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HAL’S Circle Review nº0894 – MOSQUITO NEO

MOSQUITO - NEO

By Mr. Kawamata Toshiaki

Dynamic Audio 5555

7F Hi-End Audio Laboratory


The amount of my emotion is proportional to the amount of words I write here! I have been doing this job for many years and I am so used to being near the very best hi-ends every single day. Therefore, I seldom have the opportunity to meet a product that I can “fall in love” with kind of feelings.

However, this speaker is different! Meeting with this speaker NEO is so exciting! Therefore, I am happy to send this message about NEO to you, and this is going to be my very passionate message.


I had been waiting for a speaker like NEO for a long time and now I am in love with NEO!
1: What is Mosquito?
In 1993, Mosquito was born as hi-tech company in Marseille of the Provence region in Southern France. Marseille is an ancient city built by the Phoceans. The place is known as a region of attractive scenery but also as an industrial city. There are many aerospace, electronics industries and research laboratories.
Mosquito is a hi-tech speaker manufacturer that is leading in the fields of acoustics, industrial design, electronics, hydraulics, material engineering, computer simulation, quality control. The company grew rapidly in the past few years. Now in France, Mosquito has the largest speaker market share after JM Lab.
The founder of Mosquito is Marc Nouchi who is passionate about renewing speakers and their design. He is a good engineer who is interested in making a nicely-designed speaker merging with hi technology. Hubert Duprez, who is the sales and marketing vice president, shares the same passion.

Philippe Penna is an acoustics engineer which is an important part. Surprisingly, his grand-father had an experience of making wooden speakers. And because of that, Philippe was familiar with acoustic speakers. Moreover, all of his knowledge and passion was put into NEO.


So, to continue from the last message…

I asked the president of importing company of NEO and he said “I will bring it tomorrow by myself.”


This importing company is a venture company, called Conex Japan. They import hi-tech products. It was established in 1996 and has been doing well. They at first imported electronic parts from a German company called IMS. And then, they started importing electronic parts from European companies and optical products. They are also importing products related to defense industry.
So, the president of Conex Japan is Mr. Eric Charlery who is fluent in
Japanese. He contacted me last week and asked me to become his business partner in Japan to sell NEO. Eric is a very friendly person and right after the first meeting with him, things started moving very quickly. The reason why he contacted with me was because of the recommendation from one critic of Stereo Sound magazine. He said to Eric that “Mr. Kawamata is the only person in Japan who can sell a product like NEO”.
My explanation about Mosquito is rather brief so if anyone is more interested in the company, go to their site.

http://www.mosquito-groupe.com/

2. NEO Physical feature
NEO was finally born after a three-year of R&D. It is sold in France and a part of Germany now but has not sold in the U.S. A. yet. They feel that American market can wait and Japanese market should be dealt with first. To start promote Neo in Japan, Mosquito chose Eric of Conex Japan who is very well experienced in marketing.
NEO is 420 mm with and 630 mm depths. Its height is 1,300 mm and weight is 70 kg. Since I am used to see speakers that are over 100 kg, the speaker is rather easy to handle.
As you can see on the image of NEO, it has no strait lines and shows an aerodynamic design. Combination of circles, golden-ratio, ogive shape: the design is simple. It is a combination of geometrical curved lines.
The cabinet, as one can see on the web, has no parallel surfaces. Acoustic impact is well analyzed and also calculated not to create any stationary waves.
NEO’s body is uniquely designed. Aluminum honeycomb that contains acoustic material is used as the core material. It is sandwiched with a composite material made of carbon fiber and glass fiber bound by epoxy resin. The thickness of the body is 30 mm, and which is extraordinary. Moreover, these thick materials in both sides decelerate vibrations energy instantly. And they do not get much influence of temperature variations or humidity. It forms an ideal type of cabinet.
The front main baffle and the sub baffle are machined out of a 20 mm solid aluminum. In the upper-side of the front main baffle, the sub baffle is assembled tightly with 8 screws. On the other hand, the tweeter that is on the top of the baffle, is not tightly assembled. If someone pushes it down, it moves flexibly. This is a wise way to design a tweeter.
This tweeter is made by Audax in France. It has polyethylene coating and has a shape of 2.5 cm soft dome. Even though it is a soft dome , its high frequencies characteristics go up to 37 KHz at 3 dB and it has an extreme neutral image.
The midrange is mounted in the sub baffle that is 40 mm thick. It is a 14 cm DPC cone shaped driver made by Morel-UK. Moreover, the two woofers that are 222 mm – diameter each, are also from Morel-UK. These are called Neo Lin series and use Neodynium magnets.
The tweeter, as I mentioned before, has a floating mount that is not assembled tightly. On the other hand, unlike the tweeter, the woofer units have a different way of assembly. We can not find the screws usually needed to fix the woofer, like other speakers do. Actually the woofers are pressed from behind by special gaz cylinder shaft wedged on the high performance material of the cabinet and pushing the woofer units on the front baffle with a pressure of 25 kg. Of course, the basket frame of the woofer is not pressed directly on the front baffle but a floating system is used.
The pressure from the gas cylinder is transmitted from the frame of the woofer to the front baffle. Because of the uniform contact on the very thick front baffle, the mechanical vibrations created by the woofer unit are transmitted on both sides, front baffle and rear cabinet. The mechanical ground is taken quickly by the two stainless steel balls located at the foot of the baffle and the spike at the rear of the enclosure. In a word, it is a very different concept of a cabinet made out of a wooden box: the modulated energy is captured inside the speaker system without any phase shift, NEO body can be qualified by the words of mechanical high speed.

