C'mon guys (and gals), what does the atom sound like?

I'm really pleased you're happy Tastie, had some great fun over the months expressing frustration with each other and some of the other Guy's.  Mine are still in the ether, Dealer is probably on credit hold now until December - LOL. 1st up is Atom, SX3's & NAP100. We'll see how that fits together. Then is Atom, NAP200DR and speakers TBD. Chord Shawline gluing it altogether.

In addition. the Custom Design 103's have fallen into one of DHL's sink holes, if this is the shape of things to come it's going to be weeks before I can comment. Anyway 'Her Indoors' has decided to butt in with a request. The speakers HAD to be the white one's, Im not sure if they're really cool or really 80's and I need to to buy some grey, red and black wallpaper for the dinning room.

SX3

 

 

 

80's Wallpaper

I'm still waiting on my Atom. My dealer will be coming around with it in two weeks time, so that I can audition it against the SU I have on load. However I'm interested to hear what others think of it so far? Has anyone tried playing  DSD material? How does it sound?

Not sure if the new Unit range now plays DSD natively or still needs to convert it to PCM like the SU, 272 and NDX do.

Seen it today and wasn't expecting it to be available and hooked up to half descent speakers 

first impression is how small it is...seriously, I didn't expect it to be so petite. Compared to the qute, half the size. 

Very well constructed and classy. Very heavy and dense.

this is a marvel and wife friendly....in my small flat, a god blessing 

the room wasn't very well lit but quality was beautiful and the top very classy with big chrome volume 

it was playing a 320kb radio feed and it sounded very nice. I pushed the sound and the b&w floorstanders could not handle it. That was surprising but will not read into it too much 

the unit so small that I started to think about the star for a second. I then realised that appearances are misleading. This marvel box is expensive but can't believe what you get for such a small volume...outstanding. 

Waiting for mine to arrive. No doubt the star will also be good but the atom is the sweet spot for me. 

Can some owners give us some info on testing several feed and speakers please 

I spent a few hours with the atom this morning, running it into Rega RX3s and Focal 926s. I also had a muso running so I could quickly switch between them using spotify connect. 

I originally switched from separates to the muso when it was released, both for convenience and because it sounded great. The atom with its screen and proper remote though, got me yearning.

So yeah, I went out this morning with the intention of coming back with an atom / speakers. I came back empty handed. The atom was as good as I expected - sounds great, really nice screen, snappy OS, and that remote...lovely! But the muso, I have even more respect for it now. The stereo imaging is obviously better with the separates, but overall, the muso sounded better than the atom/rx3 combo IMO. There was a serious lack of bass with the rx3s. The atom/926 combo faired much better, but I'm still deciding whether its £3,500 better...

Picked up my Atom yesterday (27th July) and it is now installed and working.

Sounds wounderful, and just was was needed for our family room.

For Multiroom to work with the Atom, I am informed that we will need an updated streamer software / firmware which Naim has in hand.

I will post further updates when Atom is fully run in.

Simon

Well I finally got my Atom and was in a way a bit sceptical it would be an improvement on a UQ2 and Nap100 but there is a definite all round improvement. I still have the Nap100 but with the Atom sounding so good I have left it in its box. To me it gives good deep bass with plenty of detail. My speakers are the rather impoverished neat Iota and the Atom has brought them to life and this is definitely the best they have sounded. 

As for Dave-Mac observations perhaps its all relative to how much bass you like. I find the Muso excellent overall, but I find the bass sometimes can be a little overwhelming ion some tracks. I would also say that the muso has plenty of deep bass but it lacks definition. In terms of stereo imaging the Atom wins hands down.

I have tried Quobuz via built-in chromecast which works well forand sounds very good. The only issue is it doesn't display album cover on the nice big screen front. Not sure if this is a limitation of chromecast or a Naim issue, but disappointing none the less.  I also found that Tidal doesn't have seek to to time which it did on UQ2.Chrome cast opens up the range of compatible apps giving far more choice.

