The award winning Neat Acoustics Ministra isobaric bookshelf speakers use a boundary design, intended for discreet close-to-wall placement. The presentation is typically Neat; musically engaging, with a generous soundstage and tremendous agility. Bass is surprisingly well extended, displaying the same levels of control shown with other Neat designs.
It is still a two way speaker but incorporates a second mid bass driver directly behind it. The two drivers function as one and both receive the same feed from the crossover. This means that the Ministra effectively has double the radiating area of a conventional two way speaker which produces bandwidth well beyond that of a conventional bookshelf design.
These isobaric drivers are 134mm units made from specially treated paper that will stand up to the extreme changes in humidity we experience in Canada. The tweeter is a 50mm ribbon that has been developed from experience gained through the award winning IOTA range. Ministra's crossover point is in the 4kHz region for a seamless transition between the mid bass drivers and tweeter for sublime midrange vocals. This is the bookshelf that does it all.
David Price from Stereonet has this to say about the Ministra: "Whether you're after your first serious stand-mounter or downsizing from a big box but cannot live without realistic sounding music, Neat's Ministra is an essential audition. With its wonderfully open, informative and enjoyable sound, right now it's the class of the sub £2,000 field – and any prospective purchaser of small speakers should hear it if they possibly can. Thanks to its excellent packaging, classy drive units and isobaric loading it shows that sometimes, less can actually be more."
BASS/MIDRANGE: 2 x 134mm treated paper cone type.
HIGH FREQUENCY UNIT: 50mm true-ribbon type.
WEIGHT: 8kg each. (SHIPPING WEIGHT 20kg: pair)
SENSITIVITY (2.83v/1m): 86 dB/1 watt
RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER POWER: 25 to 100 watts
IMPEDANCE: 4 Ohms.