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I don't know if I've heard these particular models (if I have, it was, as you mention, in a studio), but IIRC those arrived at the tail end of NHT's days as an independent boutique, prior to being purchased by Recoton. The early NHT stuff was fantastic. I was an owner of 2.5's, an SW2Pi sub, HDP-1 surrounds, and an AC-1 center for decades, until just the last year or so, actually...and I also owned other NHT speakers from that era as well - 2.1's, Super Ones, Super Zeros, etc. They are fantastic. If these are in good working order and they sound good to you, there's no reason to not go with them, I think you'd be pleased.

As far as NHT, they seem to have made a return to some good sounding stuff, but there was definitely a period there that I was pretty disappointed in what they were turning out.
 

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There should be no problem. There are many people who use various powered studio monitors (Mackie HR824s, Behrenger Truth Monitors, Emotiva Stealths and Airmotivs, among others) for home theater.

You'd need to use the pre-amp out of your Denon for the channels that have their own amp, and the speaker level out for the channels that don't, then just set the level on the amp to blend levels with the Denon's amps.

One thing to note, the NHT amp only accepts XLR or TRS, so you'll need to pick up some cables or adapters to convert the output from your Denon, which I'm going to assume is RCA. Not an expensive prospect, or see if the guy at the shop will throw them in.

Take a look here for a nice, plain-english explanation of the amps functions.

It could also be worth it to try connecting the monitors to your Denon's speaker level outputs and leave the NHT amp(s) out of the loop for simplicity's sake.
 

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Hm okay. If he can find the B20 amp I'll definitely jump on this. I only see one pretty out on my receiver hovered the fronts have an amp, the centers have an amp, and the subs have an amp. So would I need 3 pretty outs to make this work? And I believe the are XLR.
Just looked up your AVR. You only have a preamp output for the sub, not for the speakers, and it's an RCA connection. This particular setup probably won't work with your Denon. At least not the best.

You'd need to figure out how to connect speaker level outputs of the Denon to the XLR connection on the monitors, or upgrade the Denon to something with preamp outputs for each channel.

The manual linked above does have the wiring diagram for the XLR output of the NHT amp, so in theory you could wire it without too many questions, if you're up to it.
 

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That depends...and if you're going to have powered speakers, this opens up a lot of new avenues for you.

You don't NEED an AVR anymore. You could get a preamp/processor, which doesn't have a built-in amp, but generally will outperform an AVR in terms of pure sound quality.

I have an Emotiva UMC-200, which is no longer in production, but you can still catch them on ebay most of the time (none today, however) in the $300 range.

Or its main competitor:
https://www.outlawaudio.com/products/975.html

If you want to stick with an AVR, look up your brand of choice and check the specs on their current product line. You are looking for "preamp outputs" or "line level outputs" for each channel. It also might just say "7-channel output". They will probably be RCA outputs on the lower end AVRs. Higher end models may get into XLR outputs. Just remember, these are different from the speaker binding posts.
 

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A preamp/processor is basically an AVR without the power amps, but with higher quality components and build quality. It allows source switching and audio decoding, but requires a separate power amp.

If your budget is $500 total, you have a couple options.

1: Go with the NHTs and create some custom cables to connect the monitors without the amps, and you can save up and upgrade your AVR down the road, THEN use the NHT amps.
2: Forget about the NHTs and keep looking.
 
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