Neat Acoustics - Motive SX1 Loudspeaker - Walnut DEMO

The elegant Motive range comprises three attractive room-friendly designs; the bookshelf SX3, the compact floorstanding SX2, and the slightly taller (yet still compact) full-range floorstanding SX1 model.

Motive – Overview

The Motive range was introduced in 2005 and revamped in 2013.

The key objectives of the Motive range are:

1) To deliver exceptional performance from compact and attractive contemporary cabinets.

2) Easy-to-drive designs with a consistent and coherent sound across the range.

3) High standard of AV/multi-channel performance.

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The Motive range was a significant development for Neat as it marked the entry into the more mainstream market which was largely dominated by much bigger manufacturers. A new tweeter was developed for this range, loosely based on the inverted titanium dome used in the original Ultimatum models. This tweeter offers a very detailed, uncompressed performance and gives the Motive models a level of dynamic and micro-dynamic insight unrivaled at its price point.

The entire Motive range was revised to the ‘SX’ status in 2013 using an improved version of the NMT tweeter – the SXT. The SXT tweeter employs the same massive magnet system, but with an anodized Aluminium dome replacing the previous titanium dome. The crossovers, tuning and internals have also been updated, resulting in a wide-ranging improvement in all-round performance.

Motive SX1

Although this is the taller of the two floor standers in the Motive SX range, the SX1 is nevertheless a compact and elegant model. It will blend discreetly into any living room whilst its performance gives little away to larger and more expensive models.

This loudspeaker uses a two and half-way configuration, with the bass/midrange driver and the tweeter operating within a sealed enclosure. The sub-bass drive unit is housed separately in a reflex-tuned section below. The bass reflex port is fitted to the bottom panel of the cabinet and is vented through an outlet in the stylishly sculpted MDF plinth.

In spite of the compact dimensions, the Motive SX1 manages to accurately reproduce genuinely low bass notes with spacious and well-focused stereo imagery.

The tweeter is the new and upgraded unit used throughout the Motive SX range and features a huge screened magnet assembly and a 25mm inverted anodized aluminum dome. This type of tweeter is usually only found in more expensive high-end loudspeakers and is, therefore, an exceptional inclusion to the Motive SX designs.


  • - Dimensions (HxWxD): 925/160/200mm
  • - Footprint (WxD): 220/260mm
  • - Weight: 14Kg Each
  • - Shipping Weight: 35Kg pair
  • - System type: 2.5-way Reflex
  • - Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • - Sensitivity: 87 dB/1 watt
  • - Bandwidth: 25Hz – 30kHz

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