Overall I'm happy and sounds great . 

 

 

Crabby posted:

Seen it today and wasn't expecting it to be available and hooked up to half descent speakers 

first impression is how small it is...seriously, I didn't expect it to be so petite. Compared to the qute, half the size. 

 

Crabby,

are we talking of the same unit? I saw and toyed with the Atom yesterday and my impression is that it's globally almost twice the size of the UnitiQute.

Max

BTW, it seems that nobody mentioned a not so marginal detail: the speaker sockets are finally 'right': left on the left and right on the right. No DIN sockets, but this was when Naim's explanations on the greater sound quality (impedance wise) of the DIN sockets had a meaning, so here's another question we can ask ourselves.

Max_B posted:
Crabby posted:

Seen it today and wasn't expecting it to be available and hooked up to half descent speakers 

first impression is how small it is...seriously, I didn't expect it to be so petite. Compared to the qute, half the size. 

 

Crabby,

are we talking of the same unit? I saw and toyed with the Atom yesterday and my impression is that it's globally almost twice the size of the UnitiQute.

Max

It's similar size a little less depth but slightly wider and taller.

Max_B posted:

BTW, it seems that nobody mentioned a not so marginal detail: the speaker sockets are finally 'right': left on the left and right on the right. No DIN sockets, but this was when Naim's explanations on the greater sound quality (impedance wise) of the DIN sockets had a meaning, so here's another question we can ask ourselves.

We don't need to ask - DIN plugs are staying.

The Qute didn't have DIN sockets, and the Atom still doesn't; but the Nova and Star have DIN inputs and DIN outputs.

We don't need to ask - DIN plugs are staying.

 

P.S.  Actually the explanation of better sound from DIN connections is from the single earth connection preserving a star earthing arrangement, rather than from impedance concerns.  When I used to build amps, I used DIN connections for the same reason.

Huge posted:
Max_B posted:

BTW, it seems that nobody mentioned a not so marginal detail: the speaker sockets are finally 'right': left on the left and right on the right. No DIN sockets, but this was when Naim's explanations on the greater sound quality (impedance wise) of the DIN sockets had a meaning, so here's another question we can ask ourselves.

We don't need to ask - DIN plugs are staying.

The Qute didn't have DIN sockets, and the Atom still doesn't; but the Nova and Star have DIN inputs and DIN outputs.

We don't need to ask - DIN plugs are staying.

Thanks, Huge – written on the stone. Apart that I was speaking of sockets and not of plugs (sorry for being pedantic, but I come here to practice my English too so let's start with the basics), I'll now hibernate for a year or two, and when I'll wake up I'll take a look at the then current range of Naim gear, looking for a green logo and DIN sockets...

Now, down into the hibernating machine. Have a good summer and don't forget to take hammer and chisel wherever you go. M.

One aesthetic I wasn't so keen on was the colour of the volume indicator lights on the dial. They looked very yellow compared to what's on the muso, especially against the bluey white light of the ring behind the dial. That's really splitting hairs though, it was sexy as hell apart from that.

Max, I feel that the plugs and sockets sort of go together somehow!   

But yes look at the pictures of the Nova and Star and you can see the DIN sockets (being pedantic you're right!). 


(btw Being equally pedantic shutting down for the summer is aestivating (same derivation as estate) rather than hibernating as hibernating applies to winter (same derivation as iverno)!   )

Max_B posted:
Crabby posted:

Seen it today and wasn't expecting it to be available and hooked up to half descent speakers 

first impression is how small it is...seriously, I didn't expect it to be so petite. Compared to the qute, half the size. 

 

Crabby,

are we talking of the same unit? I saw and toyed with the Atom yesterday and my impression is that it's globally almost twice the size of the UnitiQute.

Max

I may have exaggerated a bit being mediterranean

i was impressed by how square it was and less depth in particular. Rest the same. I wasn't expecting it to be so small for me..

