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post #11 of 23 Old 08-06-06, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Re: NHT owners welcome, past and present designs

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I too own(ed) the SB-2s. I bought them when I was headed off to college because I found them for 1/2 price from an authorized retailer. This was just before I really got into the AV stuff, and so I knew they were supposed to be good, but had never heard them; I just needed a bookshelf speaker to take with me since I couldn't fit my Klipsch SF-2s in my dorm room. When they showed up, damned if i didn't prefer them to my Klipsch!

They, for me, truly were the start to the obssession we all share. They may have saved me money at the time (being 1/2 price), but boy oh boy that didn't transfer in the long run.

As a note, my brother now has them. I have since built my own design of bookshelves.
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The SB-2's were also my "real" decent set of bookshelf speakers. Now I've built a pair of MTM's which are overkill from my listening room but get much louder without any distortion and can be crossed over lower. They're also more neutral instead of warm, like the NHT's which is okay. I am very curious how the classics sound though...I need to take a trip to J and R some time soon

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post #12 of 23 Old 08-06-06, 09:10 PM
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I always wanted to hear the other lines/models. I'd be excited to hear your impressions.
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Hello

I'm not real good at this, so if I am doing something wrong, like interrupting, etc,
please let me know. I'm Pupton's father, and thanks to him I have a start in ht.
I inherited his NHT's and I love them. I like his new classics also, but the 2.9's have
that old ac/suspension sound like my old large advents, only better. I have much to learn,
so I'll probably keep my ears open more than I post. Thanks everyone for your help.
 
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I have always been impressed with the physical look of NHT speakers, its just so unfortunate that I can't find a local dealer that has them on demo for me listen to them.

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Hello

I'm not real good at this, so if I am doing something wrong, like interrupting, etc,
please let me know. I'm Pupton's father, and thanks to him I have a start in ht.
I inherited his NHT's and I love them. I like his new classics also, but the 2.9's have
that old ac/suspension sound like my old large advents, only better. I have much to learn,
so I'll probably keep my ears open more than I post. Thanks everyone for your help.
Hey there, its not often we (Edit:hear) from the parents. I am glad you like the 2.9's.
Have you have a chance to compare the Classics to the 2.9's?? What would you say are the most noticable differences between the two?

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Have you have a chance to compare the Classics to the 2.9's?? What would you say are the most noticable differences between the two?
Hello Exocer, nice pics.
Yes, I am Pupton's parent, and that means that I have the chance to really enjoy participating in a mutual hobby (HT)
in which we can share time and equipment. He is much more experienced in HT so I learn a lot from him.
He has also been a member of this forum longer than I. This is my first quote, and as you can see, I don't even know how to quote properly.

I have had a chance to compare the Classic Fours and with the 2.9's using the exact same electronics.

The 2.9's are very detailed in the mids and highs, and are a bit bright like most west coast speakers back in my early days in audio, but they are not overly so. The 2.9's also have tight, very detailed bass, and reach very low for 2 channel listening. They are without a doubt the best speakers I've ever owned. They can also be easily bi-amped because the woofer is in a separate compartment in the speaker cabinet, as are the mids and tweeter in a compartment, there are 2 sets of binding posts.

The Classic Fours have warm and detailed mids and uppers. They were a total suprise. Some people may prefer the warmer sound, which of course would be the same as the Classic Threes since they have the same drivers. The Fours
do not have the detail in the bass like the 2.9's but they do go plenty low. They, like the 2.9's are easily bi-amped, with separate compartments for the upper and lower end. They are in essence a Classic Three with a woofer.

I would have to say that running the Cassic Threes for mids and highs and the woofers of the 2.9's gave the most enjoyable sound. So, after all is said and done, I prefer the mids and highs of the Classic Threes and/ or Fours but the bottom end of the 2.9's. And I'm not just trying to straddle the middle of the fence. My own personal choice if I had to choose would be to keep my 2.9's because I really dislike boomy and less detailed bass. My preferences are strictly my own, and I would not expect agreement, since the type of sound one likes is a personal choice.

Running Classic Threes with a good subwoofer would be another option.

Sorry for being so long winded, but I wanted to be clear about the differences, and after looking at this post, I do not think that your question has been given a satisfactory answer by said poster. I'll try to do better next time.

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Well my Dad just "inherited" my 2.9s for 2ch and the 2.5/1.3/VT-1C for HT....

In my family it goes the other way. I donate my replaced equipment to my kids, who accept it with open arms..

Interesting to see the NHT VT-1C mentioned, because it was a center channel that I have held onto in my closet for many years, since I felt it had such a nice clear sound, but lacked somewhat in bottom end. I knew I would eventually have a use for it.

About a month ago I upgraded from a Bryston SP1 processor to the new SP2 model and decided to incorporate a rear back channel for 6.1.

I simply don't have the room for 7.1, but since I had a spare Bryston amp and that NHT VT-1C sitting around I decided to go for the 6.1 setup.

It sounds quite nice. I don't have a lot of room between my 5.1 rears surrounds, so I never felt I was really missing the back channel, but I admit it presents a continuous wall of sound behind me.

It was a tight fit, but here's a picture of the NHT VT-1C mounted behind my couch. How many purist rules am I breaking with that mount...



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and are a bit bright like most west coast speakers back in my early days
Man are you dating yourself. My second system in my office uses JBL L-36's that I bought in 1976 and have since heavily modified the crossovers. How's that for "west-coast" sound speakers.

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Hello brucek

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How many purist rules am I breaking with that mount..
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My second system in my office uses JBL L-36's that I bought in 1976 and have since heavily modified the crossovers. How's that for "west-coast" sound speakers.
It is impossible to get any more west-coast than the 70's JBL models. Yes I'm dating myself, but I'm not doing that intentionally. I'm just not up to speed on the new 'HT speak'. Also, I agree with you about the weaknesses of the VT-1C,
but I love it because I can hear dialogue clearly in my quite unsophisticated 5.1 system. Someday I would like to graduate to a 6.1 or 7.1 system, but I have absolutely no space availablee for rear speakers.

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I have NHT Superzero XU speakers for all 7 channels, I am wondering if it would be worth getting an outboard amplifier or not, these speakers have a rated sensitivity of 86db (not very sensitive as I understand it). My current AVR is an Onkyo 705 and according to them it reaches 100w/channel two channels driven. and the quoted maximum on the NHT's is 100watts. However, I have read some say that even at lower levels a quality outboard amp even if rated higher than the rms maximum on the speakers will sound better. so what do you think?
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I have NHT Superzero XU speakers for all 7 channels, I am wondering if it would be worth getting an outboard amplifier or not, these speakers have a rated sensitivity of 86db (not very sensitive as I understand it). My current AVR is an Onkyo 705 and according to them it reaches 100w/channel two channels driven. and the quoted maximum on the NHT's is 100watts. However, I have read some say that even at lower levels a quality outboard amp even if rated higher than the rms maximum on the speakers will sound better. so what do you think?
Hi,

Not sure if you had this answered. Your receiver will be fine with those speakers. In order to increase the volume by 3db, you would have to increase the power by 10, so unless you play at ear-bleeding levels, you would most likely not notice the difference. At normal listening levels, you are probably only using around 5 watts/ch (at lot more just during peaks).

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