Phil Harris posted:
Care to comment for the impatient among us, Phil? There's an angst filled thread (new vs old-ish) where folk are keen for scraps and reviews and info on the design and philosophy updates as much as the sound.
For my part, I am very interested in joining the next tech wave on the "pre replay" side: I think the new advanced platform offers (much) more than the existing one already and puts us back on track for a pleasant series of future additions as the landscape evolves (as we enjoyed already with multi-room, Spotify, DSD, Tidal, etc.). The user experience has improved significantly and the extra horsepower will enable further gains over time. I compared against another premium manufacturer a week or so ago and was astonished at the difference in maturity between interfaces - I like the Naim path and am an advocate for returning to the "forgotten" inputs (like USB) to improve the music search and selection process (ok some of that is app-side but on-board capacity would also make life smoother in this area).
As well, I'm eager to benefit from the trickle down and product line specific engineering benefits - from the volume control to the display to the connectivity and, of course, to the anticipated gains in sonic performance due to the improved electronic isolation and power amp supplies.
Some feedback on side-by-side experiences would be nice, noting of course you are a "company man" as well as an enthusiast. Atom vs Qute, Nova vs Super...of course. But Atom (which you have described as punching way above its weight) vs Super is also very much of interest - especially since these two are likely to find themselves competing on price (new vs used of course).
Your impressions and reviews would add to the excellent but very limited information we get from those few forum members who have had a chance to demo. More so if you've spent time in a "real" listening environment (like at home rather than a show or at work).
Also of interest would be info on dates and the order of roll out - are the delays mainly to ensure a smooth launch with known-good firmware and app...hence production and availability concerns are not (really) on the table? Or should May and June be treated with skepticism and expectations management...especially for those who see Atoms hitting the shelves and start the four-week countdown to (Star and) Nova? How about non-UK (okay, I don't care about rest of world, how about Canada): any chance the entire summer will go by in a haze of anticipation and disappointment (weather and holiday plans and the Blue Jays' relief pitching aside of course!)?
I like the humour and cameraderie here. I fully understand the quality control elements that drive the difficult decision to delay launch / shipping. I feel like I'm being a good team player and avoiding the flame tendency that creeps into every online conversation when the substance has been chewed over and speculation is all that's left. I'd love to hear your real thoughts and impressions, your inside perspectives, and indeed your totally biased advice!
Gauntlet thrown - ha ha. Let's share a little more of what's known with the line of customers shuffling their feet at the door!!
ps - An Ottawa event or demo would also be nice if you're listening Manu!!!
edit: 1000th reply! Shows a bit of interest building here!