I am loving mine.  Running it with a pair of Naim intro 2's.  As it is my first dive into the audio world, all I can say is that i am amazed.

i have similar issues to other here with the screen being bright, and you can't select what its defaults to.  My grandson loves it too.  His small fingers are constantly poking and prodding.  Yes, I know, I should be controlling him, but sadly he is not one to be controlled.

The only other issue I have is with adding radio stations.  As it is, the selection of stations is excellent, but there is however, one small insignificant radio station here in NZ that I cannot live without.  I don't seem to be able to add it as a station.  At present I have a work around by using tunein app on an ipad and streaming that the the atom (sounds like pants though).  Hopefully its just a software issue, and I will be able to listen to Radio ActiveFM soon.

Loving the sound of mine since Thursday, paired with Neat Iotas as a 2nd system. However as some have mentioned I really would like to have the option of turning off all the display lights completely, that includes the on / off button which annoying stays on in whatever power mode chosen. 

Just collected mine all setup and ready to go  but the ultimate torture I have no speakers and the speaker cable is due later this week : (

Setup via Lan was easy, only concern after setup the unit kept powering on and then off every 5 secs, went on for a while so I tried to power down it carried on eventually I stopped almost like a boot loop.

Listened on some wired Headphones: (

Build wise it is super sexy but assumed display was touch but it is not and the power relay I find the noise too loud and irritating.

Obsydian posted:

Also can anyone share a link to the manual, sure the dealer had opened mine as it has a Uniti Core manual and the front plastic was peeled back, oddly he could not demo but had a Uniti Core on display.

I'd be returning that then, unless he made you aware and it was reflected in the price.

Obsydian posted:

Also can anyone share a link to the manual, sure the dealer had opened mine as it has a Uniti Core manual and the front plastic was peeled back, oddly he could not demo but had a Uniti Core on display.

@Obsydian, from the Forum, looks like some of the Atoms have been dispatched with Uniti Core 'Quick Set up guides'. My Atom had the Uniti Core guide, and the box was all sealed with Naim tape. So you are not alone.

Likewise, the front plastic had started come away from the screen. Screen in perfect condition.

My Atom looks and sounds fantastic

Simon

Simon Frequency posted:
Obsydian posted:

Also can anyone share a link to the manual, sure the dealer had opened mine as it has a Uniti Core manual and the front plastic was peeled back, oddly he could not demo but had a Uniti Core on display.

@Obsydian, from the Forum, looks like some of the Atoms have been dispatched with Uniti Core 'Quick Set up guides'. My Atom had the Uniti Core guide, and the box was all sealed with Naim tape. So you are not alone.

Likewise, the front plastic had started come away from the screen. Screen in perfect condition.

My Atom looks and sounds fantastic

Simon

Thanks Simon, was getting irritated by the dealer, mine was as you describe, he said it came in an outer box so the white box had a few squash marks and the closing flap had been pulled.

Based on what you say I put it down to a nosey dealer, reckon most of us would sneak a peak if it was the only one in store.

Questions are the pins in the power chord box speaker pins assume we should use them, I ordered NACA5 with Maim plugs both ends which clearly will not work as the orientation is north to south.

Naheed

Obsydian posted:
Simon Frequency posted:
Obsydian posted:

Also can anyone share a link to the manual, sure the dealer had opened mine as it has a Uniti Core manual and the front plastic was peeled back, oddly he could not demo but had a Uniti Core on display.

@Obsydian, from the Forum, looks like some of the Atoms have been dispatched with Uniti Core 'Quick Set up guides'. My Atom had the Uniti Core guide, and the box was all sealed with Naim tape. So you are not alone.

Likewise, the front plastic had started come away from the screen. Screen in perfect condition.

My Atom looks and sounds fantastic

Simon

Thanks Simon, was getting irritated by the dealer, mine was as you describe, he said it came in an outer box so the white box had a few squash marks and the closing flap had been pulled.

Based on what you say I put it down to a nosey dealer, reckon most of us would sneak a peak if it was the only one in store.

