Naim Headline Review – Headphone Amplifier

The Naim HeadLine is a high-end headphone amplifier designed to make the most of audiophile-standard headphones.

Written by AudioGuru Staff | Updated December 9, 2022
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Naim Headline Review – Headphone Amplifier

An amplifier called the HeadLine 2 is made to deliver top-notch performance from a variety of high-impedance headphones. With the exception of the NAC 152 XS, every Naim preamplifier comes equipped with a captive lead that allows the amplifier to receive its signal from the tape socket. Its own volume control, extremely low distortion, and extremely quiet operation make it ideal for driving most headphones to their highest levels. This is crucial because noise and distortion are often very obvious in headphones, so Naim has gone to considerable pains to lower these characteristics to incredibly low levels.

As a minimum, the HeadLine needs to be utilised with an external power source like the NAPSC. To achieve even greater performance when using a FlatCap XS, HiCap, or SuperCap, you additionally require a specific connector called the SLIC.

Our Verdict


I enjoy the minimalist style. In my opinion, the enclosure looks really stunning in black and is quite classy. They are undoubtedly well-built because I carefully inspect them.


  • Attached cord that is directly soldered to the PCB
  • Good cable quality


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  • Support for both DIN and RCA inputs to facilitate connection into a wider range of systems
  • SuperCap power supply (with fourteen independently regulated voltages) required
  • Totally separate regulated supplies for digital control and switching circuitry
  • Precision rotary potentiometers with precious metal wipers
  • AV bypass mode for simple connection to an existing AV system
  • Powered input for use with StageLine or SuperLine phono stages

What’s in the box?

NAPSC, FlatCap XS, HiCap and SuperCap

Price and Availability

Price and Availability

The Naim Headline is available for just under ₹80,000. You can get more detailed information about the Naim Headline current price and availability by consulting us.



Many designs were explored for the Naim NAC 252 preamplifier and a complete review of the circuit topology and components took place in accordance with the developments pioneered in preamplifiers such as the NAC52. Hundreds of hours were spent listening to various designs, ensuring that the harmony between music and technology was always maintained.

Ten independently regulated power supplies are fed from the matching SuperCap power supply. Totally separate regulated supplies for the digital control and switching ensure no noise is generated in the audio circuits.

Sound Quality

Sound Quality

From a distance, any component Naim looks straightforward black box, but it is worth to consider it closely, amazed with what care and engineering acumen done. Thick-walled aluminum casing telephone amplifier Headline, for example, has no visible joints or fasteners. How is that even possible to be collected? Front – only the headphone jack, power button and volume control. Rear – connector for external (and, incidentally, much more weighty than the amplifier itself) power supply and cable output jacks instead of the usual RCA. Upon customer request the “tail” mounted or traditional “tulip” or 5-pin DIN Headline integration in audio Naim. We have been, of course, “international” version with RCA.

Listening with headphones Denon AH-A100 Anniversary Edition. Result fundamentally different, but also very impressive. All power is concentrated in the lower register, but the bass this does not become heavy, “overfed”, but only gets a pleasant impulsiveness. At the same time as it frees space for the formation of solid full-length images in the middle lane, minimizing paint. It is with Naim phones Denon demonstrate the highest resolution in the upper register, and sound like the best open models.

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Brand : Naim
Model : Headline
Frequency Response : -3dB at 10Hz and 72kHz
Dimensions (HxWxD) : 57 x 121 x 187 mm
Weight : 1.25 kg

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Considering that I have a spare NAPSC hanging around collecting dust, I was considering purchasing a Headline (after the DualTeddycap came into the picture about a year ago). An Naim Hicap is not an option. I discovered that the Headline might be linked to the preamp and the sound quality through the Headline depend on the preamp’s quality (NAC202, NAC282, NAC252, etc.) I’m also quite curious about the best headphones people are pairing with the Headline.

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    Best sound quality in such this price, value for money product.

    By Himanshu 

    Overall Experience:

    With no noise, it sounds fantastic! To get the most out of my high-quality headphones, I use it to increase output to the headphones in the studio and occasionally when watching a movie. If I didn’t have to take the power cord out every time I used it, I’d give it five stars.


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