Now, lets have a look at electrical features of each unit and how they are used. The lower crossover frequency of the tweeter is set at 4.2KHz, which is surprisingly high. Most of the systems from the other companies using the same kind of hard dome shaped tweeter usually cross around 2 KHz to 2.7 KHz. To stand more than 4.2KHz is extremely beneficial for distortion in high power input conditions. As we will talk later on, this high crossover frequency is closely linked to the characteristics of the sound reproduction.

Well, the tweeter can be operated with this allowance because there is actually a key in the midrange unit.  About eight years ago I have written about Andra of Eggleston Works that is equipped with Morel driver units.



www.dynamicaudio.co.jp/audio/5555/7f/oto35.html
In this review, it was the first time that I talk about the Morel driver units used in Andra speakers made by Eggleston Works , and I outlined that if a Morel driver is used as midrange, the crossover can be set widely, and that if you think of the association of the tweeter and the midrange, you only need a simple first order filter of –6dB/oct so you do not have a phase shift, and it is possible to easily design a speaker system with a lively playing midrange where the center of the music is !
Actually NEO midrange is designed to work between 600 Hz and 4.2 Khz with a band pass filter and the slope characteristic on both side is a mild 6 dB/oct. However, the tweeter we spoke before, has a lower slope of 12 dB/oct that shows the concern not to disturb the tweeter by the frequencies of the midrange. And next, the crossover of the woofer is set at 600 Hz, it is electrically a three ways configuration. But, here we have an other knowhow of making the two woofers alive.
NEO is said to be a “woodless speaker “ but there is actually two wooden boards mounted inside the enclosure. It is a choice to adapt the inside of the body which has a geometrical design and the configuration, and here too we have a precise concern.
3. NEO Performance : base control
In a timely manner, for the assessment of MEXCEL Cable, I used Nautilus and could get MEXCEL speaker cable. Then I connected NEO with a single wire, and I used more and more 7N-S20000 as described after. By the way, the 5 meter long 7N-S2000 cable was made on special order and costed 5,840,000 JPY; this cable can not be Bi-Wire, so we ordered a second pair, and as a result the cost was multiplied by 2.
NEO is a single wire. We prepared as explained herunder with a different speaker…to be on the safe side.
Today, the test occurred for few hours with the system described hereunder, and I felt that this time I had to write quickly my short essay. After that, to be on the safe side, a careful burning was made as well as the best system enhancer used, and I finally decided to thorougly write a test report the following day.
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ESOTERIC G-0s(AC DOMINUS)    

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↓ 7N-DA6100 BNC(Wordsync)

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7N-DA6100 BNC ESOTERIC P-0s+VUK-P0

(Wordsync) (AC/DC DOMINUS & RK-P0 & MEI Z-BOARD & PAD T.I.P)

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↓ 7N-A2500 XLR ×2(Dual AES/EBU)

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dcs 974 D/D Converter(AC DOMINUS)

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7N-DA6100 BNC×1 7N-DA6100 BNC ×2

