23.01.17

Review of Nexo ID24i speaker

AUTHOR: Inavate
Nexo White ID24 speaker installed by Wise Productions at Serpentine Gallery, London
Nexo ID24i speaker installed by Wise Productions at Serpentine Gallery, London

The ID24i speaker features a user-rotatable horn that allows operators to choose between 120-degree x 40-degree or 40-degree x 120-degree high frequency coverage. Measuring 309mm wide, 132mm high and 233mm front to back, it incorporates twin 4-in drivers in a V formation, and can work as a full-range speaker, or as a dedicated sound beaming unit.

Reviewed by Max Powers, senior sound technician at Wise Productions

Where have you used this product?

We’ve used the speakers for events at some fairly unique venues we’ve provided production for,  including the Natural History Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and Kensington Palace (a residence of the Royal family) in London.

Why did you choose it?

We have already invested quite heavily in Nexo’s sound systems as all of our front of house PA is Nexo, and all of our distributing PAs are Nexo. As we are currently use the amps for these systems we wanted to carry on investing in Nexo, and the box fit the application we wanted to use.

What do you like about it?

What we like about the speaker the most is the size and the style, as it’s a very slim profile and very small. All our clients and venues are looking for something that’s going to blend into the background and will be really discreet.

In addition to that, it’s also very loud and can throw very far – they’re very versatile. I also like their shape and the way it can be weighted on the floor or be rigged, and that setting them up is a very easy process. You can also change the dispersion of the horn very simply via the dial on the back.

Overall, they’re very versatile and slim and sleek. I’m not sure for definite it’s the slimmest option available,  but its size, along with the output and its compatibility with our existing systems meant choosing this model was an easy decision to make.

What would you change?

It’s hard to pinpoint one thing. We do have the IDS110 subs as well, which along with the ID24s makes a great sound as a full range system. But the ID24s just by themselves wouldn’t be quite as full range as some of the point source boxes we have (like the Nexo’s older PS10 and PS8 models). The speaker could do with a bit more low-end, but they’re fine for speech and background music for what we do, and along with the sub they sound great.

The only issue we have had is that one of the boxes (it  was probably  just a batch  issue) was faulty, as one of the LS drivers had blown or was damaged quite soon after purchase and I’m not sure how. I think that was quite a rare occurrence, and Nexo soon resolved the issue. Regardless of this, we’ve continued to use the products from the ID Series since first trying them out.