Tom T.

Fantastic!

Absolute Wall Speaker - Black - B Stock
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Just hung these today in a small home theater in a condo - the seating position is very close to the rear wall. These were just perfect for the rear channels in the room, sound excellent, and perfectly match my Classic Threes that drive the front channels. Another outstanding product from NHT - thank you for all the great speakers over the years. These are really, really slick.

Tom T.

Fantastic!

Absolute Wall Speaker
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Just hung these today in a small home theater in a condo - the seating position is very close to the rear wall. These were just perfect for the rear channels in the room, sound excellent, and perfectly match my Classic Threes that drive the front channels. Another outstanding product from NHT - thank you for all the great speakers over the years. These are really, really slick.

Tony C.

No Magician Needed

NHT Super Surround 5.1
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These speakers just disappear on their own. When I went to demo just two of these little gems, I knew before I sat down they were unlike anything else I'd ever heard. The soundstage and imaging are flat out incredible, period. None of this incredible-for-the-price crap. They disappear and you're left with a soundstage as wide as you can place them. Even with your eyes open, you can't tell where the sound comes from. You will know there are speakers physically right there, but your ears won't. And that's just stereo. I have 4 of these paired with an Absolute center and the Super8, attached to a Marantz SR6005, and it's just a phenomenal surround system. I have the pleasure of listening to these every day - and every day they surprise me more and more (for almost a year now!). There's only one drawback living with this system: you won't want to listen to anything else.

Ed E.

Very Nice

TwoC Center Channel Speaker
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I recently took advantage of NHT's sale and upgraded my NHT SC1 to TwoC, along with a pair of Classic Threes. The TwoC is a big step up sonically from the SC1 with great clarity, both straight on and off angle. Dialog especially felt natural. However in my configuration it worked best to set the cutoff on the center channel at 200hz in order to mitigate less than pleasing bass because I was forced to put it in the cabinet, recessed about 1 ½ inch because it is wider than the space between the posts on my Salamander Synergy Triple 30. The space is 19 ¾ wide and the TwoC is 19 7/8 wide – ARRGH!!! I couldn't place it on top of the unit because the TV is there. I experimented with placing it on a small stand in front of the unit, and that helped, but it wasn't practical as the stand blocked components. At NHT's recommendation, I tried acoustic foam attached to the shelves above and below the speaker, but it didn't make any difference on the mids and highs and didn't help with the bass issue. So back it went, recessed in the cabinet, with the low cutoff set to 200hz. That did the trick and it reduces the annoying proximity effect we experience when the FM announcers speak with their mouths too close to the microphone. I have the NHT SubTwoi to fill out the bottom so I didn't need the mains and center to go that low. I want to emphasize that I don't think it is the fault of the speaker but rather to do with my placement limitations. Perhaps if the speaker were only ½ inch narrower, it might have made the difference.

Adam A.

WOW

TwoC Center Channel Speaker
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In 2000, I was obsessed with building the perfect home theater, I spent years researching and visiting hi-end retailers until I finally decided to throw down the green backs for the ultimate system (at least that I could afford). For 11 years my 2.5i’s, 1.5s, AC-1 and SubTwo have performed flawlessly. They have outperformed every system I have ever heard. Unfortunately, these speakers are not waterproof and they don’t bounce. After Hurricane Irene shorted my SubTwo and a contractor bounced my 1.5 off the floor, I was left looking for something that would match and compare to my legacy system. I went to big box stores where I could hear their offerings; I purchased a sub I thought might be comparable, only to be so disappointed I returned it the same day. Ultimately, I emailed NHT and got a call back over the weekend from John Johnsen (one of the owners). I soon discovered that not only was NHT still alive and well, but it was thriving with new products, lower price points and real support from an owner who knows what he is talking about. On John’s advice, I purchased a new B-12d to replace my SubTwo, the Absolute Towers to replace my 1.5s for my rear channels and I decided to upgrade the center to the TwoC, because if there was a low point of my legacy system, it was the center channel staging. I decided to keep the 2.5is in the front because they are still absolutely amazing speakers. The Absolute Towers, TwoC and b-12d blend seamlessly with my legacy 2.5is and when it all comes together, it simply redefines my benchmark for incredible home audio. NHT products are accurate, precise and have apparently limitless headroom. They literally put to shame all other products I have ever heard. I have no desire to look for something better, because at the end of the day, this system is so incredible that wanting anything more would just be greedy. So thanks to John and NHT, my system outperforms my very high expectations. Music has a new dimension and movies are as immersive as they can be without literally blowing you up. The sounds are perfectly replicated at low volume and at the highest volume my ears will permit they continue to effortlessly perform. The speakers actually disappear from your consciousness. What you are left with is simply being there, in the moment, with Miles Davis sitting on your couch, U2 whispering in your ear, and living on Pandora for three hours as you experience Avatar. If you are new to NHT, you owe it to yourself to experience their products. If you are a long time listener, you will not be disappointed; NHT has seriously upped their game. It takes a certain leap of faith to purchase a hi-end speaker on-line. I recommend you jump.

