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2.5 way Speakers ? A film about Neat Iota Alpha’s

Census Statistics?…. 2.5 Children?… No, this is to do with drivers in speakers and how they work together. And so to this short film…. what is a 2.5 way speaker with reference to Neat Iota Alpha speakers, the subject of this review. I’m really excited to try the excellent Hegel H120 Integrated Amp too, which will be shown off in a further film, and being a relatively new amp to market.

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Neat Iota Alpha film :

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Manufacturer

  • Neat Acoustics
  • 29B Harmire Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8XT, UK
  • Web : http://neatacoustics.com
  • Contact via online contact form here
  • Tel: +44(0)1833 631021

Price

£1385 a pair

Specifications

  • Enclosure Type : 2.5-way, rear bass reflex ported
  • Drive Units : 50mm Emit magnetic/planar tweeter, 1× 100mm polypropylene cone mid-woofer, 1× 134mm paper cone bass unit
  • Sensitivity (2.83v/1m) : 86 dB/1 watt
  • Frequency Range: 33Hz – 22kHz
  • Impedance : 4ohms
  • Recommended Amplifier Power : 25 to 100w
  • Standard finishes: Natural Oak; American Walnut; Black Oak; Satin White
  • Speaker terminals : 4mm gold plated single set (no bi-wiring)
  • Dimensions : 450x200x160mm (HxWxD), 49cm tall on spikes
  • Footprint : 200x160mm (WxD)
  • Weight : 6kg each
  • Warranty : 5 years

Test Systems

Used in this Neat Iota Alpha film : Marantz PM7000N into Isotek Aquarius Power Conditioner (high current output), Talk 3 speaker cables.

Cyrus DAC XP Signature pre with partnering Cyrus PSX-R power supply, Cyrus MONO X200 signature power amps. Interconnects : AudioQuest Yukon XLR (pre and power), Hegel Mohican CD Player using Atlas Equator Integra, Innuos Zenith Mk 2, DAC : Chord Qutest / RME ADI-2 DAC FS / Cyrus DAC XP signature. Again ALL into Isotek Aquarius.

Hegel Mohican CD Player and Hegel H120 Integrated Amp

**Comparison speakers – PMC twenty5 23 and Definitive Technology Demand D11’s.

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  1. Hi Simon,

    I have these speakers so was naturally interested in your review.

    Popping a couple of hard floor tiles under the speakers, helps tighten up the bass, as does the choice of dac (Chord Qutest works well).

    My pair are driven by a Rega Brio (a very ‘musical’ sounding amp).

    • Thanks very much for your comment, am sure that will help people out. The Brio is, I know, a great amp. I know some who prefer it to amps like the Cyrus ONE Cast that I reviewed. They really did sound tremendous with the Hegel!

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I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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