AT A GLANCE
Outstanding sound quality
Very high standard of fit, finish, and industrial design
ergonomics with well-conceived app
Premium pricing may scare off some buyers
volume-control response via iOS app
An excellent solution, for those who
can afford it, for a streaming/computer-audio system where sound quality is as important as features or user interface.
Is it an integrated amplifier with onboard wireless and network streaming, or an audio streamer with built-in amplification?
Yes. The Uniti Atom, from British iconoclast Naim Audio, is both of these, as well as a quarterback for
the company&rsquo;s Mu-so wireless-
multiroom ecosystem (and a few other things mixed in). Like all Naim products since the brand&rsquo;s inception in the mid-1970s, the Atom is distinctly different from most competing designs in both appearance and operation; the company&rsquo;s proximity to the powerful vibrations of Stonehenge doubtless has something to do with this tradition. That said, the Atom is less different from its competition than many a previous design, because this sort
of streaming amp is what the classic stereo integrated amp seems to
have morphed into, here in the post-
physical-media 21st century. But perhaps the rest of the world has simply caught up, or caught sideways, to Naim.