Question Pairing question: Focal & Atom ?

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  1. Lewisman

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    Hi there, I’ve just pulled the trigger on a pair of Focal Aria 926’s. My intention was then to pick-up an immaculate second hand Naim Superuniti. But I can’t help being distracted by the Naim Uniti Atom. Is the Atom sufficient with the 926’s, or is it undergunned for them ?

    I won’t get a chance to demo them together any time soon, so opinions would be welcomed.
     
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    This past weekend, I demoed an Atom at Sevenoaks playing through a pair of expensive B&W floorstanders.

    The Atom was very loud at the 30db setting.
     
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    The 40W Naim Uniti Atom will be sufficient for normal domestic listening levels, but may run out of steam if you're trying to run a disco. In that event you could always upgrade the system with one of the Naim NAP power amplifier.

    That said, I would still recommend auditioning the pairing.
     
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    I was advised that the Atom can only offer AV pass through, even though it has ‘pre out’.

    To add power amplification, requires the Star or Nova.
     
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    The original product page (Uniti Atom) says otherwise:
     
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    Used with an Atom, the NAP 100 will take over amplification duties - while the Atom acts as pre-amplifier. Since the NAP-100 outputs 50 watts per channel vs the Atom's 40 watts per channel, it's a wasted upgrade.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback all. I think I’m going to stick with my original plan, to try and pick up a second hand Superuniti.
     
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    Alternatively, some dealers - such as Audio Affair - offer 12 months 0% interest finance.
     
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    I agree that it's not a significant upgrade. I quoted the original Naim statement to respond to the comment that it was not possible to attach a power amplifier to the Atom.
     
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    Naim’s statement is ambiguous.
     
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    that's incorrect, i have been using a Leema power amplifier with the Atom for ages.
     
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    So, are you claiming that you are using your Leema power-amplifier via the Atom’s ‘pre-out’, thereby bypassing the Atom’s internal amplification,

    Or, are you claiming that you are utilising your Leema power amplifier in tandem with the Atom’s internal amplification (bi-ampling).

    My understanding is that you can’t achieve the latter.
     
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    From a technical viewpoint you can biamp with the Atom and an external amplifier - meaning you will get speaker level signals from both devices simultaneously. This is also clearly stated on the Main Atom's home page. I have seen no dissenting indication other than your comment..

    Whether bi-amping with the Atom and a Leema is a good idea is a different question.
     

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