Naim NAC-N 172 XS Network Preamplifier

Naim NAC-N 172 XS Network Preamplifier

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Naim NAC-N 172 XS network preamplifier

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.

Many of the Naim products are evolutions of previous designs, incorporating sometimes quite small changes to the mechanical or electronic design - however, these incremental changes make a large 

The Naim NAC-N 172 XS network preamplifier has been designed using the same Naim principles of low micro-phony case work, shielding from electromagnetic fields, star earthing for minimal ground noise and regulated, stable high current capacity power supplies that has created Naim's long standing reputation for excellence in audio reproduction. The beauty of the NAC N172XS is that it combines the functions of a high quality two channel analogue pre-amplifier with the diversity of music and richness of choice by having a 192kHz 24 bit streamer with high quality Burr Brown PCM1793 DACs and spdif inputs. In this way the NAC N172XS forms the hub of a digital and analogue hi-fi system, being able to handle all sources from turntable, CD player, tuner to games machine, set top box and NAS drive.

Ideally partnering with the Naim NAP155 XS power amp, the NAC-N172XS will control all source selection and volume duties of your audio system whilst bringing the best of digitally streamed music into your home from internet radio, music files stored on your network NAS drive, USB pen drive or Spotify.



Analogue Inputs  1 x 5-pin DIN,
1 x RCA pair,
1 x 3.5mm front 
 Digital inputs 5 x S/PDIF
(2 x coaxial RCA [192kHz sample rate],
2 x optical TOSlink [96kHz sample rate],
1 x 3.5mm front panel mini-TOSlink) 
Analogue Outputs  (variable level)1 x 4-pin DIN,
1 x RCA pair , (fixed level)
1 x RCA pair
 Total Harmonic distortion and noise 0.015% 
 Headphone outputs Stereo (front panel 3.5mm jack) 
 Upgrades Hi-Line, Power-Line, any power amplifier 
Audio Formats Supported 

WAV and AIFF (up to 32bit/192kHz)
FLAC (up to 24bit/192kHz)
ALAC (up to 24bit/96kHz)
WMA (up to 16bit/48kHz) must be WMA 9.2
Ogg Vorbis (up to 16bit/48kHz)
M4a (up to 320kbit/s),
Playlists (M3U, PLS)
iRadio Service Provider vTuner 5* full service Int
Multiroom Master:
Will stream native quality -
WAV, FLAC and AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz),
ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), AAC

Weight    7.5kg
 Dimensions 70 x 432 x 301mm (H x W x D) 

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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