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Naim Uniti Atom Review (Streamer & Amp)

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Haskil

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With deepest respect sir, I feel you may be missing the point... Back in the 80's, I felt this way about B&O, although starting with the 2500 system (which evolved into other very long lasting products), they actually did good under the style and 'user=play' aspect. The Atom 'feels' nice to use - that rotating disc on top - and the finish is rather better in my opinion than the bluff matte-charcoal coloured castings they use further up their now exalted range.

If I had the pile of mismatched? boxes you list, could my wife or son use or even WANT to use them? NO! is the answer there I feel. Both of them love music but neither will go anywhere near my stereo's, even the upstairs one which is now based on a Sony La Scala system from the 90's (surprisingly good for a mere 'midi system' with each item linked together on a bus for ease of use). In the B&O's case (good used units are cheap in this company), just approaching the head unit opens the doors and illuminates the CD player within. use is a doddle and tech performance not bad at all I believe, the head unit having a variable line output to feed remote active speakers of all manner of makes including their own which work well if you're not a headbanger..

Like the Chord units tested here, Naim isn't and never was in the 'great value for money' stakes, at least new units dealer purchased. Bought new, locally there seems a number of fellas and occasionally couples, who couldn't afford Naim forty years back when starting out or raising a family. They're now retired with disposable income and a little box like this is just the job, however much it costs. As with B&O before them and now joined by Linn in the UK with lifestyle products, the 'performance' is taken for granted - and it's not *bad* as such. By UK dealer standards, it's actually par for the course I think you'll find.
With all my respect in return, I took the time to respond to a specific statement: that of a participant - Moteur - who confuses low price and poor quality and claims that for 500 euros you cannot have a quality amplifier - the specific point about the Naim having passed into the background -, but just an old trick with rinsed capacitors.
And I answered him by showing him that he didn't really know what he was talking about.
With all due respect, your answer falls short. Because what you say is a matter heard from the beginning.
 

Haskil

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LOL, this made me smile and cheer up this warm day, thank you fany mate!
Does it brighten up your day? I am very happy about it and am hardly surprised, locked in that you are in certainties and patterns of thought which are more a matter of folkloric audiophile beliefs than of the objective analysis of the performance of devices... and therefore of their transparency to the signal they transmit and amplify.
 

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Is there a difference in measurements between voltage 100-120V and 220V? Theoretically it could be?
 

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Is there a difference in measurements between voltage 100-120V and 220V? Theoretically it could be?
No, there will not be a difference. Theoretically there is no chance.
 

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I own the amp naim xs and it's the best amp i've ever owned,and I've had quite a few(NAD,YAMAHA,DENSEN,ROKSAN,MARANTZ). I'd really like to see a review of the XS (1-2-3-anyone)
I am curious about the result.....
thank you for your work..
 
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This has been an endlessly fascinating thread/post, especially as I bought an original Uniti back in 2010 and was offered a Uniti Star this summer for a ridiculously cheap price, and both devices sound great to me, but clearly I could do better. I’m nowhere near Seattle, otherwise my Uniti Star would be offered up for a review.
 

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Most of the gear is shipped to Amir and he will pay return shipping. Biggest challenge is back log so it can take 2 or more months.
Fair, thanks for POI. There must be someone closer than Northern Europe :) That said, I must read up on replicating the methodology!
 

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Fair, thanks for POI. There must be someone closer than Northern Europe :) That said, I must read up on replicating the methodology!

Ah. Yes, it only makes sense to ship items to Seattle if it’s final destination is on the United States somewhere. :)
 

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No, there will not be a difference. Theoretically there is no chance.
The question deserves more than a brief dismissive answer.

There is clearly one artifact, the 120Hz spike in the amplifier FFT measurement, that is not going to occur in a European 50Hz model, and is enough to make people think about power supply differences causing other results.

I can't find any examples of a 50Hz model being measured, though I didn't look that hard. And like you I don't expect much else to change, particularly the DAC results.

Still, the question requires a fuller answer to demonstrate this, if only to stop people in 50Hz countries from getting the idea that measurements here are not applicable to them.
 
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