Considering the fairly recent launch of the NAIT XS3 and Supernait 3, I don’t think this launch of the Atom HE indicates anything like that.
From what I can see, Naim’s heart is firmly committed to building the best possible kit for replaying your music, whether it be digital or analogue (or indeed both).
It does seem with this design, it could have also gone into the Naim Classic range ?
Our priority on this occasion was people looking for a compact system, not a full-size one.
Curious to see, if/when/which variants will follow. Or if any of the existing products get a „minor upgrade/new options“ along the way.
I take this as a sign, that the current streaming platform is still being used in new products, hence it should see a long time of support (and hopefully new features/services) ahead of it.
Oh yes, plenty more to come on current streaming platform! TIDAL Connect up next, then more to follow before the year is out.
Well well well, isn’t that the product that doesn’t exist?
I’m not familiar with Apples’ products/naming, but based on the name I would assume the Pro is just a better/bigger/more powerful version of the "regular’ iPad? Which is exactly my point, you would naturally expect that the Atom and Atom HE serve a similar purpose. Which doesn’t seem to be the case.
This is stranger as there are of course similar but bigger/better/etc. products. The Apple analogy would have seemed to be more fitting if the Star had been renamed “Atom Pro” or something like that.
We’re not going back and change naming decisions made in 2016…but we can do with new releases
It didn’t then. That’s not even an official picture!
Thanks Richard and @alan33 for your replies.
I don’t think that the Nait integrateds are about to disappear any time soon and I don’t doubt Naim’s commitment to producing the best sounding kit it can.
What I do think is that a streaming pre-amp coupled with a suitable power amp could be a very tempting proposition for people who might otherwise be considering an NDX2 and Supernait3. I’m such a person and the only thing holding me back from the streaming pre-amp route is what would I do with my Nakamichi cassette deck. If I’m having such thoughts then others will be as well. Who knows, perhaps later streaming pre-amps will have more of the pre-amp functions found in the classic NACs (as Alan suggests in his post).
I light of this I see a shift away from the integrated amps and pre-amps that has sustained Naim fans for so long except at the higher echelons of the Naim range.
But this won’t happen overnight. I suspect we have a few more years of Naim selling integrated amps to come yet.
Nobody focuses on the headphone use on the “ headphone edition “ Atom but take the product as a pre/streamer….
Many good headphone amps also offer pre functionality but it is a bonus addition not the main course…
Not many headphone head around here maybe…
Thanks Nathan, good points.
Apropos the (digitized) analog input on the Uniti series, lots of folks are running turntables and having great success. I have a modest ClearAudio Concept Active going into my Nova and really like it. Others have far more upscale rigs and have reported differences in sound when swapping rather high end phono pre units… This makes great sense to me, as the Naim analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog are highly matched … think active crossovers in powered studio monitors (eg Dynaudio) which take exactly this approach. There is not necessarily a loss in analogue input quality, but it may have a different character than some other analogue input device… but perhaps not more than you’d get from two different all-analogue circuits. You might be very happy running your tape as an input, but the output for recording is a different matter of course. That’s not a problem unique to the Uniti line of course: the Statement lacks a tape out too!
It does look like a very interesting product, assuming the preamp rocks which i’m sure it will.
A few questions:
- Can USB be used as an input or is it only for storage?
- Can XLR and RCA out be used at the same time (to power amplifier and subwoofer)?
USB is for playback only, as with original Atom. Not sure why you’d want a USB input, with streaming and UPnP built-in.
And yes, either the RCA or XLR connection can be used to connect to a subwoofer
I can feel the 272 successor warming up behind the scenes! Let it out!
Naim have released a new product… in the recent events globally that should be applauded and welcomed.
If you like it…Good…consider buying.
If you don’t, then don’t.
The expectation that Naim should justify themselves about their product decisions and design here in this forum is laughable.
Would you discuss a car manufacturers release with them direct …doubt it.
Come on…smile…lighten up and enjoy what we have.
Waiting for the first example to appear in the Cable Undressing thread.
Ha…be great wouldn’t it!
Three cables in a right old mess.
This would mainly be to connect a computer directly, which i sometimes use for music production. I currently use an USB to optical converter to connect the Nova, which also works, so it’s not a big problem certainly.
Glad there’s a workaround! One of the key selling points of Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is that you don’t need to connect a computer, unlike so many other headphone products. But can see you’re in a special situation