Naim NAC N 272

NAC N 272

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NAC N 272

Discontinued

The NAC N 272 combines Naim’s latest innovations in digital audio technology with classic analogue preamplifier engineering.

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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 NAC N 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.

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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 NAC N 272 has been carefully designed and meticulously hand-crafted to deliver a completely immersive and awe-inspiring music experience.

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NAC N 272 Features

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

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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.

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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%.

They then go even further by introducing a slight mechanically compliant bend in the legs of each one during assembly.

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They take this care and attention because they know it can help to make the difference in producing the incredible sound on which they have built their 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.

Technology & Craft

Analogue Preamplifier

nac272rearThe NAC-N 272 is a high-performance Naim Audio preamplifier with quality hand-matched analogue components selected after listening tests.

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Great care has been taken to protect the signal path from sources of interference. The digital and analogue sections of the product communicate using optical isolation chips which minimises the impact of the noisy digital circuitry and power supply on the critical audio components.

Digital Technology

The 272’s digital pedigree is formidable. It shares the incredibly powerful DSP (Digital Signal Processor) used by the reference NDS network player and features Naim Audio’s proprietary digital audio buffering and filtering techniques.

This helps to eliminate jitter and optimises the audio stream for the best musical performance from any digital source. It also means that the 272 can play back DSD64 files.

Dab version also available for £3999

Brand

Naim Audio

Naim Audio

Their story begins with one man’s passion for music and weaves its way through four decades and a raft of iconic product launches to the present day.

Naim Audio founder Julian Vereker MBE (1945-2000) was a racing car driver, entrepreneur and self-taught engineer with a deep passion for music.

Spending his spare time listening to and recording his friends playing live in the 1960s, Julian found that playback on his system at home fell woefully short of the experience he craved.

Not content with second best he decided to design his own amplifiers and loudspeakers, ignoring accepted wisdom and focusing on aspects of performance that made music burst to life.

These first designs laid the foundations for a range of iconic and award-winning hi-fi products that would reach well into the next century.

1972 A first start at Capital Radio

Julian won a contract to supply then start-up radio station, Capital Radio, with audio equipment.

The successful design was a compact version of an early Naim Audio power amplifier combined with speaker drive units in one cabinet – the NAM 502

1973 Naim Audio Officially Founded

Following the success of Capital Radio, Naim Audio was officially incorporated in 1973 with Julian Vereker and his co-founder Shirley Clarke as directors. Based in a shop in the centre of Salisbury, our first HQ had both manufacturing and demonstration facilities.

1973 The NAP 200 Power Amplifier

Naim Audio’s first consumer product for home use was launched in the year of our founding: the NAP 200 power amplifier. Originally designed in 1971, its descendant’s power amplifiers differ greatly technologically but still aim for the same performance goals of pace, rhythm and timing

1974 The NAC 12 Preamplifier

With a network of dedicated independent retailers now on board in the UK, the NAC 12, our first production preamplifier, was launched.

1980 Classic Advertising

As Naim Audio grew in popularity through the 70s and early 80s, the team decided to grab the attention of the press and public with a series of tongue-in-cheek adverts. They reflected the confident, often unorthodox nature of our approach to music playback and have become iconic in their own right.

1983 NAIT Integrated Amplifier

Naim Audio’s first integrated amplifier the NAIT introduced. This iconic little integrated amp sounded quite unlike any other integrated of its day and set a trend for so-called ‘super integrateds

1985 The Queen’s Award

Naim Audio is recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for the first time in 1985. We would go on to repeat this achievement a further two times in the 21st century, winning for Export in 2010 and for Innovation in digital music streaming in 2014.

1991 The CDS CD Player

Like so many Naim Audio products, the design of our first CD player, the CDS, flew in the face of conventional wisdom. Its Two-box configuration gave the power supply its own separate enclosure and the CD clamp used a rare earth magnet to keep its mass low whilst still firmly holding the disc without vibration

2000 NAP 500 Power Amplifier

The year 2000 marked a step change in Naim Audio history. After several years in development, the new flagship Naim Audio NAP 500 power amplifier was born and with it the new industrial design aesthetic that would redefine Naim Audio for the 21st century. Its music-making ability would only be bettered by the arrival of Statement in 2014.