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dcs Elgar plus 1394(AC DOMINUS+SAP RELAXA3PLUS & PAD T.I.P)

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7N-DA6100 RCA 1.0m(2ch Audio Signal)

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HALCRO dm8(AC DOMINUS)

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PAD BALANCE DOMINUS 7.0m

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HALCRO dm68 ×2 (AC DOMINUS×2)

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ESOTERIC 7N-S20000



MOSQUITO NEO



Was Sunny May one month in advance? At least it was one sunny Sunday after the first meeting with NEO, and I came to work with a big excitement. I thought, just like a good cheese or wine, NEO could have gotten better just in over night.
Instead of trying with orchestra music, I thought it was better to start with some music that I am familiar with and I played Starting Point by Ishio Kotaro and 6.Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

www.toshiba-emi.co.jp/oshio
“Waoo, this good feeling !!! How can it be ???”
Of course there is the MEXCEL speaker cable contribution, but the richness of information and the feelings of afterglow are perfect. Well, NEO may conceivably be top class among all the speakers I had the chance to listen to so far.
The distance between two tweeters of NEO are exactly 3 m. The distance between the position where I am standing and the position of (ears of) tweeters are about 3.7m. I set it this way because I know how the echo of this room and found out that this is the best way of setting speakers.
And as Kotaro’s guitar emerged exactly standing in between Mosquito NEO, the sound echoes around with a trail of light and fly around in the air. I understood right away that nothing was to critizised about the width of the sound stage.
Moreover, I should write how comfortable it is to listen to the guitar sound because NEO makes no irritating sound. This is one of the biggest characteristics of NEO. Unlike some speakers that creates irritating echo after guitar sound, NEO does not do such thing.
Next, I played 12. Hard Rain. In this song, the guitar itself and the basses created by hitting the guitar body are combined, and which creates some volume in music. And this volume is very different from the ones from other speakers. If a part of the sound of this bass gets left behind in phase, then, the resolution diminishes. It is an important check point.
But, NEO basses are speedy !!
None of the basses are left behind and all sounds are played at the same speed, and therefore, the sound image do not rise up. This is amazing! Now, what will be the objectivity and the presence of the basses ?
I decide to look first and make a short test with a record of a wood bass, containing a lot of harmonics that make it easy to chek the quality for a speaker system to reproduce low frequencies.
I have often used for testing the quality of bass frequencies, the bass solos from the album Wood of Brian Bromberg and 11. Star Spangles Banner ………. So, how will it go ?

www.kingrecords.co.jp/saisin/bass/index.html
In our shop we do not have any speaker with 22 cm diameter woofer even floorstanding types, so what degree of presence and reality will show these so small diameter woofers ? As B&W Nautilus 802 woofer diameter is 20 cm isn’t it a good duel ?
“Waoo… this is great!”
A bass solo, as far as a speaker is concerned is dufficult, and many speakers add basses in receiving the support of the cabinet even t the price of a phase delay to get more volume in low frequencies, however, at the beginning of this track there is a strong piccato ……., and my doubt just disappeared in case of NEO.

As mentioned before, NEO woofers have a crossover at 600 Hz set electrically, however, by having them in independent enclosures, a two ways configuration for the bass is realized mechanically. Despite this 22 cm units or in other words rather small unit, the wood bass of Brian Bromberg was recreated massively in front of me !!

Speakers that have a bass reflex port have many problems: phase delays, interferences, stationary waves and resonances,…
People think this is unavoidable and just accept it but NEO does not make such silly mistake! It is well designed and constructed. Therefore, it creates a perfect bass speedily. I just have to give applause to NEO.
Now I know how bowstring musical instrument can be played in NEO. Next, I am going to check NEO with percussions. I do not want to sell anything that does not make me satisfied so I just have to test NEO in every possible way. So, I changed the music. Tried them in NEO. …
When I check bass, I usually try with two kinds of instruments. One is instruments like a double bass or an organ that creates continuous sound. The other is drums or percussions. These instruments create musical sound that appears and goes away instantly. Let’s see how NEO 22 cm woofers work!
When I try new speakers, I usually give a very tough test. I sometimes input 500w to 800w. This is like testing a quality of an unfinished car by launching a full speed. I know it is a bit tough condition. However, it is not that I input 500w to 800w continuously. Humans do not feel much of loudness by listening to drum sounds because they are not continuous. On the other hand, musical sounds like organs or bass, people feel loudness very easily because they are continuous. To test speakers with drum sounds, I usually turn the volume up as much as possible.
First, I try NEO with The Best of Fourplay by Fourplay (WPCR 1214). I play Harvey Mason’s intense floor tam that is in the first 20 seconds in 5. Chant of the album. All of the speakers I display here have been through and passed my tough test. Of course, Nautilus and Advantgarde had the test as well.

