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Naim Statement NAC-S1 Flagship Pre Amplifier

 

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NAC-S1 was designed to set a new reference standard in high-end audio and music reproduction. Combine with a pair of NAP S1 to build the ultimate unbeatable system.

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Features

Brand Naim Audio

Tech Specs

- Analogue In: 3x DIN, 3x RCA, 2x Bal
- Out: 1x Bal, 2x Unbal (4 pin DIN)
- Dimensions (HWD): 940 x 270 x 412mm
- Weight: 61.5kg

Product Description

Naim Statement NAC-S1 Flagship Pre Amplifier is crafted for pure musical performance and is the pinnacle of Naim’s engineering knowledge and artistry. The ground-breaking series also includes the NAP S1 mono power amplifiers.

The idea for an entirely new kind of amplifier was first conceived by Naim engineers over a decade ago and development began in 2011. The objective was to set a new reference standard in high-end audio and music reproduction. Statement is the result of this plus three years of relentless questioning, iterative design and a point blank refusal to accept no as an answer.

Performance First

Product engineers often begin with what exists already. They might ask how something can work better or where improvements can be made. With Statement, Naim started with a blank sheet of paper and a vision: to create the ultimate amplifier. After the initial concept stage the engineering team set aside practical considerations and began to map out the product in free space. This creative freedom was then backed up by 3D computer models which confirmed the optimum position for each component. To accommodate this new layout Statement pioneers a new vertical structure. It was the best way to minimise electromagnetic and mechanical interference and maximise thermal performance.

Duality In Design

Statement's radically different aesthetic may seem like a departure from Naim Audio tradition but it's the ultimate expression of everything Naim represents. The imposing monolithic structure with its stark silhouette is offset by the organic sculptural flow of the heat sink and the beautifully lit volume control and central divide. This duality in the design reflects how Naim's pursuit of technical brilliance is always grounded in the abstract human experience of music. If it's the best amplifier in the world in lab tests we’ve only done half a job - it's in the listening room where it really counts.

Technology

Everything about Statement is a leap forward in technology and design. It's been engineered from the ground up for pure performance. Statement perfectly represents Naim's philosophy of providing the highest quality power supply while isolating individual sections to avoid unwanted interference. The noisy power supply is housed in the base and sensitive electronics are nestled above. Each section is divided by an acrylic centre-piece that blocks interaction. Top section electronics are separated further still, with internal chambers isolating individual stages.

Craftsmanship

Every component, curve and connection in Statement demanded new levels of engineering and tolerance. The distinctive ‘wave’ heat sinks begin life as a solid billet of untreated aluminium, which is cut to size and machined to achieve the curved profile. The fins are then cut using a five-axis, temperature-controlled, CNC machine. It takes three hours for the finished shape to emerge. Once each piece is individually machined, it is painstakingly hand-polished and quality inspected.

Finishing

After the inspection process, the metalwork is submerged in baths of cleansing acid and then into a bath of electrolyte fluid containing black ink. A current is passed through it, bonding the ink to the metalwork and creating Naim Audio's signature black finish. Statement has been designed and developed using cutting-edge manufacturing technology. But it takes a human touch to get things just right. For example, every sound-critical component is positioned and soldered by hand by skilled technicians.

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