New Neat Iota Xplorer speakers

New speakers from Neat Acoustics to add to their expanding Iota family. They look like they could have potential! I’m only recently new to the Neat Iota party and was quite (very) impressed at the sheer scale of sound coming from such tiny boxes when I recently heard them, so this new addition to the range looks promising. Quite large in comparison to the rest of the range - A pumped Iota Alpha on steroids - woof (er) ! Dimensions are 74cm including spikes. Width 30cm, depth 22cm. From their Facebook feed...

"Introducing the Iota XPLORER!

We've taken the concept of the groundbreaking Iota ALPHA loudspeaker to a new level with this intriguing additional model to the Iota range. The Iota Xplorer uses the same basic configuration as the Alpha, in an enlarged form.

An AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter, here employed for the first time in a Neat loudspeaker, delivers an uncompressed, musical performance and offers excellent integration with Neat's own main drive unit.

The lower, ported, section of the Xplorer houses not one, but two of Neat's P1-R2 bass drive units in a sealed iso-baric arrangement, acting as an integral subwoofer system.

Combining these elements ensures that the Iota Xplorer delivers a compelling portrayal of all types of music. Like the Alpha, the Xplorer belies its small stature with a full-range agile presentation and huge soundstage, which projects far beyond the modest confines of the cabinet.

Shipping will commence in late November. Pricing TBC."

 



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Clive B posted:
Obsydian posted:

Seriously fugly looking.

Mmm...if ever there was a speaker in need of a grille cloth!

They do a grille cloth for the Iota Alpha so I assume they will do so for the new model I have grilles on mine and they look much better for them.

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Clive B posted:
Obsydian posted:

Seriously fugly looking.

Mmm...if ever there was a speaker in need of a grille cloth!

They do a grille cloth for the Iota Alpha so I assume they will do so for the new model I have grilles on mine and they look much better for them.

 

Can you post a pic of yours Pcd...?

Singlespeed posted:
Pcd posted:
Clive B posted:
Obsydian posted:

Seriously fugly looking.

Mmm...if ever there was a speaker in need of a grille cloth!

They do a grille cloth for the Iota Alpha so I assume they will do so for the new model I have grilles on mine and they look much better for them.

 

Can you post a pic of yours Pcd...?

Will do

Singlespeed posted:
Pcd posted:
Clive B posted:
Obsydian posted:

Seriously fugly looking.

Mmm...if ever there was a speaker in need of a grille cloth!

They do a grille cloth for the Iota Alpha so I assume they will do so for the new model I have grilles on mine and they look much better for them.

 

Can you post a pic of yours Pcd...?

With and without the grilles are magnetic

 

Pcd posted:
Singlespeed posted:
Pcd posted:
Clive B posted:
Obsydian posted:

Seriously fugly looking.

Mmm...if ever there was a speaker in need of a grille cloth!

They do a grille cloth for the Iota Alpha so I assume they will do so for the new model I have grilles on mine and they look much better for them.

 

Can you post a pic of yours Pcd...?

With and without the grilles are magnetic

 

thanks mate 

It seems the bods at What Hi-Fi Towers have taken the little Alpha to their hearts with an enthusiastic review ...

"These Neats are surprising speakers. If you’re after fuss-free floorstanders that don’t dominate your listening room there are few better alternatives.

They sound way bigger than they look, and deliver a combination of detail, dynamics and rhythmic integrity that competes with the best of the traditional competition.

They’re not about analysing the recording, more about having fun. That’s just fine with us."

 

Courtesy of the Hi-Fi+ newsletter, a report from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest...

Quite intrigued now as I thought the Neat Iota and Alpha's sounded rather good when I heard them. also mentioned in the report are the new Focal Kanta, their appearance seems to be dividing opinion. Personally, I like their progressive design.

"Neat Iota Xplorer: Neat extended its Iota series with the squat, floorstanding, three-way Xplorer (£3,500). This interesting speaker combines the legendary Hiel AMT tweeter with their super-fast 170mm paper-coned bass-mid unit, housed in an upper, sealed chamber.  Below that (in every sense), a pair of downward firing bass drivers is arranged in an isobaric loading, the “rear” unit in a ported enclosure. The sound was relaxed, open and inviting, with good rhythmic coherence and no obvious discontinuity between the mid and treble – itself quite an achievement. Available from November, the Iota Xplorer should be well worth seeking out."

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Their size makes them slightly awkward looking next to the undoubtedly cute Alpha. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but i'm sure in a domestic setting they'll look fine. I'd certainly give them house room. 

Good on Neat for doing things differently anyway 

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