The other problem with small and cute is it’s hard for audiophiles to take the Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha seriously. Sound is a big deal at Neat Acoustics. The company’s test procedures revolve largely around critical listening by keen musician and Neat founder Bob Surgeoner, and his small neat iota speakers review, of which many are gigging musicians in their own right.
The sound of the Neat Iota Alpha is largely dictated by the size of the cabinet and the drivers in that cabinet. Iota Alpha cabinet is so small, it’s worth reiterating slowly and carefully. What can five-by-eight inches buy you in the high-end today? A power supply, a line conditioner? Not just a smidge of a speaker either.
Neat is not new to the industry. For over twenty years it has built an enviable reputation among those in the know. High Fidelity Services, has taken Neat under its wing and its fortunes appear to be on the upswing. Neat Acoustics designs and manufactures in rural Teesdale, located in the north of England.
The Iota is a two-way, bass-reflex design with a rear-mounted port. The tweeter is a two-inch planar-magnetic ribbon transducer. While the speaker can be placed out into a room, listeners should take Neat’s suggestions seriously and position them at, on, or near a wall, thus maximizing bass reinforcement. Unlike their full-sized siblings, small speakers have no place to hide any sonic weaknesses or glaring colorations.
But it took only a few spins of some well-known musical favorites to hear that the Iota has most of its sonic ducks in a row. This is a loudspeaker with a complete lack of pretension. Its warm, relaxed midrange represents a total rejection of the culture of souped-up, sonic hype we’ve all encountered at one time or another. The Iota is one serious little loudspeaker and ideal for connoisseurs with seriously limited space.