I started turning the volume up…


“This this this… ?”
I was worried about the smallness of NEO woofer, but, actually, there is nothing to worry about. The drum sound is sharp. The afterglow is wonderful and vibrates around this huge testing room I am in. This is so wonderful!
Next, I tried NEO with GRP’s masterpiece, Migration of Dave Grusin. First, I played 1.PUNTA DEL SOUL and then 2.SOUTHWEST PASSAGE. These songs are recorded at very professional-like conditions and they are good music to use for checking how speakers reproduce drum beats. The tension is perfect. The drum sound has enough EQ and reverb, and it blares refreshingly in the air. Unlike the low register of 38 cm woofer Nautilus 801, NEO woofers with their high speed response do not output the slapping sound elements with any delay. Some people might get confused with this low register with bass. I have tried many speakers in the past and I can say the reproduction range of a basses go far enough , there is nothing to say about the presence. This is impressive !!
Now, I am going to test NEO with another type of drum music: Tribute to Duke Ellington, Daniel Barenboim and guests These were also recorded at studio but it has more acoustic like sound.

www.daniel-barenboim.com/recordings/398425252.htm
I wanted to listen to the drum roll in the beginning of 13. Take the A Train. When I checked B&W’s Signature 800 with many different types of amps, I was able to find out a lot about the speaker just by listening to this music.
“Oh, it was like that !! This was that type of recording !!”
As I mentioned before, the basses are accumulated in extremely short time inside the loudspeaker. Each of the basses has its own characteristics and the reasons for these characteristics are the affects of enclosure and port tuning. When I listened to some speakers, I could tell these bass frequencies colors. I am not going to deny the speakers that I tried in the past but NEO is just totally different from the other ones I know.
The drum sound that NEO recreates has no extra and unnecessary peal, and it taught me how pure drum-beat sound really is. I enjoy the volume in low frequencies of drum sounds. They may be some extra elements of low frequencies sound that are not recorded, and the sound gets nicely spiced up by those elements. It is okay if I need to listen to just that but NEO beautifully cuts off the unnecessary lower frequencies. It, then, recreates the sound of drum sticks hitting a drum, it recreates no other extra sound.
This is so much fun! Let’s play the next one !!
I listen to Take Five of dmp’s Morello Standard.

www.dmprecords.com/CD-506.htm

Without a break, I play one more of Joe Morello.



Autumn Leaves from Going Places album.

www.dmprecords.com/CD-507.htm
After the bass test I should progress to the next step but …I know it’s my job! But, I just feel like trying the songs that I like, and see how NEO recreates it.
Kick drums… That’s what Joe Morello has. In the previous music that I played, drums hit a big tom. The sound was nicely spiced up for on-MIC. But, Joe Morello doesn’t do such a thing!
His kick-drum has no spiced-up-sound. It is acoustic and is recorded in a real simply way. And, because of these reasons, his kick-drums sound changes depending on speakers and their characteristics. For example, if I play the music in a big woofer, you can hear some incidental-sound that the woofer creates. It is a fun effect of using a speaker with big woofer. But, when I tried Joe’s drum in NEO, I felt
“Right. This must be how Joe’s drum really sounds like …!”
The drum sound that NEO recreates is quick and there is no afterglow. On the other hand, the sound does not spread to the front of the speaker. It creates a good audio image.

“Yes! This is it!” I should call this bass sound “straightforward” while the other ones are rather “over-weighted”.


