It rocks! My home theater/music room is about 10' x 15' and this model supplies all the bass I need. Plus, I love the fact that the unit was made locally (in Benicia - SF Bay Area). The footprint of the unit is fairly small and fits nicely in the corner. And boy, does it ever deliver the thunder!
I have had this subwoofer for about three weeks and I am delighted with it.
SOUND: This does not sound like there's a subwoofer in the room adding something. Instead, it seems to seamlessly extend the sound of my wall-mounted Martin Logan speakers. This is a home theater arrangement with right and left speakers mounted on either side of my 60-inch TV and the center channel speaker centered below the TV. The subwoofer is in a corner off to the side of the TV wall.
My Onkyo receiver has a built-in program to set the levels of all speakers, so it was extremely easy to set this up properly. Sonically, this subwoofer seems to disappear, and I certainly cannot detect what sounds come from it and which from the main speakers. I have watched a couple of action-adventure movies to see how well this NHT can dip into low bass range. There is more than ample low frequency material, and I have not heard any distortion.
My wife remarked the other night that she could feel the bass in her bones. This evening she said she could hear it and feel it when she was upstairs taking a shower. And it was not turned up very loud. I don't recall her ever saying anything like that before with the subwoofers I previously had.
SETUP: The unit was nicely packed at the factory with just the accessories necessary. Unlike some electronic products, this one was not burdened with cords and other things that would cover every conceivable eventuality. Because my receiver made the proper adjustments, I had to do very little except plug this in and connect it to the receiver, then follow the receiver's instructions.
APPEARANCE: I was nervous about whether my wife would accept a black box in the corner of our living room, which until now has been decorated with a plant. I need not have worried. The moment she saw the NHT B-10d she remarked on its beautiful black glossy finish. We have had several similar comments from visitors, one of whom said: "You certainly don't want to hide that."
RAZZLE-DAZZLE UNDER THE HOOD: This unit has digital signal processing, a super-efficient power supply, dynamic range control and a very strong cabinet. I can't say I have actually detected the effects of all this, but this is a well-known and highly respected manufacturer. I am inclined to accept its claims.
BOTTOM LINE: It's in the title of this review. I've wanted a really great sub for years and finally I found a place for it in my home and my budget. I am completely satisfied.
I wouldn't have even considered this lil mighty mite, but for the fact the svs sb12 sub I ordered directly from SVS hadn't got held up in customs in Canada, with that being said I ordered the nht b 10d not knowing how long it would take to get the svs. And low and behold they both arrive this morn (10/19)....let's have some fun, I first hooked up the svs sb12 it runs down to 30hz I set it at 35hz & set the volume to half way...my set up btw is emotiva xrt6.2 towers an xpa 3 amp usp 1 pre amp & erc-2 cd player, my listening area is relatively small 9wx12Lx7h....the reference cd's I chose was michael Jackson's I'm bad cd there's very good low bass highs & midrange on this cd & earth wind & fires latest cd, then I chose several diff movie trailers from my Apple TV. The svs sb12 nsd performed well giving me a nice clean thump, it's a sealed 12" 400 watt rms sub so there's not a lot of overhang when it hits those low notes it's a very musical sub & it performed well In the movie arena, but OMG! This little 10" blew me away. The nht b 10d is a little beast!...it only plays down to 50hz but this lil guy can rock the house! On Michael Jackson's I'm bad it had my sofa shakin, it too is a very musical sub & it has an eq switch to change between music & movie mode & you can really hear the difference when you use this feature. So in my test between the to subs I used the the same songs & same movie trailers to try & create an equal playing field, the nht for its size was really out performing the svs 12... I did however change the x-over setting on the svs to play the same as the nht (50hz) so now the battle is pretty close, it's so close In fact I'm bringing in a second set of ears to help me decided on which one to keep. One other note, I placed both subs on the side of my sofa at the back of the listening room so it sounds like all the bass is coming from the front listening stage & that's actually what it should sound like, when you put your ear to the sub to listen you barely hear it (both) & that's the sign of a good sub.
Well I've been made a believer, that non ported subwoofers are the way to go if you want big clean bass for you movies and music. This is the type of bass response you want if actually care about sound quality. I well never go back to ported subwoofers ever again. Ported boxes give you muddy, nasty and boomy bass. The difference between my new NHT subwoofer and my ported Polk sub(circa 2009) was night and day. The NHT B-10d gave me that deep, clean, powerful and accurate bass response I've always wanted. I had no idea what I was missing out on until I heard it for myself. It has made my movies and music much more enjoyable. When I close my eyes I cant tell where the sub is located and thats what you want. This subwoofer is definitely worth every penny!
Solid subwoofer and well built. Paired with some small monitors, it makes a pretty good little 2.1 system. It's a little boomy and soft at time and lacks solid punch occasionally. I wish perhaps it had a little more tightness and control.
simply excellent--tight bass , small footprint, easy set up and perfect match to the greatest monitors out there, the NHT Classic 3s.
Listening to the Verdi Requium demonstrates this well.
for less than $1000. plus the cost of the B 10 d one can have hi end heaven and be able to eat as well---one may want the Wilsons or the big Maggies or the B and Ws but does one need them????? Amazon service was very good and had one of the last few of these at a fair price. It is now 120.00 more and one gets the sense that the number left of new B10 d's is very small. ported sub woofers are not nearly as fast and as accurate, though they are louder--albeit with a warmer sound that some may prefer.