NEAT ACOUSTICS EKSTRA FLOORSTANDING SPEAKER FULL DETAILS AND PRICE
We brought you the early news of Neat Acoustics' new Ekstra, and now we have the full details.
The Neat Ekstra borrows its elegant new design and configuration found in prestige Neat Ultimatum XL6 loudspeaker. The top section is sealed off from the lower, and incorporates two sealed chambers, operating as a two-way infinite baffle loudspeaker. A 50mm ribbon-type tweeter and 134mm bass/midrange unit are both mounted on a specially profiled sub-baffle, attached to the main cabinet via a de-coupling polyethylene membrane.
Up top, the selection of the ribbon tweeter was for its great dynamic expression without compression. The treated paper cone with flared profile used in the bass/mid drive unit has already proved its worth in both the award-winning Neat Motive and Iota Alpha models. The carefully-judged crossover network allows superb integration of these units.
The lower, ported, part of the Ekstra houses not one, but two of the 134mm bass drive units. One unit is located on the bottom panel, facing the floor, while 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. The low-Q port is specially tuned to enable close to wall placement of the speaker in most rooms.
Iso-baric loading allows deep, well-controlled LF performance from a compact enclosure. This system takes great skill to execute correctly, and the hugely successful implementation in several of Neat's other models has given them means to do so with confidence.
The Ekstra is very slim, at 17cm wide, and 110cm tall. The footprint is minimal so perfect for tight spaces such as typical city homes.
We are very excited about this new model and hope that the package adds up to the typical full-bodied and agile presentation with a huge soundstage we have come to expect from Neat Acoustics.
Remember you can meet the Neat Acoustics Ekstra in Room 116 on the 1st Floor of The Bristol Hi-Fi Show.
Price and availability
The Neat Ekstra will be available from April in American Walnut, Black Oak, Satin White for £2999.
- Size (HxWxD): 110 x 17 x 25cm
- Weight: 18Kg each
- Impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum ~5 Ohms)
- Sensitivity: 86dB/1 watt
- System: 2.5-way, iso-baric bass reflex, incorporating an integral iso-baric subwoofer
- Drive units: 1 x 134mm LF/Midrange unit; 1 x Ribbon HF unit; 2 x 134mm LF units
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