Well, the last testing of drum sound should be this song… From Audio Lab’s THE DIALOGUE, 1) WITH BASS and 3)WITH VIBRAPHONE.

www.octavia.co.jp/shouhin/audio
Let’s see what kind of sound does this small NEO creates compared with BASS HORN’s Avant-Garde and other big systems.
“The drum size is just finelike that”
NEO is only 1.3m high but the sound it creates is much more powerful that its size. The sound is as powerful as the other big speaker systems I tested so far.
The impression that the listeners get from the drum beat is the same as the other speakers give. However, the each drum part is so clear that the listeners can easily distinguish the differences of each drum part. Sometimes a sound is touched up a little bit while it is recorded. The result of the recording which is not making any extra process of recording can be clearly recognizable as separation of the sound image. Percussion is played lightly. Unexpectedly, I got to find out that NEO cuts off the extra sound.
NEO is the kind of speaker I always dreamed of: the enclosure does not have a presence. The material and the hi-tech that are used for NEO made it possible to create wonderful basses. Well, I spent too much time on checking basses so I should move on.
3. NEOs performance / Harmony and space perspective
I spent a lot of time checking different points on NEO. I don’t get to meet such a wonderful speaker like NEO so often. I also want to state that HALCRO’s super low distortion policy and MEXCEL speaker cable help a lot for NEO to perform wonderfully.
Now, I am going to try NEO with songs that have both vocal and instrumental play. I chose Filippa Giordano from Muse Habanera.

www.universal-music.co.jp/classics/healing_menu.html
This way I can check how NEO play both vocal and instrumental sounds.

I play this song very often so I am very familiar with it. But, when the intro started, I became speechless… “What did it do?” I felt.



Just like Nautilus did, the vocal sound is floating! This is amazing !
I shouldn’t focus only on speaker. I should also mention about the other parts of a whole speaker system. But, the only difference that I made for NEO and its system is MEXCEL speaker cable. It is all that is added and the rest of the parts have been always here. You forget that there are two sound sources as NEO recreates an amazing sound stage with Filippa ’s vocal and the back-chorus standing in.
In this song, there is a drum beat that is constant. And, the ability that NEO has to control the basses can be clearly seen here again. The audio image is slim. Drum sound does not interrupt vocal sound. NEO does not mix up the low register of each part. This is so great!
And, maybe because of the combination of the tweeter of Audax and the midrange of Morel, vocal sound is so smooth and confortable. It’s almost like Filippa is whispering me in Japanese “You can turn up the volume a bit more”. I know she doesn’t speak Japanese but it’s almost like that. Unlike the metal-dome shaped tweeters, NEO doesn’t make any glare sound even when volume is high. It is perfect to listen to vocal sound in NEO. I can turn up volume as high as I want to and the vocal sound still stays in good quality. I love the sound NEO recreates!
Next, I am going to try with Taeko Ohnukis SHIKI from attraction.

www.toshiba-emi.co.jp/onuki/disco/
“She has such a lovely voice: and this is the first time to really notice it.”
“Wood-less speaker” is how I call NEO and this is the first time to meet such speaker. There are some wooden-made speakers that can be called a “master piece”. However, wood shapes change, so to use wood to make speakers, they have to be well designed. It is true that natural materials like wood gives a warm feeling to people and many people like that feeling. But, people have to remember that wood might give a warm feeling but it doesn’t mean that wooden speakers create sound that give warm feeling to listeners. There are also some speakers that were made out of whiskey barrels and which is very humorous!
EPILOGUE of GOLDMUND is a wood-less speaker and it is a wonderful speaker.
Also, there are speakers that use carbon fiber, and they can be called a masterpiece.
People tend to think that speakers with hi-tech materials create metallic, hard and cold sound. However, it is not true at all if the speakers are well designed. They create sound that are soft like human voice. When I listened to Taeko Onuki’s voice in NEO, her voice sounded almost like silk. And, this kind of sound is probably what people expect from a wooden speaker, not from metallic one like NEO. Also, back strings sound wonderfully, and the sound echoes presently. NEO is small but what it can do is much more than its size. I used to think that Nautilus and Signature 800 are the only speakers that can do these things, but, now I have to change my thoughts. “It’s not only B&W that can do these. NEO can do it, too!”

