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The best of both worlds


The NAC-N 172 XS defines a point at which worlds collide – the traditional world of separate pre and power amplifiers, and the new world of network streaming. It's a conventional preamplifier, perfectly at home in a Naim separates environment where, partnered by a Naim NAP 155 XS power amplifier perhaps, it can reproduce music from CD or vinyl in a way that stirs the soul and quickens the pulse. But the NAC-N 172 XS also opens the door onto the new sphere of high resolution audio, internet radio and streamed music. It's a sphere that has just the same soul stirring potential as conventional audio sources, but that's effectively limitless in scope and content.


Liberation in control


The NAC-N 172 XS can be controlled via the front panel buttons and digitally controlled analogue volume knob, the standard remote control handset or the n-Stream app for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. 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.


   High quality preamplifier including digitally controlled analogue volume control


    UPnP™-enabled to stream audio files from any UPnP enabled server such as UnitiServe or a NAS at up to 32bit/192kHz resolution


    vTuner 5* full service internet radio


    Optional FM/DAB module variant available


    Streams/plays WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files


   Gapless playback available on all lossless file formats


    Front-panel USB port for replay of MP3 player/iPod and USB-stored audio  


    Digital USB connection from iPod/iPhone for ultimate quality and iPod control


    Multiple intuitive control interfaces: front panel, remote control handset and n-Stream control app


    Full system automation, wired remote in and wired remote out


    USB mini-b connector for software upgrades


    Linear power supply with 230VA transformer with separate windings for digital and analogue sections


    High quality Burr-Brown PCM1793 DAC


    Ground selector switch for optimum performance with many sources and power amps


    Five 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF digital inputs (2 x coaxial RCA, 2 x TOSlink, 1 x front panel mini-TOSlink)


    3 analogue inputs (1 DIN, 1 RCA pair, 1 x 3.5mm front-panel socket)


    1 line output


    DIN and RCA preamplifier analogue outputs


    Front-panel 3.5mm headphone connector


    OLED display for high contrast and easy visibility


    Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connectivity


As the first Naim streaming preamplifier, the NAC-N 172 XS introduces numerous innovative techniques for signal processing and isolation to ensure that each audio signal or stream is output with maximum fidelity. It employs a Burr Brown digital to analogue converter chip that offers the same performance as the one fitted to the digital benchmark Naim NDX network player, and it benefits from all the filtering and signal management techniques that have brought Naim to the forefront of digital music in the home.


NAC-N 172 XS component selection is entirely optimised for sound quality and the XS style case construction helps minimise microphony by providing a rigid, non-resonant foundation for the electronics. Like every Naim product, fastidious attention to power supply noise and regulation, PCB layout and earthing topology, is a fundamental element of NAC-N 172 XS performance.


The result of all this extraordinary technology is extraordinary music reproduction that lives, breathes and satisfies. Integrate a NAC-N 172 XS in an existing audio system, or build a new pre/power amplifier system around it, and the world of high resolution audio, UPnP™ streaming, and the vast resource of internet radio can connect seamlessly with your existing world of CD and vinyl.

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Finishes: Black
Warranty: 24 months
Available from: Salisbury
Delivery: In-Store Purchase Only (no mail order)

Our Price: £1650.00 (with FM/DAB Module £1900.00)

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