Questions are the pins in the power chord box speaker pins assume we should use them, I ordered NACA5 with Maim plugs both ends which clearly will not work as the orientation is north to south.

Naheed

Yep mine had a core manual...drop them a quick email... received next day... no fuss

Tastiehastie77 posted:
Obsydian posted:
Simon Frequency posted:
Obsydian posted:

Also can anyone share a link to the manual, sure the dealer had opened mine as it has a Uniti Core manual and the front plastic was peeled back, oddly he could not demo but had a Uniti Core on display.

@Obsydian, from the Forum, looks like some of the Atoms have been dispatched with Uniti Core 'Quick Set up guides'. My Atom had the Uniti Core guide, and the box was all sealed with Naim tape. So you are not alone.

Likewise, the front plastic had started come away from the screen. Screen in perfect condition.

My Atom looks and sounds fantastic

Simon

Thanks Simon, was getting irritated by the dealer, mine was as you describe, he said it came in an outer box so the white box had a few squash marks and the closing flap had been pulled.

Based on what you say I put it down to a nosey dealer, reckon most of us would sneak a peak if it was the only one in store.

Questions are the pins in the power chord box speaker pins assume we should use them, I ordered NACA5 with Maim plugs both ends which clearly will not work as the orientation is north to south.

Naheed

Yep mine had a core manual...drop them a quick email... received next day... no fuss

Thanks tastie

Christine posted:

Hi All,

I have two questions for you lucky Atom owners;

1.  Does it have an Alarm function, can you wake up to a pre-set Radio station ?

2.  Does it have a sleep function, can you set it to switch off after say 1 or 2 hours?

 

Thanks in advance.

@Christine

In answer to your questions (from what i can see and have experianced with my Atom)

The Atom knows the time of day.

1. No alarm function, however this could be suggested to Naim as a future feature, with an 'on' duration.

2. The Atom has a setting for 'Auto Standby time' - this is triggered when the Atom has been idle (as in not playing), the settings are Never, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min (default), 30 min, 1 hour or 2 hours.

From your question, I suspect you wish to use the Atom like a radio alarm clock, currently this functionality is not avaiable.

You could use you iphone for the alarm and then trigger the Atom from the app, when you have finished listening then turn off Atom from your iPhone.

I hope this helps

Simon

Simon Frequency posted:
Christine posted:

Hi All,

I have two questions for you lucky Atom owners;

1.  Does it have an Alarm function, can you wake up to a pre-set Radio station ?

2.  Does it have a sleep function, can you set it to switch off after say 1 or 2 hours?

 

Thanks in advance.

@Christine

In answer to your questions (from what i can see and have experianced with my Atom)

The Atom knows the time of day.

1. No alarm function, however this could be suggested to Naim as a future feature, with an 'on' duration.

2. The Atom has a setting for 'Auto Standby time' - this is triggered when the Atom has been idle (as in not playing), the settings are Never, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min (default), 30 min, 1 hour or 2 hours.

From your question, I suspect you wish to use the Atom like a radio alarm clock, currently this functionality is not avaiable.

You could use you iphone for the alarm and then trigger the Atom from the app, when you have finished listening then turn off Atom from your iPhone.

I hope this helps

Simon

come on Naim, really? wow, that can't be true... the SU has an music alarm funtion and so did my previous uniti Qute (v1)

DomTomLondon posted:
Simon Frequency posted:
Christine posted:

Hi All,

I have two questions for you lucky Atom owners;

1.  Does it have an Alarm function, can you wake up to a pre-set Radio station ?

2.  Does it have a sleep function, can you set it to switch off after say 1 or 2 hours?

 

Thanks in advance.

@Christine

In answer to your questions (from what i can see and have experianced with my Atom)

The Atom knows the time of day.

1. No alarm function, however this could be suggested to Naim as a future feature, with an 'on' duration.

2. The Atom has a setting for 'Auto Standby time' - this is triggered when the Atom has been idle (as in not playing), the settings are Never, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min (default), 30 min, 1 hour or 2 hours.

