Neat Acoustics Elite-SX
ELITE SX The ELITE SX delivers genuine audio performance from a discreet and attractive enclosure by means of unorthodox thinking and the ingenious implementation of some unusual ideas. Unlike most bass reflex designs, the ELITE SX incorporates an innovative staggered port tuning design. This carefully judged system delivers a very convincing full-bodied bass performance, far more impressive than might be expected for such a small enclosure. The cabinet is raised above a plinth of solid slate, chosen for its superior bass control and midrange precision. The main drive unit is the latest version of that used in the upmarket Ultimatum range; a 6.5” doped paper cone with a ferrite magnet assembly and a fixed aluminium phase plug to enable smooth integration with the tweeter. The tweeter used in the SX is a soft-fabric dome type with internal damping and a non-resonant chamber. The choice of tweeter is critical, because the tweeter lends the whole speaker its essential character and integrity. In this context, the ttweeter’s strengths of superb dynamic contrast and accurate tonal colour are well matched to those of the main drive unit. As with all Neat loudspeakers, the crossover is the result of painstaking development. We prefer to judge all aspects of tuning & voicing by ear, rather than referring to measurements. The crossover in the Elite SX is a simple, hard-wired 3–element type. Low-loss air-core inductors are employed, as well as high-grade polypropylene capacitors. All crossover components are specified to be within very tight tolerances in order to ensure excellent pair matching.