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Naim NAC-N 272 Pre Amplifier + Streamer


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The NAC-N 272 is now the most popular Naim pre amp we sell, combining a pre-amplifier and streamer with multiple capabilities. Built to Naim's usual high standards, it's a perfect match for a Naim power amp, especially the Naim NAP 250 DR or Naim NAP 300 DR.

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

Tech Specs

Input Sensitivity: 200mV
Input Impedance: 30kΩ
UPnP: Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi
Digital In: 5 x S/PDIF (Coaxial RCA/Optical)
TOSlink: 3.5mm front panel mini-TOSlink

Analogue: 5-pin DIN/RCA pair/3.5mm front
Sample rates: 192kHz (coaxial), 96kHz (optical)
USB/iPod: 1 front-panel socket

Impedance: <47Ω (variable outputs) 
Impedance: <600Ω (fixed output)

Minimum Load Impedance: 10kΩ
Frequency Response: 5Hz to 40kHz
THD + N: 0.015%
Signal To Noise Ratio: 90dB
Crosstalk: 80dB
Headphone: Stereo (front 3.5mm jack)
Analogue Out (variable): 4-pin DIN/RCA pair
Analogue Out (fixed level): 1 x RCA pair
Output Level: 1VrmsUPGRADES
Other: Hi-Line, Power-Line, any power amp

Infra Red: Via front panel logo (RC5)
Remote Input: 3.5mm panel jack on rear (RC5)
USB: Updates only (rear panel USB mini-B)
Remote Output: 3.5mm panel jack on rear (RC5)
Network: Ethernet (Cat5), Wi-Fi

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) MP3, M4a (up to 320kbit/s), Playlists (M3U, PLS) iRadio Service Provider vTuner 5* full service Int

Front Panel: Volume control, logo mute and buttons
Handheld: Remote handset included and optional n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch available from the App store.

Mains Supply: 100V, 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption (maximum): 35VA

Dimensions: 70 x 432 x 301mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 5.65kg
Front finish: Brushed and black anodised
Case finish: Black powder coated

Tuning Range: FM 87.5 - 108MHz, DAB Band III and L Band
iRadio Service Provider: vTuner 5* full service

Our staff say

Before this model came along, we'd match a purist Naim pre amp (like the NAC252 or NAC282) with a power amp and then add separate source models for streaming, CD, etc. While we still spec these systems, the NAC-N 272 changed the game by combining a pre amp with a fully featured streamer, making it a popular choice, usually with NAP 250 DR power amp. Visit us for a proper demo, its a pleasure to use with the Naim app on iPad controlling Spotify or Tidal. -Alex (our MD)

Product Description

Naim NAC-N 272 is a conventional pre amplifier which also features network music player functionality. The NAC-N 272 defines a point at which worlds collide – the traditional world of separate pre and power amplifiers, and the new world of network streaming.

Classic Yet Modern

The NAC-N 272 combines Naim's latest innovations in digital audio technology with classic analogue preamplifier engineering. It samples the best of both worlds to create an immensely musical hi-fi system. Those with files on network-attached storage can take advantage of the Naim's UPnP hi-res streaming, while Spotify Connect and aptX Bluetooth enhance the NAC-N 272's credentials. There's also vTuner internet radio, an Apple-compatible USB input and a number of optical and coaxial digital inputs. A built-in headphone amplifier completes a thorough feature set.


The NAC-N 272 boasts an impressive array of inputs including high-resolution (up to 24bit/192kHz) UPnPTM streaming, Spotify Connect, iRadio, Bluetooth (aptX), USB, multiroom and an optional DAB/FM module. Six digital and three analogue inputs cover integration with a wide range of sources from CD and games consoles to phonostages. It’s also performance upgradable with the addition of a Naim XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supply. All this functionality does not come at the cost of performance. The 272 has been carefully designed and meticulously hand-crafted to deliver a completely immersive and awe-inspiring music experience.

Using the n-Stream app is a uniquely liberating experience, allowing not just easy control of music playback, but the possibility to explore a music collection and find new music from the expanded music information feature delivered by Rovi. Full system automation means a Naim CD player can also be controlled directly from the app.

