Naim Uniti Atom All-in-One System Review & Comments

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    1. Ed Selley

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      Just like aston martins products like this exist so the neymars and messi's of the world have something to spend their money on.
      Meanwhile im just pondering a project involving the 10 inch tablet ,class D amp and small speakers I have tucked away which can be given a new lease of life bodged into one cabinet.
       
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      As a man previously looking at a ND5-XS streamer and time \ bathrooms \ life getting in the way of that purchase (not to mention the 4K I'll wait a bit longer....) ,this looks like all the streamer I might need. Thank you for an awesome review!

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      I had one on home dem thinking of de cluttering.
      Whilst ultimately I couldn't bring myself swap the valves out, I was very impressed - could have bought one on looks alone, the pics don't do it justice. The design is lovely and it's a joy to use and excellent for the price.
       
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      40W though... seems feeble to me.

      I have had the Nait 5 on which it's based and it'll struggle with plenty of speakers. The preouts will add a more powerful amp naturally, but if it's a Naim one then that takes this little gem into absurd price ranges.

      But for use with, say, Rega RS1s it might be a fine smallish room system.
       
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      The new range looks very promising and even the most expensive Uniti is cheaper than anything from the Porsche 911 in the sector,Devialet.

      It would be useful if the reviewers start testing the all-in-ones with analogue inputs with vinyl too.
       
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      I honestly still don't know what this is supposed to do that a smart tv and an AV receiver don't already do with more power and presence.
       
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      Naim 40w is more than enough and can drive many difficult load speakers
      The star is also available and included cd ripping and more power
      Listen to it and you will know
       
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      ? What is special about 'naim 40w'? Do they use a different physics?
       
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      No. The reason why quoted power figures from some companies seem to go further than others is down to current delivery. Historically Naim has ensured that their amplifiers are well specified in this regard and it means that with all but the most insensitive speakers, their amps tend to be fine. As noted in the review, the Atom handled my Neat Momentums which are not an easy speaker to drive properly without issue and achieved any volume level I'd realistically want in this house. It won't be a perfect partner for brands like ATC but it'll work with a wider selection of speakers than the bald 40 watt figure might suggest.
       
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      Thanks so much Ed for this. My Sansui streamer has never sounded great and won't stream any of my files higher than 24/48.

      Reading this review makes it look like this was made for me.
       
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      Excellent review, Ed.

      Most Sevenoaks stores now have the Uniti Atom on demonstration, so get in touch with your local store to get a demo booked in. Here's a few shots from our stores:

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      Really?? What kind of an idiot puts a speaker on the same stand directly under a phonograph?
       
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      It's a different picture if I'm looking at it correctly?
       
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      Hi,

      These are images of displays in our stores. Which image are you referring to?

      SSAV
       
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      Can't see what you are talking about, I can see a product shot designed to show what kit you need. and then a few of various in store display

      It's like those nice product brochures where the set up runs on magic -no speaker cables to be seen anywhere.
      Based on many years of using a number of their stores, SSAV are quite capable of putting on a proper demo.

      Should think 2 speakers and one box would be OK
       
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      R.e the light bass, would this be a suitable match for B&W CM8's. I already have a Mu-so but want a greater degree of separation, already use the CM8's in my cinema so would need a quality switch too??
       
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      I have just managed to get one from SSAV Maidstone & it is superb! i absolutely love it. considering NAIM quoted 3 months to deliver i feel very lucky.
       
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      For me it cannot be THE device with only 40watts power. With 100w it would be, as would have power to move any speaker and also serve as power amp for an AVR
       
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      Only 40w is easily driving my PMC Twenty5 24's with outstanding results, i was as shocked as the next man but it's true... my speakers are rated at 89db so very easy to drive compared to the 25.23's at 86.5db. lets face it... it's not all about watts!
       
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      Have a look at the star or nova if you can afford them, they will give you the extra power in case you need it
      Like southern mentioned, it is all about speaker matching and sensitivity.
      Best to try always
       
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      I listened to this at my dealer. Went to listen to the linn majik ds vs naim Ndx but annoyingly dealer out this option at me so never got to hear what I went for.

      As far as atom goes is reasonable product for the money but in my opinion nowhere near the sound quality of the linn. At same volume as the linn it was more powerful but I found once it got to mid volume all I could hear was distortion and poping of tweeter on the speakers which were £1500 a pair. Again the linn made these sing.

      If I was after a one box solution and not overly bothered in sound quality I'd consider but wasn't audiophile level for me.
       
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      What speaker you heard?. Price means nothing as I heard the atom with similarly priced floorstanders to yours and it was a disaster...
      I heard them with pmc and it was much better. Still, I recommend you hear atom again with different speakers...

      Linn sound is very different from naim
      even if the atom sound is more relaxed in naim terms.

      My point is that speaker partnering is critical. Heard so many expensive speakers and simply hated the sound with naim. Doesn't mean they are bad, just not right couple :)
      Find a dealer capable to make you listen to several speakers (at least 3) and compare with linn again.
       
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      Ummm...yes it is. For clean sound at decent levels you need headroom. Pushing a system to it's limits is never a good idea.
       
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      I think people get a little confused as to the amount of power they actually make use of in a normal stereo system. Case in point, the item that has come in after the Atom for review develops no less than 330 watts (Class A/B too). With a hefty volume level (audible all over the house), a check with a multimeter on the output terminals suggested I was using... 23 watts.
       
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      Ok but then what's the reason of High End amps like McIntosh, Krell, Naim, Parasound, Musical fidelity etc etc that cost several thousands and have >100 wats. I do not see many high end amps rated below 100w
       
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      My dealer cheekily demo'd this for me on a higher end B&W pair of spreaders. Not sure on model but he told me were £1500. To be fair he could have easily demo'd the atom and ds for me on the B&W CM2s I purchased from him a month or so before. At that time he used the linn then which sounded great but I had never heard naim to compare so when I went to listen to a streamer that's why I asked for the NDX just incase I preferred this to the linn. The fact he changed the speakers and the actual naim unit I wanted to listen to didn't help at all. Seems like he was just on commission for selling naim products.

      Again just my experience but the linn was much clearer, no distortion at higher level and picked out sounds that the naim seemed to hide in the background.

      It likes great and I liked the idea of all in one but when dealer told me to scrap my whole system just for this all in one that put me off straight away.

      When I didn't do a comparison to anything else it sounded well but as soon as other products were up against it, it just didn't do it for me
       
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      You'll note that many of those brands are American. If you have certain pairs of speakers, you will unavoidably need plenty of power and in the sort of spaces that American homeowners can make use of, levels will also be higher. It's worth pointing out that until the Statement was launched, the most powerful Naim amp was the NAP500, which at 150 watts still isn't outrageously powerful.

      There's nothing intrinsically wrong with powerful amps- I lived with a Musical Fidelity M6 500i for a while and loved it. My point though is that- in the UK especially- we generally don't need anything like as much power as we think we do.
       

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