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.
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.
|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, 2 x optical TOSlink, 1 x 3.5mm front panel mini-TOSlink)|
|Sample rates maximum||192kHz (coaxial), 96kHz (optical)|
|UPnP||Ethernet (RJ45) or Wi-Fi|
|USB/iPod||1 front-panel socket|
|Analogue Outputs (variable level)||1 x 4-pin DIN, 1 x RCA pair|
|Analogue Outputs (fixed level)||1 x RCA pair|
|Frequency Response||5Hz to 40kHz|
|THD + N||0.015%|
|Signal-To-Noise Ratio (S/N Ratio)||90dB|
|Output Impedance||<47Ω (variable outputs), <600Ω (fixed output)|
|Load Impedance||10kΩ (min.)|
|Headphone outputs||Stereo (front panel 3.5mm jack)|
|Other||Hi-Line, Power-Line, any power amplifier|
|Remote Control||Infra Red (RC5)|
|Remote Input||3.5mm panel jack on rear (RC5)|
|Remote Output||3.5mm panel jack on rear (RC5)|
|USB||Updates only (rear panel USB mini-B)|
|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|
|Multiroom||Master: Will stream native quality WAV, FLAC and AIFF (up to 24bit/48kHz), ALAC (up to 16bit/44.1kHz), AAC and MP4 (up to 16bit/48kHz) files only Client: Will play 320kbps MP3 quality only|
|USER CONTROL INTERFACES|
|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||35VA (max.)|
|PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES|
|Licenses||MP3, AAC, DAB|
|Dimensions||70 x 432 x 301mm (H x W x D)|
|Shipping Dimensions||180 x 490 x 580mm (H x W x D)|
|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|
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