Naim's new headphone amp comes with AirPlay 2 support built in

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Hero
Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition Hero (Image credit: Naim)

What you need to know

  • Naim has announced the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition amplifier, priced at almost $3,300.
  • The amplifier doesn't need a computer and supports AirPlay 2.

Naim is a name that high-end audio lovers are very familiar with and the company just announced the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition amplifier. A gorgeous, no doubt heavy box of tricks, this thing isn't your typical headphone amplifier – as Naim is keen to point out.

Kicking things off is the fact this amplifier doesn't need a computer to work – it is a computer, complete with support for Apple's AirPlay 2.

The Uniti Atom Headphone Edition can transform any space into your own audio cocoon. Where typical headphone amplifiers demand tethering to a computer the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition has all the brains – and Naim's exclusive streaming platform. The headphone-optimised version of the multi-award-wining Uniti Atom also features 6.3mm and Balanced XLR and Pentaconn outputs, plus is compatible with an array of headphones – we suggest Focal as the perfect partner. Offering yet more flexibility, you can keep up to three headphones plugged in and switch sets depending on what you're listening to and when.

On top of that, and because this is more than an amplifier, Naim says the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition will happily stream music from Apple Music and other streaming services.

Stream your own digital music library, favourite radio stations and podcasts, and music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Qobuz through your headphones without life disturbing you. Also wirelessly stream direct from all your devices via Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, plus connect other sources, from turntables to USB drives. Explore and curate all these choices via the Naim App.

Sounds sweet, right? It really does, and it should – the whole shebang is available now costing almost $3,300. Yikes. You can read more about its capabilities over on the Naim website right now.

Oliver Haslam

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