Ed E.

Very Nice

Classic Three Bookshelf Loudspeaker
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I've owned NHT speakers for fifteen years. I recently took advantage of their sale and upgraded my SB2 fronts to Classic Three. I was already used to the disappearing speaker effect and the new ones didn't disappoint. While the SB2s gave me very nice detail in the mids and uppers, these new ones are that much better. I listen to a lot of classical music and vocals, bells, triangles, woodwinds and brass sections in the orchestras really shine with amazing clarity. I'm slightly disappointed with some louder choral music when the soprano section gets cranking, hoping for a bit more clarity. Just about everything else sounds wonderful so I'm not sure if this is a limitation of the speaker, the recordings or my room. Besides classical, while not quite my taste, I tried some concert videos on Netflix with loud pop style music. When blending the mains with the sub (NHT SubTwoi), it sounded excellent, even though it was streamed audio, so I know the system could handle things with the volume cranked up. Movies also sounded wonderful. As far as configuring things, I found that what worked best was to set the cutoff for the Threes and Sub at 80hz. One might think I'm wasting all the low end on these speakers by doing so, but it is what made the material sound the most natural. Anyway, I bought these speakers for the mids and highs since the sub already handles the low end with aplomb. I also find the Classic Three to be gorgeous, although I would have preferred the rails on the bottom to be all black as I find they detract slightly from the look.

Adam A.

WOW

Absolute Tower Speaker
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In 2000, I was obsessed with building the perfect home theater, I spent years researching and visiting hi-end retailers until I finally decided to throw down the green backs for the ultimate system (at least that I could afford). For 11 years my 2.5i’s, 1.5s, AC-1 and SubTwo have performed flawlessly. They have outperformed every system I have ever heard. Unfortunately, these speakers are not waterproof and they don’t bounce. After Hurricane Irene shorted my SubTwo and a contractor bounced my 1.5 off the floor, I was left looking for something that would match and compare to my legacy system. I went to big box stores where I could hear their offerings; I purchased a sub I thought might be comparable, only to be so disappointed I returned it the same day. Ultimately, I emailed NHT and got a call back over the weekend from John Johnsen (one of the owners). I soon discovered that not only was NHT still alive and well, but it was thriving with new products, lower price points and real support from an owner who knows what he is talking about. On John’s advice, I purchased a new B-12d to replace my SubTwo, the Absolute Towers to replace my 1.5s for my rear channels and I decided to upgrade the center to the TwoC, because if there was a low point of my legacy system, it was the center channel staging. I decided to keep the 2.5is in the front because they are still absolutely amazing speakers. The Absolute Towers, TwoC and b-12d blend seamlessly with my legacy 2.5is and when it all comes together, it simply redefines my benchmark for incredible home audio. NHT products are accurate, precise and have apparently limitless headroom. They literally put to shame all other products I have ever heard. I have no desire to look for something better, because at the end of the day, this system is so incredible that wanting anything more would just be greedy. So thanks to John and NHT, my system outperforms my very high expectations. Music has a new dimension and movies are as immersive as they can be without literally blowing you up. The sounds are perfectly replicated at low volume and at the highest volume my ears will permit they continue to effortlessly perform. The speakers actually disappear from your consciousness. What you are left with is simply being there, in the moment, with Miles Davis sitting on your couch, U2 whispering in your ear, and living on Pandora for three hours as you experience Avatar. If you are new to NHT, you owe it to yourself to experience their products. If you are a long time listener, you will not be disappointed; NHT has seriously upped their game. It takes a certain leap of faith to purchase a hi-end speaker on-line. I recommend you jump.

Adam A.

