Naim launches NAC-N 272 streaming preamplifier

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.

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File support includes FLAC and WAV all the way up to 24-bit/192kHz, but the big news is that the NAC-N 272 is the first Naim product to support DSD (DSF 64 & DFF 64). These can be played over a network via UPnP, or through the Naim's compatible digital inputs.

Owners of existing Naim kit aren't going to miss out either - DSD support will be rolled out to compatible products, such as the SuperUniti, ND5XS, NDX and NDS, just as soon as Naim has finished all the relevant testing.

Under the bonnet, the NAC-N 272 features a jitter-reducing SHARC processor, isolated analogue and digital sections, floating circuit boards and a volume control derived from the company's £135,000 Statement set-up.

As is the case with a number of Naim's products, the NAC-N 272 is upgradeable by partnering with an external power supply. The '272 is compatible with Naim's XP5 XS, XPS and 555 PS.

The Naim NAC-N 272 streaming preamp goes on sale in March for £3300, or £3595 if you want the optional DAB+/FM module fitted.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.