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Naim DAC-V1 USB DAC Pre and Headphone Amplifier

 

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This award winning DSD compatible DAC can be used as a desktop headphone amplifier for listening to music from your Mac/PC or as a pre amplifier with suitable power amp (often matched with the Naim NAP 100).

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Features

Warranty length 2 years standard (5 years on registration)
Colour Black
Brand Naim Audio
Product Award What HiFi Award 5 Stars

Tech Specs

AUDIO INPUTS
- S/PDIF: 5 x Digital
- BNC: 1 x coaxial
- RCA: 2 x coaxial
- TOSLINK: 2 x optical
- Sample: 32-192kHz, 24bit (48kHz)
- USB: 1 x asynchronous (type B)

 

AUDIO OUTPUTS
- Analogue: 2 (RCA and DIN)
- Line Out: Variable/2.1VRMS fixed
- Output Impedance: <10?
- Load Impedance: 10k? (min)
- Headphone Output: 1/4" TRS
- Freq Resp: 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
- THD:<0.002%

 

CONNECTIVITY
- Remote Control: Infra Red (RC5)
- Sample Rates: S/PDIF,32-192kHz
- USB: 44.1kHz - 384kHz (16 to 24bit)

 

OPERATING SYSTEM
- Windows: 7/8 (up to 24bit/348kHz)
- Mac OSX: 10.7+ (up to 24bit/384kHz)

 

POWER
- Supply Voltage: 115/230V, 50/60Hz
- Max Power Consumption: <17VA

 

GENERAL
- Supplied With: Remote handset
- Dimensions (HWD): 87 x 207 x 314mm
- Weight: 4.3 kg

Product Description

Naim DAC-V1 is a USB DAC (asynchronous), pre amplifier and headphone amplifier in one, a perfect partner for high quality listening from your Mac or PC, with the addition of multiple digital S/PDIF inputs for other digital sources. An excellent sounding dedicated headphone amplifier or indeed partner it with a Naim power amplifier for a desktop hi-fi separates setup and high-resolution audio hub.

Digital Made Musical

Link the DAC-V1 to your PC or Mac through an ordinary A to B USB cable and the eminence of your music will be distinct not by the confines of the computer hardware, but by the quality of the data itself. And with DAC-V1 that can be incredibly high, up to 24bit/384kHz resolution.

Flexible Yet Powerful

Though the DAC-V1 is faultlessly suitable for being located on a desk close to a computer it is similarly extremely adaptable. It can integrate seamlessly into a traditional hi-fi system or be used with any two-channel digital audio source such as a games console, satellite box or any other device by a digital out through one of five S/PDIF digital connections. The DAC-V1 can also be combined with the Naim UnitiServe hard disk music server and its matching power amplifier, the NAP 100, to create a compact high-end music system.

Connect to:

- PC/Mac – Get the maximum composition from your computer by asynchronous USB
- Hard disk player – Create a compact powerful system by using DAC-V1 with NAP 100 and UnitiServe
- Games Console – Immerse yourself in games and multi-media sound from your favourite console
- CD Player – Take over preamp & DAC duties for your CD player forextra connectivity
- DVD Player – Play sound from your movies, documetaries, live concerts and more
- Satellite TV Handset – Enhance the sound class of your television or set top unit
- Speakers – Use with NAP 100 power amp to drive wide range of demanding speakers
- Headphones – Listen straight over your headsets from the anterior DAC V1 panel.

 

What is Asynchronous USB?

Digital audio isn’t only about the information – 0s and 1s – and making sure that each sample is correctly transformed into a matching output voltage. Similarly, vital to attaining the uppermost faithfulness is guaranteeing that each consecutive example is replicated at a specific time interlude from those about it. If there is variation in the time interval, it causes an effect known as jitter which means the outbound waveform will distort.

To stop this, the principal clock that pedals the procedure should, preferably, be located exactly next to the DAC circuitry, not isolated from it. Asynchronous mode USB resolves this as it enables data to be taken from the source as neccessary, while in other modes the information is pushed down the interface controlled by the remote substandard and detached clock in the processer.

World Class Headphone Amp

Naim has an extended custom of consuming separate transistor, single ended Class-A amps for all its pre-amplifier phases. This has now been extended to the headphone amplifier of the DAC-V1. The headphone amplifier cleverly uses the pre-amp output amplifier for headphone drive. The instant headphones are driven in, the output current drive is mechanically curved up five times to stretch dynamic energy for all headphone impedances. The amplifier is driven by a high voltage power source and therefore comprises the ability to power high impedance headphones with spacious and dynamic sound. The consequence is the acoustic stages are reserved as modest and clean as possible for both standard and headset modes.

Single ended Class-A has been long recognised for its innate sound quality and presents zero crossover distortion. Its limitation is that it is incompetent, for headphone drive this is not significant so all the welfares can be subjugated. Many current headphone amplifiers are rated Class-AB, where the output stage is split in two halves; one which is pushing while the other is pulling. The two encounter in the middle and yield non-consonant distortion or distortions that do not happen innately in music.

- Fast asynchronous USB port up to 24bit/384kHz
- 5 x S/PDIF connections up to 24bit/192kHz (BNC, RCA, TOSLINK)
- Naim custom made Digital Sifting with 16 times oversampling
- Characteristic separate Naim preamp gain topology with designated gears
- First-class Burr Brown PCM1791A DAC, shared with NDX and SuperUniti
- Single ended Class-A headphone amplifier. Front panel ¼ inch headphone output
- Optical separation between digital and analogue units
- Naim numerally controlled analogue volume for presentation and accuracy
- Linear 210VA PSU with windings for Digital, DAC and analogue stages
- Operates with CPUs seriatim OSX, 10.7 and above, Windows XP, 7 and 8
- Floating or ground switch for best presentation with any arrangement
- OLED display for regulating situations and inspecting inward bit-rates
- Control via IR remote control or front panel controls
- DAC-V1 can switch between computer replay and volume
- Dense non-magnetic low-resonance framework and sleeve

Press Reviews

  • A big soundstage, inside which all the strands in the mix are located with laser-guided precision. (Hi-Fi Choice magazine May 2013, reviewed with Naim NAP100)

  • The new Naim DAC-V1/NAP 100 combo you see before you is the Salisbury company's latest attempt to make computer audio accessible. The easiest form of high-resolution playback is, of course, straight off your computer, effectively using it as a digital transport, and the new digital converter [the Naim DAC-V1] is designed to facilitate precisely that. (Hi-Fi Choice magazine May 2013, reviewed with Naim NAP100)

  • This is another masterful showing from Naim. It takes the good bits from the pricier Naim DAC, adds an excellent aysnchronous USB implementation and a volume control and packages with a really capable little amplifier that's good enough to rip into most speakers. In doing so, Naim has come up with a package that's greater even than the sum of the parts - and brilliant value too. (Hi-Fi Choice magazine May 2013, reviewed with Naim NAP100)

  • Excellent sonics; fine USB implementation; packaging; compact size and fine build...super-sounding DAC that gives you easy access to hi-res music. (Hi-Fi Choice magazine May 2013)

  • As well as being able to handle hi-res audio, the Naim has been designed to ensure it's getting exactly the right data from a computer source: there's a 'bitperfect' test routine built-in, and Naim offers a sequence of files for download to allow the DAC to check accurate data transmission. There are layers upon layers of detail here, and the Naim offers a transparency that allows you to hear each part with superb clarity, all while making it feel very much part of a whole. (What Hi-Fi Magazine)

  • What Hi-Fi Award 2013 - Best DAC £1000+

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