WOW

B-12d Powered Subwoofer with DSP
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In 2000, I was obsessed with building the perfect home theater, I spent years researching and visiting hi-end retailers until I finally decided to throw down the green backs for the ultimate system (at least that I could afford). For 11 years my 2.5i’s, 1.5s, AC-1 and SubTwo have performed flawlessly. They have outperformed every system I have ever heard. Unfortunately, these speakers are not waterproof and they don’t bounce. After Hurricane Irene shorted my SubTwo and a contractor bounced my 1.5 off the floor, I was left looking for something that would match and compare to my legacy system. I went to big box stores where I could hear their offerings; I purchased a sub I thought might be comparable, only to be so disappointed I returned it the same day. Ultimately, I emailed NHT and got a call back over the weekend from John Johnsen (one of the owners). I soon discovered that not only was NHT still alive and well, but it was thriving with new products, lower price points and real support from an owner who knows what he is talking about. On John’s advice, I purchased a new B-12d to replace my SubTwo, the Absolute Towers to replace my 1.5s for my rear channels and I decided to upgrade the center to the TwoC, because if there was a low point of my legacy system, it was the center channel staging. I decided to keep the 2.5is in the front because they are still absolutely amazing speakers. The Absolute Towers, TwoC and b-12d blend seamlessly with my legacy 2.5is and when it all comes together, it simply redefines my benchmark for incredible home audio. NHT products are accurate, precise and have apparently limitless headroom. They literally put to shame all other products I have ever heard. I have no desire to look for something better, because at the end of the day, this system is so incredible that wanting anything more would just be greedy. So thanks to John and NHT, my system outperforms my very high expectations. Music has a new dimension and movies are as immersive as they can be without literally blowing you up. The sounds are perfectly replicated at low volume and at the highest volume my ears will permit they continue to effortlessly perform. The speakers actually disappear from your consciousness. What you are left with is simply being there, in the moment, with Miles Davis sitting on your couch, U2 whispering in your ear, and living on Pandora for three hours as you experience Avatar. If you are new to NHT, you owe it to yourself to experience their products. If you are a long time listener, you will not be disappointed; NHT has seriously upped their game. It takes a certain leap of faith to purchase a hi-end speaker on-line. I recommend you jump.

Mike M.

Expensive!

DeskStand - for SuperPower and other speakers
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Come on guys...$70 for one of these?

Nick N.

WHAT!

Absolute Tower Speaker
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Really NHT!.... I have numerous NHT speakers in the house here, (SB 3's, Absolute's, Classic 3's, a Super 8 Sub and even a pair of M00's for the studio to mention a few...)... I purchased these for my living room listening... WHAT!... holy cow, set aside they look awesome the audio quality for the $$.$ is outstanding!... crisp, clean and solid bass form these little towers. The balance and imaging is just out-of-sight. If you are a music listener and dig your tunes...look no further ... these are for you. Do not hesitate to get a pair, you will be amazed...Really NHT you did it again! Another quality pair of speakers from an awesome company...

Rod R.

Amazing sub, superb upgrade

B-10d Powered Subwoofer with DSP
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Bought the Super Surround system with 5 SuperZero 2.0s and Super 8 sub last year; it sounded great, but I guess I am a bass head, I thought the bass was a little thin. After much (over) deliberation, got this to replace the Super 8 . . . brilliant bass. Having a larger sub that is working effortlessly sounds much cleaner than having a smaller sub cranked up to max output. No distortion. Really superb. I also picked up a couple of B-12d's, but that's another review.

Rod R.

Unbelievable, Truly Outstanding Sub

B-12d Powered Subwoofer with DSP
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Had NHT SW10II 10" and Polk PSW505 12" subs in my family room, with an otherwise all NHT system (M6 fronts, M5 center, iW3 surrounds and backs). Those two subs did a great job, especially with movie sound effects, but both were ported and definitely muddied music (especially when compared to the M-00/S-00 system I have hooked up to my computer). Again after much deliberation, decided to sell the Polk and drove down to Benicia to trade in the SW10II for something, maybe 1 B-12d, maybe 2 B-10d's. Was warmly greeted by two NHT mascots, a veteran and a rookie, who accompanied me my whole stay (cute dogs!). I've never met a president and VP of any company before, but Chris and John are two of the most unassuming, patient, down to earth, really nice guys you'll meet, presidents or not. I spent a lot of time listening to both new subs, mainly Lyle Lovett -- who John says is produced with NHT monitors . . . what a coincidence -- whose music I know by heart (played off of my iPhone), but also some rock, some electronic stuff, and some movies, to get the full breaadth of experience. John is right: the B-10d sounds amazing, but the B-12d is on an altogether different plane. It sounded deeper, fuller, better. I guess I am a basshead (as I said in another review), John said I cranked up the B-12d about 6dB too loud out of balance, but that's where I enjoyed listening to it. I picked up TWO B-12d's, 12 instead of 10 for the extra, effortless lower bass extension, two instead of one to reduce modes. John most certainly did not try to sell me two, he said on more than a few occasions I only needed one B-12d, but I was raised on the two-sub-better-than-one-religion. I'm glad I did: after setup, there are no dead spots, almost the entire room sounds like a sweet spot, and (for music), even though the subs are right next to me flanking the couch, the bassist is standing in the front of the room. And the sound: amazingly clear (clear? sub?), tight, responsive. Movie sound effects carry an incredible weight, having lost none of the power that I enjoyed from the ported subs, and music sounds INCREDIBLE, a thousand times better than with the previous subs. I'm incredibly pleased with these subs, as you can tell from the length of this review. But also genuinely pleased with the customer service at NHT, in this case delivered directly by the Pres and Vice Pres themselves. Oh, one final, really important detail: these things are tiny and look good. They passed the wife test: she loves the sound as much as she loves the black glossy, compact, unobstrusive look.