From your question, I suspect you wish to use the Atom like a radio alarm clock, currently this functionality is not avaiable.

You could use you iphone for the alarm and then trigger the Atom from the app, when you have finished listening then turn off Atom from your iPhone.

I hope this helps

Simon

come on Naim, really? wow, that can't be true... the SU has an music alarm funtion and so did my previous uniti Qute (v1)

I'm trying my hardest to move away from my Sonos but Naim aren't making it easy are they?

Looks like I'm buying an old skool hi-fi timer to trigger my amplifier on and off and keep the Atom constantly playing. 

We received our store demo Atom today. The first thing we did was play from a Core music store and connect the Atom to a pair of ATC SCM7s. These speakers are interesting as they only go so loud, even with NAP500 and I wondered if the Atom would be able to drive them at all. Even though very new there is something very right and beautiful about the way the Atom sounds, all the usual Naim strengths but with style, finesse and detail I didn't hear before at this price point, and surprising weight and drive as well. I'm very excited, for current Naim owners the sound of the Atom may not break new ground, but I think it will attract new customers to Naim for whom it will be a revelation.

Can't wait to try it tomorrow for the ultimate mullet test - with S-800s.

Jeremy

Christine posted:

Hi All,

I have two questions for you lucky Atom owners;

1.  Does it have an Alarm function, can you wake up to a pre-set Radio station ?

2.  Does it have a sleep function, can you set it to switch off after say 1 or 2 hours?

I believe the front panel display and other lights on the Atom cannot be turned off, which might be a deal breaker for anyone wanting it in a bedroom. 

Richard Dane posted:

Chris, from what I gleaned from the guys over the weekend, a facility to fully switch off the display may be in the works for a future firmware release.

Thanks Richard, I know this has already been discussed, and hopefully it will also allow the control wheel to be turned off, as that seems quite bright too.

Richard Dane posted:

Chris, from what I gleaned from the guys over the weekend, a facility to fully switch off the display may be in the works for a future firmware release.

Thank you Richard, I for one would be delighted to have the option to have them all (including the on/off button and volume control wheel lights) off during replay and when in standby so I am keeping my fingers crossed for this to happen in the next firmware release.

Been going crazy with my Atom constantly switching on and off in a quick loop for upto 5 mins before finally going into Standby. Using the remote or Atom Standby switch did nothing.

I narrowed it down to when powering on or off via the Naim app, then thought it's the app, anyway shirt version my Android app causes the loop but the Apple app does not.

Also the Android app let's you change settings like standby but it does nothing, going into the Apple app shandy was set to 20 mins Android showed 5 mins.

So relieved it's Android but you guys really need to sort your app quality out.

Note also reset the device to solve and no joy.

DomTomLondon posted:
Simon Frequency posted:
Christine posted:

Hi All,

I have two questions for you lucky Atom owners;

1.  Does it have an Alarm function, can you wake up to a pre-set Radio station ?

2.  Does it have a sleep function, can you set it to switch off after say 1 or 2 hours?

 

Thanks in advance.

@Christine

In answer to your questions (from what i can see and have experianced with my Atom)

The Atom knows the time of day.

1. No alarm function, however this could be suggested to Naim as a future feature, with an 'on' duration.

2. The Atom has a setting for 'Auto Standby time' - this is triggered when the Atom has been idle (as in not playing), the settings are Never, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min (default), 30 min, 1 hour or 2 hours.

From your question, I suspect you wish to use the Atom like a radio alarm clock, currently this functionality is not avaiable.

You could use you iphone for the alarm and then trigger the Atom from the app, when you have finished listening then turn off Atom from your iPhone.

I hope this helps

Simon

come on Naim, really? wow, that can't be true... the SU has an music alarm funtion and so did my previous uniti Qute (v1)

There is no need for an alarm function because the lights are so bright you can't get to sleep in the first place. See - it all makes complete sense. 

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