Why Choose Crutchfield?
Great gear and expert advice
Our experts help you pick the ideal gear for your needs.Meet our advisors
Free tech support for the life of your gear.Read about our one-on-one expert help
You may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days.See the details of our return policy
Earn one point for every dollar you spend and use those points to save on future purchases.Get full details on Crutchfield Rewards
Deep discounts on car installation gear
We offer vehicle-specific installation instructions, dash kits, wiring harnesses, and speaker accessories at deeply discounted prices with car stereo and speaker purchases. Available for most vehicles.Learn more
Trusted since 1974
Our customers have trusted us with their business, and they’ve helped us win awards for our service.Check out our most recent awards
The manufacturer’s warranty always applies.See more details
Item #: 228IC2
This item is no longer available.
Our take on the NHT iC2 by Crutchfield's Marshall Chase
NHT's architectural series of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers deliver 25 years of great audio know-how right where you want it. The iC2 features a cluster of three 1" silk-dome tweeters that weave a blanket of sound over your space so you don't just get a "sweet spot" you get a sweet room. The tweeter array and 6-1/2" woofer are packaged in a slim, circular design that mounts discreetly in your ceiling. Bottom line: you get a high-fidelity speaker that can be placed where traditional 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. Their outstanding drivers deliver wide frequency response and are mounted securely in a low-resonance frame. Moisture-resistant materials and a gasketed mounting ring let you install these speakers in any room in the house, including kitchen and bath, worry-free. The spring-loaded mounting cams help ensure that the iC2s 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 ceiling 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 iCB6 in-ceiling bracket is recommended for installing the iC2 in a home with new construction.
Free installation guides from Crutchfield
When you buy in-wall or in-ceiling speakers from Crutchfield, you'll also receive copies of our in-depth speaker and wire installation guides, free of charge.
What's in the Box:
- 2 In-ceiling speakers
- 2 Grilles
- 2 Diffusers
- 8 Mounting screws
- Grille removal-tool
- 2 Cardboard templates/paint shieds
- Owner's Manual
- "Improve Your In-Wall Performance" sheet
- Product Registration Card
- array of three 1" silk-dome tweeters provides wide sound dispersion
- 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 60-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- sensitivity 86 dB
- 8-ohm impedance
- paintable aluminum speaker grilles
- cutout dimensions: 8-5/16" diameter
- mounting depth: 4-11/16"
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
|Quantity in Package||Pair|
|Power Range (Watts)||10-100|
|Connector Type||Spring posts|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Overview: The NHT iC2 in-ceiling speaker features NHT's patented 3-tweeter array that produces a flat frequency response up to 60° off-axis and creates a consistent sound-field. The NHT iC2 can be used in almost any distributed sound application in your home, office, or in commercial installations. It is suitable for bedrooms, hallways, entry ways, waiting rooms, and secondary rooms where high quality sound is desired.
2-Way Coaxial/3-Tweeter Array: The NHT iC2 in-ceiling speaker is a very high quality 2-way system; employing a 6.5" long-throw, polypropylene woofer and coaxially mounted tweeter array, which consists of three 1" silk soft-dome tweeters.
Crossover Network: The drivers are managed by a very high quality 2nd order crossover network (2.2kHz, 18dB/oct HP, 6dB/oct LP).
Diffuser: A proprietary diffuser is also included for inside the grille center, which provides a smooth response when a listener is located directly under the speaker.
Moisture Resistant: The driver units are moisture resistant, the frame is polypropylene, all the hardware is stainless steel, and the mounting lip has a foam gasket. This allows the in-ceiling speaker to be installed in moisture prone interior environments, such as bathrooms, indoor swimming pools, and sauna rooms.
Note: Installation in outdoor locations is not recommended.
Spring Post Terminals: The in-ceiling speaker features gold-plated, spring-post terminals which will maintain contact with the speaker wire over the life of the installation.
Note: 16-AWG, 2-conductor in-ceiling speaker wire is recommended for runs of 10 feet or less, with heavier gauge cable used for longer runs.
Dog-Ear Clamping System: The NHT iC2 in-ceiling speaker has a fail-proof, 4-point spring-loaded, dog ear clamping system that grabs the ceiling'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 ceiling 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-ceiling loudspeakers are designed for in-ceiling installation between standard wood joists. The four spring-loaded dog ear clamps can accommodate ceilings 0.25" to 1.5" thick.
Cut-Out Template: A convenient cardboard template for the in-ceiling speaker's cutout is included to make installation location and retrofit cutting easier.
Paintable: The iC2 is painted with a neutral white primer and may be painted to match your ceiling decor with typical latex paints. A convenient paint shield is included to protect the drive units in the speaker frame. Take care not to cover the grille's tiny perforated holes, which are essential to sound performance.
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 ICB6 (228ICB6, sold separately); a new construction framing bracket which lets you accurately place the iC2 in-ceiling speakers location during the framing stages of construction much like a recessed lighting fixture. The iCB6 provides a lip that the sheetrock or wall finishing crew uses to mount the NHT iC2, once the ceiling is installed.
Note: The iCB6 is not required for retrofit installations in existing ceilings.
Our Product Research Team
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.