Christian R.

Solid

DeskStand - for SuperPower and other speakers
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I purchased these for my SuperPower speakers. They are exactly as described. The speakers sit very securly on them, and the neoprene strips do an excellent job holding the speakers in place without damage. Two suggestions to make these even better: I only wish they were a bit more stylish, as they look a bit DIY. Perhaps thinner-profile legs with some subtle shape? And how about a form of cable management for the rear leg? No qualms about the quality though, they are solid. A perfect match for the SuperPowers.

Christian R.

A jack of all trades...

O2-ARC Outdoor Speaker - White
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From my experience with "outdoor" speakers, I wasn't expecting anything that would resemble "great" sound reproduction, rather a compromise between weather resistance and general sound delivery. With this in mind, I had already the bias that the O2s would be good, but nothing near the sound quality of the SuperZeros which I highly regard. Upon initial inspection, the O2 certainly look great. The construction is minimialistic, yet elegant. The front grill lacks any NHT badging which I was kind of bummed about honestly. But I can see how this would be preferrable for custom or discreet installs. Perhaps future grills could incorporate some quick-release logo. The speaker mount that is integrated to each O2 is very nice. With actual indentations, it makes exact speaker positioning easy. Slippage is a non-issue, unlike the OmniMounts which sometimes slip over time with the SuperZeros. The weight of the O2s "seems" a little lighter than the SuperZeros, perhaps due to the material. With this in mind, I suspected the sound quality of the O2 would be different than what i was used to from the traditional NHT gloss-black enclosures. But literally, from the start, the O2s sounded AMAZING. All my doubts and preconceived ideas of how a weather resistent speaker should sound were completely shattered. The first thing that really starled me was the bass response. I did not expect the bass to be so defined from these enclosures. Simply amazing! Then the overall balance of sound reproduction is simply first class. Truth be told, I suspect you'd find it hard to tell these are speakers designed for outdoor applications. They certainly sound fantastic as regular bookshelf speakers, at least to my ears. So much so, I am actually using them indoors as they are so good. Fortunately the speaker mounts are easy to remove. Upon close inspection, the drivers look a little different than the NHT speakers I currently have. I am not sure if the tweeter and woofer material is of a special type for weather resistance, but no matter, as it seems there is no degredation in their sound reproduction. Speaker posts are of high-quality and accept banana plug or traditional spade connectors. For the price, I do not think you can do any better in the outdoor speaker category. And because they sound equally great no matter where they are placed, I wonder if these are perhaps the best all-around bookshelf speakers money can buy. This is why I consider them a jack of all trades...it seems they can do well no matter where! I can find no fault in these speakers.

Christian R.

A jack of all trades...

