Naim NSC 222 Streaming Pre-Amplifier with Built-In MM Phono Stage


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Model: NAIMPREANSC222 UPC: 5056351704475 Item: 179151

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Where streamlined design meets audiophile quality.

The NSC 222 is a feature-packed streaming pre-amplifier that keeps things simple without compromising on musical quality. Precision engineered and designed in the UK, this new design features a world of music and radio streaming, alongside vinyl and headphone support - plus a full-spec analogue pre amplifier. Partner with the new NAP 250 power amplifier for the ultimate ‘just add speakers’ pairing.


  • 1.5W discrete transistor, class A/AB headphone amplifier.
  • Headphone connection via 1/4 inch socket
  • Tactile buttons on front panel for quick access
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac) diversity antennas built into heatsink
  • Second set of outputs via RCA for bi-amping or subwoofer connection
  • Reed relay input switching
  • Built-in high-quality MM phono stage
  • aptX Adaptive Bluetooth
  • Naim’s latest NP800 streaming card with LVDS balanced digital signals
  • Naim App to control continuity from Mu-so through to Classic range
  • Multi-room capability
  • ZigBee RF bi-directional remote control included
  • Twin fixed frequency (44.1kHz and 48kHz based sample rates)
  • 0.5W standby power
  • Galvanic isolation of control and audio circuits



  • Type: Preamplifier
  • 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)
  • USB: 2 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 level 2.1V 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
  • Distortion
    • 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
  • Control
    • App control (iOS and Android), bi-directional ZigBee remote and front panel
    • Optical 3.5mm output for synchronized control of compatible products e.g. NAP 250/350
  • Network: Ethernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
  • Typical use consumption: 25W
  • Network standby mode consumption: <2W
  • Standby mode consumption: <0.5W
  • Mains Supply: 115V or 230V, 50/60Hz
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17” x 3 5/8” x 12 1/2"
  • Weight: 24.25 lbs

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • NSC 222 Streaming Pre-Amplifier with Built-In MM Phono Stage
  • Bi-directional ZigBee Remote
  • Power Cord
  • Manual



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