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Neat Acoustics

About Neat Acoustics

It is no coincidence that the design team of Bob Surgeoner and Paul Ryder have had long and varied experience of working in the music industry. Bob is has played electric and acoustic guitar, double bass, piano etc., in many different musical genres – professionally and for pleasure – from the late 1960s until the present day. Paul is a guitarist/songwriter and is an experienced recording engineer.

Both are passionate about the experience of live music. Live music is the passion that drives the company’s enthusiasm for recreating that experience with recorded music. Neat’s aim is to transfer all of the drama and excitement of live music into the listener’s home.

Neat has always had an unusual take on the art of loudspeaker design. It involves the process of listening to many different types of music and allowing the music to govern the tuning and voicing of the loudspeaker – to the exclusion of almost all other criteria. In a world where most hi-fi equipment is designed by computer in order to conform to a set of widely accepted parameters, Neat’s approach is either refreshing or foolhardy… depending on whether or not you love music.

The development of a Neat loudspeaker invariably involves hundreds of hours of listening tests. The designers make small incremental changes to all elements of the design until it is ‘just right’. The Neat listening room is the starting point, though a new design must prove its worth in a variety of different rooms and systems before production can start..

Some loudspeaker manufacturers are quite content to choose off-the-shelf drive units for their designs, many of which are available from DIY suppliers. The drive units used in Neat’s loudspeakers, however, are custom-made to their specifications.

Neat has its own recording studio, where reference recordings can be made. This facility allows a unique reference point for voicing Neat’s loudspeakers.

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