Smooth variable radiuses around the tweeters and midrange drivers provide smooth response around the room
The Absolute Tower is the new sleek and affordable floor-standing speaker solution for high-performance music or home theater systems. The design joins the Absolute Zero bookshelf mini-speaker with two newly designed 5.25" woofers (in a separate sealed chamber) in a slender column-like enclosure. Considering a complete home theater system? Combine the Absolute Towers with NHT's other "Absolute" models; the Absolute Zero bookshelf speaker (for the rear and surround channels), the Absolute Center and top the system off with either the B-10d or B-12d subwoofer for a world class home theater system that is surprisingly affordable.
Like many NHT speakers, the Absolute has received its share critical acclaim from some highest regarded editors and publications: Sound and Vision's Brent Butterworth said "...an ideal speaker for a budget-minded audiophile, and NHT's full 5.1T system is a good choice for home theaters where subtlety will be valued over strength" and in Jazz Times went on to say "...This $999-per-pair speaker gets my vote for "best audio bargain" of 2010. Stereophile's Robert J. Reina concludes in his review "...Stereophile readers should find it a truly "universal" speaker: Every reader of this magazine will enjoy listening to music through the Absolute Towers, and I am sure that no reader's spouse will object to their presence in the house. For $1000/pair, what more can you ask?".
Buying a NHT speaker means you care about getting the best speaker value for your hard earned money. It means and you care about quality craftsmanship and high-end performance. It means you're ready to join the family of fanatics who love music, movies and the best gear that produces them. Welcome to the club--Now Hear This!
Extensively braced cabinets remove unwanted vibrations
Acoustic Suspension for Natural Sound
The Classic Absolute Tower, like most NHT speakers, is an acoustic suspension design (not ported or vented). It uses a long-throw 5.25” polypropylene cone midrange/woofer. The woofer frame was designed entirely in-house using F.E.A. (Finite Element Analysis) and is made using a proprietary BMC (bulk moulding compound) frame, which has the high strength and low resonance of a much more expensive cast magnesium alloy frame. The Absolute Tower uses a very sophisticated 1” aluminum dome tweeter in a tiny bezel that features a very small, yet powerful neodymium magnet. This small bezel allows us to position the tweeter and midrange drivers as close together as possible to get very even on and off axis response.
Piano Finish Cabinet Designed to Reduce Diffraction
The Absolute Tower's cabinet has variable radiuses flanking the midrange and tweeter driver units, which along with the speaker's curved top helps to randomize diffraction effects. The Absolute Tower's extensively braced cabinets are acoustically inert so unwanted cabinet vibrations will never be added to your music. Each speaker weighs in at a bit over 35 lbs. and is constructed of medium density fiberboard. The gently sculpted base puts the Absolute Tower on stable footing and is weighted with a hidden steel plate to provide mass where it is acoustically desirable--further reducing cabinet-born resonances.
The Absolute Towers, like all NHT Classic Series loudspeakers, are finished with two primer coats, seven color coats of polyester paint, and topped with two coats of clear acrylic polymer. This piano-gloss black finish is an NHT hallmark.
Adding a Subwoofer: Adding a NHT Classic subwoofer to a pair of Absolute Towers will extend the bass an additional octave, further reduce distortions, and improve dynamics. We recommend the Classic B-12d for the perfect match followed by the Classic B-10d.
Mixing and Matching: Building a system? The Classic Absolute Tower mates with every speaker in the Classic line. If you are considering building a home theater system, match the Absolute Tower with the Absolute Center channel speaker or upgrade a notch to the Classic TwoC. For rear speakers, another pair of Absolute Zeros are the best solution but also consider iC2 or iC3 for in-ceiling or iW2 or iW3 for in-wall solutions.
- Sensitivity: 86dB 1 watt/1 meter
- Distortion: - 0.3% 150Hz-20kHz - 1% at 60Hz (1 watt)
- Finish: Black piano high gloss lacquer
- Speaker Type: Three-way, dual-woofer, acoustic suspension
- Drivers: 1” aluminum dome tweeter, 5.25" polypropylene cone midrange (in separate chamber), 2 x 5.25" polypropylene woofers
- Crossover: 3rd order low pass and high pass at 450Hz, 2nd order high pass and low pass at 2.2kHz
- Frequency response: 58Hz - 20kHz
- Impedance: 8 ohms ave., 4 ohms min.
- Cabinet Material: MDF
- Height with base: 37.9"
- Base: 10.63" W x 12" D
- Speaker column dimensions w/base attached: 37.9" H x 5.625" W x 7.25" D
- Weight: 35.6 pounds with the base attached
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