Naim delivers new high end preamp


John Archer

<img src="" align="right">Following is the press release from Naim about its new preamp, launching in September 2006. </p><p>"The NAC122x is based on its larger brother the NAC202 and features a hardwired motorised Alps volume control potentiometer delivering better performance, lower noise in use and an improved feel over the resister ladder volume control of the NAC112x it replaces. </p><p>The six Din inputs are relay switched, contrasting with being multiplexed on the NAC112x, improving performance. Inputs one and six: (CD and Aux2) are duplicated on RCA sockets. </p><p>Much care in the design has been afforded to making the casework and PCB as low resonance as possible and to isolate the PCB from the environment and hence deleterious vibrations. </p><p>The NAP122x features an additional output in addition to the Naim standard Din. This stereo output on two RCA sockets, is optimised for connection to an active subwoofer, supports the growing use of 2.1 systems. </p><p>Rear panel layout is similar to the NAC202 and hence is Fraim friendly. </p><p>The NAC122x can be powered from the preamp power outputs of the NAP150x or NAP200 or can be upgraded by powering it from either a FlatCap 2x or Hi-Cap 2 power supply. One of the Din inputs can supply power to a Naim Stageline outboard phono stage. </p><p>Should the owner wish to use the NAC122x as part of a multi room system it can be fitted with a RS232 communications option. Additional control can also be made via a 3.5mm jack socket on the rear panel which supports a modulated RC5 signal. </p><p>The NAC122x comes with a Five Year Guarantee in the UK and will cost £750 inc. VAT. </p><p><b>Specification<b><br>* Input sensitivities: 75mV, 47kOhm<br>* Overload margins: 40dB<br>* Main output level: 0.775V, <50Ohm<br>* Tape/Av/Aux1 Output level: 75mV, 600Ohm<br>* Dimension (H x W x D): 70 x 432 x 301mm<br>* Weight: 4.75Kg<br>* Weight boxed: 6.35Kg"

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