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Naim NAC-N 272 - specification and points of interest
3 x analogue inputs (1 DIN, 2 RCA pair)
6 x S/PDIF digital inputs; 2 x coaxial RCA (24bit/192kHz)
1 x coaxial BNC (24bit/192kHz)
3 x TOSlink (24bit/96kHz-capable)
Front USB port for MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio
AV input with unity gain option
Wired and wireless network connectivity
Bluetooth apt-X
Spotify Connect and Tidal compatibility
UPnP streaming up to 32bit/192kHz
Multi-room and Party mode - can be used with other compatible Naim streaming systems to form a versatile multi-room system
Supports AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, MP3,
WAV AIFF (32bit/192kHz), FLAC (24bit/192kHz), ALAC, DSD 64
Internet Radio (vTuner)
4-pin DIN (x 2) and RCA pre-outputs
RCA fixed line level outputs
Front-panel 6.3mm headphone output
Comes with remote control
Free 'Naim App' control App† available (Apple and Android)
Optional FM/DAB module variant available
Classic series chassis
Self-powered unit (does not require a separate power supply)†
Upgradeable with XP5 XS, XPS and 555 PS power supplies
'Remote Out' socket allows control of compatible non-network Naim products using the Naim App (eg CD5 XS)
5 year warranty (requires online registration - T&Cs apply)
Weight: 12.50kg
Height: 87mm  |  Width: 432mm  |  Depth: 314mm
Music streaming via wire is far more reliable than via Wi-Fi. If you can't run an Ethernet cable from your router to this unit, then simply buy a pair of mains Ethernet extenders from Amazon for around £25. They plug into your mains sockets and use the mains wiring in your house as an Ethernet cable - they are brilliant!
Bluetooth only works reliably if both the sending and receiving units are in the same room.
This product carries a free 5 year warranty, if you register it on-line at the manufacturer's website.
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Naim NAC-N 272 network pre-amp
At last - the perfect reason for changing those old Naim separates!

In the 1980s and 1990s, Creative Audio was Naim's second biggest UK retailer.  We sold huge numbers of 62, 72, 102 and 82 preamps, plus loads of 90, 140, 180 and 250 power amps, plus significant quantities of HiCap / FlatCap power supplies.  I would guess that the majority of those units are still being used by the same customers we originally sold them to, all those years ago. Naim amps just sit there and produce wonderful music day in day out - as reliable as clockwork, to the point where customers sometimes lose track of just how old their units are and just how much the market has moved on over the last decade or so.

That contrast is being thrown into stark relief by the emergence of streaming as a major new source of music playback and its inclusion in most modern audio systems.  Users of old Naim amps find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place, because if they simply add a Naim streamer to their existing system, it won't physically match, plus it will increase the 'box count' even more, at a time when they are probably already under 'domestic pressure' to reduce it.  But, on the other hand, if they ditch their old Naim system and buy one of the new 'all singing, all dancing' one box streaming solutions (even the ones made by Naim) they know that they will be significantly downgrading sound quality, compared to what they already own. What those customers have been waiting for is a top end Naim separates streaming pre / power amp that will outperform what they have, but at the same time reduce their existing box count - an ultra modern version of what they bought in the first place.

And here it is!

Naim's brand new streaming preamp is sensational and when partnered with either the matching NAP 200DR or NAP250 DR, creates an outstanding combination with all the attributes of the very best old Naim separates systems, but with bang up to date facilities, including full streaming capability.

The NAC-N 272 offers a comprehensive range of connectivity and music streaming features. It is controllable using the Naim App for Apple and Android devices as well as the supplied remote control. Inputs include: UPnP streaming, plus Spotify Connect, plus Tidal, plus Bluetooth (aptX), plus iRadio, plus six digital, plus three analogue inputs, plus a USB input for Apple devices, MP3 players or USB sticks. Itís also the first Naim product to include DSD 64 compatibility. This ultra-modern product does not lose sight of its roots, featuring a traditional Naim preamplifier section with high-quality hand-matched components. As with Naim pre-amps of the past, all of the components in the signal path are discrete analogue parts, specified after extensive listening tests. Great care has been taken to protect the signal path from sources of interference, such as the power supply and streaming circuitry and to further enhance this audio segregation, the digital and analogue sections of the product communicate using optical isolation chips.

The 272ís digital pedigree is formidable. It shares the incredibly powerful DSP (Digital Signal Processor) used by the reference NDS network player and features Naimís proprietary digital audio buffering and filtering techniques. This helps to eliminate jitter and optimise the audio stream for the best musical performance from any digital source. The 272 volume control is derived from the design of the £155,000 (no, that's not a misprint) flagship Naim Statement amp. It offers smooth operation and perfect level matching, while a Class-A single-ended headphone amplifier allows the 272 to make 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.

Again, with a nod to the past, all analogue input sockets on the 272 are individually hand wired to the main board to enhance mechanical decoupling of the sensitive circuits. The board itself is mounted on shoulder bolts to help decouple it further. Just like with the NAC72, 102, 82 and 52 pre-amps that went before it, the sound critical resistors used in the 272 arrive at Naim matched to within 5% and are then hand-selected down to within 1%.

The 272 brings together all of the unique, ground-breaking R&D from Naim's 40+ years experience of manufacturing arguably the best pre-amps on the planet and crystallises it into one outstanding model, brimming with the very latest technology and connectivity. Put a 272 with either of Naim's new NAP200 DR or NAP250 DR power amps and you will have a combination that will outperform the company's much loved pre-power combos from the past and offer the sort of 21st century features those old products could only ever dream of. What's more, all that performance and convenience in available in just 2 boxes. If ever there was a time to change your old Naim equipment, this is it!

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Naim NAC-N 272 network pre-amp (Black)
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