Naim Audio has a strong history making genuine enhancers and assorted sound products. All the more as of late its staked out new ground with system sound servers and players, however the Naim Audio DAC-V1 is pointed unequivocally at anybody that likes to make an immediate associations between their PC and HiFi.
It's ready to acknowledge up to four customary computerized sources, with inputs to translate the sound from CD, DVD and Blu-Ray players, set-top boxes, and supports DAB radios.
Yet, the fundamental fascination here is the offbeat USB data, to assist a D-A convertor (DAC) that can acknowledge stereo computerized sound up 24-bit and 384 kHz test recurrence. Indeed, even the best HiFi res sound documents normally top out at 192 kHz however the additional headroom here permits some future sealing, and also up-sampling output from the playback PC or tablet.
The basic yet trendy front sash has a smooth-turning volume control to one side, six domed information catches to one side, and a green OLED show about filling all the space between.
A little however very much shaped remote control deals with all the essentials – volume + and –, direct information determination, show on/off, and in addition fundamental transport controls that can be utilized to control a PC's music player through the USB transport.
Do note however that in spite of the excellent preamp looks, its an totally advanced unit, with no inputs for different sources.
Starting setup is easy. Microsoft Windows was never intended for high-determination sound however the DAC-V1 can work with USB advanced sound up to 384 kHz test recurrence in the wake of introducing an outsider driver. Macintosh OS X will perceive and support the Naim DAC-V1 without including any bit drivers.
There are no limits over the sound quality, for example, switchable advanced insertion channels, albeit different alternatives incorporate customisation of information name, impairing volume control to make an altered level source part, flexible most extreme earphone volume level, and presentation darkening.
A helpful highlight is the BitPerfect Menu, where you can check if the bitstream from your PC is for sure bit-consummate or has been interfered with by, for instance, a product player's volume control.
Sold independently yet coordinating the DAC-V1's lines is the NAP 100 force intensifier, at £650. This 50 W stereo amp associate with the DAC through Naim's since a long time ago favored DIN link, or can be utilized all the more all around with other unit through its stereo RCA phono inputs.
Naim Audio DAC-V1 and NAP 100: Sound quality
Not only do the two cases look right sat together – they likewise gel somewhat well with their joined sound quality. We attempted the Naim Audio DAC-V1 and NAP 100 over an augmented period with a mixture of sound sources and amplifiers.
Slightest best fit was maybe Rogers LS3/5A speakers which here needed in-room vicinity and much in the method for musical correspondence; the Naim combo was far more satisfied with other stand-mounted speakers like the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and KEF R100.
The overriding impression of this present blend's sound was of smooth certainty. Like all the best Naim parts there's less object and rave made about the ornamentations of audiophilia, more concentrate on playing tunes.
The S/PDIF inputs demonstrated vaule for snaring more seasoned sources yet best solid was without a doubt through the USB information – particularly with better-than-CD music documents.
We utilized Audirvana Plus to play 16- and 24-bit material, and additionally 1-bit DSD down-converted to 24-bit/352.8 kHz.
Generally speaking, the soundstage was somewhat smaller than a few frameworks may portray it yet the opportunity from treble restlessness made for a veritable listen-throughout the day experience.