NHT Classic Two

Bookshelf speaker (White)

  • NHT Classic Two


  • NHT Classic Two

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  • NHT Classic Two

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  • NHT Classic Two


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Our take on the NHT Classic Two

by Kristen Schaub

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

A compact bookshelf speaker with a big voice

NHT's Classic Two may look like a bookshelf speaker, but it produces the kind of high-end sound that'll fool you into thinking you're listening to a speaker several times its size. This big brother to NHT's acclaimed Classic Absolute Zero is capable of dishing out much deeper bass with more power, making it an excellent choice for high-end stereo systems. It'll light up any small- to medium-sized room with drop-dead accurate midrange and detailed highs. Just fire up a pair of these babies at your next listening session or movie night and bask in the "oohs" and "ahhs" of your guests.

Solid design keeps sound-muddying vibrations at bay

grille off shot

Like all Classic Series speakers, the Classic Two features an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure design. This means it uses air — nature's most perfect spring force — to control the woofer motion, allowing for clean midrange and low distortion. It provides plenty of strength to let the 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer rock out without adding any unwanted resonance to your music and movie soundtracks. The sophisticated 1" aluminum dome tweeter is set in a tiny bezel that allows the tweeter and woofer to be placed very close together. The result is exceptionally even on- and off-axis response, so everyone on your couch can enjoy the clear, sparkling sound.

Classic looks help create a Classic system

This speaker features a beautiful, curvaceous cabinet made of very dense, rigid MDF. It's covered in eight layers of high-gloss paint and two layers of clear coat that are hand-polished between each layer for lasting beauty. Place the Classic Two on your entertainment cabinet, or mount it on your wall using optional wall-mount brackets.

The Two is perfectly matched to the rest of NHT's Classic line, so you can create a high-end audio system to meet your needs. Pick up a pair for your dedicated stereo music system, or use a combination of Classic Twos in the front of your room with the smaller Classic Absolute Zeros in the back of your room. Add the perfectly matched Classic TwoC center channel speaker to enjoy engaging dialogue and special effects with your movies and TV shows. And don't forget to pick up one of NHT's B-10d or B-12d powered subwoofers to get room-rattling explosions on movie night.

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  • frequency response 51-20,000 Hz (±3 dB)
  • sensitivity 86 dB
  • 6-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 125 watts
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to tube TVs
  • 5-way binding posts
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • threaded insert for optional wall mounting bracket
  • high-gloss white finish
  • 7"W x 12-1/8"H x 8-7/8"D
  • weight: 12.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Polypropylene
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-125
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 51-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 12-1/8
Width (inches) 7-1/8
Depth (inches) 9-1/2
Weight (pounds) 12.7
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Bookshelf loudspeaker
  • Detachable grille
  • 2 Feet rails
  • 4 Mounting screws
  • Setup Guide
  • Product Registration Card

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Overview: The NHT Classic Two bookshelf loudspeaker offers wide-open, natural sounding midbass & highs. The NHT Classic Two is great for your home theater application, as well as music listening.

Two-Way Design: The NHT Classic Two bookshelf loudspeaker is a 2-way design using a custom designed 6.5" long throw polypropylene cone woofer & a 1" anodized aluminum dome tweeter. The tweeter features a small yet remarkably powerful neodymium magnet which keeps its physical size small so it remains in close proximity to the woofer (so they act like a single full-range speaker instead of two separate sound sources).

"Wunder Bar": The tweeter uniquely mounts in the cabinet using a NHT developed device called the "Wunder Bar". The "Wunder Bar" is a solid aluminum bar approximately 6" x 3/4" that is screwed to the back of the tweeter and then to the back of the speaker cabinet. Besides holding the tweeter in place it also "heatsinks" or cools the tweeter and also provides another cabinet brace.

Acoustical Waveguide: The Classic Two's tweeter & midrange utilize an acoustical waveguide to deliver, more even high frequency response, no matter what part of the room you're in.

Crossover Network: The Classic Two uses a carefully engineered 2nd order crossover (high-pass & low-pass at 3kHz) to divide the frequencies  between the woofer and tweeter.  

Voice Matched: All Classic Series speakers share a similar "voice" or tonality so that you are assured a matched system no matter which Classic model speaker you decide to add as you build your system.

Enclosure Design

Acoustic Suspension: The NHT Classic Two bookshelf loudspeaker features an Acoustic suspension design (sealed enclosure with no ports or holes in the cabinet). The NHT Classic Two uses the air that is trapped in the cabinet to control and damp the woofer cone motion. The benefits of an acoustic suspension cabinet design include -

  • tight, accurate bass
  • smooth, natural midrange
  • low distortion
  • high power handling
  • smooth bass rolloff (an important benefit when blending speakers with a powered subwoofer seamlessly)

MDF Cabinet: The NHT Classic Two's cabinet and front baffle is constructed from MDF. Additional internal bracing ensures low resonance.

Detachable Grille: The speaker comes with a removable cloth grille with a rigid plastic frame.


5-Way Binding Posts: The bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with one pair of sturdy 5-way nickel-plated binding posts to ensure a secure connection to many types of speaker cables and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (dual/single), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and bare wire (16-12 gauge).

Color-Coded: The 5-way binding post terminals are color-coded so you can easily indentify positive (red) and negative (black).

Mounting Options

Placement: The NHT Classic Two can be placed on stands, on shelves or hung on the wall. Given the high performance of this model, NHT recommends placement on either stands or on a shelf at close to ear level to achieve maximum fidelity.

Feet Rails: If you decide to place the speaker on a stand or shelf, the included feet rails must be attached to the bottom of the speaker (hardware included).

Wall-Mounting (Optional): The NHT Classic Two has two threaded inserts (1/4"-20) on the rear of the cabinet for wall mounting, using an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

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