NHT was founded in December 1986 and shipped its first
product, the Model 1 in 1987. Since then, NHT has challenged the notion that
the very best sound reproduction must come at a premium price. We take tremendous
pride in our products. These are the loudspeaker systems that we as audio enthusiasts
would want to own; that will provide a lifetime of listening pleasure. Our
products from the past to present speak volumes of how dedicated we are to
Model 1 - 1987
- NHT’s first loudspeaker
- Radical new design
- Focused image geometry
- Improved imaging
- Wide sweet spot
NHT’s first loudspeaker design. The Model 1 incorporated NHT’s
proprietary Focused Image Geometry technology (F.I.G.) featuring a
unique 21-degree baffle. This design improved imaging and detail, creating
a wide sweet spot. The Model 1 was the foundation for a series of stereo
speaker systems developed between 1986 and 1994.
SW2P - 1992
- First power subwoofer package
- 120 Watt discrete amplifier
- 10” Long throw Polypropylene woofer
- High output vented enclosure
In 1992, NHT introduces the SW2Pi. It is the worlds first powered
home audio subwoofer. It consisted of a matched SA-2 discrete mono
power amplifier and an SW2Si 10" woofer in a high output vented
enclosure. The SW2Pi subwoofer system was capable of accurate low frequency
reproduction to 27Hz, with high output and low distortion.
Super Zero - 1993
- Tiny speaker with huge sound
- Compared to speakers costing as much as $5000
- Ideal for small room audio/video systems
In 1993, NHT introduces the diminutive SuperZero with dimensions
of only 5" wide and 9"
tall. It has become a reference standard for affordable loudspeakers
throughout the world. NHT’s concentrated efforts provide clarity,
detail, and dynamics in the midrange and high frequencies at the expense
of bass response below 85Hz. The SuperZero is ideal for small room
music and home theater systems.
VT1 - 1992
- Industry first matched movie playback system
- VT1 tower speakers
- Matched center channel speaker
- Hybrid Dipole surround speakers
- SW2P Power subwoofer system
Introduced in 1992, the VT1 tower speaker, its companion center,
dipole rears and the SW2P powered subwoofer was the industry’s
first matched, balanced system designed for movie soundtrack playback.
The VT1, in addition to being extremely compact for a tower, dealt
with the sonic differences required for movie surround compared to
creating a stereo image. The imaging was intentionally blurred to avoid
cognitive dissonance with the viewing source (TV) while maintaining
enough directionality to provide location of sounds.
3.3 - 1994
- Compared to product costing as much as $20,000
- Matched components within .3dB
- 1” MDF Heavily braced
- Consistent sonic tonality
In 1994, NHT introduces the 3.3, which represents the ultimate expression
of NHT’s design philosophy, embodying ideas and innovations which
carry listeners far down the path toward the goal of perfection in
the reproduction of sound.
Everything we know about loudspeaker design has gone into the 3.3 -
all our technology, our experience, and our listening abilities. We
may not yet have reached perfection, but we can deliver sound beyond
anything you have ever heard.
The 3.3’s four drivers have all been custom-designed and manufactured
to the highest quality standards, and the components of each handmade
pair of loudspeakers are matched individually and as a system to within
0.3dB, ensuring unparalleled sonic consistency with our laboratory
standard. The tonality designed in the lab is the same tonality you
get in your home.
Yet the cabinet is where the real story lies. Made of 1" MDF and
heavily braced, the cabinet creates its own "acoustical room."Placed
close to the rear wall, the massive side-loaded 12" subwoofer
always sees a corner, the ideal environment for the propagation of
Simultaneously, the upper range drivers have their own separate internal
chambers and are mounted on a narrow front baffle that extends well
out into the room. Acoustically absorbent foam refines driver radiation
patterns, and the sonic image is transparent, airy and pure.
We doubt you can find a speaker that has received more accolades than
the 3.3, or one that has found a permanent home in more hi-fi reviewers'
home systems. In fact, chances are good that you own records which
have been mixed or mastered on 3.3s. It is the choice of those who
do not have to settle for compromise.
CS 6.3 - 1996
- Patented technology
- 3 tweeter array
- Flat response 60 degrees off axis
The CS6.3 in-ceiling loudspeaker was another industry first which
was introduced in 1996, and resulted in a technical patent held by
NHT. The problem with in_ceiling designs prior to the 6.3 was poor
high frequency dispersion resulting in hot spots when directly under
the speaker and dull spots virtually everywhere else. The 6.3 3_tweeter
array allows relatively flat dispersion of high frequencies up to 60
degrees off axis in any direction.
Evolution - 2002
- Modular approach to fit a variety of locations
- Optimized for room size
- Ideal output and sound stage in intended environment
- Customizable and expandable
In 2002, NHT develops a radical departure from the traditional loudspeaker
line consisting of
and "best" models which improve in features and performance
as they increase in price. Evolution instead offers two basic system
alternatives; one optimized for small to medium size rooms, and one
optimized for larger areas. Performance characteristics are similar
in both, but each is designed to produce an output level that creates
the ideal sound stage in its intended environment.
Evolution’s modular components function as the building blocks
to create entirely self-customized high performance multi-channel loudspeaker
systems. The Evolution collection consists of two satellite monitors
with optional matching pedestals, two tower loudspeaker configurations
with satellite-matched bass modules and two, freestanding subwoofer
models. Listeners can create over a dozen system configurations to
get the utmost performance from current and future digital entertainment