NHT Absolute 5.1T System Featuring Absolute Tower Speaker Review


NHT hits one way up into the bleachers in deep center with this inexpensive, high performance aural marvel designed for small to medium-sized home theater rooms.

(3.5 out of 4)

Absolute Value
Are there better home theater speaker systems than the NHT Absolute 5.1T? Absolutely. Just not for under $3,000. In some ways — namely, transparency at really loud volume levels and imaging — it bests my $8,000 Spendor home theater system. Where it loses out to the boxy Brits, is in its midrange resolution, top end shimmer and overall sense of scale. Vocals sound great through all of the NHTs, but they don’t quite have the presence of the more expensive Spendor loudspeakers, which, considering the price difference, is still quite an accomplishment. If Lord Louise will let me keep them, I have a new surround sound system for my living room that will keep me happy for years to come. You can’t beat this system without spending a lot more.  Kudos to the folks for NHT for being so gifted and cost conscious. I still think they are certifiable. Utterly. Buy NHT Loudspeakers Online: NHT Absolute Tower (each) on Amazon.com NHT Absolute Center (each) on Amazon.com NHT Absolute Zero (each) on Amazon.com NHT Classic Ten Subwoofer (each) on Amazon.com NHT speakers at OneCall.com

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  • Insanely cheap for the high level of fidelity
  • Excellent build quality not usually seen at this price point
  • Superb tonality and coherence across the frequency range
  • Easy to set-up
  • Will play ungodly loud
  • More fun than human beings should be allowed to have


  • The center channel can sound a little thin, if only by comparison to more expensive systems
  • The high gloss finish doesn’t like your grubby fingers
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