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NHT Classic ThreeC

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Our take on the NHT Classic ThreeC

by Kristen Schaub

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

The heart of your home theater system

Great home theater sound is all about clear dialogue and engaging special effects. That's why it's important to invest in a quality center channel like NHT's Classic ThreeC. Unlike most other center channels, it features not two, not three, but four separate drivers to ensure that you hear every syllable spoken and every note played in your movies and TV shows. At the center of the Classic ThreeC sits a tweeter and midrange pair, surround by dual woofers. This arrangement helps produce crisp, engaging sound with excellent dispersion from the top down and from side to side. It'll easily fill just about any room with realistic movie dialogue and special effects that will delight everyone on your couch.


Solid design keeps sound-muddying vibrations at bay

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Like all Classic Series speakers, the Classic ThreeC 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 dual 6-1/2" aluminum woofers rock out without adding any unwanted resonance to your movie soundtracks and music. The sophisticated 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter sits above a 2" aluminum dome midrange. These two drivers are set in a tiny bezel that allows them to be placed very close together. The result is exceptionally even on- and off-axis response, so everyone in the room can enjoy the clear, sparkling sound.

Classic looks for 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 ThreeC on the included aluminum rails and set it below your TV. It's magnetically shielded, so you can safely use it next to older tube TVs.

The Classic ThreeC is perfectly matched to the rest of the Classic line, so you can create a high-end audio system to meet your needs. It pairs perfectly with a set of Classic Three bookshelf speakers all around your room for a stunning surround sound system. And don't forget to add one of NHT's B-10d or B-12d subwoofers for room-thumping bass.


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Highlights:

  • frequency response 73-20,000 Hz (±3 dB)
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • handles up to 200 watts
  • 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 2" aluminum dome midrange
  • dual 6-1/2" aluminum woofers
  • magnetically shielded for safe placement next to tube TVs
  • 5-way binding posts
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • high-gloss black finish
  • includes aluminum rails with rubber bumpers for shelf placement
  • 21-7/8"W x 7-5/8"H x 9"D (including rails)
  • weight: 23 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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2
Woofer size (inches)
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6-1/2
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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50-200
Sensitivity
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87 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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73-20k Hz
Height (inches)
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7-9/16
Width (inches)
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21-7/8
Depth (inches)
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9
Weight
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23 lbs
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Center channel speaker
  • Detachable grille (installed)
  • 2 Feet rails (installed)
  • Self-adhesive foam insert
  • NHT logo
  • Setup Guide
  • Product Registration Card

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Wide Sound Dispersion: The NHT Classic Three C center-channel loudspeaker offers wide sound dispersion in both the horizontal and vertical planes. This means consistent tonality and good detail virtually anywhere the listener is seated.

3-Way Design: The NHT Classic Three C center-channel loudspeaker employs 3-way speaker design. The Three C features dual 6.5" long-throw anodized aluminum cone woofers that are housed in NHT designed BMC (Bulk Moulding Compound) frames that offers very low resonance. These two woofers flank a proprietary 0.75" anodized aluminum dome tweeter and 2.0"anodized aluminum dome mid-range. The use of 4 drivers in the Three C reduces distortion caused by power compression, because the load is spread over multiple drivers.

Tweeter/Midrange Module: The tweeter & midrange are built into a single compact module. The clustered drivers acoustically act as one providing very smooth response. This compact array keeps all of the drivers in close proximity to each other improving phase (multi-driver timing) coherence. Another benefit of the tweeter/midrange module is its low height allowing NHT to offer maximum performance in a very low profile cabinet.

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

Foam Insert: The NHT Classic Three C includes an unusually shaped piece of foam with an adhesive backing. The purpose of this foam is to reduce unwanted reflections caused by interaction between the tweeter and midrange drivers. To get the best performance from the NHT Classic Three C, install this foam part between the speaker's tweeter and midrange drivers.

Crossover Network: The Three C uses a sophisticated 2nd & 3rd order crossover that were developed using computer (and human ear) aided design to carefully split the frequencies between the woofer, midrange, and tweeter at just the right spot.

  • 2nd order low pass & high pass at 800Hz
  • 3rd order high pass & low pass at 3.2kHz.

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 Three C center-channel loudspeaker features an Acoustic suspension design (sealed enclosure with no ports or holes in the cabinet). The NHT Classic Three C 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 Three C's cabinet and front baffle is constructed from MDF. Additional internal bracing ensures low resonance. the Three C's cabinet is made with a CNC-milled 21mm MDF front baffle and 15mmMDF for the sides and extensive internal bracing for rigidity and resonance control.

Curved Side-Panels: The cabinet's curved side panels help to randomize internal standing waves, which improves overall sound quality.

High-Gloss Black Finish: A hand-painted finish with 2 primer coats, 7 color coats, and 2 clear coats producing a beautiful piano quality high-gloss, black finish.

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

Connections

Way Binding Posts: The center-channel loudspeaker is equipped with one pair of sturdy nickel-plated 5-way 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 Three C center-channel is meant to be placed horizontally. Ideally the center channel should be placed immediately above or below the television, in as close proximity as possible. The Three C is perfect for small to medium size rooms.

Feet Rails:  The NHT Three C comes with two preinstalled aluminum rails with butyl rubber inserts which offer an acoustically optimal and handsome shelf placement solution without the need for additional feet, cones, or other isolation devices.

Wall Mounting (optional): The optional PinPoint AM15B Center Channel Wall-Mount Bracket (121AM15B, sold separately) allows you to hang the NHT Three C on your wall.

 
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