Naim N172 Streaming Pre-amplifier – Discontinued


The NAC-N 272 combines Naim’s latest innovations in digital audio technology with classic analogue preamplifier engineering. It samples the best of both worlds to create an immensely musical hi-fi system.


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Product Description

The NAC-N 172 XS defines a creative point at which two worlds collide – the traditional world of separate pre and power amplifiers, and the new world of network streaming.

For a start, the NAC-N 172 XS is a very high performance and inherently musical preamplifier. It combines a mix of analogue and digital audio inputs, a digitally-controlled analogue volume control, and analogue outputs to connect to a power amplifier. And it offers even more besides, because along with its conventional inputs it includes a front panel USB audio interface for iPad, iPod and iPhone input, and a wired or wireless network connection to access internet radio stations, stream from UPnP music servers and streaming millions of songs with Spotify Connect and TIDAL lossless audio streaming.

  • High quality preamplifier including digitally controlled analogue volume control
  • UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim Audio hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer
  • Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3
  • Six 24bit/192kHz-capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources
  • Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service
  • Native support for TIDAL streaming service with free 90 day trial of lossless HiFi tier
  • Bluetooth connectivity with high-quality aptX audio codec
  • Optional DAB+/DAB/FM radio module
  • vTuner 5* full-service internet radio
  • Multiroom & Party Mode compatible
  • iOS and Android Naim Audio app for intuitive control
Technology & Craft

As the first Naim Audio 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 NDX network player, and it benefits from all the filtering and signal management techniques that have brought Naim Audio 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 Audio 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.


Audio Inputs
Analogue Input  1 x 5-pin DIN, 1 x RCA pair, 1 x front panel 3.5mm jack (combined optical)
Input Sensitivity 200mV
Input Impedance 30kΩ
Other Inputs 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
Audio Outputs
Audio Outputs 1 x variable (4-pin DIN, 1 x RCA pair), 1 x fixed (1 x RCA pair)
Line Outputs Fixed (level) 1 x RCA pair
Line Outputs Variable (level) 775mV RMS
Output Impedance <47Ω (variable outputs), <600Ω (fixed output)
Load Impedance 10kΩ (min.)
Other Outputs Headphones Outputs: Stereo (front panel 3.5mm jack)
Frequency Response 5Hz – 40kHz
THD 0.015%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 90dB
Crosstalk 80dB
Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)
Remote Input 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated and unmodulated)
USB 1 x USB Type Mini-B
Remote Output 1 x rear panel 3.5mm jack (RC5 modulated and unmodulated)
Network Ethernet (Cat5), Wi-Fi
CD Formats Audio CD (Red Book, CD and CD-R)
Audio Formats WAV (up to 32bit/192kHz)
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)
M4a (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
MP3 (CBR and VBR up to 320kbit/s)
Playlists (M3U, PLS)
Internet Radio Provider vTuner 5* full service
Internet Radio Formats Windows Media-formatted content, MP3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis streams and MMS
DAB Tuning Range Band III and L Band
FM Tuning Range 87.5 – 108MHz
User Control
Front Panel Volume control, logo touch-sensitive mute function and nine button matrix
Handheld Remote handset included and optional Naim app for iOS and Android.
Supply Voltage 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
Other Hi-Line, Power-Line, any power amplifier
Dimensions (HxWxD) 70 x 432 x 301 mm
Weight 5.65 kg
Supplied with NaimUniti Remote Control
Front Brushed and black anodised
Case Black powder coated