About a year ago, I sought the advice of on this forum about whether certain Naim systems could work well with my newly acquired Totem Speakers – Totem Tribe III (on the wall) in the family room with the TV and Totem Signature One Bookshelf speaks in the living room. We had moved into a new (smaller) house and all of the audio gear had to be changed. Regardless of whether it was the right sequence, the speaker decisions were made first. I tried so many options but nothing worked – until I tried the little Naim Uniti Atom. I recognized it was unpowered for the speakers I was asking it to drive, but yet it over-performed in every way.
Then I joined this forum. And the rest is history…
I had never heard of Naim before, but I was intrigued by the little Atom. The members of this forum did not realize it, but I spent countless hours reading and learning from you about all that Naim has to offer and what I should consider. After over a year, I’m now the proud owner of a Nova that drives the Totem Tribe III (with the TV) effortlessly. Despite the fact that the Tribe III speakers are not easy to drive, the Nova fills the room in a way that, at least to my ears, is far superior to any other “lifestyle” or “surround sound” system that I tried (and we have tried a lot).
I love the Nova and its an elegant “all-in-one” solution that seriously outperforms many other integrated amps. I was tempted to buy a second Nova for the main system, but I’m so glad I waited.
Based on the recommendations on this forum, I waited patiently for an opportunity to trade the little Atom and get a great deal on a SN 3 for our main system. I thought about trying the ND5 XS 2, but it seemed clear from this forum that the SN3 and NDX 2 are a perfect match. So I got a dealer demo SN 3 and NDX 2 that are in pristine condition. This system is driving the Totem Signature One bookshelf speakers in the living room. The system just fills the room, corner to corner, with such an engaging and non-fatiguing dynamic range and fulsome soundstage.
I’m running both systems without any external power supplies, using very good (but not super premium) speaker cable, and there are lots of little compromises due to room configuration, speaker placement etc. Nevertheless, nothing I’ve owned in 45+ years has ever sounded so enjoyable.
I’m in the U.S. I’d never heard of Naim until just over a year ago when I bought the little Atom. I never would have made this journey without the advice and thoughtful perspectives shared by the participants on this forum. So, I just wanted to say thank you…I’ll try to pay it forward.