Naim Audio is one of Great Britain’s most venerable high-end audio-electronics manufacturers. Among the company’s families of products is Uniti, which includes several all-in-one audio streamers. For example, the Uniti Atom provides built-in access to a wide variety of online streaming services as well as a 2x40W power amp.
Today, the company is announcing a new version of this product called the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition (HE). The new model adds headphone outputs and replaces the speaker amplifier with a headphone amp, but it’s otherwise virtually identical.
A new amplifier was designed especially for the Atom HE. Drawing on a range of technologies, including elements of the company’s flagship Statement amplifier, the new design is said to deliver outstanding amplification for headphones as well as exceptional performance as a line-level preamp that can drive an external power amp or active speakers.
Priced at $3,290 (identical to the standard Uniti Atom) the new product borrows tech from Naim’s Statement amplifier. Music services supported include Qobuz, TIDAL and Spotify, as well as mulitple Internet radio options (with the bonus of curated HD stations) and podcasts. There is also AirPlay 2 support, Chromecast built-in and Roon Ready compatibility. Various digital and analogue inputs will allow connections ranging from turntables to USB drives, with file resolution support up to 32bit/384kHz
The Headphone Edition can be used as a streaming preamp feeding active loudspeakers or a power amplifier driving passive speakers. The unit also features a new transformer design providing “the very best power supply to the headphone amplification circuitry.” A new discrete transistor circuit design enables the device to gain balanced headphone outputs on 4 pin XLR and Pentaconn, and there is a standard 6.3mm output included.
“We have designed this special edition of the mighty Uniti Atom to be the premium music streaming system for solo listening – just add headphones to escape into your own world of high-quality sound,” said Paul Neville, Naim Research & Development Director.