Naim NAC-N 272 Streaming Preamplifier

Naim NAC-N 272 Streaming Preamplifier

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Naim Audio has a special place in British audio, thanks to it's founder and inspirational leader Julian Vereker, a hugely talented mechanical and electronic engineer with a passion for, amongst many things, music. Founded in 1973, Naim has always had a firm philosophy of music first, measurements second - each Naim product is extensively auditioned as part of the product development process to make sure that it delivers clear, emotional music making ability. Naim products are designed to bring the closest facsimile of a live music event into your home listening environment, to give you maximum pleasure from your music collection

The NAC-N 272 follows the same design principle found within every Naim product; to offer a truly superior sound and build quality, and temper that with innovative functionality to the highest standards. The 272 is a preamplifier, with integrated streaming facilities, able to to cater to a vast variety of network sources. This unit was built with combining the two worlds of digital and analogue audio together, to form a versatile and high performing product that's capable of playing both to a Naim standard. 

An optional DAB/FM tuner upgrade is also available, this means that the NAC-N 272 is able to playback for essentially all music sources. It provides support for UPnP streaming, Spotify Connect, high quality Bluetooth aptX, iRado, six digital and three analogue inputs, a USB port for iOS devices, MP3 players or USB flash memory drives - and to top it off, it's also capable of playing back high quality DSD 64 audio. 

The componentry itself is of typical Naim quality; exceptional. The volume control is derived from the same technology and design found within the flagship 'Statement' model, offering a smooth operation with perfect level matching. All analogue inputs are individually wired, by hand here in the UK, and are done so in a way that enhances the mechanical decoupling the sensitive circuitry within. The board itself is mounted on dedicated shoulder bolts, decoupling the componentry even further. The 272's resistors are sound critical, and arrive at Naim's factory to within 5%. This high tolerance is then heightened even further when integrated within the 272, by handing-matching to within 1% before being assembled. 

For those who wish to listen in private, a class-A single-ended headphone amplifier is integrated within, allowing the 272 to make the very most of high-performance headphones. No switching is necessary when using headphones, as the 272 will automatically shift its output current drive up by five times, in order to offer the full dynamic drive for all headphone impedances.



 Preamplifier (2 x DIN, 1 x RCA)
Line (1 x RCA)
Digital S/PDIF (1 x BNC)
Headphones (1 x 6.3mm) 
Preamplifier Output Level  775mV 
Line Output Level  275mV
Frequency Response   4Hz – 40kHz
 Signal to Noise Ratio 87dB
(measured at 2V in, 775mV out) 
Analogue Inputs  3 ( 1 x DIN, 2 x RCA) 
 Analogue Input Sensitivity 275mV (good for 2V sources) 
Analogue Input Overload  34dB
 Digital Inputs 6 (1 x BNC, 2 x RCA, 3 x TosLink) 
Digital Input Sample Rate Coaxial: 192kHz
Optical: 96kHz
Additional Inputs DAB/FM, USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
iRadio Service vTuner 5* full service 
Cample 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)
M4a (up to 320kbit/s)
Playlists (M3U, PLS)
DSF64 or DFF64
Gapless playback supported on MP3
Supported Internet Radio Formats AAC
Windows MediaTM formatted content
MP3 streams
Ogg Vorbis
Spotify® Connect: Ogg Vorbis (up to 320kps)
Bluetooth (NAC-N 272 only)
aptX and aptX-LL
Upgrade Interface mini-USB
Wi-Fi Compatibility 802.11b and 802.11g
Power Consumption Idle: 21w
Mains Supply: 100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Power Supply Options: 555 PS, 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

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Please remember that postage and packing is completely free for orders over £50*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.

Deliveries usually take 1-3 working days. The majority of orders are sent via our couriers'; Interlink Express on a next-day-delivery service. Smaller, low value or light-weight items are normally posted using Royal Mail Recorded or Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Once your product has been dispatched, you will be notified via email and sent a unique consignment number, you can use this number at to check the status of your delivery. If you have provided a mobile telephone number, Interlink's Predict service will notify you by text (and email) of a one-hour delivery window. If the window they suggest is inconvenient, you can change the date of delivery to a later one via text or email.

*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.

Shipping CostsMainland UK (Next-Day)Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly IslandsRepublic of Ireland (2-day)
Under £50 Orders £7.50 £12.50 £15.00
Over £50 Orders FREE £19.99 £29.99
Surcharge Orders £50.00 £69.99 £79.99
Saturday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Sunday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Saturday by 12 Delivery £35 N/A N/A


Post codes exempt from the free delivery service include:

Scottish Highlands Post Codes: AB30-38, AB41-42, AB44-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-33, PA34-40, PH15-26, PH31-41, PH49-50
Islands Post Codes: HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3
Northern Ireland: All BT postcodes
Channel Islands Post Codes: JE, GY
Scilly Isles Post Codes: TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25

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