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N272 vs MuSo and AirPlay

Discussion in 'audio' started by davea, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. davea

    davea pfm Member

    Just trying to get to grips with operating the N272 streaming pre-amp.

    It does not seem to announce as an AirPlay device.

    The MuSo works fine as AirPlay device, out of the box as far as I remember.

    It seems odd that virtually all the streaming functionality is the same across the two devices but that the N272 doesn't do AirPlay. Have I missed something?
  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Don't think so. It doesn't appear to be available.
  3. whatsnext

    whatsnext Naimless

  4. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    You haven't missed anything, no Naim streamers support Airplay except for the Musos. No loss in my view, as Airplay isn't going to give you decent sound quality in any case.
  5. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    What he said.
  6. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    ...Except that the new Uniti range has AirPlay onboard too. The NAC-N 272 definitely does not though.
  7. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    You think?...or in your experience?...or just received wisdom?

    Some context is required here.
  8. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member


    Iphone to ATV to DAC works surprisingly well in my system.
  9. Whatsisnaim

    Whatsisnaim pfm Member

    I've tried it from iPhones and Macs, into a couple of DACs, a Superuniti and an NDX, and it sounds consistently poor to me. Comparable to MP3 vs CD.
  10. peter_964rs

    peter_964rs That's no moon!

    Does the manufacturer need a specific Apple chip to enable Airplay? I don't think a software upgrade would allow the 272 to stream airplay. You'd probably need a separate Airport Express with optical cable into the back of the 272. Messy! But on SQ grounds probably little worse than direct Airplay support.
  11. syep2001

    syep2001 pfm Member


    Exactly what I use for fuss free streaming. Better quality than a Logitech SB in my system.
  12. davea

    davea pfm Member

    Thanks all for the replies.
    I am not concerned as I mainly use UPNP. It just seemed strange that they would miss out that function on a box which does fairly much everything else and when they already have it on lower models.
  13. syep2001

    syep2001 pfm Member

    Dave - hide an Apple TV behind your rack, optically linked into the 272 - for £50 you'll have AirPlay to the Pre Amp too.
  14. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    This. /\ /\ /\
  15. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    I am not sure whether or not a specific Apple chip is required for AirPlay, but certainly it is a licensed technology.
  16. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    If you mostly listen to CD quality audio then theoretically the Airport Express will give you better results over Airplay than the Apple TV. Theoretically. In practice the difference may not be audible and obviously the Apple TV has other advantages, like its ability to handle video. You will need an Apple TV 3 or earlier for this job as the latest version does not come with an optical output.
  17. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    I would agree. I've used both and was unable to hear a difference.

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