NHT is a small but highly respected loudspeaker company located in Benicia, CA. Originally founded in 1987 by speaker industry engineering superstar Ken Kantor (who did the groundbreaking AR Magic Speaker in 1985), NHT has earned a well-deserved reputation for speakers that sound superb, feature innovative, straightforward engineering, and utilize the highest quality materials for great cosmetics and fit-‘n-finish. NHT operates on a direct-from-the-factory business model, which, according to them, saves the intermediary costs of sales reps, distributors and retail markup, allowing NHT to offer a better value directly to the end user.
Designed in California and manufactured in China, the Classic Four is a mid-sized floor stander in their Classic family, which also includes the Classic Three 3-way bookshelf speaker and the Classic Two C and Three C center channel 3-way speakers. All these models use the same 2-inch anodized aluminum dome midrange and ¾-inch anodized aluminum dome tweeter array. At $1,349 each, the Classic Four certainly can’t be considered inexpensive, but just based on the quality of the materials and workmanship, they appear to more than justify their asking price. The head engineer on the Classic Four project was Jay Doherty and the engineer most responsible for the dome mid-tweeter assembly was Jack Hidley. The care and attention to detail in this design was most impressive, as you’ll see as you read the review. But these two gentlemen deserve a conspicuous mention right up front.
At around 41” tall and only 7.5” wide with gently smoothed-off edges, these speakers do not attract a lot of visual attention in the room. They’re attractive but self-effacing and I doubt their visual presence would trigger a dreaded negative WAF to any significant degree.
Full review @ Audioholics: NHT Classic Four Floorstanding Speaker System Review | Audioholics