Naim NAC-N 272
Naim introduces the brand-new NAC-N 272 - a high-grade, all-in-one preamplifier and hi-res streaming engine. It also incorporates DSD file support for the first time for Naim. Customers with files on network-attached storage can take advantage of the Naim's UPnP hi-res streaming, while Spotify Connect and aptX Bluetooth enhance the NAC-N 272's functionality. There is also an on-board vTuner internet radio, an Apple-compatible USB input and a number of optical and coaxial digital inputs. A built-in headphone amplifier completes the feature set of the new device from Salisbury.
File support includes FLAC and WAV all the way up to 24 bit/192 kHz, but the big news is that the NAC-N 272 is the first Naim product to support DSD. These can be played over a network via UPnP, or through the Naim's compatible digital inputs. Owners of existing Naim kit aren't going to miss out either - DSD support will be extended to compatible products, such as the SuperUniti, ND5XS, NDX and NDS, just as soon as Naim has finished all the relevant testing.
Inside the NAC-N 272 features a jitter-reducing SHARC processor, isolated analogue and digital sections, floating circuit boards and a volume control derived from the flagship Statement amplifier. As is the case with a number of Naim's products, the NAC-N 272 is upgradeable by partnering with an external power supply. The new model is compatible with Naim's XP5 XS, XPS and 555 PS. The NAC-N 272 streaming preamp goes on sale in March for £3300, or £3595 with the optional DAB+/FM module fitted. Photos by Naim Audio.