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NAP 500-DR Reference Two-channel Power Amplifier

$34,995.00

As the debut product in Naim’s reference 500 Seriesrange, the NAP 500 is a monumental expression of Naim Audio amplifier technology. Its design was honed over six years of collaborative work with suppliers of specialist parts and each product takes days of dedicated assembly by Naim’s most skilled technicians in Salisbury. It’s this eye for detail, alongside its remarkable power, that allows the NAP 500 to bring your music into breath-taking focus.

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Product Description

As the debut product in Naim’s reference 500 Series range, the NAP 500 is a monumental expression of Naim Audio amplifier technology. Its design was honed over six years of collaborative work with suppliers of specialist parts and each product takes days of dedicated assembly by Naim’s most skilled technicians in Salisbury. It’s this eye for detail, alongside its remarkable power, that allows the NAP 500 to bring your music into breath-taking focus.

Statement technology 

Naim’s flagship Statement amplification system was ten years in the making. The research and development project drew on all of Naim’s knowledge and expertise, yielding several breakthroughs in technology.

The NAP 500 now features the new NA009 transistors first introduced in Statement. In development for over a year, this key component was created in partnership with a specialist semi-conductor manufacturer to achieve the best possible sound quality. The 500 also includes the high power Naim Audio DR (Discrete Regulator) technology used in Statement to provide the smooth, stable power supply critical for the audio electronics to make music come to life.

These two new technologies, combined with other small improvements to layout and componentry, mean the NAP 500 DR can produce even more of the fundamental musical pace, rhythm and timing that made the originals so popular with music lovers.

Features
  • 140W per channel output into 8 ohms; capable of prolonged output into 2 ohms with no discernible impact on performance
  • Bridged power amplifier configuration for maximised open and closed-loop speed, with ten stages of local regulation per channel
  • Two-box configuration with 500 PS power supply for optimum rejection of electromagnetic interference
  • 1,100VA toroidal transformer provides 12 raw DC supplies for the power amplifier
  • 25kg brushed, black-anodised chassis with distinctive heatsink plus variable speed intelligent fan system for discreet extra cooling if required.

Technology & Craft

  • The NAP 500 delivers 140W per channel into 8 ohms and is capable of prolonged output into 2 ohms with no discernible impact to performance. Its two box configuration is classic Naim Audio, with the power supply completely removed to the separate 500 PS power supply for ultimate performance. Each channel of the NAP 500 includes ten stages of local regulation. To reduce interference from the mains supply further, the transformer and first stages of the power supply are in a separate enclosure, the 500 PS, which provides twelve raw D.C. supplies for the power amplifier.

    A bridged configuration allow for maximised open and closed loop speed, less intrusive protection circuitry and reduced interaction between input and output signals as the very high drive currents to the loudspeaker do not flow through the system earth. The NAP 500 also features the new output transistor, the NA009, specifically designed for the purpose through months of collaborative work with a specialist supplier. The circuit topology has been developed to maximise bandwidth and reduce distortion and power supply dependency. Also, special attention has been paid to reducing thermally-induced noise, an especially important consideration in power amplifiers.

    Audio Inputs
    Analogue Input 2 x XLR
    Input Impedance 18kΩ
    Audio Outputs
    Gain +30dB
    Frequency Response  -3dB at 1.5Hz and 100kHz
    Minimum Load Impedance
    Speaker Outputs
    Speaker Outputs L & R, 4mm “banana” sockets
    Power Output 140W/channel, 8Ω
    Transient 700VA
    Power
    Mains Supply 100V, 115V, 230V; 50 or 60Hz
    Power Supply Options 500PS
    Physical
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 160 x 432 x 374 mm
    Weight 25 kg
    Shipping Dimensions 270 x 570 x 520 mm
    Shipping Weight 28.2 kg
    Supplied with 500PS, Power-Line, Burndy
    Finish
    Front Brushed and black anodised
    Case Brushed and black anodised