Naim Audio DAC V-1

DAC V-1, Naim Audio’s newest DAC is perfectly optimised for modern digital listening. Featuring a asynchronous USB input, Class A headphone amplifier

Naim Audio DAC V-1

Discontinued

Naim Audio’s newest DAC is perfectly optimised for modern digital listening.

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It features an asynchronous USB input – ideal for getting stunning sound quality from your computer.

DAC-V1’s single-ended class-A headphone amplifier affords it added versatility.

The output stages of this amplifier are kept as pure as possible, ensuring outstanding sound quality for headphone listening.

The DAC-V1 is now DSD compatible and able to play 64 and 128 files; the upgrade required significant optimisation of the core DSP code which has also improved sound quality.

The DAC-V1’s compact size makes it perfectly suited as a desktop companion to your Mac or PC, but its exceptional musicality means it will complement their standard-width hi-fi components just as well.

Combine it with their UnitiServe hard disk music server and its matching NAP 100 power amplifier and you’ll create a stunning hi-fi system from just three compact boxes.

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Features DAC V-1

High-speed asynchronous USB input up to 24bit/384kHz

Five S/PDIF inputs for digital sources like games consoles, set top boxes and hard disk servers

Selectable fixed or variable analogue outputs (DIN or RCA)

Naim Audio digitally controlled analogue volume control for

performance and precision 40bit SHARC DSP chip handling filtering and oversampling

Single-ended class-A headphone amplifier output

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Technology & Craft

Asynchronous USB Explained

Digital audio isn’t just about the data – 0s and 1s – and ensuring that each sample value is accurately converted into a corresponding output voltage.

Also vital to achieving the highest fidelity is ensuring that each successive sample is reproduced at a precise time interval from those around it.

If that time interval varies – an effect known as jitter – then the output waveform will be distorted. To prevent this, the master clock that controls the process should, ideally, be placed right next to the digital to analogue converter circuitry, not remote from it.

Asynchronous mode USB provides for this because it allows data to be ‘pulled’ from the source as required, whereas in other modes the data is ‘pushed’ down the interface under control of the far inferior and distant clock in the computer.

 

World class headphone amplifier DAC V-1

The single-ended Class-A headphone amplifier of the DAC-V1 cleverly uses the pre-amp output amplifier for headphone drive.

The moment headphones are plugged in, the output current drive is automatically turned up five times to give dynamic drive for all headphone impedances. The amplifier runs from a high voltage power supply so has the ability to drive high impedance headphones with the voltage swing they require for open and dynamic sound. The result is the audio stages are kept as simple and pure as possible for both normal and headphone modes.

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DAC V-1 Audio Inputs

Digital 5 x S/PDIF:

– 1 x coaxial BNC

– 2 x coaxial RCA

– 2 x optical TOSLINK

USB 1 x asynchronous USB (type B socket)

Audio Outputs

Analogue 2 (RCA and DIN) Variable Pre-amp Output, Line Output Fixed: 2.1V RMS
Output Impedance <10Ω
Line Output Variable or 2.1V RMS fixed
Load Impedance 10kΩ (min)
Headphone Output 1⁄4 inch (6.35mm) TRS Socket
Frequency Response 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
THD <0.002%

Connectivity DAC V-1

Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)

Sample Rates Supported

S/PDIF 32kHz – 192kHz (up to 24bit)
USB 44.1kHz – 384kHz (16 to 24bit)

User Control

Front Panel Front panel buttons and touch-sensitive logo mute function
IR Input Front panel
Handheld Remote handset

Operating System

Windows Windows 7 and 8 (up to 24bit/348kHz), Custom driver available
Mac OSX OSX 10.7 and above (up to 24bit/384kHz)

Power

Supply Voltage 115V or 230V, 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption <17VA (max.)

Physical

Dimensions (HxWxD) 87 x 207 x 314 mm
Weight 4.3 kg
Supplied with Remote handset included

 

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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.

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