Naim Audio has today launched the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition, a headphone-optimized version of the Uniti Atom music streaming system. Not only does Naim say that the new player is “designed to be the ultimate solo listening source” but, unlike traditional headphone amplifiers and DACs requiring a separate computer or streaming device, the new system only requires headphones to be added.

Priced at $3,290 (identical to the standard Uniti Atom) the new product borrows tech from Naim’s Statement amplifier. Music services supported include Qobuz, TIDAL and Spotify, as well as mulitple Internet radio options (with the bonus of curated HD stations) and podcasts. There is also AirPlay 2 support, Chromecast built-in and Roon Ready compatibility. Various digital and analogue inputs will allow connections ranging from turntables to USB drives, with file resolution support up to 32bit/384kHz.

The Headphone Edition can be used as a streaming preamp feeding active loudspeakers or a power amplifier driving passive speakers. The unit also features a new transformer design providing “the very best power supply to the headphone amplification circuitry.” A new discrete transistor circuit design enables the device to gain balanced headphone outputs on 4 pin XLR and Pentaconn, and there is a standard 6.3mm output included.

“We have designed this special edition of the mighty Uniti Atom to be the premium music streaming system for solo listening – just add headphones to escape into your own world of high-quality sound,” said Paul Neville, Naim Research & Development Director.

You can purchase direct from Naim here or from Amazon within a couple of days from now.

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Being an ex-audiophile, I am fully familiar with people spending large sums of money on audio equipment. I used to do it myself. To spend more than three thousand bucks on headphones however strikes me as idiotic because there are numerous good quality 'phones for far less.
 

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Being an ex-audiophile, I am fully familiar with people spending large sums of money on audio equipment. I used to do it myself. To spend more than three thousand bucks on headphones however strikes me as idiotic because there are numerous good quality 'phones for far less.
This doesn't appear to be headphones, but instead an integrated amplifier designed for headphones and with some built in streaming apps. Certainly not something I would pay over $3K for.