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Naim Nac 272n

Discussion in 'audio' started by Lordhenley, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    Anyone tried one of these yet with or without Naim amps?
  2. omsoc

    omsoc pfm Member

    I have one and have used it with naim amps and karan acoustics.

    For the money it's a very good pre/dac/streamer, well worth a listen.
  3. penguin_sam

    penguin_sam pfm Member

    yep. listened and is nearly equal to my squeezebox 282 nDac (new firmware notwithstanding) XPS. Going to get one and maybe aforesaid will be gone as will 3 shelves of fraim!
  4. nitrous

    nitrous pfm Member

    Yes, I have had one since about April, I think it is a great bit of kit. Powered by XPS DR I love the presentation and amount of detail. I,m using mine in to nap 200 and use like a receiver so I still have main sources CD and turntable as inputs.

    The interface is nice, being able to name inputs. And the iPad app will allow operation of CD player when cd is wired/system auto enabled.

    All in all a good bit of kit.
  5. dspatterson

    dspatterson Keltik Krazy

    I've tried one into both my Chord SPM650 and my Meridian 559 and It sounds superb. Digital side was slightly behind my 2 Qute but lp12 was fab.
  6. Lordhenley

    Lordhenley pfm Member

    I'm tempted by one of these, I wonder if it will work with my audionote monoblocks valve amps ?
  7. nitrous

    nitrous pfm Member

    I had audio note Zero stuff a few years back, so sadly can't say for sure. But the 'new' naim sound is a lot more spacious than olive gear, and 272 is designed for other power amps, so give it go.... At worst you can buy a sh 200
  8. amazement

    amazement pfm Member

    I intend swapping my Nac172 N XS to the 272 in the new year once I sell the 172. Have been very happy with the 172 now want to go up a gear or two.
  9. raysablade

    raysablade pfm Member

    I'll be keeping my sublime sounding 172 NAP200 combo for a while longer.

    I could manage the 272 itself, what would kill me is the knowledge that only another £10000 on an XPS and a NAP 300 will get the best out of it.

    The lack of a power supply upgrade with my 172, and the feeling that worthwhile improvement tops out with my current power amp are things i wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I do.
  10. benmirza

    benmirza Member

    Hi All,

    This seems like an appropriate thread to ask this on, so here goes.

    To the NAC 172 (or 272) owners, could anyone confirm whether the naim control app (android version) has the ability to select and display the pre-amp volume/mute status/input selected? The reason I ask is that I currently have a 122x and find myself having to walk around to another room (under the stairs!) to confirm the selected input, volume etc. I want something that gives me full control (excluding setup features etc) whilst being 'blind' in my living room.

    For those that are wondering why my kit is hidden away instead of being on show, it's purey down to space constraints in the living room, in which I have wall mounted speakers - not ideal but surprisingly good considering.

    Thanks in advance,
  11. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    N272 is much appraised on the green white capital investment place, not only this months flavour but these years.. if you dare ask there, it will need a 555 psu and 250dr amp with Lumina wires too, all sums up to $$$ which is far from Statement
  12. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    I have a 272, with Android and Apple devices using the Naim app you can control volume, mute and change inputs.
  13. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Now now Perf, you don't need all the extras to make the 272 sound great I use mine naked with the bottom end NAP100 and it sounds fantastic.
  14. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    I'm sure it does sound fantastic, I was just reading some brain washed things over there, it is really becoming a sheep++ place bvadr
    You even need two 555 for your cd player or streamer these days, otherwise it sound broken
    The owners sure have a fun time, its all about profit these days, how I miss JV.

    The little 100 is amazingly good too, provided matching speakers
    I would not bother with other brands poweramp to match their preamp
  15. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    I have had a few NAC-N 272s here since they were launched. I have tried them with pretty much every Naim power amp. I cannot recall every trying one with a non-Naim power amp, sorry. You might like to contact Dave at Audio Counsel for advice on mixing Naim and Audio Note equipment. I am fair certain he had both of those brands at one time.
  16. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Personally I don't read too much into the claims over on the other side but I know what you mean regarding power supply upgrades etc

    One day I may try an XPS but for now my system into fairly cheap AE301 speakers sounds amazing, great boogie, fast and an exciting sound.

    NAP100 for the money is probably Naims biggest bang for buck
  17. subsearov

    subsearov pfm Member

    I'll find out early next week, as I've got one arriving on a trial basis.

    This is an experiment, to see if I can reduce the Naim box count, and it'll be running with a 300 power amp, together with a 555 Power supply, both of which I already have here.

    Not expecting miracles, but if I like the sound, then I'll be shifting an NDS streamer, a second 555 Power supply, and a 552 pre ......... and down to only four boxes, and one stack of Fraim.

    We'll see. :eek:
  18. benmirza

    benmirza Member

    Thanks for that, appreciate the response and apologies for hijacking the thread slightly! The 172 is just what I'm after by the sounds of it. Cheers
  19. HiFiman

    HiFiman Don't tell him Pike

    Interesting to see how the 272 fits into your already excellent setup, not sure it will displace the 552 though but who knows ;)

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