NHT is "going quiet" :(

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by LanceJ, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    Guess I'll have to change my future plans as far as new speakers are concerned. [​IMG]

    Here's the press release from NHT a.k.a. Now Hear This:


    Looks like their website is still up for the time being: nhthifi.com

    They were one of three companies I had planned on buying from for my next HT system. Their Classic 3 bookshelf made it onto the cover of The Absolute Sound last year, quite an accomplishment for a speaker at that price point.

    NHT has been one of those fun/quirky manufacturers since 1986 but at the same time always tried to give the customer quality & innovative gear for not much money, a very rare combination these days (a couple years ago the front page of their site featured a guy yodeling for about ten seconds on a mountain top before opening the rest of the page [​IMG]).

    I am afraid we will be seeing more and more respected audio manufacturers slipping away from us in the coming years. [​IMG]

    Audio companies have been dropping like flies before this economic meltdown started, so no telling what's in store for us now.
     
  2. Mike_J_D

    Mike_J_D Stunt Coordinator

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    I love my NHTs - I've had them for 6 or 7 years now without a single problem or complaint. I hope they decide to continue to produce speakers and components; hate to see a great company dissolve.
     
  3. Jonathan Burk

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    That's really too bad (and weird; I've never heard of a company stopping business but not going out of business...?)

    They were definitely one of the pioneers in the high quality/high value category of speakers.
     
  4. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    That trait probably came about since some of the people that started NHT in the late 80s used to work for Advent. For the younguns out there [​IMG] this was when Advent was a respected speaker company that provided gear that sounded very good for its price and while most models didn't use cutting-edge technology (Advent's stuff was a bit lower on the technology scale than NHT), the designers would come up with innovative uses for traditional materials/processes that made them sound better than they would in the hands of a less-picky speaker manufacturer.

    FYI: here is Advent's first ever three-way loudspeaker, the 6003 which came out around 1984 (until this model, Advent had only sold 2-way speakers all the way back to its beginning in @1970, so a three way was a big, big deal at the time). And as you can see, Advent had a habit of styling their speakers so they blended in & actually looked nice in most living rooms. IMO their last attractive models - and last true Advents in my mind - were the dual woofer "Heritage" and "Laureate" tower models sold until the mid 90s, then they were bought out and the Advent name began its slide down the proverbial toilet.
     

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