This new arrival from Neat is definitely something special. It just seems ‘right’. For a start, it’s the size most people expect the ultra-diminutive Iota Alpha to be. Iota Xplorer is a compact, rather than microscopic, floor-stander.
The AMT tweeter does terrific treble, the mid is open and engaging and the bass extended, tight and tuneful. They are even working well reasonably close to walls in our smallest demo room. We found ourselves on the day they arrived wide eyed playing them with the Naim Uniti Nova (and some True Signal “Sound Transfer” loudspeaker cable) and genuinely wondering who could ask for more.
Priced at under £3500 they strike us as offering seriously good value for money.
Here’s the spiel:
“Neat have taken the concept of the groundbreaking Iota ALPHA to a new level with this intriguing additional model to the Iota range.
Introducing the Iota Xplorer. This exciting new design uses the same basic configuration as the Iota Alpha, in an enlarged form. The top section is sealed off from the lower, and acts as a two-way infinite baffle loudspeaker.
It houses Neat’s own P1-R3 170mm bass/midrange drive unit alongside an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter in a horizontal array, as per the Iota and Iota Alpha models.The lower, ported, section of the Xplorer houses not one, but two of Neat’s P1-R2 bass drive units. These are similar to the R3 unit, but specially tailored for extended low-frequency response. One unit is located on the bottom panel, facing the floor, whilst the second is located internally, directly above the first, in a sealed iso-baric arrangement, handling only low frequencies and acting as an integral subwoofer system. Iso-baric loading allows deep, well controlled LF performance from a compact enclosure.
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.”
Size (hxwxd): 74 x 30 x 22cm
Weight: 18Kg each
Impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum ~5 Ohms)
Sensitivity: 88dB/1 wattSystem: 2.5-way, iso-baric bass reflex, incorporating integral iso-baric subwoofer.
Drive units: 1 x Neat P1/R3 170mm LF/Midrange unit 1 x AMT HF unit 2 x Neat P1/R2 170mm LF units.