Acoustic Energy Neo 3
Around three years ago Acoustic Energy launched the Aegis Neo system, which went down a storm among home cinema fans, but now AE feels the time is right for a revamp. Enter the Neo V2 range, which boasts plenty of technological tweaks in a bid to take its performance to new heights but keeps the price at a relatively affordable level.
he Neo Threes are a two-and-a-half way reflex loaded design and can handle loads of up to 170W. Each one stands 905mm high, which may sound imposing but the elegant styling, smoothed-off corners and black plinths will make them a stunning addition to any lounge or cinema room. The cabinets are beautifully constructed and the grilles are magnetic, so there are no unsightly screw or plugs to worry about.
They use a 25mm Neodymium ring radiator tweeter, selected for its wide bandwidth, low distortion and flat frequency response to 45kHz, as well as 130mm alloy cone low/mid driver.
With a bit of muscle behind them (60-100w) they have very big dynamics. They can go from merely loud to suddenly startling with great speed and almost no power compression, which is only really noticeably by its absence.
The Aegis Neos don’t have the breathy ethereal beauty of Acoustic Energy’s high-end speakers (Reference and Radiance), but for the money they are excellent, Good-looking, powerful and accurate-sounding
Type: 2.5 – Way Reflex-Loaded
HF Driver: 25mm Neodymium Ring Radiator
LF/MF Driver: 130mm Pressed Alloy Cone
LF/MF Magnet System: Neodymium
Filter Network: 1st Order at 200Hz, 3rd Order at 3.5kHz
Cabinet: Braced 15mm MDF Carcass
Frequency Response: 43Hz – 45kHz +/- 3dB
Frequency Range: 35 Hz – 45kHz @ -6dB
Power Handling: 170 Watts RMS
Amplifier Compatibility: 25-150 Watts into 8 Ohms (Recommended)
Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 90dB for 1 Watt at 1 metre
Dimensions: 905 x 203 x 242mm (HxWxD)
Weight: 13kg (Single speaker, unpacked)
Finishes: Black Veneer or Vermont Walnut