Naim NAC 202 Stereo Preamplifier With Remote

$2,499

One of my absolute favorite audio brands. UK made. Tons of upgrade paths with external power supplies available for the consummate tweaker.

Incredible build quality and attention to detail resulting in a wonderful engaging and detailed sound. Best used with other Naim gear but will work with the rest.

Fully bench tested and performing to factory specs. In good condition without any siginficant signs of wear.

This listing includes the Naim remote as shown in our photos. 

Fully bench tested and performing to factory specs.

**Requires separate Naim compatible power supply (or mated to a Naim amp) and corresponding Naim/DIN-type cable for operation. Please call us with any questions on Naim connections we're happy to chat.

Click below for the manual and full specifications:

Naim NAC 202 Stereo Preamplifier - Full Reference Guide

More from Naim:
The NAC 202 is the next step up from our entry-level NAC 152 XS, adding star-earthed circuit boards for superior transparency and an even lower resonance circuit layout. It provides for a wide range of expansion and upgrade options, including connection to a StageLine phonostage and an AV bypass connection to an external AV amplifier.

Features:
• Support for both DIN and RCA inputs to ease connection into a wider range of systems
• User configurable unity-gain AV input
• Powered input for use with StageLine or Prefix phono stage
• RC5 input and Smart IR system for remote control integration of Naim Audio products
• Optional RS232 (Serial) input/output for use in full home automation systems
• Can be powered from the preamp inputs of the NAP 155 XS or NAP 200 power amplifier or external power supply (see Upgrade Path)

Technology & Craft
The NAC 202 introduced a new level of technical and musical performance to our range of preamplifiers, along with elegant new styling.

Low-resonance circuit boards and anti-vibration, resonance controlling feet minimise the effect of microphonic vibration on the highly sensitive electronic components while carefully matched precision rotary potentiometers with precious metal wipers are used to preserve musical integrity and ensure long-term stability.

The intelligent balance control combines a high quality motorised potentiometer for the best performance with intelligent circuitry to indicate the centre position.

The NAC 202 also features a silent microprocessor that sleeps during listening and controls all aspects of the amplifier including: protection circuits that continuously monitor the power supplies ensuring safe shut down in the event of a power cut; user-configurable RC5 input and Smart IR system for remote control integration of Naim Audio products.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Preamplifiers:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and transistors are checked for signs of stress or damage. Special attention is paid to the power supply which is the most common source of failure for preamps. We then power up the unit and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the low voltage output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise to get a baseline.

At this point we will lubricate and clean all switches and potentiometers (that are not sealed) with a high quality contact cleaner, and then re-test all functions for any signs of noise or scratching.

Final testing involves putting actual music through the preamplifier. We have learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to a familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage KEF speakers that we are super familiar with which will quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some preamps will then move into the listening room where they will be tested with our in-house reference system.

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.

Item

Included

Original Box

No

Manual

Online

Remote

Yes

Cables

Yes - Power

Physical Condition

8

Working Condition

10

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