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The Naim Atom: A little black box to make your music jump to life

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We’ve sung the praises of music before – a point we’re going to reiterate by introducing the Naim Atom.

Essentially, music has been hailed as a way to make us connect and truly celebrate since the biblical times, with the Bible saying: “Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.”

Even cavemen, it was found, were fans of music, playing flutes made from bird bones and mammoth ivory.

But while not all of us were granted a lovely singing voice or the ability to play a musical instrument, we all share a profound love of listening to music– well, most of us do. It’s why the STAX SR–009 made it onto our list of corporate gifts, and is the exact same reason why the Naim Atom is a good fit as well. There’s one big difference though, which is that the Naim Atom is bigger than a set of earphones. In fact, it’s an audio hub.

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Sure enough, much like other fancy features in our Business Class section, this little black box comes with a hefty price tag – $3,000 to be exact (here’s one retailing at £1,600 though). But, as always, there’s a reason why certain products cost more. In the Atom’s case, it does something few music hubs offer.

It’s something Wired magazine once focused heavily on. It said: “If you were born in the 60s or 70s, your personal music collection is probably pretty scattered. Crates of records, a tower of cassettes, bookshelves full of CDs, a hard drive stuffed with MP3s, and a couple dozen playlists on Spotify.

“It’s hard to bring all that stuff together and control it from a single box. It’s even harder to find a little box that make those disparate analog and digital sources sound truly great. That’s the mammoth job Naim Audio’s little Atom attempts to do. The roughly 10-inch-square and 4-inch-tall cake box aims to replace most of the audio components in your stack.”

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You can stream music from your Spotfy account, and even connect to it via Bluetooth over your mobile phone. But what truly sets it apart, as Wired alluded to, was that it has RCA inputs for a turntable, CD player and even cassette deck – perfect for a client that loves the combination of analog, digital and good sound.

This article is part of our priciest corporate gift list

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