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Naim NAC-N 272 network streaming pre-amplifier announced for March

Naim has announced this week the launch of a new network streaming pre-amplifier, the new NAC-N 272 will be available from March. The 272 will have a zero jitter S/PDIF DAC and DSD64 compatibility.

Naim suggests that future customers of the NAC-N 272 will be upgrading from SuperUniti, or NaimUniti 2. As a Uniti2 owner I can certainly say I’m very keen on upgrading to this product. Naim are always looking for new customers and they note ‘NAC-N 272 will also bring new customers to the Naim brand possibly initially as a front end to their existing power amplifiers or for someone looking for an extra degree of performance over a Uniti solution without losing out on convenience and functionality.’ I’d be looking to put the NAC-N 272 with a NAP 200 or 250 power amplifier.

Additional features include the first Naim product that is DSD64 (Direct Stream Digital) compatible, offering the highest quality audio sources a perfect home in the NAC. The summary feature list makes for impressive reading.  With a high quality Bluetooth codec, Spotify connectivity and an array of music files supported this will be a must look in the spring.  The product will retail at £3,300 or £3,595 including a DAB/FM module.

NAC-N 272 – Summary Feature List


  • High quality preamplifier including improved version of Naim hybrid volume control
  • UPnPTM-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, DSF64, DFF64, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Six digital inputs (S/PDIF) for sources such as diverse as CD players, TVs, laptops and games consoles
  • Bluetooth connectivity with high quality aptX audio codec
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Optional DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim app and supplied remote control for intuitive control
    Performance and engineering features
  • Unique Naim electronic design combining award-winning digital and analogue technology
  • Powerful 40bit DSP with unique Naim software authored to achieve optimum sound quality and eliminate S/PDIF jitter
  • Naim single-ended Class-A headphone amplifier
  • Large toroidal power supply with four separate windings for each section of product
  • Performance-upgradable with XP5 XS, XPS and 555 PS power supplies
  • Hand-matched, discrete analogue components selected through listening tests
  • Inputs individually hand-wired and relay switched to decouple from interference
  • Non-magnetic anodised aluminium casework to reduce resonance and reduce eddy currents
  • Engineered and hand-built by Naim in Salisbury, England


  • Outputs Preamplifier (2 x DIN, 1 x RCA), Line (1 x RCA), Digital S/PDIF (1 x BNC), Headphones (1 x 6.3mm)
  • Preamp Output 775mV
  • Line output 275mV
  • Frequency Response 4Hz – 40kHz
  • S/N Ratio 87dB (measured at 2V in, 775mV out)
  • Analogue Inputs 3 ( 1 x DIN, 2 x RCA)
  • Analogue Input Sensitivity 275mV
  • Analogue Input Overload 34dB
  • Digital Inputs 6 (1 x BNC, 2 x RCA, 3 x TosLink)
  • Digital Input Sample Rate Max Coaxial – 192kHz, Optical – 96kHz
  • Other Inputs DAB/FM, USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • iRadio Service vTuner 5* full service
  • Audio Formats WAV and AIFF (up to 32bit/192kHz), FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz), ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz), WMA (up to 16bit/48kHz), Ogg Vorbis (up to 16bit/48kHz), MP3, M4a (up to 320kbit/s), Playlists (m3u, PLS), DSF64 and DFF64, Gapless playback supported on MP3, M4A,
  • Internet radio formats supported: AAC, Windows Media™ formatted content, MP3 streams, MMS, Ogg Vorbis, Spotify® Connect: Ogg Vorbis (up to 320kps) Bluetooth: SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX-LL
  • Upgrade Interface mini-USB
  • Wi-Fi Compatibility 802.11b, 802.11g
  • Idle power consumption 21W
  • Mains Supply 100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
  • Power Supply Options 555PS, XPS, XP5 XS
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) 87 x 432 x 314mm
  • Weight 12.5kg
  • Finish Black anodised aluminium with brushed and black anodised fascia

By Simon Wilce

I am mid-forties, married with young children, but retired from work through a severe stroke that has left me restricted in movement but with plenty of time to listen, watch, opine and review. My interests include, in no particular order, music, streaming and hi-resolution music, books and film. My latest interest centres around exploring vinyl on my hi-fi.