Naim NSC 222


Precision engineered and designed in the UK, this new design features a world of music and radio streaming, alongside vinyl and headphone support

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Naim NSC 222

Naim NSC 222

Naim NSC 222

Begin your New Classic musical journey with the highly versatile NSC 222 preamplifier.

Access a wide range of music streaming platforms (Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz, etc.), a very large number of online radio stations, handling bitrates of up to 32bit/284kHz.

Want to enjoy vinyl?

The NSC 222 has a MM phono input.

Do you like headphones and want to dive into a world of solo listening?

Naim NSC 222 is also equipped with the full Naim technology for headphone listening, which is inherited from the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition: their amplifier-DAC, the recipient of several awards all around the world.

A unique streaming platform

NSC 222 incorporates the very latest Naim streaming platform.

Made by their experts in Salisbury, it sets new standards in terms of its prowess, functionality and ease of use.

It is designed to offer true Hi-Fi performance, with the legendary Naim sound.

Play all your favourite radio stations non-stop, as well as any music you choose from Spotify Connect, Apple Music, TIDAL, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, AirPlay 2, Chromecast, UPnP™ servers, USB key, Roon Ready, and more.

Easy App control – in one room or many

The Naim App – available for Apple and Android devices – makes it simple to control your NSC 222, and even link up other music systems around your home into a stunning multi-room set-up.

Use the App to access all your music, including your favourite radio stations, streaming services and playlists, and explore artist discographies and biographies.

Key Points

Naim NSC 222 Angled
  • Statement volume control architecture using reed relays. Premium sound quality of fixed resistor volume control, providing precise channel balance. This miniaturised version of the Statement volume control uses super smooth fly-by-wire optical encoder with precision ball raced bearing.
  • Reed relay input switching
  • Single ended discrete transistor class A input buffers and filter circuits; using hand soldered polystyrene capacitors.
  • Built in high quality MM phono stage
  • 5 inch colour display
  • Configurable inputs: Input sensitivity pre-set, naming, AV bypass mode and unused input disabling.
  • Uses Naim’s latest NP800 streaming card with LVDS balanced digital signals for low noise. Stream internet radio stations, music from Spotify Connect, Apple Music, Tidal (and Tidal Connect), Qobuz, AirPlay 2, Chromecast, UPnP servers, USB attached storage and Roon ready.
  • aptX Adaptive Bluetooth
  • App control continuity from Mu-so through to Classic range.
  • Multi-room capability with other Naim streaming products (right up to Classic range and 500 Series).
  • ZigBee RF bi-directional remote control, line of sight not needed, volume changes reflected on the remote.
  • Dual optical 3.5mm inter-product communications for synchronised standby and lighting, compatible with the new NAP250 power amplifier.
  • Twin fixed frequency (44.1kHz and 48kHz based sample rates) master clocks for ultra low jitter. Runs in clock master mode for streaming services.
  • DSP RAM buffer for SP/DIF inputs, eliminates jitter caused by SP/DIF modulation (4x SP/DIF inputs).
  • Naim’s proprietary DSP 705.6kHz/768kHz integer oversampling filter.
  • PCM1791A DAC (running in external filter mode) followed by discrete transistor class A op-amps and filters. Custom polystyrene ultralow dielectric absorption Post DAC filter components.
  • PSU upgrade with NPX 300 via two Burndy cables (one digital and one analogue).
  • 5W standby power Using two internal power supplies; one is a high quality audiophile linear type, based on a large toroidal transformer. The other is a highly efficient SMPSU for 0.5W power consumption in standby during standby mode.
  • Galvanic isolation of control and audio circuits.

Specifications Naim NSC 222

Specifications Naim NSC 222
Type Preamplifier
Audio inputs • 1 x moving magnet phono

• 1 x 8-pin DIN (compatible with 5-pin DIN cables)

• 1 x RCA stereo pair

• Line level inputs (RCA/DIN): Impedance 47k, 2.2V typical, 7.5Vrms Max

• 8 pin DIN has +/-18V for compatible external phono stages such as

• Solstice NVC-TT. Compatible with 5 pin DIN

• MM phono: 47k/470pF, 5mV, 23dB overload (75mV max)

Audio outputs • Analogue

• 1 x XLR pair (Stereo XLR balanced impedance 7Vrms max)

• 1 x RCA pair (Stereo RCA 7Vrms max)

• 1 x 6.35mm headphone jack (Headphone 1.5W into 16)

USB 2 x USB Type A socket (front and rear – 1.6A charge)
Digital inputs (S/PDIF) • 2 x Optical TOSLINK (up to 24bit/96kHz)

• 1 x coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs)

• 1 x coaxial BNC (up to 24bit 192kHz, DoP 64Fs)

Audio formats • WAV – up to 32bit/384kHz

• FLAC and AIFF – up to 24bit/384Hz

• ALAC (Apple Lossless) – up to 24bit/384Hz

• MP3 – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)

• AAC – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)

• OGG and WMA – up to 48kHz (16 bit)

• DSD – 64 and 128Fs

• M4A – up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)

• Gapless playback supported on all formats

Analogue gain • Pre-amplifier at max volume 15.5dB (with max Vol and max volume

limit at 100%)

• Phono stage MM 40dB

Digital level 2.1V at 0dBFS volume at 0dB
Frequency response • MM: -3dB at 10Hz, RIAA +/-0.1dB

• Line: 3Hz to 40kHz -3dB

• Digital: 3Hz to 27kHz -3dB

Signal to noise ratio • MM 80dB ref 5mV A-wtd volume at 0dB

• Line 104dB ref 2.2V A-wtd volume at 0dB

• Digital 102dB ref 0dBFS A-wtd volume at 0dB

Distortion • MM: < noise floor

• Line: 0.0025% @2.2V input volume at 0dB, 1kHz

(Line: 0.015% @2.2V input volume at 0dB, 20kHz)

• Digital: 0.0035% @0dBFS volume at 0dB, 1kHz

Cross talk • MM: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB

• Line: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB

(Line: 70dB at 20kHz, volume at 0dB)

• Digital: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB

Control • App control (iOS and Android), bi-directional ZigBee remote and front panel

• Optical 3.5mm output for synchronised control of compatible

products e.g. NAP 250/350

Network Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Typical use consumption 25W
Network standby mode consumption <2W
Standby mode consumption <0.5W
Mains Supply 230V, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD) 35/8x17x121/2″ (9.15×43.2×31.75cm)
Weight 24.25lbs (11kg)
NSC 222


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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