Naim Audio launched in 1973 with a simple aim: to experience music replayed in its truest and purest possible form. That meant pushing the boundaries of what is viable, applying an obsessive attention to detail in the pursuit of musical authenticity.
Half a century on, its end goal still starts with the music that moves us; an unwavering line from the first Naim products to the creation of the New Classic range: the NSC 222 streaming pre-amplifier; an all-new iteration of the iconic NAP 250 power amplifier; and the NPX 300 power supply upgrade. Each boasts more features — including balanced connections — without sacrificing sound quality.
Designed and engineered by specialists in England, the New Classic range is handcrafted with care and built to last. Sophisticated yet simple to use, these timeless products aim to bring you years of listening pleasure. There are also a range of ways to integrate these new products with existing Naim models.
“From designing in our best-ever performance at this level, to added features and flexibility to eco-friendly elements — New Classic products use less than 0.5W in standby — we’ve combined our 50 years of experience with the very latest technology to redefine home hi-fi,” said Steve Sells, Naim Audio’s head of engineering (hardware).
The NSC 222 streaming pre-amplifier provides streaming performance from Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz, Apple Music, a world of internet radio and more, with support for bitrates up to 32bit/284kHz.
For those who prefer vinyl, the NSC 222 has an integrated MM phono stage and for headphone fans, the NSC 222 features Naim’s latest headphone technology as featured in the multi-award-winning Uniti Atom Headphone Edition.
Everything you’re listening to is displayed on a larger, 5.5-inch full-color screen and control of the NSC 222 can be accomplished via the Focal and Naim App, the smart Zigbee remote-control handset (no line of sight required), or via the unit itself from the illuminated volume control.
To drive the speakers, the NSC 222 can be paired with the NAP 250 power amplifier. In continuous production since 1975, the NAP 250 has gained iconic status. Featuring trickle-down technology from Naim’s flagship Statement amplifier, the new sixth-generation model delivers more power, even better performance, and greater system-matching flexibility.
The new NAP 250 is a 100W per channel dual-model design, with full power regulation. Its “party-proof design” features a heatsink that reacts as the volume increases, keeping things cool. Other enhancements include the addition of true balanced XLR connections, plus a range of trickle-down technology from Naim’s flagship Statement amplifier, including an eddy-current circuit breaker between the speaker outputs.
The NPX 300 power supply is marketed as an instant upgrade for the NSC 222 streaming pre-amplifier. It disables the internal power supply, immediately reducing the noise floor further still and providing cleaner power.
New Classic pricing below with availability January 2023.
- NSC 222 – $8,999 USD
- NAP 250 – $8,999 USD
- NPX 300 – $8,999 USD