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NHT Classic 2 Speaker System Review

by December 07, 2006
NHT Classic 2

NHT Classic 2

  • Product Name: Classic 2
  • Manufacturer: NHT
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 07, 2006 12:10
  • MSRP: $ 1,700 - $2,200

Classic Two:

Two-way bookshelf. 6.5" polypropylene cone woofer, 1" aluminum dome tweeter. 12.7 lbs

Absolute Zero: Two-way bookshelf. 5.25" polypropylene cone woofer, 1" aluminum dome tweeter. 8 lbs.

Two C: Three-way center channel. 2 x 5.25" aluminum cone woofers. 2" aluminum dome mid-range and ¾" tweeter pod.

Ten: Vented 150W Powered Subwoofer. 10" long throw aluminum cone woofer. 41 lbs.

Classic Two:

Freq Response 51 Hz - 20kHz, Crossover Freq 3 kHz, Crossover Slopes 18dB HP, 18dB LP, Sensitivity 86dB ([email protected]), Impedance 6 Ohms nominal

Absolute Zero: Freq Response 71 Hz-20kHz, Crossover Freq 3kHz, Crossover Slopes 18dB LP, 18dB HP, Sensitivity 86dB ([email protected]), Impedance 6 ohms nominal 

Two C: Freq Response 78Hz - 20 kHz, Crossover Freq 800 Hz, 3.2kHz, Crossover Slopes 12dB LP, 12dB HP, 18dB LP, 18dB HP, Sensitivity 87dB, Impedance 8 ohms nominal 

Classic Ten Sub:

Freq Response 31 Hz - 180 Hz +/- 3dB, Crossover Freq 40Hz - 140Hz adjustable low pass, Crossover Slopes 12dB/octave high pass, 12dB/octave low pass, Phase 0/180 degrees switch

Pros

  • NHT hits a home run in build quality with arguably the nicest designed, most sturdy cabinets in the business.
  • Two C is a true three way center channel speaker, rare in this price range.
  • Improved acoustic design over Super Audio series provides more detailed mid/highs and greater dispersion.

Cons

  • So many different drivers mean speakers in this system may not be the perfect match for each other.
  • NHT Ten Subwoofer requires a smaller room to provide LFE at impact volume levels.
  • Classic Two 5.1 system suffers from Jan Brady syndrome. In between two more practical 5.1 systems in the Classic Zero and Classic Three.

Introduction

They say perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal, though fairness is not. I must admit I’m a little biased when it comes to NHT speakers, since they were my first real hi-fi speakers. I almost bought a used pair of NHT Super-Twos, but their new Super Audio line had just been released, so I bought the ST-4s instead. NHT has implemented some clever ideas, bringing high-end sound to the budget-minded people like me. Super Audio is where NHT brought its aluminum-dome tweeters and a separate enclosure design to its ST-4. These are ideas that would be improved upon in the Classic series.

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About the author:

Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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