Naim DAC-V1 Digital to Analogue Converter

Naim DAC-V1 Digital to Analogue Converter

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Naim DAC-V1 Digital to Analogue Converter

For many music lovers, the source of their music is no longer just from traditional hi-fi equipment such as CD player, radio tuner or turntable - increasingly the computer and other digital sources such as NAS drive, laptop, tablet, set-top box or games consoles form the primary music and entertainment focus - the Naim DAC-V1 has been designed to extract the best possible quality audio from all of these sources, enabling the music lover to enjoy their digital music at it's absolute best.

Most electronic equipment designed to work with computers allows the computer to dictate the clock signal, the accuracy of timing (jitter) of which is absolutely crucial in obtaining superb quality audio. Rather than relying on the distant clock located in the computer, the DAC-V1 has it's own super accurate clock located right next to the digital to analogue converter chip, making timing errors (jitter) all but banished. This results in a pure, distortion-free analogue output signal that delivers the music soundtrack in a much more natural, transparent and fulfilling way.

Virtually zero jitter is not the only talent exhibited by the DAC V1 however, all of the traditional Naim design traits have contributed to the overall sonic excellence of this product - you will find a 210VA toroidal transformer (with a capacity large enough for most power amplifiers) together with large reservoir capacitors and multiple voltage regulated power supplies under the hood. The non-magnetic alloy chassis and sleeve both look beautiful and have a shielding purpose, protecting the delicate digital and analogue circuits within from harmful electromagnetic radiation. Internal build quality also displays classic Naim construction techniques of neat, twisted cabling and multilayer circuit boards with a mixture of surface mounted and led components, each type selected for the highest possible sound quality and reliability.

The DAC chip employed for this design is the two-channel stereo Burr Brown PCM1791A, a low power 24-bit resolution CMOS device offering sampling frequencies up to 192kHz. and features advanced segment architecture to achieve excellent dynamic performance and resistance to any residual clock jitter. Its output is oversampled sixteen times by a digital filter to reduce unwanted sidebands and offer pristine, noise-free audio at its output. An Analog Devices Sharc ADSP 21489 digital signal processor combines hardware filter accelerators, sound mode memory configurations and dedicated audio peripherals making it the perfect choice in this high-end application.

The left of the front panel is dominated by a large volume control, allowing the DACV1 to control the volume of any digital source connected. Below is a quarter inch stereo headphone socket, which is supplied from a dedicated, discrete circuit zero feedback class A amplifier with plenty of voltage and current capability to drive even high impedance headphones comfortably.

A bright and clear green backlit OLED display forms the centrepiece of the DAC V1, showing which input has been selected along with volume level and menu options. Below is the well known green backlit Naim logo, which also doubles as a mute push button. On the right-hand side are six, green backlit push buttons allowing digital input selection from either asynchronous USB or any of the five SPDIF inputs. Inputs one and two are on phono sockets, whilst the third is via a BNC socket, and the remaining inputs four and five are via optical Toslink.

A sliding ground lift switch provides solutions to ground contamination and interference, and can be set to the best position via listening. Two sets of analogue outputs sockets are provided, a pair of stereo RCA phono sockets for connection to other brands of equipment, or a five pin DIN socket for connection to a Naim power amplifier, such as the NAP100.

An IEC mains inlet socket and rocker on/off switch are provided on the rear panel, we have found that the Chord C-Power works very well, lifting the audio performance further towards the complete reality of a live performance.

Who is Naim?

Naim Audio has a special place in British audio, thanks to its 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.

Asynchronous USB (High Speed)   Type B
 Digital Inputs  5 S/PDIF
(1 coaxial BNC, 2 coaxial RCA, 2 optical TOSLINK)
IR Input  Front panel 
Windows  Windows 7 and 8
(up to 24bit/348kHz) Custom driver available 
OSX 10.7 and above (up to 24bit/384kHz) 
Frequency Response  10Hz to 20kHz +0.1dB/-0.5dB 
THD  <0.002% 
Analogue Outputs 2 (RCA and DIN) Variable Pre-amp Output Line Output Fixed: 2.1V RMS
Headphone Outputs 1⁄4 inch (6.35mm) TRS Socket
Output Impedance <10Ω
USB 44.1kHz to 384kHz
S/PDIF 32kHz to 192kHz, 24bit
                  USER CONTROL INTERFACES               
Front Panel Front panel buttons and touch-sensitive logo mute function
Handheld Remote handset included
Power Consumption <17VA (max.)
Mains Supply 115V or 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Dimensions 87 x 207 x 314mm (H x W x D)
Weight 4.3kg
Shipping Dimensions 210 x 280 x 410mm (H x W x D)
Shipping Weight 5.9kg

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


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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