NEW: NAIM Uniti Atom Headphone Amp, Dac and Streamer
May 11, 2021 at 8:15 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 19
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NAIM Uniti Atom Headphone Amp, Dac and Streamer​

$3,290.00

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Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is a headphone-optimised version of the award-winning Uniti Atom music streaming system, designed to be the ultimate solo listening source. Unlike traditional headphone amplifiers and DACs, which require a separate computer or streaming device, Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is a fully formed streaming system: just add headphones. It is also a superb streaming pre-amplifier: simply add a power amp and speakers, or active speakers.

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May 11, 2021 at 1:14 PM Post #2 of 19
Is the gold ringed output a 4.4mm?
 
May 11, 2021 at 1:40 PM Post #3 of 19
Based on specs, looks like it is 4.4
 
May 12, 2021 at 12:18 AM Post #6 of 19
Interested in reviews on this unit and whether it would work well with IEM and headphones given the variety of I/O options available. Yet to read comparisons and where it compares to other headphone amps.
 
May 12, 2021 at 7:09 AM Post #8 of 19
Interesting. I've looked at a couple of sources for further info but haven't found it. My questions:
  1. Dac chip? I assume it's a Burr Brown?
  2. Are the pre-outs disabled when headphones are inserted?
 
May 12, 2021 at 3:08 PM Post #10 of 19
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WHAT FUNCTION DOES THE HEADPHONE BUTTON ON THE UNITI ATOM HEADPHONE EDITION HAVE?

When using the front-facing 6.3mm and Pentaconn headphone outputs, the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition will automatically mute the pre-amp outputs and turn on the headphone sockets - the headphone symbol on the Headphone button will illuminate to indicate that headphone output is active.

To activate the rear-panel 4-pin XLR output, simply toggle the Headphone button to active; this is because the 4-pin XLR connection cannot be automatically detected, so this is not automatic.

To switch to using the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition as a streaming pre-amp, simply toggle the headphone button off (the Headphone symbol will no longer be illuminated). You can keep any set of headphones plugged in – great for convenience, but also saving unnecessary wear and tear on the headphone jacks.

It is even possible to leave multiple sets of headphones attached, for example, if you and a friend wanted to listen at same time, or if you want to keep two sets of headphones ready to go. However, for optimal performance we'd recommend only having one set attached at a time.

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May 13, 2021 at 8:17 AM Post #11 of 19
Interesting ... I don't think this will be a Bartok Killer by any means. It is an entirely different price point. The DAC/Amp are unlikely to be better than a dedicated system e.g. Chord Hugo2 or TT2 are almost certainly better DAC. In context, the 2Go/Hugo2 costs more than the Naim.

However, as an 'all in one' with the convenience of 4-pin XLR ; 4.4mm and 1/4" I suspect it could be very popular. The power output should drive most headphones, though I suspect not the Abyss/Susvara/LCD4 to their best. Further reviews will tell. I suspect easier to drive Focal which Naim's website suggests as 'ideal pairings' will probably sound >95% of their potential.

My local dealer has a lot of trust in Naim products. I'm more than happy to give it a go.
 
May 13, 2021 at 8:32 AM Post #12 of 19
Naim has a dedicated following, and the ageing Naim Headline wasn’t constructed for low-impedance/high-sensitivity headphones, so with Naim and Focal being under the same umbrella, it makes sense to create a product that satisfies all parties. I see this unit as the obvious choice for an office hea-fi setup for Naimies, though with its compact size it will likely appeal to many Focal owners as well.
 
May 13, 2021 at 8:34 AM Post #13 of 19
Naim has a dedicated following, and the ageing Naim Headline wasn’t constructed for low-impedance/high-sensitivity headphones, so with Naim and Focal being under the same umbrella, it makes sense to create a product that satisfies all parties. I see this unit as the obvious choice for an office hea-fi setup for Naimies, though with its compact size it will likely appeal to many Focal owners as well.

As an Arche replacement with inbuilt DAC/streamer I wouldn't be surprised if it was tuned to satisfy Focal owners.

I should receive my unit next week. If my dealership allows, may do some comparisons with the floor stock of other DAC/AMP's in the price point and my own gear.
 

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