Hand-built in Salisbury England  

All analogue input sockets on the 272 are individually hand wired to the main board to enhance mechanical decoupling. The board itself is mounted on a system of shoulder bolts which releases any tension which can adversely affect sound quality. The sound critical resistors used arrive at Naim matched to within 5%. This already high tolerance is improved before assembly by hand-matching to within margin of just 1%. We then go even further by introducing a slight mechanically compliant bend in the legs of each one during assembly. We take this care and attention because we know it can help to make the difference in producing the incredible sound on which we’ve built our reputation.

Hybrid Vol/Class-A Amp

The 272 volume control is derived from the design of the flagship Statement NAC S1 control. It offers smooth operation and perfect level match­ing while a Class-A single-ended headphone amplifier makes the most of high-performance headphones. As soon as headphones are plugged in, the output current drive is automatically turned up five times to give dynamic drive for all headphone impedances.

Analogue Preamplifier

The NAC-N 272 is a high-performance Naim preamplifier with quality hand-matched analogue components selected after listening tests. Great care has been taken to protect the signal path from sources of interference. The digital and analogue sections of the product communicate using optical isolation chips which minimises the impact of the noisy digital circuitry and power supply on the critical audio components. 

Digital Technology

The 272’s digital pedigree is formidable. It shares the incredibly powerful DSP (Digital Signal Processor) used by the reference NDS network player and features Naim’s proprietary digital audio buffering and filtering techniques. This helps to eliminate jitter and optimises the audio stream for the best musical performance from any digital source. It also means that the 272 can play back DSD64 files.

The 272 is an ideal choice for those seeking the convenience of a single box streaming system with iOS and Android app control with hi-fi separates performance. A conventional preamplifier, it is perfectly at home in a Naim separates environment paired with: 

- Naim NAP 200
- NAP 250 or even
- NAP 300 power amp

- High quality preamplifier including digitally controlled analogue volume control
- UPnP enabled for streaming up to 24bit/192kHz res from Naim hard disk servers
- Network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
- Performance upgradable with XP5 XS, XPS or 555 PS power supply
- WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, DSF64/DFF64,  Ogg Vorbis/MP3
- Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital ins (S/PDIF)
- Support optimum connection to external sources
- Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs
- Bluetooth connectivity with aptX audio codec
- Optional DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
- vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
- Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
- Naim app for iOS and Android

Press Reviews

  • 'The NAC-N272 is a hugely talented unit that delivers top-class sound with an extensive features list. For: Combines a terrific streamer with hugely capable preamp, feature count, insightful and organised sound... There are only two things you need to know about the Naim NAC-N 272: it’s a fully featured streaming preamp and it sounds lovely.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine August 2016)

  • 'This is also a forward-thinking unit, so there are digital inputs. There’s a good range of optical and coax connections alongside aptX Bluetooth. Bluetooth would have been unthinkable in high-end products just a few years ago, but now an increasing number of manufacturers are waking up to the fact that wireless connectivity is a good thing... It’s a surprisingly talented performer, keeping the balance of Bluetooth but adding sizable chunks of transparency, subtlety and rhythmic precision to the mix..' (What Hi-Fi Magazine August 2016)

  • 'Build quality is as solid as we’ve come to expect from Naim. The N 272 doesn’t feel particularly luxurious but does give off a no-nonsense air that suggests a focused, well-engineered design. The front panel control count is low for a product like this, and is backed up with a clear display that’s large enough to read from across a room, even in bright lighting conditions.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine August 2016)

  • 'The analogue line stages and built-in DAC are equally impressive, preserving the unit’s sonic character while being revealing enough to show up the sonic differences between alternate sources. The headphone output is as good as the line stages – something that isn’t usually the case. It’s a Class A circuit designed to drive a wide range of headphones well, and it does.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine August 2016)

  • 'The Naim NAC-N 272 could have easily turned out to be too much of a compromise; a poor relation to the company’s long established line of dedicated separates. It isn’t though. It sounds great, it’s full of life and has the ability to make music, no matter how complex, make sense. Then factor in the box-count reduction, lack of extra cabling and the fuss-free way it operates, and this unit looks like something of a bargain (in high-end terms at least).' (What Hi-Fi Magazine August 2016)

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