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Review Naim Classic 200 series – NSC222 – NAP250 and NPX300

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Pros

  • Lovely rhythmic character
  • Sets up a great stereo image
  • Compact and powerful

Cons

  • No XLR inputs
  • XLR is pseudo balanced
  • You do eventually want the power supply...
Build quality
Usability
Sound
Price
Naim 200 Classic

Measurements and conclusion

Contents

Measurements Naim 200 Classic

We measured the NSC222 and the NAP250 separately and together. We also measured with and without the NPX300. That difference is very small in basic measurements. However, it is very audible. In short, we would have to look deeper to find out what the differences are due to.

We see a noise floor of around -110dB. If we measure the NSC222 separately, we see that the noise floor drops to -130dB approximately. And that’s with the volume almost open (at 75). The NAP250 noise is around -110dB. The crazy thing is that we see a lot of harmonics there when we connect the Prism via XLR. With the NSC222 in front of it, that is completely gone. That can only be the result of the pseudo balanced setup.

The NAP250 achieves its power output nicely. We measure 101 watts into 8 Ohms and 175 into 4 Ohms at the tipping point. At 1% that will indeed be 190 watts.

Distortion at 1 watt is low at about 0.016%. It peaks at 0.024% THD N. Neat. All in all good measurements that are also fairly in line with what Naim communicates.

Interestingly, the pseudo balanced setup works fine within the Naim ecosystem, but can cause some issues outside of it.

Conclusion

What a wonderfully musical system this is. The match with the TADs is particularly successful. Rhythmically, that system is rock solid. It is simply a joy to listen to. Without a doubt, the optional NPX300 power supply takes the system to a new level. But even without the this pricey upgrade, the system is a joy to listen to.
Amplifier type
Integrated
Amplifier technology
Class AB
Bridgemode
No
Amplifier inputs
  • Analog RCA
  • Analog DIN
  • Analog Phono MM
  • Analog Phono MC
  • Digital Coaxial
  • Digital Optical
  • Digital BNC
  • Streamer Ethernet
  • Bluetooth
Amplifier outputs
  • Analog RCA
  • Analog XLR
Power
Specification #1
  • Resistance: 8 ohm
  • Value specified: 100 watt
  • Value measured: 101 watt
Specification #2
  • Resistance: 4 ohm
  • Value specified: 190 watt
  • Value measured: 175 watt
Dimensions
  • Width: 43 cm
  • Depth: 31 cm
  • Height: 10 cm
Build in dac
Yes
Production country
UK
Measurements
Naim NAP250 - 1 watt over 8 Ohm
Naim NAP250 - 1 watt over 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - with NPX300 - RCA input - Volume 38 - with NAP250
Naim Classic 200 - with NPX300 - RCA input - Volume 38 - with NAP250
Naim Classic 200 - with NPX300 - BNC input - Volume 38 - with NAP250
Naim Classic 200 - with NPX300 - BNC input - Volume 38 - with NAP250
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - THD-N- 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - THD-N- 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - MAX power - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - MAX power - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - MAX power - 4 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - MAX power - 4 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - Crosstalk - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - Crosstalk - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - RCA input - 1 watt - 8 Ohm
Naim Classic 200 - BNC input - Volume 38 - via poweramp
Naim Classic 200 - BNC input - Volume 38 - via poweramp
Naim 222 - volume 75
Naim 222 - volume 75

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