Naim launches streaming preamplifier

Uncategorised By Jul 01, 2012

NAC-N 172 XS the first network enabled streaming preamp from Naim. The ideal starting point for audiophile streaming: flexibility and performance in a slimline package.

The NAC-N 172 XS is Naim’s new network-connected streaming preamplifier, combining the convenience and choice of the streaming revolution with traditional Naim engineering techniques. The NAC-N 172 XS is a network player and preamplifier in one. It adds a new type of streaming device to Naim’s product portfolio. The ‘172 only needs to be paired with a power amplifier to form a neat two-box solution offering separate pre and power amplification along with integrated digital sources: UPnPTM network streaming, internet radio (optional FM/DAB), playback from iPod/MP3/USB and five S/PDIF inputs.

When controlled with the Naim n-Stream app, system automation can be enabled giving full control of all connected Naim sources.

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Key Features

  • High quality preamplifier including digitally controlled analogue volume control
  • UPnPTM-enabled to stream audio files from any UPnP enabled server such as UnitiServe or a NAS
  • vTuner 5* full service internet radio
  • Optional FM/DAB module variant available
  • Streams/plays WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files.
  • Gapless playback available on all lossless file formats
  • Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio
  • Digital output connection from iPod/iPhone for ultimate quality and iPod control
  • Multiple intuitive control interfaces: front panel, remote control handset and n-Stream control app
  • Full system automation, wired remote in and wired remote out
  • USB mini-b connector for software upgrades
  • Linear power supply with 230VA transformer with separate windings for digital and analogue sections
  • High quality Burr-Brown PCM1793 DAC
  • Ground selector switch for optimum performance with many sources and power amps
  • Five 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF digital inputs (2 x RCA, 2 x optical, 1 x 3.5mm TOSlink)
  • 3 analogue inputs (1 DIN, 1 RCA pair, 1 x 3.5mm front-panel socket)
  • 1 line output
  • DIN and RCA preamplifier analogue outputs
  • Front-panel 3.5mm headphone connector
  • OLED display for high contrast and easy visibility
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity
  • British build and design

Users can enjoy up to 32bit/192kHz audio files played either from memory stick connected via the front-panel USB socket or streamed from UPnPTM-enabled devices over the home network.

A network connection also opens up the world of internet radio. Like all Naim’s network connected products the ‘172 features vTuner’s 5* full service internet radio. Users can also access the Naim webpage to manage their internet radio listings and add stations. Naim’s choice is also available: a listing of Naim’s favourite internet radio stations.

A front-panel USB port enables easy play from memory sticks and iPod/MP3 players. The NAC-N 172 XS will take over the control, charging and display of stored audio via a standard iPod digital connector

Available from July 2012.