Naim NSC 222
Pre Amplifier / Music Streamer

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Naim NSC 222 Pre Amplifier / Music Streamer

Sleek design meets audiophile quality

NSC 222 is an easy-to-use streaming preamplifier with multiple functions, offering uncompromising sound quality. With its high-precision engineering and exclusive British design from Naim, this product brings you a world of streamed music and radio, handling vinyls and audio headphones, as well as creating a high-performance analog preamplifier. Combine it with the NAP 250 power amplifier for an exceptional assembly: just add loudspeakers

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

NSC 222

Begin your New Classic musical journey with the highly versatile NSC 222 preamplifier. Access a wide range of music streaming platforms (Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz, etc.), a very large number of online radio stations, handling bitrates of up to 32bit/284kHz.

Want to enjoy vinyls? The NSC 222 has a MM phono input. Do you like headphones and want to dive into a world of solo listening? NSC 222 is equipped with full Naim technology for headphone listening, as inherited from the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition: the amplifier-DAC, the recipient of several awards all around the world.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

A unique streaming platform

NSC 222 incorporates the very latest Naim streaming platform. Made by Naim's experts in Salisbury, it sets new standards in terms of its prowess, functionality and ease of use. It is designed to offer true Hi-Fi performance, with the legendary Naim sound. Play all your favourite radio stations non-stop, as well as any music you choose from Spotify Connect, Apple Music, TIDAL, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, AirPlay 2, Chromecast, UPnP™ servers, USB key, Roon Ready, and more.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

Easy App control – in one room or many

The Naim App – available for Apple and Android devices – makes it simple to control your NSC 222, and even link up other music systems around your home into a stunning multi-room set-up. Use the App to access all your music, including your favourite radio stations, streaming services and playlists, and explore artist discographies and biographies.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

Simple and enjoyable to use

The NSC 222 is very simple to use – you can easily control it using the Focal & Naim app, available on iOS and Android, but also with the Zigbee smart remote control supplied. Of course, you can also access many features via the NSC 222 itself, and its backlit volume button. For your listening pleasure, the 5.5” colour screen displays the tracks played.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

Naim know-how

Under the guidance of Naim's Technical Director responsible for electronic products, Naim’s engineers have developed simple but elegant circuits, combined with the acclaimed and high-performing DR technology, guaranteeing the stable and fluid power supply so essential for superior performance. Naim teams opt for the highest-quality components and perform ultra-precise measurements for an uncompromising result.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

A timeless design

Naim products are designed to be both contemporary and timeless. The creations forego any unnecessary decoration that does not contribute to performance targets or add to the sound quality. The design of the NSC 222 streamer and preamplifier combines extreme precision, impressive functionality, sleek design and innovative materials to make it easy and enjoyable to use.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier

The story of Naim and aluminium

Naim's founder, Julian Vereker, immediately understood the many benefits of aluminium as a material for wrapping Naim electronic components. He knew that delicate audio components are very sensitive to the effects of magnetic fields, unstable temperatures, unwanted vibrations, etc. While other manufacturers were bending thin sheets of steel, Naim used thick plates of aluminium.

Naim NSC 222 Pre-Amplifier


Audio inputs
  • 1 x moving magnet phono
  • 1 x 8-pin DIN (compatible with 5-pin DIN cables)
  • 1 x RCA stereo pair
  • Line level inputs (RCA/DIN): Impedance 47k, 2.2V typical, 7.5Vrms Max
  • 8 pin DIN has +/-18V for compatible external phono stages such as
  • Solstice NVC-TT. Compatible with 5 pin DIN
  • MM phono: 47k/470pF, 5mV, 23dB overload (75mV max)
Audio outputs
  • Analogue
  • 1 x XLR pair (Stereo XLR balanced impedance 7Vrms max)
  • 1 x RCA pair (Stereo RCA 7Vrms max)
  • 1 x 6.35mm headphone jack (Headphone 1.5W into 16)
USB2 x USB Type A socket (front and rear - 1.6A charge)
Digital inputs (S/PDIF)
  • 2 x Optical TOSLINK (up to 24bit/96kHz)
  • 1 x coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
  • 1 x coaxial BNC (up to 24bit 192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
Audio formats
  • WAV - up to 32bit/384kHz
  • FLAC and AIFF - up to 24bit/384Hz
  • ALAC (Apple Lossless) - up to 24bit/384Hz
  • MP3 - up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
  • AAC - up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
  • OGG and WMA - up to 48kHz (16 bit)
  • DSD - 64 and 128Fs
  • M4A - up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
  • Gapless playback supported on all formats
Analogue gain
  • Pre-amplifier at max volume 15.5dB (with max Vol and max volume limit at 100%)
  • Phono stage MM 40dB
Digital level2.1V at 0dBFS volume at 0dB
Frequency response
  • MM: -3dB at 10Hz, RIAA +/-0.1dB
  • Line: 3Hz to 40kHz -3dB
  • Digital: 3Hz to 27kHz -3dB
Signal to noise ratio
  • MM 80dB ref 5mV A-wtd volume at 0dB
  • Line 104dB ref 2.2V A-wtd volume at 0dB
  • Digital 102dB ref 0dBFS A-wtd volume at 0dB
  • MM: < noise floor
  • Line: 0.0025% @2.2V input volume at 0dB, 1kHz
    (Line: 0.015% @2.2V input volume at 0dB, 20kHz)
  • Digital: 0.0035% @0dBFS volume at 0dB, 1kHz
Cross talk
  • MM: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB
  • Line: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB
    (Line: 70dB at 20kHz, volume at 0dB)
  • Digital: 90dB at 1kHz, volume at 0dB
  • App control (iOS and Android), bi-directional ZigBee remote and front panel
  • Optical 3.5mm output for synchronised control of compatible products e.g. NAP 250/350
NetworkEthernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Typical use consumption25W
Network standby mode consumption<2W
Standby mode consumption<0.5W
Mains Supply115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD)35/8x17x121/2" (9.15x43.2x31.75cm)
Weight24.25lbs (11kg)

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