive for all headphone impedances.