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Naim NAP100 power amp

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The NAP 100 is a compact power amplifier for a wide variety of applications and expression of Naim's many years of experience in the development of amplifiers. The dual-mono design of the NAP 100 became the all-in-one player SuperUniti borrowed and offers 50 watts per channel to 8 Ohm - enough power to operate a variety of high-end speakers. A stately toroidal transformer and discretely designed amplifier circuits provide Naim-typical rhythm, dynamics and precision despite the small dimensions.

By combining a NAP 100 with the D / A converter DAC V1 and the UnitiServe music server, for example, you get a compact, high-end system that lets you take full advantage of the new digital media. The NAP 100 is also ideal as an upgrade for the all-in-one player UnitiQute.



50 watts per channel (sine power to 8 ohms)


+29 dB

frequency response

-3 dB at 3,5 Hz and 69 kHz

power supply

100-120 V or 200-240 V; 50 / 60 Hz


87 x 207 x 314 mm (H x W x D)

Naim NAP 100

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
power amplifier
René van Es

Every once in a while appears on the market that is so appealing that you need to buy it. This time it is not a gadget but a real audio product from a highly reputed company in Salisbury. A small power amplifier in the Naim tradition is traditionally designed to be used with their new DAC-V1. Or, as in my case, just as a power amp. Now most reviews combine the V1 and NAP 100, focussing on the D / A converter, I prefer to use the NAP 100 on its own. Just because it looks so good and because it's nothing less than a real Naim.

Under the hood there is a class A / B amplifier in a traditional way, not a class. The case is taken by a large power transformer which has separate windings for left and right channels. The output power comes from just two bipolar transistors on each side in a symmetrical setting. The amplifier circuit is on a PCB, although it's dual mono all the way. On the rear panel we find inputs in four pin DIN and stereo RCA variants. The speaker terminals are for 4mm banana plugs only and sit alongside the power inlet and a power switch. 100 Watts, 7 Watts 29.5 Watts 50 Ohm and 8 Watts into 75 Ohm loads. As it happens the NAP 4 has the same gain as the power section of the UnitiQute, we will see later how that can be used. The front is free of knobs around the backlit Naim logo. In the carton you will find a 100-pin DIN Naim cable, a power cord and Naim's idiosyncratic idea of ​​decent banana plugs.

Cute with a Qute
NAP 100 was able to bring to the amp inside the Qute. I've been able to use the NAP 100 to bi-amp the system. Tweeters on the Qute, woofers on the NAP. The set-up is straight forward, the UnitiQute runs on my network with a Synology NAS, connected to Cat7 + cable. Single or double Supra loudspeaker cables run to my PMC Twenty.23 speakers. Power cords are home made from decent wire but nothing special.
First I swapped the speaker cables from the Qute to the NAP 100, at this stage I did not switch the internal power amp into the Qute to the 'no speakers' position. The Music I played came, among others, from Kari Bremne's CD Norwegian Mood provided the track The Copenhagen Cavern, then The Flood from Katja Maria's Works CD In the midst of the storm. With both tracks the results were clear: a better stereo image with the voice standing out from the musicians to a greater degree. There is also more and deeper low end both in quality and quantity. The music became more convincing and had more 'air'.
As soon as I switched to the internal power amplifier of the UnitiQute to the 'no speakers' position in the menu a darkness in the sound disappeared and the character of the Qute changed to the sunny side of music reproduction. Naim's classic pace, rhythm and timing made its appearance, percussion had more attack and the sound got more involved. While the bass lines became clearer and easier to follow individually. With the power supply in the UnitiQute dedicated to the digital and preamp sections it is clear how much the power section has on the end result. No wonder Naim has so many power supply upgrades in its range.
PMC system. New music was played, this time Marc Cohn with Walking In Memphis and Melody Gardot singing If The Stars Were Mine. NAP 100 is a step backwards into darkness, a less pretty low end combined with less detail overall. Naim never meant to use a UnitiQute this way. I added the NAP 100 and connected it to the woofers, leaving the Qute to fire up the tweeters. This means the capacities of the standalone NAP 100. Supra Classic 100 cable to Chord Company bi-wire I reached my goal. That's what the last time I combined the NAP 4.0 with the UnitiQute, mostly because the cables just added that little warmth to the Supra cable lacks as well as improving speed. For bi-amping I would probably have to buy another NAP 100.

Heavy competition
By now it's probably clear how much I appreciate the cute little NAP 100. This is a real power amplifier in the Naim tradition and I assume it works wonders in combination with a DAC V1. But do not just leave it in the study, take it to your main room as well. It's a pity Naim does not have an analogue preamp at a pre-power level. Looking at the product range of a UnitiQute is the closest thing you'll want at least one analogue input, I always think of the Qute as Naim's Swiss army knife.
Naim could be pushed, and in this system it was driving PMC fact.100 speakers. It looks funny, a NAP 8 next to a class A Audia Flight 100. Although both are capable of delivering 50 Watts into the same 50 Ohm load, the Audia is at least on paper more powerful when exposed to difficult loads and more demanding speakers. Of course no serious dealer will ever sell you to almost £ 8 Strumento No. 9,000 preamp in combination with a £ 1 power amplifier and fact.650 speakers, but it might be the ultimate stress test for the Naim. Starting off with Sade and her album The Ultimate Collection the NAP 8 showed what rhythm is all about, it's a quality that has always been at the core of the Naim sound. The soundstage filled the space in front of me nicely and put it a little further from my listening position which was rather nice. As expected the baby Naim could not compete with the massive Audia in sheer power, it sounded small with less bass extension on the big PMCs. On the other hand, the NAP 100 silent while doing the limiting factor in this setup does a nice job. Certainly the music is in a natural way without much coloration. Do you to know Highway from Kraftwerk's live DVD Minimum Maximum? At ALAC rip this sounded very nice on the NAP 100, with a lot of the energy in this weird electronic paradise appearing on stage. Toward the end of the session I played Famous Blue Raincoat performed by Leonard Cohen from his album Songs From The Road, which also offered a lot of listening pleasure. The NAP 100 sounds nice and engaging but is too small to get the best out of these speakers. Naim should, and is worth its money, is the limiting factor. Returning to the small set-up above and it's just the opposite. In combination with a UnitiQute the NAP 100 only brings energy and joy.

Pay the bill
The NAP 100 is intended to be used in combination with a Naim DAC-V1, which is a digital preamp and a converter. It is a very small power amplifier that serves well in different set-ups. For instance it does an excellent job to upgrade a Naim UnitiQute. I enjoyed the NAP 100 in that setu-p so much that I bought one for permanent use. It does not just add the Qute produce a more open soundstage, better dynamics, and better timing, more details and last but not least more enjoyment of my music collection. It is recommended in and beyond the study as long as the speakers are not too unforgiving.


Input Impedance: 18kΩ
Power Outputs: 50W by channel into 8 Ω, 75W by channel into 4 Ω
Voltage Gain: 29dB
Frequency Response: -3dB 3.5Hz to 69kHz
Mains Supply: 115V or 230V, 50 or 60Hz
Quiescent consumption: 15VA
Maximum consumption: 260VA
Dimensions: 87 x 207 x 314mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 5.1kg
Finish: Black powder coated