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Naim Audio DAC

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Introduction

A Naim DAC. Oh, how long we have waited. Naim Audio is hi-fi company with its own ideas. For years they held steadfastly to their claim that the only by keeping the spinning CD in the same box as the DAC could jitter be controlled and high fidelity playback be produced. While other hifi companies made similar claims most would relent at least occasionally and offer up a DAC or two. Listening to these DACs seemed to bare out the original premise, standalone players were better. While I'm still suspicious of the original motives for all these companies, we have finally arrived in the age of DACs. It's the IPod and music servers which have precipitated the reign of DACs, jitter or no, the market has spoken.

Specifications

  • Design: PCM Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
  • Sampling Rates: Up to 24 Bit, 192 kHz
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, + 0.1 dB, - 0.5 dB
  • Inputs: 4 Coaxial Digital, 4 Toslink Optical Digital, 2 USB
  • Outputs: DIN or RCA Phono
  • Maximum Output Voltage: 2.2 VRMS
  • THD+N: <0.002%
  • Sample rate: USB: 32 kHz to 768 kHz, 32 Bit S/PDIF: 32 kHz to 192 kHz, 32 Bit Apple Portable: 48 kHz Max
  • Dimensions: 2.75" H x 17" W x 11.9" D
  • Weight: 12.4 Pounds
  • Finish: Black Anodized
  • Price: $3,500 USA (Optional XPS2 $5,000)
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