Great Ear review for new Naim Classic Series

Monday, February 27, 2023

Have a look at the review in full here.

Naim New Classic conclusion

I think it’s safe to say that Naim has got its mojo back with the first fruit of the New Classic range. Not only have they made their core products more attractive, more fully featured and easy to use but they sound more like the Naim products that put the brand on the map. The introduction of more conventional connections with a wide range of inputs both via cables and over the aether gives the NSC 222 the flexibility to adapt to any likely changes in the future of hi-fi, while the onboard preamplifier, streamer and DAC are of a calibre that you wouldn’t get from separate boxes at this price. The Naim New Classic NAP 250 is a chip off the classic pace, rhythm and timing block that has power reserves to drive all but the most demanding of speakers and a musicality that eludes a lot of the competition. Naim New Classic feels like an affirmation of faith for both the faithful and those in the wilderness who have yet to discover what truly great electronics can do for their music.


Naim NSC 222
Type: preamplifier, streamer, DAC with headphone amplifier
Analogue inputs: RCA, 8-pin DIN, MM phono
Digital inputs: 2x Toslink optical, coaxial RCA, coaxial BNC
Analogue outputs: pre-out RCA & XLR, 6.3mm headphone jack
Line: 0.0025% @2.2V input volume at 0dB, 1kHz
Digital: 0.0035% @0dBFS volume at 0dB, 1kHz
Output impedance: 60 Ohms RCA, per phase XLR
Output voltage: 7V RMS max
Control options: Focal & Naim app, remote handset, Roon Ready
Maximum bit/sample rates: up to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD128
Streaming options: Google Cast, Airplay 2, Bluetooth aptX, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Qobuz
Streaming sources: UPnP servers, USB stick
Accessories: Powerline Lite power cable, remote handset, optical trigger cable
Dimensions (HxWxD): 91.5 x 432 x 317.5mm
Weight: 11kg
Warranty: 2 years

NAP 250
Type: stereo power amplifier
Analogue inputs: XLR
Analogue outputs: 4mm sockets
Power output: 100W/8 Ohms, 190W/4 Ohms
Frequency response: 1.4Hz – 100kHz (-3dB)
Sensitivity: 1V
Gain: 29dB
Distortion: THD+N: at 2/3rds full power 8 @1kHz (0.013%)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 111dB (full power)
Accessories: Powerline Lite power cable, Naim XLR interconnects
Dimensions (HxWxD): 91.5 x 432 x 317.5mm
Shipping weight: 16.8kg
Warranty: 2 years

NPX 300
Type: external power supply
Accessories: Powerline Lite power cable, Burndy cables
Dimensions (HxWxD): 91.5 x 432 x 317.5mm
Shipping weight: 14.4kg
Warranty: 2 years

Price when tested:
Naim NSC 222 £5,700
Naim NAP 250 £5,700
Naim NPX 300 £5,700

Outwardly resembling the sequential series and therefore offering a brand-wide visual aesthetic match, the audiolab 7000A improves on the 6000A with a genuine 70W per channel output, a new DAC, a new full-colour IPS LCD screen and more! More compact than the 9000 series, it maintains crisp ergonomics, high-quality engineering, a useful range of facilities and an excellent all-around acoustic performance and connectivity.

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