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NHT 02-ARC Outdoor Speaker Conclusion

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NHT proved they could make a truly high performance speaker system designed for the outdoors.  The 02-ARC’s impeccable build quality, and fit and finish is among the best I’ve seen in this category of product. They measure like a high quality indoor bookshelf and sound great in any environment.  The only caution is they should be paired with amplification stable into 4 ohm loads.  Some lower-end receivers may not be too happy with these speakers.

If you’re looking for a true high-performance, weather-resistant outdoor speaker system, the NHT 02-ARC comes with my highest recommendation!


NHT 02-ARC Outdoor Speaker Video Review

 

NHT 02-ARC Review

MSRP: $299/ea


 NHT Audio LLC

Office/Showroom:

140 West Industrial Way

Benicia, CA  94510

800-648-9993

 

 

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Recent Forum Posts:

hk2000 posts on February 25, 2014 10:25
gene, post: 1019285
Good question Jotham. A 2-way speaker like the 02-ARC performs better when mounted vertically. Horizontal mounting will result in a less even response due to lobing. You can surely mount them like this if you have no other choices but they are designed to be mounted vertically for best performance.

I Never new that. Thanks. Can you explain what lobing is, or point to a link that explains it, thanks. Does this also apply to surround speakers?
Also, a follow up question to Jotham's: Will it matter if they are mounted upside down with the woofer on top, if not, I think NHT should make the mounting bracket longer on one side? That would enable one to mount them low pointing up or high pointing down (Most likely). If the tweeter has to be on top, then obviously that makes them less than ideal for outdoor installation, after all this is for casual listening, No?
gene posts on February 24, 2014 17:54
jotham, post: 1019213
Thank you for the review! After we build our new deck, I'm looking forward to installing 4 new outdoor speakers so this review was very timely.

I do have a question about the mounting that was demonstrated. Wouldn't it make more sense to install them on their side, perhaps with tweeters on the outside? This would give greater adjustability for the sweet spot. I assume there was some acoustical reason it was installed upright but given the particular context, I can't figure it out.

thanks,

Jotham

Good question Jotham. A 2-way speaker like the 02-ARC performs better when mounted vertically. Horizontal mounting will result in a less even response due to lobing. You can surely mount them like this if you have no other choices but they are designed to be mounted vertically for best performance.
jotham posts on February 24, 2014 13:55
Thank you for the review! After we build our new deck, I'm looking forward to installing 4 new outdoor speakers so this review was very timely.

I do have a question about the mounting that was demonstrated. Wouldn't it make more sense to install them on their side, perhaps with tweeters on the outside? This would give greater adjustability for the sweet spot. I assume there was some acoustical reason it was installed upright but given the particular context, I can't figure it out.

thanks,

Jotham
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