C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
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.
3-way acoustic suspension design
6.5” aluminum cone
2“ aluminum dome
1” aluminum dome
6 ohms nominal, 4 ohms min.
50 - 150 w/ch
Nickel plated 5-way binding posts
13.75" x 7.5" x 10.125" (H x W x D)
High Gloss Black
Most criminally underrated speaker of allC 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
My system has seen its share of costly speakers. I have auditioned and compared at length. The C3 are a worthy modern successor to speakers like ADS L-710, which were compact high-end 3-ways. The sound is amazingly open, articulate, detailed, transparent and slightly forward of neutral. This makes them well suited for high-end listening of any genre. The dynamics have great range with a clean grip on transients. They mate with a sub exceptionally well. The last time I heard an aluminum tweeter this well implemented, it was in a set of Vonsweikert speakers north of 4 grand. Further: I'm using them nearfield. They are superior to SVS ultra, Axiom m22 and Elac debut 6.2. They give up nothing vs $3000 dynaudio monitors. There is no brag, just check out Ken Kantors measurements and review. These are easily the best overall speaker under $1000 a pair. No, they don't try to have the most deep bass, but the bass they do have is very tight and precise. Before you waste money on other overhyped brands, buy these. They are the most criminally unrated speakers on the market.
C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
Five Stars Are Not Enough!!!
I just received these today and straight out of the box I knew that they were keepers. They are at the same time very neutral and very musically engaging, a rare combination. They make my 11 year old British two-ways seem dull and lifeless. Unfortunately, I went down the rabbit hole of British speakers for 20 years and am now rediscovering what it is like to hear all the music the way it was meant to be heard. Many British speakers have a recessed upper midrange, which sounds appealing at first, until you realize that this is form of coloration. Earlier this year, I bought the NHT Super Ones and liked them better than my main speakers. I decided to treat myself to the C3s as an early Christmas present and they met or exceeded my expectations. I had some reservations about all-aluminum drivers being harsh but the C3s are anything but. In fact, the C3s sound very similar to the Super Ones, except with better resolution and refinement. Even more surprisingly, my 50 watt per channel Arcam integrated amp drives these speakers easily. In fact, I cannot tell the difference in sensitivity between the C3s and the ported speakers they replaced but the acoustic suspension bass is so much more natural. I cut my teeth on the "east coast" sound in the 1970s and it feels good to have come full circle. (The C3 is kind of like a modern day AR 2ax.) Well done NHT!
Buyer beware.C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
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.
Excellent within size constrainsC 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker
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 :)