I felt that through the LS50’s, I wasn’t getting the heft that I was expecting. I have a good dealer in town who suggested adding an amp - he gave me a shot of a 200 and a Rega Elicit-R (integrated). The Rega was muddy when using the Atom as the source, whereas the 200 was just spot on. Hard to demo at the moment I know, but that’s my experience. Guess it will be dependent on your speaker choice also. One other thing, at the very least use a Powerline Lite for the 200. I noticed a substantial uplift in sound quality when I switched this in for the basic kettle lead provided.
Hello everyone. I want to add to my system naim uniti atom. My system is: M Fidelity A3.5 amp, A3.5 CD player and sonus faber liuto speakers. Do you guys think that uniti atom will fit my system especially with my MF A3.5 amp? Whats your suggestions? Thank you.
Hi, if you already have an amp you like, the amp in the Atom would be redundant. For a similar price you could get an ND5XS2 to use with your amp, which would give you better sound quality than the Atom.
So in your setup, what is it you feel the Atom is doing for you? Working as a preamp? I’m asking as I don’t quite understand where it fit’s in; you have your Mac Mini as a source and the 200 as a power amp which, from what I understand, makes your Atom a preamplifier.
I did hear a ND5XS2 with a Nait XS3 and it sounds wonderful and really musical. And doesn’t take up much space. I guess I’m still trying to work out where a Uniti fits in if ‘bits’ get added when having dedicated separates will always be superior.
As much as I read, the “source” is just for streaming (here: Roon), i.e. there’s still “network” in between.
Hence the Atom works a both streamer/DAC, and pre-amp. (Which is, what you get, when “replacing” the power-amp of the Atom with an external one.)
Absolutely correct. We bought the Atom because of its minimal footprint and the modern streaming platform. We have had several high-end setups over the years with much larger footprints and now we wanted something small and easy to operate. The Atom is perfect in that respect. However, I felt something was missing with the Dynaudio’s, hence the NAP200 was added. This ‘degraded’ the Atom to a preamplifier and streamer indeed. The Mac Mini runs Roon with TIDAL for serious listening and music exploration, but often we just use the Naim app which works fine as well.