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NHT Classic Three
Item # 228C3B | MFR # N-3B
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Our take on the NHT Classic Three by Crutchfield's Kristen Schaub
NHT's "Top Dawg" bookshelf speaker
The Classic Three is NHT's self-proclaimed best bookshelf speaker ever, and the reviewers agree (see below). It's capable of transforming your living room into a veritable 3D soundstage. Listen to your music come alive with energetic horn solos or the delicate pluck of harp strings. Your jaw may just drop when you hear this speaker's wide-open, natural mids and highs. The Three delivers accurate, musical bass, too, making it a great match for high-end stereo sound systems, as well as home theater systems.
"As I see it, whether listeners are spending $800 or $80,000 on a new pair of loudspeakers, they want the same thing namely, to get as close as possible to the heart and soul of the music. No other affordable bookshelf speaker I've heard does a better job of that than NHT's Classic Threes."
Chris Martens, The Perfect Vision, February 5, 2007
Three-way design for incredibly accurate sound
The Classic Three sports a 3-way design unusual for a bookshelf speaker meaning that it uses separate drivers to handle each of the high-, mid-, and low-frequency ranges. The lightweight 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter produces crisp, accurate highs that extend across a broad seating area. Mounted just underneath this tweeter, the matching 2" aluminum midrange dome driver reveals rich midrange detail with lifelike subtlety and dynamics. The 6-1/2" aluminum woofer is housed in it's own enclosure, keeping it separate from the other two drivers. This placement allows it to produce controlled, accurate bass that pushes the limits of what a compact bookshelf speaker can achieve.
Solid design keeps sound-muddying vibrations at bay
Like all Classic Series speakers, the Classic Three features an acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure design. This means it uses air nature's most perfect spring force to control the driver motion, allowing for clean sound and low distortion. It provides plenty of strength to let the woofer rock out without adding any unwanted resonance to your music and movie soundtracks. Plus, the tweeter is set in a tiny bezel that allows it to be placed as close as possible to the midrange. 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 Three on your entertainment cabinet, on a pair of nice, heavy speaker stands, or on your wall using optional wall-mount brackets.
The Three 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 Threes in the front of your room with the smaller Classic Absolute Zeros in the back of your room. Add the perfectly matched Classic ThreeC 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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What's in the Box:
- Bookshelf loudspeaker
- Detachable grille
- 2 Feet rails
- 4 Mounting screws
- Self-adhesive foam insert
- Setup Guide
- Product Registration Card
- frequency response 45-20,000 Hz (±3 dB)
- sensitivity 86 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- handles up to 150 watts
- 3/4" aluminum dome tweeter
- 2" aluminum dome midrange
- 6-1/2" aluminum 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 black finish
- 7-9/16"W x 14"H x 11-1/16"D
- weight: 17 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||0.75|
|Midrange Size (inches)||2|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Frequency Response||45-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Overview: The NHT Classic Three bookshelf loudspeaker offers great bass response, plus wide-open, natural sounding mids and highs. The NHT Classic Three is great for your home theater application, as well as music listening.
3-Way Design: The NHT Classic Three bookshelf loudspeaker is a 3-way design using a custom designed 6.5", long throw anodized aluminum cone woofer in a NHT designed BMC (Bulk Molding Compound) frame that offers very low resonance. The speaker also features NHT's proprietary Tweeter/Midrange module that sports a 3/4" dome tweeter and 2" dome midrange - both with anodized aluminum diaphragms and neodymium magnet structures. This compact array keeps the drivers in close proximity to each other improving phase (multi-driver timing) coherence. Using 3 drivers also reduces distortion and allows the woofer to concentrate on bass reproduction.
Acoustical Waveguide: The Classic Three'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 bookshelf loudspeaker features a 3-way crossover network.
- 2nd order low pass & high pass at 800Hz
- 3rd order high pass & low pass at 3.2kHz.
Foam Insert: The NHT Classic Three 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, install this foam part between the speaker's tweeter and midrange drivers.
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.
Acoustic Suspension: The NHT Classic Three bookshelf loudspeaker features an Acoustic suspension design (sealed enclosure with no ports or holes in the cabinet). The NHT Classic Three 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's cabinet and front baffle is constructed from MDF. Additional internal bracing ensures low resonance.
Detachable Grille:The speaker comes with a removable black cloth grille with a rigid plastic frame.
5-Way Binding Posts: The bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with one pair of sturdy 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).
Placement: The NHT Classic Three 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 Three 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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