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May, 2010:

Neat’s latest Ultimatum

Munich High End Show 6 May 2010. Neat Acoustics announces their first new Ultimatum model in eight years. The Ultimatum XL6 will be available in September 2010.

The ULTIMATUM XL6 is a multi-chamber, multi-facet loudspeaker system incorporating six drive units per enclosure. The visible drive units are mounted on sub-baffles, attached to the main enclosure via a polyethylene damping membrane.

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New Naim UnitiServe

May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Two, very successful — as evidenced by the recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise — years on from Naim’s launch of the standard-setting award-winning HDX hard disk player, Naim is launching UnitiServe a compact digital audio player and server.

Deliveries will begin July 2010.

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Multi-award-winning Naim HDX gets SLC SSD

May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Naim confirms, in an aggregate of abbreviations, that the multi-award-winning Naim HDX is to be offered with a 16GB Enterprise grade, Single Level Cell (SLC), Solid State Drive (SSD). This totally silent drive will contain the operating system and includes space for future upgrades. This and the performance upgrades are an upgrade option for existing HDX owners.

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Neat delivers new Motive SE2 Loudspeaker

Munich High End Show 6 May 2010. Neat announced that the Motive SE2 loudspeaker — which was received so favourably when in prototype form at the Bristol Hi-fi Show in February 2010 — will be in full production in June 2010.

The SE2 is based on the Motive 2 from the award-winning Motive series that has been in production for five very successful years.

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Planning for Father’s Day: the XTZ Room Analyzer

Not sure how it works in your home but here, sometimes, I’m allowed to choose my own father’s day present.  It’s good in the sense that I get what I really want but it’s bad in that I have to pay for it.

This year I am planning on getting a XTZ Room analyzer.  For what it does it’s not too expensive. For what improvements it can help you making to your system it’s really cheap.

It consists of a nicely finished USB microphone / sound card on a stand and some clever software.  It takes about five minutes to unpack and install or it should have.  I use a Naim preamp so I had to find a suitable RCA to DIN adapter to plug in the output of the sound card base.  So after fifteen minutes I was sitting in my favourite chair clicking buttons and measuring the low frequency response of my room.

It seems my room is quite even across the LF but there is just a little too much overall bass.

Here are a few images I borrowed from the XTZ website.  They show the hardware itself along with images of full range and LF only measurements.  The RT60 plot is also useful.

I’ll come back to the XTZ as soon as I have a spare day- Father’s day perhaps.  It’s really easy to get going and to get some results, but it will take time to turn this into a better sounding system.  I’m convinced that it’s possible though.