Acoustic Energy Neo Max Review - Features Review


The Neo V2 Fours use a three-way design, with the crossover network splitting the sound into bass, midrange and high-frequencies. They feature an 130mm aluminium alloy midrange driver, a pair of 160mm bass drivers and a wide-bandwidth, 25mm ‘dual ring’ radiator tweeter high frequencies.

However, unlike the other speakers in the system, which all use a Neodymium magnet system, Neo Four uses a Ferrite magnet, which (by AE’s own admission) is a little odd given that the system’s name is derived from its use of Neodymium magnets. However, a larger ferrite system was preferred in order to generate the extra power and punch required by these bigger boxes. Acoustic Energy Neo Max 10

Other techno-treats inside these impressively specced speakers include polypropylene capacitors, air-core inductors for the high-frequency drivers plus revised long-throw suspension and higher magnetic fields strength on the bass drivers. The Neo Fours can handle 200W of power and boast a frequency response of 28Hz to 40kHz.

Neo Three is a two-and-a-half way reflex loaded design that can handle loads of up to 170W. It uses a 25mm Neodymium ring radiator tweeter, a 130mm low/mid driver and a 130mm bass driver, while the 357mm-high Neo One is a two-way design with one 25mm tweeter and one 130mm low/mid driver.

The Neo Centre packs the same 2.5-way driver array as the Neo Threes, while the subwoofer packs a 200W Class A/B amp, a 220mm driver with a 48mm voice coil and long-throw ferrite magnet, all of which team up to deliver bass frequencies down to 25Hz.

The sub’s back panel is unusually busy, sporting an array of dials and switches that help you fine-tune it. There are controls for volume, crossover and phase, plus notch filter dials (frequency, Q and attenuation) that can rectify problems with room acoustics. These are joined by line-level stereo input and output and a separate line-level input.

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