|NHT VT 2.4 Multi-channel Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Kim Wilson|
|Wednesday, 01 November 2000|
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On the face of it, the inclusion of woofers with an extended bass response that can serve as subwoofers in the same cabinet as the other drivers seems like a great idea. In some cases, it may even work well, too, saving money and preserving space. However, this configuration can be troublesome in many rooms (including mine) for a number of reasons, mostly acoustic, and there are some good arguments for adding subwoofers to this speaker system. Of course, this increases the overall cost factor, too.
Placing Sunfire subs at the side and rear of my room effectively spread out the bass waves to even out the overall low-frequency response. Another compelling reason to use separate subs is to decrease the demand on the NHT’s 10-inch woofer. This practice reduces the strain put on a single amp, making the entire system work more efficiently.
You can always try the VT 2.4 Towers by themselves, but if you just can’t get a smooth and tight low end, you will have to get a separate subwoofer like the 500-watt powered SubTwo ($1,200) or bi-amplify the VT 2.4’s woofer with an NHT SA-3 250-watt amplifier ($750).
My only other comment is in regard to the legs, which functionally provide excellent stability and better than average coupling to the floor. However, they are hard to move on a carpet, as the points stick into the fabric. I recommend (as does NHT’s own manual) covering the ends with something like tape or felt until you achieve proper placement, then removing the protective material when you are ready to leave them in one place.
NHT is known for their quality loudspeakers and I have never been disappointed by the performance of any model I've heard. The VT/VS 2.4 system is squarely in the middle of the home theater line-up and a good all-around choice for anyone with some expendable cash, but lacking the funds to jump into NHT’s brand-new, ultra-high-performance VT3 system. If the $3,350 needed to get the VT2.4 and VS2.4’s (not to mention sub and/or amplifier) is still tough to come by, getting five VS-2.4's with an NHT-powered subwoofer would be a superb alternative. These speakers are worthy of consideration for every conceivable application: strict two-channel or multi-channel music or highly dynamic movie soundtracks.