Naim Atom: Hifi will change the way you listen to music

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With the rise of cheap smart speakers, virtually disposable headphones and booming TV soundbars, its been a tough few years for high quality audio.

However, British brand Naim may have the answer.

It's $2,999 Uniti Atom is a revelation, an integrated amplifier than makes it easy to stream music at a quality you've probably never heard before.

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The tiny Atom packs a huge punch - and it the most impressive mix of tried and tested hifi and modern technology we've seen

The tiny Atom packs a huge punch - and it the most impressive mix of tried and tested hifi and modern technology we've seen

It fact, I'd go so far as to say it can help you rediscover the lost art of listening to music - and has without doubt given me more enjoyment in the few weeks I've been using it that any other piece of technology over the past few years.

Everything about the Atom screams quality, from the industrial 'monolith' design with its metal fins to the screen that dominates the front of the unit.

Looks wise, it owes more to Apple and Braun than the historic hi-fi designs that were dominated by buttons and dials.

In fact, there are just four buttons - and you'll rarely use any of them. 

However, there is the mother of all dials -  a brilliantly designed volume control on the top of the unit.

It lights up to show how loud the system is, and is perfectly weighted, making it strangely addictive to use.

The amount of detail and presence in the system is amazing - with the very best recordings, you really do get a sense of being in the studio, and can hear exactly where each instrument is.

The amount of detail and presence in the system is amazing - with the very best recordings, you really do get a sense of being in the studio, and can hear exactly where each instrument is.

For most functions, however, there's a choice of a slightly overly complicated remote, or a superb app.

I found myself using the app 99% of the time, other than wanting to change the volume while watching TV. 

But while the specs and design are all well and good, the key to the Atom is the sound.

It's simply jaw dropping.

I regularly found myself up until 2am listening (sorry neighbours) remembering a favourite song and being unable to contain the urge to listen to it.

The amount of detail and presence in the system is amazing - with the very best recordings, you really do get a sense of being in the studio, and can hear exactly where each instrument is. 

On tracks like The Streets' Blinded by the Lights the bass is precise and undistorted, while classic Beatles tracks (particularly the recently remastered albums) reveal new detail in music you've been listening to your whole life.

The most interesting thing about the Atom is that it's so compelling, its almost impossible to have music on in the background.

The front display is extremely bright, and shows off album artwork while you play

The front display is extremely bright, and shows off album artwork while you play

I found myself having to go sit down to repeat tracks constantly just to hear them from the optimum position, and its all encompassing - even reading at the same time is often impossible.

I also used the Atom for my TV sound, and this worked very well - obviously you're not getting any kind of surround sound, but the sound you are getting is exceptionally clear and

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