I too am grateful for your personal opinion Phil. The Atom got my attention straight away from the moment I saw the line-up. I dont intend to spend that amount of money on a pair of speakers like the Sopras so I will have to wait until the units hit the shelves, and people's homes and reviewers' desks in order to see (hopefully) how it performs with sub£1k and sub £2k speakers. By the sounds of it I have no doubt that it will still be a little gem but I intend to apply the "patience hasn't hurt anyone" principle before spending £1.7k on the unit.
I often get grumbled at because I don't like telling people what they should be hearing but that's because if someone is spending their own money I want them to be happy in their own mind that it's money well spent - I'm a Yorkshireman and as such I'm genetically engineered to have short arms, deep pockets and be as tight as a duck's backside and don't like telling anyone to spend money let alone spending my own without good justification.