I have a dilemma and I was hoping you folk on here can help with and chime in with your opinions. I have the following setup which I got last year:
- Naim Nait 5Si
- Audiolab MDAC+
- Dynaudio Emit M20's
- Premium speaker cable
- Chord C-line interconnect (weakest link)
- Rasberry Pi with Rasbian and Shairport-sync for Airplay
- Ipad with Tidal for driving the whole setup.
Now I've been in the market for a Naim Hi-line RCA to DIN interconnect but just can't justify the £700+ price tag and none seem to be coming up second hand. So I've slowly but surely been coming round to the idea of just biting the bullet and getting one new.
I went to my local Naim dealer to get some options on this, and they suggested instead of buying the Hi-line interconnect, trade in the Naim amp, sell the MDAC+ and that should leave roughly a shortfall of £700 for me to get the 'yet to be released' Naim Uniti Atom, which I must admit looks lush.
I love the sound my system gives, I know it can go up a notch with the Hi-line interconnect but I've also had one eye on replacing the Rasberry Pi and getting a dedicated streamer, but the markets very much in it's infancy so not really anything that can nudge the (very reliable) Pi off its perch for a reasonable price.
So the Atom would solve the streaming problem, no more worrying about interconnects and I would have the latest and greatest. The negatives I can see are it's 40W per channel rather than 60W on the 5Si, not that I ever have it up super loud anyway. I'd also lose money on the 5Si and MDAC+ as I've not even had them a year. And I don't know how the sound of the Uniti would compare to my current setup, which I really love the the sound the MDAC+ through the 5Si gives.
So if you was me what would you do? Cost wise I'm looking at roughly the same to get the interconnect than it is to upgrade to the Atom.
Or I could ditch both ideas and spend £100-200 on a Naim standard interconnect or similar and be done with it, but I know that would eventually start to bother me like the Chord C-line has been bothering me all these months.
Any opinions greatly appreciated, especially from those who have heard the Atom.