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I know how delicately string instruments and vocal sound can be played in NEO. Now, I want to try NEO with male vocal sound and how it recreates.
Russell Watson should be a good choice for that. He was on a Japanese T.V. program on the other day singing O SOLE MIO. Watoson seems like a good young man.

www.universal-music.co.jp/classics/watson/index.htm
Start with 1.Nella Fantasia from The Voice.
As soon as the intro started, I became speechless again. It created a huge und stage. The orchestra and back chorus sound are very deep. It’s amazing! And, there is bass drum rhythm. The sound is quiet and the rhythm is sometimes repeated in very low frequency. I used to think the sound of bass drum is heavy when I listened to it in other speakers. It sounded almost like players were playing bass drum on the floor. But, this time it sounds so differently in NEO. It’s like a beat of bass drum is floating in the air with other instruments.
“Cross-over classic” is one way of recording. Musical sound that was recorded at a theater hall is skillfully added to vocal sound. Then, one acoustic field is constructed. This is a popular way to record music these days. Until I met NEO, I used to think that Nautilus is the best speaker to recreate sound that was recorded in cross-over classic way. Sound and the afterglow of sound that is played in Nautilus are floating in the air perfectly. But, now I know NEO can do the same as Nautilus can!
So, next is 12. Funiculi funicula
The back orchestra and chorus spread perfectly and each part of orchestra and chorus are very clear. Nothing over wraps and the sound echoes around the room nicely. It’s just wonderful!
14: Nobody is going to sleep. Nessun dorma!
A chorus quietly repeats “Nessun dorma”. Then, it’s like Russell Watson’s voice spreads around the stage. It is wonderful! The sound stage is great and it is almost like a drop-dead sound! There are only two sound sources but it sounds like there is another speaker in between these two sound sources. Well, actually I should say, “speakers disappear!”

This used to be a catch-line only for Nautilus but it is going to be taken away by NEO the new comer!


4: NEO’s performance: plays orchestra gloriously
I was going to check only vocal sound in NEO. It plays vocal sound perfectly but also it plays instrumental sound perfectly as well. So, I happened to be able to check two things at once, vocal sound and instrumental sound, at the same time. NEO can play any kind of sound perfectly but the string instruments sound is unbelievably wonderful.
The string instruments like violin, viola, cello and double bass were played in Filippa Giordano, Taeko Onuki’s, and also in Russell Watson’s, and the quality of the instruments were so wonderful.
I am going to conclude my test on NEO with orchestra music. I tried NEO with Bernstein and also some other orchestra music and they all were played great in NEO!
I deal with different kinds of speakers and they are big brand names. So I don’t usually use a word “great” to explain about a product. But, playing orchestra music in NEO is so great and yesterday I kept playing them.
Why is playing orchestra music in NEO so great?

When I listened to “L’Arlésienne” and “Carmen” of Bizet,

I was just shocked, when the introduction started. NEO can recreate each string instrument clearly and listeners can distinguish each of the string instruments in NEO. This is very unusual because many speakers recreate sound that put all the string instruments together, and therefore, you can never distinguish each of them.
Next, I would like to talk about the quality of string instruments. They are silky. It is very comfortable to my ears. It is like putting a silk handkerchief on your arm, then pull it slowly. It flaps around the air. A silk handkerchief is shinny and so smooth on your skin. The quality of string instruments in NEO sound just like that to my ears. When I try with some speakers with okay quality, it sounds like I am putting a rough towel on my skin, instead of a silk handkerchief. NEO plays each string instrument clearly, and which is very comfortable to my ears. And, this leads to the enjoyment and excitement of listening to orchestra music in NEO.
Great equipments like Sonusfaber’s Guarneri Homage are talked on the following web site. I can probably say that NEO has a low-pass that matches the quality of Sonusfaber’s Guarneri Homage.
In 8.“Farandole, there is a part that has wind instruments and NEO plays these instruments wonderfully, too. Moreover, I can clearly distinguish the pronunciation of “sa, shi, su, se, so” and they are very conformable to my ear. It gives nice echoes of wind instruments but never leaves an uncomfortable sound. This is so good!
First woodwind appears, and then the beat of tambourine flies in the hall. Then, the sound of violin start to pizzicato. Finally, the afterglow of violin and woodwind blend all together on stage. In the last part, big drums are repeatedly pounded but no echoes are left behind at the end. NEO teaches me the importance of having an uniformity of afterglow. It is fun to learn new things from NEO.
In “Aragonaise”, the well-known theme in the beginning is played. Then, in the center, the sound of oboes, flutes and tambourines are tangled up in the air, and the pizzicato of violin nicely wrapped up this tangled-up sound of three instruments. Pizzicato is now changed to arco and how beautiful the arco sounds!!

