Welcome to the new Naim Audio 272 streamer pre-amp
28/3/2015 Now on demo and sounding very good indeed!
One of our most successful products last year was the Naim NAC-N 172. It was a combination streamer/DAC and pre-amp all combined in one box and at a very competitive price. It suited many customers not least due to its excellent performance from one box. Combined with a decent power amplifier and you had a rather wonderful performing system with a small box count and that ticks a lot of boxes.
The 272 combines some of the best Naim innovations in digital audio technology with traditional analogue engineering. It has taken the combined expertise of our award-winning team of engineers to bring these two worlds together and create a compelling Naim sound.
The best of both worlds
The 272 is a high-quality Naim pre-amplifier. Its fundamental electronic design is inspired by the NAC 552 pre-amplifier and its volume control is derived from the flagship Statement NAC S1 pre-amplifier. The preamp uses quality, hand-matched components and great care has been taken to protect the sensitive analogue parts from the power supply and digital circuitry.
Alongside this performance the 272 boasts an impressive array of inputs. This includes high-resolution (up to 24bit/192kHz) UPnP streaming, Spotify Connect, iRadio, Bluetooth (aptX), USB, multi-room 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 phono-stages. It’s also performance upgradable with the addition of a Naim XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supply and is the first Naim product to offer DSD64 compatibility. We’re delighted about that because it offers the owner a greater upgrade path than the 172.
We will be offering DSD64 compatibility to existing owners of the following products featuring the SHARC DSP: the ND5 XS, NDX and NDS network players and the SuperUniti all-in-one player. More information will be released on the availability of this free software update in due course.
The NAC-N 272 will be making its UK debut at the Bristol Show in late February and will be on demo at Moorgate Acoustics in March.