And now the big brother Neat Iota Xplorer!
Some week ago I wrote about the little Iota Alpha and with its small size and eager style of playing I wondered if it could be a modern Kan. Loving its sound and looks I found pit they had a big brother, Xplorer, coming out. And here it is! It has been playing for about 50 hours.
The sound so far: In my hifi-adventure I started with Allaes, the Sbl for five years and the last year Ovator-400s. I really liked the Ovators and their sound. But my wife and myself had a hare time getting on with their size and design. We really missed the Sbls but the room is not optimal for the Sbls with the Windows. And then came the Iotas.
The Iotas seems like the most detailed of the lot. It has excelent drivers and throws a huge transparent soundstage. I find my self hearing new sounds and elements all the time. At the same time they Are very easy on the ear. More so than any of my earlier speakers. Really magical with the openness and ar the same time very pleasent to listen to. My wife claims I am playing louder than usuall, which is true since they never impose listening tiredness.
The most imortant part, the prat and the tune, is really good and Naim-like. The Ovators is more out in the room, perhaps and the Iotas a little further behind the stage. They play very, very engaging like the Sbls and in a Linn-filosophy draws me into the tune and comunication of the music.
The bass I really like. They have isobarik elements, not one but two. The bass I feel is better than the Ovators, but in a Sbl way. Very dry and very detailed and correct. Never flabby. The Ovators might be more powerfull in the bass but the Iotas Are much more tunefull and engaging. Contrasts stand out very well, like kick-drums and rnb’bass effects.
I might be emotilnally biased and in a crush, but these speakers Looks and sounds amazing! They will definitively stay with me, perhaps through life.
ps I run them with a Lp-12 (akito, adikt, tigerpaw Akula, cirkus, Lejonklou Gaio, armageddon) ndac-xps-sotm-200- 82-hicap-250.2.