C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Single Unit

$624.99 $499.99
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The Classic Three has been our best seller since we introduced it in 2005. The new C-3 carries on the tradition of our best bookshelf design providing a wide soundstage, excellent dispersion and detail typically found only in the most expensive designs. Moreover, the C-3 has bass response down to 40Hz, making a subwoofer optional instead of a necessity when listening to music. For home theater applications, the C-3 makes a great cornerstone for an audiophile grade system when combined with its matching center. While sonic improvements have been relatively minor, we made the product sturdier and far more serviceable than its predecessor.

System type
Bookshelf speaker

3-way acoustic suspension design

6.5” aluminum cone

2“ aluminum dome

1” aluminum dome

Frequency Response

87dB (2.83v@1m)

6 ohms nominal, 4 ohms min.

Recommended Power
50 - 150 w/ch

Nickel plated 5-way binding posts

13.75" x 7.5" x 10.125" (H x W x D)

16 lbs.

High Gloss Black

Sold Individually

Jon M.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Buyer beware.


Arrived with broken speaker grills and was charged $100 for return shipping.  In home trial is nice but puts buyer in a bad spot when product doesn’t arrive like new and returns are expensive.  

Jorge R.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Excellent within size constrains


Aging audiophile looking for true bookshelf to stick in bookcase; looking for very flat non colored response; excellent transient response.

Tried multiple systems : ported sounded always boomy; Devialet Gold Phantoms needed much space around ( omnidirectional) . Received a pair C3 at home  on 30 day approval (Best way to test I know!!) Fantastic !! Very flat non colored fairly good transient (my old ears have problems > 8kHz so transients more difficult to hear than 50 years ago).

I think nothing beats for non colored flat response sealed box. 3 way blend into each other smoothly, do not hear notching.

Of course cut off below 80 or so Hz; have Cambridge powered subwoofer after some adjustments fills in bottom frequency without boominess.

Very nice finish; modest in size ( compared to my old AR3A's...) 

Moved them a little : location seems to affect sound little

Price independent 4 stars considering price all 5 stars.

Highly recommended specially with refundable home trail offer.



C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Fall in love with your media all over again


I found out about NHT by doing a lot of research on opinions from self proclaimed audiophiles on many of the most popular forums.  While I absolutely loved the option of demoing speakers in home for 30 days, I decided to visit NHT at their HQ to push my purchase decision over the edge.  I sat in their demo room as was absolutely FLOORED with the sound that came out of just (2) C-3 bookshelf speakers.  My friend and I couldn't keep our mouths closed, as we could swear that the subwoofers were on and there were about 4 more speakers on the entire wall producing that sound.  

Needless to say, I pulled the trigger a few days later, replaced my aging but still very capable Klipsch RSX-4 speakers (for the front stage of a 7.2 surround setup) and have spent weeks finding better quality versions of my song library to hear the music again for essentially the first time.  The subtleties in music and movies that every other speaker I have ever hear miss, these gorgeous high quality beauties pick up and make you applaude.  There is definitely a sweet spot for listening to them, but even off axis is better than every other bookshelf-like speaker I have ever heard.   I really had no idea that sound this big could come out of a speaker this size.  Bravo NHT, bravo.  

Now I just need to find a way to convince my boss (wife) to let me replace the rest of my surrounds with the C-1's :)  

Joey S.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

C3 Bookshelf Speakers


First NHT speakers in years and after a month I am very impressed.  Placement was important to get them to sound great.  Will likely be adding other NHT speakers in the future.  

Matthew L.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Amazing Speakers


As a long time owner of NHT Classic Threes, I was hesitant to purchase the new C3 model as I  naturally questioned if it would be an upgrade. I did not think it was possible to improve on what I consider an all time classic speaker. I am happy to report the C3s best their predecessors on a number of fronts. I prefer the new, angular, modern design of the C3s to the outdated, curvy Threes. I am glad the ditched the akward rails on the Threes, which makes stand mounting the new model easier. The build quality of the C3s is first rate and the cabinets are rock solid. The most noticeable sonic improvement is in the high frequency performance. The highs seem a tad smoother and sweeter and in a direct comparison I was able to hear some subtle details on the C3s they were slightly smeared and muddy on the Threes. I am wondering if that can be attributed to the new 1 inch tweeter, which replaced the old 0.75 inch unit? The bass and midrange performance on both the old and new speakers are similar and quite remarkable considering their size. As a very happy Classic Three owner, I can say without hesitation I am an even happier C3 owner. If you are thinking of upgrading from the Three like me, rest assured it is worth it. If you are new to NHT, the C3s represent a tremendous value and compete with speakers costing much more. I speak from experience having tried the usual suspects. In short, I highly recommend the NHT C3.