Most of all, though, those limitations are more in the head of the listener than in the reality of what the Iota Alpha does. Forget ‘it has to be a toy loudspeaker’, and comparisons to the Stonehenge model in This is Spinal Tap; it’s a really good floorstander in a smaller box than usual. Get over it!
I have to say, I love what the Neat Iota Alpha does, in part for its ability to squeeze a quart into a pint pot, but mostly for its ability to challenge the dominance of big speakers. There is a ‘you have got to be kidding me!’ sense of shock that audiophiles get when hearing that much sound coming out of that small a box. And it’s a hugely enjoyable sound, too. If you have a small to mid-sized room, if you want big speaker sound without having big speakers, or if you just like taking on some of audio’s shibboleths, the Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha comes highly recommended.
Type: 2.5-way, rear ported floorstanding loudspeaker
Drive units: 1× EMIT tweeter, 1× 100mm polypropylene cone mid-woofer, 1× 134mm paper cone bass unit
Frequency Range: 33Hz–22kHz
Nominal Impedance: 4Ω
Recommended amplifier power: 25W–100W
Standard finishes: Natural Oak; American Walnut; Black Oak; Satin White
Dimensions (H×W×D): 45 × 20 × 16cm (49mm with spikes)
Weight: 6kg per loudspeaker
Price: £1,385 per pair
Manufactured by: Neat Acoustics
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