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NHT's architectural series of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are based on 25 years of great audio. Each iW1 teams a 1" silk dome tweeter and a 6-1/2" woofer in a slim rectangular design that mounts discreetly in your wall. A pair of these speakers will bring high fidelity sound to places where traditional free-standing speakers can't go or would simply be in the way. For optimal performance, give them plenty of clean power, and you'll be rewarded with rich sonic goodness.

You'll love the design details of these NHTs. Moisture-resistant materials and a gasketed mounting ring let you install these speakers in any room in the house, including kitchen and bath, with confidence. The spring-loaded mounting cams help ensure that the iW1s will install firmly without coming loose or cracking the surrounding drywall over time, so you can expect years of fine performance. Just prepare the opening in your wall and run UL-rated wiring from your receiver and you can secure this flush-mount speaker with a few turns of a screwdriver. And you can paint the white matte grilles to match any décor.

An optional iWB in-wall bracket is recommended for installing the iW1 in a home with new construction.

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • moisture-resistant materials allow safe use in bathrooms, kitchens, and saunas
  • not recommended for outdoor use
  • frequency response 62-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity 86 dB
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • paintable aluminum speaker grilles
  • cutout dimensions: 8-1/8" x 10-1/8"
  • mounting depth: 3-3/4"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

NHT iW1 Reviews

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What's in the box?

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  • 2 In-wall speakers
  • 2 Frame assemblies
  • 2 Grilles
  • 12 Mounting screws
  • Dum-dum
  • Grille removal-tool
  • 2 Cardboard templates/paint shields
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Improve Your In-Wall Performance" sheet
  • Product Registration Card

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Overview: The iW1 is NHT's most affordable high performance in-wall speaker. The NHT iW1 is useful in almost any distributed sound application, from home music, home theater, office, or commercial installations. It is suitable for use in the wall for your bedroom, hallway, entry way, waiting room, and other secondary rooms where high quality sound is desired.

Note: The iW1 in-wall speaker has similar dispersion to a typical bookshelf design, so therefore works best when placed in rooms where the listeners are centrally positioned or aimed into the center of the room.

2-Way Coaxial Design: The NHT iW1 is a very high quality 2-way system, employing a 6.5" long-thow polypropylene woofer with rubber surround and a coaxially mounted 1" silk soft-dome tweeter, managed by a very high quality 2nd order crossover network (2.4kHz, 18dB/oct high-pass, 12dB/oct low-pass).

Moisture Resistant: The driver units are moisture resistant and all the hardware is stainless steel. The frame is polypropylene, and the mounting lip and baffle utilize a foam gasket. This allows the speaker to be used in your bathroom.

Note: Installation in outdoor locations or moisture-prone interior environments, such as indoor swimming pools or saunas is not recommended.

Non-Resonance Baffle: The baffle features a gasket around the edge and rests on six butyl rubber pads to help isolate it from the wall and frame, in order to prevent resonance.

Spring Clip Terminals: The in-wall speaker features gold-plated, spring-clip terminals which will maintain contact with the speaker wire over the life of the installation.

Note: 16-AWG, 2-conductor in-wall speaker wire is recommended for runs of 10 feet or less, with heavier gauge cable used for longer runs.


3-Piece Modular Design: The NHT iW1 features a 3-piece, modular design that includes a separate bezel (frame), baffle (speaker plate), and grille. In fact, NHT has designed the iW1, 2, and 3 in-wall speakers so you can easily upgrade or replace each model without ever removing the frame from the wall.

Dog-Ear Clamping System: The NHT iW1 in-wall speaker has a fail-proof, 6-point spring-loaded, dog ear clamping system that grabs the wall's surface with integrity and simplicity, even when the mounting surface is uneven. The spring-loaded clamps maintain the bezel's pressure and seal with the wall surface and therefore eliminates the speaker from coming loose and paint lines from cracking over the life of the installation. This feature is important because typical sheetrock compresses when clamped; non-spring loaded, rigid clamping systems will become loose over time and begin to vibrate and the air seal can leak causing the speaker to lose bass and crack the paint line.

Note: NHT in-wall loudspeakers are designed for in-wall installation between standard 2" x 4" wood studs. The six spring-loaded dog ear clamps can accommodate walls 0.25" to 1.5" thick.

Horizontal/Vertical Mounting: Because of its coaxial layout, the iW1 in-wall speaker can be mounted in the wall either horizontally or vertically.

Cut-Out Template: A convenient cardboard template for the in-wall speaker's cutout is included to make installation location and retrofit cutting easier.

Paintable: The iW1 is painted with a neutral white primer and may be painted to match your wall decor with typical latex paints. When painting, the grille and speaker frame is painted separately. A convenient paint shield is included to protect the drive units in the speaker frame.

Note: Do not attempt to paint the black baffle surface (which houses the drivers). Its black finish prevents the speaker's black drivers from being visible once the grille is attached.

New Construction Bracket (optional): For new construction, NHT makes the IWB (228IWB, sold separately); a new construction framing bracket which lets you accurately place the iW1 in-wall speakers location during the framing stages of construction. The iWB provides a lip that the sheetrock or wall finishing crew uses to mount the NHT iW1, once the wall is up.

Note: The iWB is not required for retrofit installations in existing walls.

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