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  • Compact and stylish design - takes up less than 1 square foot
  • High Output - Drive easily with a noremal receiver but can handle 150 watts
  • Matches perfectly with other NHT Absolute Models - Center and Zeros for complete Home Theater
  • Usable bass to 40Hz. Pleanty of bass for stand alone music systems. Use NHT subwoofers for high output home theater
  • For small to medium size room up to 4000 cu ft.
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Output Wattage 150 watts 60 watts 125 watts 200 watts
Frequency Response Curve 58Hz - 20kHz. Usable in room to 40Hz. 33-20,000 Hz 56 Hz - 20 kHz 45Hz - 20000Hz
Impedance 8 ohm 8 ohm 8 ohm 8 ohm
Color Piano Black Gloss Black High Gloss Black Cherry Red
Dimensions 37.9 inches x 7.25 inches x 5.7 inches 22.5 inches x 19.9 inches x 19.9 inches 11.6 inches x 8.5 inches x 7.25 inches 45.8 inches x 13.4 inches x 8.5 inches
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Product Specifications

Brand NameNHT Audio
Color NamePiano Black Gloss
Item Display Height3.12 inches
Depth7.25 inches
Driver Configuration1 x 25 mm silk dome tweeter, 1 x 5,25-Inch poly midrange, 2 x 5.25-Inch poly cone woofers
Frequency Response Curve58Hz - 20kHz. Usable in room to 40Hz.
Total Harmonic Distortion0.3% 150Hz-20kHz, 1% at 60Hz (1 watt) KHz
Crossover Description3rd order low pass and high pass at 450Hz, 2nd order high pass and low pass at 2.2kHz.
Speaker Driver Material TypePolypropylene
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)7.25 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers150 watts

Technical Details

  • Single speaker - Priced and sold individually.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.7 x 37.9 inches ; 35.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 42.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003M3LGV4
  • Item model number: Absolute Tower
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,827 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Product Description

Our first new product of the decade, The Absolute Tower is the new sleek and affordable floor-standing speaker solution for high-performance music or home theater systems. The design joins together the Absolute Zero bookshelf mini-speaker with 2 newly designed 5.25-Inch woofers (in a separate chamber) in a slender column-like enclosure. The best speakers to combine with the Absolute Tower would be the Absolute Zero for the surround speakers and the Absolute Center center channel speaker for a seamlessly matched, yet surprisingly affordable home theater system. The Absolute Tower loudspeaker is an all-acoustic suspension design. Acoustic suspension designs utilize nature's perfect spring force, air, to damp and control the speaker motion like high performance shocks on a sports car. This significantly lowers distortion for long, fatigue-free listening and improves impulse response allowing subtle detail to be revealed, making everything sound more real. Acoustic suspension designs also allow incredible power handling. The Absolute Tower's floor standing cabinets are beautiful: delicate, yet incredibly robust. The Absolute Towers extensively braced cabinets are acoustically inert so unwanted cabinet vibrations will never be added to your music. They weigh in at a bit over 35 lbs. each and are 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.

From the Manufacturer

The NHT Absolute Tower
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!

The NHT Absolute Tower
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.

Optional Accessories

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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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

Which Classic NHT Speaker is Right for You?

Absolute Zero Two Three Absolute Tower Four

Type

Bookshelf Bookshelf Bookshelf Tower Tower
Freq Response +/- 3 dB 71Hz - 20kHz 51Hz - 20kHz 45Hz - 20kHz 58Hz - 20kHz 27Hz - 20kHz
Max Power 100W RMS 125W RMS 150W RMS 150W RMS 250W RMS
Dimensions
Height 9.75" 12.125" 13.75" 37.9"* 41"*
Width 5.625" 7" 7.5" 10.63"* 13.5"*
Depth7.25" 8.875" 10.375" 12"* 16"*
Finish High Gloss Black or White High Gloss Black or White High Gloss Black High Gloss Black High Gloss Black
*All Tower Dimensions are with base installed

Customer Reviews

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They look very classey - deep piano black finish, not cheap looking Chinese stuff.
Marky
The other advice I would give is to be sure you have an amplifier/receiver with good power as the sensitivity level isn't high, relative to other speakers.
P. Doherty
Spend your money with them and step up to world class speaker quality for mass market pricing.
boomer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marky on August 2, 2010
It was a risk to spend this much money on a pair of speakers that I have never heard and never seen, would cost over $200 to return with restocking fees and shipping, and this company has recently suspended operations (and I think moved to China). However based on my previous experience with 15 year old NHT Super Zeros, I when ahead and bought these. Fortunately NHT seems too have kept it's original quality, designs, and great sound. I'm keeping em. Here's my experience.

1. They are very heavy, and extremely solid. At high-end show rooms I could touch the top of various tower speakers and feel the vibration - I can't with these. That has got to affect distortion somehow.

