'Fundamentally, this speaker just gets out of the way and lets the musical message through unobstructed. The hallmark of the very best loudspeakers is that they somehow manage to communicate the differences between different sources and even recordings, and in this regard the Ultimatum turns out to be a very good speaker indeed...
Qualitatively, the bass end is quite superb. Very few speakers can match its ability to deliver genuinely deep in-room bass without muddying things up with excessive and thumpy mid-bass. The bonus here is that the bass is also exceptionally agile and lively, and cabinet colouration is vanishingly low...
Over the long haul of several weeks, my respect for this speaker continued
to grow. Few if any can match the way it combines the coherence and communication
skills of a simple two-way with most of the advantages of a much larger
design. The Ultimatum is an exceptional achievement in every respect.'
'This loudspeaker has so many very clear and obvious strengths, it's difficult to know where to start. Above all perhaps, it combines all the coherence and communication skills of a simple two-way, with most of the advantages of a much larger design. There's real speed and agility here, especially through a bass region which is exceptionally clean, clear and powerful.
But the whole is much more than the sum of the parts, and there's a beguiling
completeness and totality which is totally satisfying, making one very
aware that the Ultimatum is a labour of love and the end result of painstaking
development and refinement. Such quality doesn't come cheap, but Neat's
Ultimatum deserves recognition as amongst the very best there is, irrespective