O2-ARC Outdoor Speaker
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From my experience with "outdoor" speakers, I wasn't expecting anything that would resemble "great" sound reproduction, rather a compromise between weather resistance and general sound delivery. With this in mind, I had already the bias that the O2s would be good, but nothing near the sound quality of the SuperZeros which I highly regard. Upon initial inspection, the O2 certainly look great. The construction is minimialistic, yet elegant. The front grill lacks any NHT badging which I was kind of bummed about honestly. But I can see how this would be preferrable for custom or discreet installs. Perhaps future grills could incorporate some quick-release logo. The speaker mount that is integrated to each O2 is very nice. With actual indentations, it makes exact speaker positioning easy. Slippage is a non-issue, unlike the OmniMounts which sometimes slip over time with the SuperZeros. The weight of the O2s "seems" a little lighter than the SuperZeros, perhaps due to the material. With this in mind, I suspected the sound quality of the O2 would be different than what i was used to from the traditional NHT gloss-black enclosures. But literally, from the start, the O2s sounded AMAZING. All my doubts and preconceived ideas of how a weather resistent speaker should sound were completely shattered. The first thing that really starled me was the bass response. I did not expect the bass to be so defined from these enclosures. Simply amazing! Then the overall balance of sound reproduction is simply first class. Truth be told, I suspect you'd find it hard to tell these are speakers designed for outdoor applications. They certainly sound fantastic as regular bookshelf speakers, at least to my ears. So much so, I am actually using them indoors as they are so good. Fortunately the speaker mounts are easy to remove. Upon close inspection, the drivers look a little different than the NHT speakers I currently have. I am not sure if the tweeter and woofer material is of a special type for weather resistance, but no matter, as it seems there is no degredation in their sound reproduction. Speaker posts are of high-quality and accept banana plug or traditional spade connectors. For the price, I do not think you can do any better in the outdoor speaker category. And because they sound equally great no matter where they are placed, I wonder if these are perhaps the best all-around bookshelf speakers money can buy. This is why I consider them a jack of all trades...it seems they can do well no matter where! I can find no fault in these speakers.

W M.

Big sound - Small system

SuperPower System TWO
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I cannot believe this small system has such incredibly vibrant sound! I have my Macbook wirelessly sending music files (Mp3 and Lossless) to an Apple Airport Express router. The router is attached with an optical cable to an Audioengine D1 DAC where the digital signal is converted to analog. The DAC is attached to the SuperPower's on their metal stands. The sound is clear, detailed, loud and makes me forget the music is coming from speakers. It sounds open and alive. I am really excited about listening to my music again. I was using a pair of rear ported Audioengine A2 speakers and I didn't get anywhere near the same excitement from the music. I contemplated adding a subwoofer but am now rethinking if this is really necessary. They are that good!

Willie G.

Little with lots of power

SuperPower System TWO
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I just got them. Hooked up with ipod, asus transformer prime, Nokia n8, and finally computer. Piano black glossy is just plain sexy. They are also very good performing, better than my soundscience Rockus 2.1 they replace. Seems to provide more detail on vocals, not as boomy, however more accurate. Very happy I ordered them.

Beach B.

Champagne on a beer budget!

Absolute Tower Speaker
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As a 60 year old man I have felt the thrills of owning some of the great loudspeakers offered in the past four to five decades. From Klipsch Cornerhorns, to B&K, to Mirage, to Infinities, to JSE Infinite Slope, to AR LSTs, I have enjoyed some of the best that the industry has had to offer. But, I can honestly say that NONE has given so much satisfaction for the buck as this new pair of 'Absolute Towers' that have now been a part of my music and Home Theater System for the past couple months. The musical detail alone just ten years ago was unheard of in any loudspeaker for under a couple grand! The imagery, presence and dispersion are just icing on the cake. And the absolute beauty of these Towers make it an easy choice for the wife to include in her decorating- They will pretty much blend with any decor. If it sounds like I am overjoyed at this pair of sonic beauties, it is because I am. Even if your budget allows for much more expensive loudspeakers, my suggestion is, give these babies a listen and then put your money into an upgrade somewhere else, where it may be needed. These may be the greatest speakers available for under $3000 a pair. You owe it to yourself to hear them!!!

Nick V.

On Wall Excellence!

Absolute Wall Speaker - Black - B Stock
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We are custom installer... today we installed a pair of on wall Absolute speakers (Absolute Wall Speakers) in a billard room here in our town... really!!!.... what a great open and detailed sound, along with the classic NHT look. We were impressed by the clearity and detail of the mids and highs and also very impressed by the bass response of the speaker. We did couple them with a Super8 sub and WOW what a great little audio sysem driven by a Yamaha receiver. I would recomend these to anyone looking for an on wall solution with style... another great job NHT... we and the client were very impressed!

Nick V.

On Wall Excellence!

Absolute Wall Speaker
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We are custom installer... today we installed a pair of on wall Absolute speakers (Absolute Wall Speakers) in a billard room here in our town... really!!!.... what a great open and detailed sound, along with the classic NHT look. We were impressed by the clearity and detail of the mids and highs and also very impressed by the bass response of the speaker. We did couple them with a Super8 sub and WOW what a great little audio sysem driven by a Yamaha receiver. I would recomend these to anyone looking for an on wall solution with style... another great job NHT... we and the client were very impressed!