The result is a loudspeaker that goes about handling pretty much any genre of music with a disarming combination of total rhythmic assurance and superb three dimensionality. While it is undeniably a curious-looking floorstander, spend some time in its company and the thinking behind it begins to make a lot of sense.
The Xplorer is more than an evolution of the Iota loudspeaker series, it’s a fresh leap in design thinking and it sounds nothing short of sensational.
This exciting design uses the same basic configuration as the acclaimed Iota Alpha speaker, in an enlarged form. The top section is sealed off from the lower, and acts as a two-way infinite baffle loudspeaker.
The 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 the Neat main drive unit.
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. This system takes great skill to execute correctly, and its very successful implementation in several of Neat’s other designs mean that we approach this new design with confidence.
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.