Its been just over 30 days no hyperbole just that iam a believer in the Naim sound, Just wow! I moved up from an 8 year old Rotel receiver which is great in its own right but no comparison to the musicality and punch of this little atom. My speakers have taken on a new life , More bass, detail and for lack of a better word More Alive!
My current setup Atom 2021 version/Bowers Wilkins Cm6 s2 / van Damme cables
A few observations and PSA as I had to stumble on these solutions by trial and error so hopefully other newbs stand to gain from my experience.
Digital inputs/HDMI As a stereo receiver it cannot down mix any multi-channel signal. I was surprised to not be able to get sound from my Cable box using Optical in. Luckily AirPlay is solid and works flawlessly with Apple TV.
Initially movies downmixed in 2.0 channel stereo sound strange not so much voices but the background , Surround and loud bangs & explosions. After a few weeks I got used to it but feel like the Rotel can do this better?
Connecting a turntable to the Analog inputs was a journey in itself. Since there is no real manual I did not realize to change the Analog input sensitivity ( Settings in the Naim App)to match & it took me a few weeks to figure that out. So if you get a hum/crackle sound on Analog this might be the fix.
I did not discern any difference in sound by switching from regular good quality speaker cable to VAn DAmme LC-OFC. So apparently this unit does not require the upgrade to NAC cables to deliver great sound.
Amplifier over current condition detected. Atom did not like that I used the bi-wire to plug in 2 amps to switch between them to A/B test. I forgot to turn the other Amp off it must have sent a passive signal to the speakers which ended up making it very hot and bothered and eventually displayed the above warning. Happy that it did and saved it from any damage.
So there you have it , I love love the sound this little beast can create and have been re-enjoying all my music for hours on end, So much so it might be causing a problem in my marriage. Now I want better speakers …