2. They look very classey - deep piano black finish, not cheap looking Chinese stuff.

3. Very accurate bass sound. As with most Acoustic-Suspension designs, the first impressions are that they lack bass tones, however when playing music with actual base content, these NHT'a come through with very strong and solid bass. Not booming, as with Bass-Reflex (ported) designs. I find that most all other speakers (at any price) tend to color all content with more bass, and it seems that most ported speakers try to compensate for small size by adding ports to increase the bass. These recent trends, make those speakers have "rich and powerful first impressions" but the distortion is very tiring to listen to after a period of time. These NHT's do not have the phase and 'peaky' distortion of ported designs.

4. Midrange and high frequencies are exceptionally good. I find that while watching movies I do not need to turn the volume up to understand the verbal portions. And I do not get "ear tired" after extended listening to classical music. Crystal clear - just like my old NHT Super Zero's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Doherty on June 14, 2013
I've used NHT SuperOnes (large bookshelf speakers) for years as my fronts and an NHT SuperCenter for center duties. I recently bought a pair of these NHT Absolute Towers for front duty and moved the SuperOnes to the rear (5.1 system). I'm also using an SVS 20-39 PCi subwoofer. The combination of these speakers and subwoofer is ridiculous! They are incredibly precise and clear with great audio for both music and 5.1 sources like movies and concerts. I'm extremely happy with this setup and can wholeheartedly recommend the Absolute Towers for anyone who wants super-clean and precise sound as long as you intend to pair them with a good subwoofer. The other advice I would give is to be sure you have an amplifier/receiver with good power as the sensitivity level isn't high, relative to other speakers. This is likely a purposeful design choice or possibly a consequence of them being sealed, not ported, speakers (so-called "acoustic suspension" design). NHT says this about acoustic suspension:

"Acoustic suspension designs utilize nature's perfect spring force, air, to damp and control the speaker motion like high performance shocks on a sports car. This significantly lowers distortion for long, fatigue-free listening and improves impulse response allowing subtle detail to be revealed, making everything sound more real. Acoustic suspension designs also allow incredible power handling."

The last thing I'll mention is how the speakers look. Beautiful gloss piano-black (something like 7 coats of paint and 3 or 4 of lacquer) and they look amazing with the grill covers off. Just keep kids and pets away from those cones.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beach Beauchamp on March 14, 2012
I must be honest with you that I was very hesitant to purchase these Towers due to the relatively low price- I knew that this would in all probability be the last pair of floor standing speakers I would ever purchase- I have in the past owned 'Corner Klipschorns', 'B&K's', 'Mirage', upper end 'Infinity's', and as such they have replaced upper end 'JBL's' in my music and home theater set up- I wondered, how could any such highly applauded loudspeakers come at such a moderate price- But not to worry- These acclaimed beauties would be a bargain at two or even three times the selling price- The mid and upper end are as well established in these NHT Towers as those loudspeakers that I have owned that were priced at up to five times of what the NHTs cost- You may need a little help with the extreme low end if your musical and home theater tastes dictate such, but I guarantee that anyone hearing this pair will be absolutely delighted with the results- I have now owned my pair for a couple months and I must say they get sweeter and sweeter with every use- They are so good, I am awaiting the 'Absolute Wall Speakers' to be released to complement them in my Home Theater setup- In conclusion, you would be remiss if you were in the market for new loudspeakers and didn't give these babies a listen- You'll be glad you did, I guarantee it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By boomer on January 13, 2013
These are likely the best kept secret from the mass markets of buyers who flock to highly marketed brands such as Polk, Klipsch, JBL etc...all of which are fine product. However, if you want world-class quality, looks, sound, service, and value then buy NHT speakers.

1) I've been buying speakers, receivers, Hi-Fi gear for the past 35 years and have had the typical lines and as the wallet allowed I would upgrade. Crutchfield carries this speaker line as well and frankly that is how I found their website and spoke with the founder, Chris Byrne. Well, that did it as how often can you speak with someone who knows the supply chain from start to finish...Never. These folks are quality people and provide world-class service and product.

2) The Absolute Towers are a glossy black, 10+ coats of piano black, acrylic etc...gorgeous...solid, look better than anything I've seen. These feel and sound like they should be $1,200-1,500 each!

3) Sound: phenominal, and certainly what you drive them with will make a difference along with the music source: turntable-excellent, Yamaha higher end CD player-excellent...warm, crisp, excellent sound field,

4) Value/Service....cannot be beat. This is a California based company, quite small so you get the personal touch. You will end up at some point, if you like, speaking or emailing with Chris or John (both founders of the company). Briliant guys, know their product and respond in minutes via email, maybe an hour if they are tied up...World class service, advice and people and product...

No, I don't work for the company. I'm a white collar guy from Chicago who wants to share a great story about a company that earns it everyday. Spend your money with them and step up to world class speaker quality for mass market pricing.
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