NAIM NSC222 Streaming Pre-Amplifier


The NSC 222 from Naim is a versatile and easy-to-operate preamplifier that combines uncompromising sound quality and precision engineering with a wealth of streaming audio options. With instant access to all of the most popular music streaming services (and quite a few obscure ones), it can be paired with a vinyl player and audio headphones for the perfect solo listening experience. Alternatively, you can combine it with one of Naim’s high-end power amplifiers and your favourite set of loudspeakers for the ultimate low-fuss sound system.

Superior Streaming Sound

The Naim NSC 222 is an outstanding streaming platform, granting access to dozens of streaming providers as well as a full range of digital radio stations from around the world. If you’ve chosen to eschew physical music media in favour of having all of musical history available to you from one streaming service or another, this device is everything you’ve been looking for. Easy to operate by remote control or through the custom app, the NSC 222 can be programmed to play in any room in the house. With a simple display screen interface, it’s easy to forget the power and precision that lie beneath its sleek black casing. Naim’s proprietary hardware ensures that you get impeccable sound reproduction on all your music, wherever you’re streaming it from.

A complete music system

While the unique streaming technology of the NSC 222 is reason enough to invest in this exceptional piece of kit, it’s worth remembering that it’s only the start of your audio journey. This impressive preamplifier can be easily expanded into a full music system, with ports for connecting your headphones and vinyl player, as well as an amplifier and loudspeakers. It’s never been easier to access the full gamut of audio options from the comfort of your own home.

Timeless Design

Naim products are built to last, using the highest quality components in their manufacture. For this reason, the NSC 222 has been designed to deliver a look that is both timeless and entirely contemporary. Sleek, precise, and minimalist, its focus is on functionality rather than decoration, making it right at home in any setting.

Your Favourite Streaming Platforms

The Naim NSC 222 gives you access to all of the biggest names in streaming audio, allowing you to listen to your favourite music at the touch of a button. These include:

Spotify Connect
Apple Music
TIDAL Connect
AirPlay 2
UPnP servers
USB key
Roon Ready

In-store Demonstration

If you want to see the NSC 222 in action before you commit to purchasing it, make an appointment with us today to visit our Chester store. We will show you just what this spectacular streaming preamp is capable of in our custom-built demo room.

At-home Installation

When you order your Naim NSC 222 from Acoustica, we will deliver it directly to your door and help you set it up with the rest of your audio equipment. We have been part of the hi-fi industry for decades, and we know how to get the exceptional results you deserve from such an innovative device.

Technical Specification


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
  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 synchronised control of compatible products
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 (HxWxD) 35/8x17x121/2″ (9.15×43.2×31.75cm)
Weight 24.25lbs (11kg)


Get in Touch

Whether you have questions for us regarding the NSC 222 from Naim, want to place an order, or want to arrange an in-store demo, get in touch with Acoustica today. Call us on 01244 344 227 during our store hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:30) or send an email to to have someone call you back.


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