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Naim Audio DAC-V1

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Product Description

Our newest DAC is perfectly optimized for modern digital listening. It features an asynchronous USB input – ideal for getting stunning sound quality from your computer. DAC-V1’s single-ended class-A headphone amplifier affords it added versatility. The output stages of this amplifier are kept as pure as possible, ensuring outstanding sound quality for headphone listening. The DAC-V1 is now DSD compatible and able to play 64 and 128 files; the upgrade required significant optimisation of the core DSP code which has also improved sound quality.

The DAC-V1’s compact size makes it perfectly suited as a desktop companion to your Mac or PC, but its exceptional musicality means it will complement our standard-width hi-fi components just as well. Combine it with our UnitiServe hard disk music server and its matching NAP 100 power amplifier and you’ll create a stunning hi-fi system from just three compact boxes.

Convert ordinary to extraordinary

  • High-speed asynchronous USB input up to 24bit/384kHz
  • Five S/PDIF inputs for digital sources like games consoles, set top boxes and hard disk servers
  • Selectable fixed or variable analogue outputs (DIN or RCA)
  • Naim Audio digitally controlled analogue volume control for performance and precision 40bit SHARC DSP chip handling filtering and oversampling
  • Single-ended class-A headphone amplifier output

Asynchronous USB Explained

Digital audio isn’t just about the data – 0s and 1s – and ensuring that each sample value is accurately converted into a corresponding output voltage. Also vital to achieving the highest fidelity is ensuring that each successive sample is reproduced at a precise time interval from those around it. If that time interval varies – an effect known as jitter – then the output waveform will be distorted. To prevent this, the master clock that controls the process should, ideally, be placed right next to the digital to analogue converter circuitry, not remote from it. Asynchronous mode USB provides for this because it allows data to be ‘pulled’ from the source as required, whereas in other modes the data is ‘pushed’ down the interface under control of the far inferior and distant clock in the computer.

World class headphone amplifiere

The single-ended Class-A headphone amplifier of the DAC-V1 cleverly uses the pre-amp output amplifier for headphone drive. The moment headphones are plugged in, the output current drive is automatically turned up five times to give dynamic drive for all headphone impedances. The amplifier runs from a high voltage power supply so has the ability to drive high impedance headphones with the voltage swing they require for open and dynamic sound. The result is the audio stages are kept as simple and pure as possible for both normal and headphone modes.

Naim DAC-V1 l What Hi-Fi?, Feb 2016
'We plug our headphones in and are greeted with Naim’s signature sound, which balances the ability to be hard-driving, focused and dramatic with the subtlety and finesse needed to handle more delicate pieces of music.'
Hi-Fi Choice, Dec 2013
"Another masterful showing from Naim. It takes the good bits from the pricier Naim DAC, adds an excellent asynchronous USB implementation and a volume control and the result is a sound that's good enough to let rip into most speakers."
What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision, Jul 2013
The DAC-V1 is nothing short of a triumph for Naim.

Audio Inputs

Analogue 2 (RCA and DIN) Variable Pre-amp Output, Line Output Fixed: 2.1V RMS
Output Impedance <10Ω
Line Output Variable or 2.1V RMS fixed
Load Impedance 10kΩ (min)
Headphone Output 1⁄4 inch (6.35mm) TRS Socket
Frequency Response 10Hz – 20kHz, +0.1/-0.5dB
THD <0.002%


Remote Control Infra Red (RC5)

Sample Rates Supported

S/PDIF 32kHz - 192kHz (up to 24bit)
USB 44.1kHz - 384kHz (16 to 24bit)

User Control

Front Panel Front panel buttons and touch-sensitive logo mute function
IR Input Front panel
Handheld Remote handset 

Operating System

Windows Windows 7 and 8 (up to 24bit/348kHz), Custom driver available
Mac OSX OSX 10.7 and above (up to 24bit/384kHz)


Supply Voltage 115V or 230V, 50 or 60Hz
Power Consumption <17VA (max.)


Dimensions (HxWxD) 87 x 207 x 314 mm
Weight 4.3 kg
Supplied with Remote handset included


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