This CD is not recorded by the newest way of recording. However, Neo recreates all the information (sound) that was installed in the CD. This is the greatest thing about components that has P-Os as main force. At this point, I am amazed of the ability of amp and cable: how great they are. And, the sound that is recreated by the nice slender body of Neo is great! I am so happy!

What’s next?
In 15. Habanera, the sounds of triangle and tambourine rhythm that have nice perspective appear in between the arc of the string instruments. Its feeling of distance seems even better than the one in Nautilus.
NEO has a great ability of expressing perspectives.
I think it is because of the way housing of tweeters are designed. I keep telling how important it is to spread spherical-wave nicely because it contributes a lot for good acoustic-field. And, to spread spherical-wave nicely, there should not be any reflecting surface. The design of Nautilus is based on this thinking. And, as you can see on a picture of NEO, tweeters are almost floating in the air separately, and have no extra baffle side.

Most of the speakers have tweeters in a spacious flat side. However, the reflecting surface around the tweeters stops spherical wave to spread over to the back. The engineers of NEO probably knew about this, and that is why NEO’s tweeters are very small.

“If I design a speaker, I will probably do the same thing…”
Now fortissimo is spread away. Every single player in an orchestra plays his/her part all together and all of their energy that they put into the music they play are released in the air at once too. But, I wonder, by the time the sound reaches to our ears, are they really the same sound that these orchestra players played? Is the sound we hear really the same as the original sound that orchestra plays? What I mean by the original sound here is how the phase works along time axis. (And, time axis here means startups and disappearance of each instrument).
If this is not perfectly set, echoes of some instruments get emphasized and some roughness will be added. However, I don’t have to worry about NEO on that point. NEO cuts all the unnecessary echoes but let the afterglow flow around the air. It almost seems like a conductor flings up his tact in the air, and cut the extra echoes down by his tact. This is an impossible thing to do for speakers that have old design, but it is no problem for NEO!
I enjoy an orchestra music in NEO a lot. The sound of string instruments are shiny and sharp. The sounds that are recorded in studios are also played greatly but I especially enjoyed orchestra music. I totally fell in love with it!
I only talked about one orchestra song here as sample. But, actually, I played a lot more songs. However, I have a limited time and space so I decided to talk about only one song that I played also in Nautilus many times and remember it was played in Nautilus.
Well, I am so interested in knowing how many people who come to try NEO will like it. I know it is part of my job to forecast that but the number changes depending on how much I am confident in that product.

In last, I should say that NEO gave me a big confidence and I am really thankful for that. I can say 90% of the people who come to see NEO will go home with big smiles. Well, are you going to be one of the 90% or ???


NEO is going to be here at Dynamic Audio during the Golden Week.  I invite all of you to come and try NEO.  Bring your favorite orchestra CD, or anything!  Especially, those folks who have tried Nautilus should come and try NEO.  

I know that there were some people in the past who wanted to buy Nautilus.  But, because of its price or its size, not all of them were able to get Nautilus.  And because of that,  I have received many inquiries in the past if there is any speaker that is as good as Nautilus, but cheeper or / and smaller.  Well, I always had to tell these people who gave me such inquiry, "instead of buying something similar to Nautilus, you should wait until you can get enough money or enough space to get a real Nautilus even though it might take for a long time.  I knew that if they purchase something similar to Nautilus, they will get upset because these speakers are not Nautilus and, therefore, the quality of speaker is different.  Well, I am not going to say that NEO's quality is better than Nautilus.  But...


I can say that now I can offer a choice to my customers: Nautilus or NEO.  Which one you choose is depending on you.  If you follow your heart, you will know which one you like better.  And I will be very happy to help you to choose a best one for you.

Well, come and try NEO.  You can't try it anywhere else as there is only one set in Japan now.  I know many of you have to spend transportation to come all the way to Dynamic Audio in Akihabara, but I will bet you that it will worth it!  

I try to reply to mails from my customers but it might take some time for me to reply.  I just love trying this speaker, NEO so that is what I will be doing if you don't hear from me.  Sorry!

Thanks for reading my long mail and hope to see you all in front of NEO!

 
Dynamic Audio 5555

7F Hi-End Audio Laboratory

Shop Director Mr. KAWAMATA

mailto:kawamata@dynamicaudio.co.jp

tel 03-3253555 fax 03-3253-5556




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