Now Hear This SB1 Main / Stereo Speakers

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Good w/sub or as surrounds

Nov 5, 2002
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Pros:Size, appearance, build quality, sound quality within their frequency range

Cons:Despite the stated frequency range, not for use by themselves for 2-channel

The Bottom Line: Good mains if used with sub or good if used as surrounds. Don't use them as 2-channel w/out sub.


I am going to be using these as rears with the SB3's as mains and the SC1 as ctr, no sub. I don't care about really deep bass, but would like to get decent bass to around 50 hz, & I think that the system I'm planning will do that. I tried the SB1's as mains for 2-ch (w/out sub) briefly, & I found that the Sound & Vision reviewers were correct when they gave it a thumbs down for that type of usage. Last fall, they had an article called "Battle of the Bookshelfs", & they compared 6 prs of $300 or less bookshelfs. If you are looking for 2-ch w/out sub, seek out, at the very least, the SB2. The S&V testing of the SB1 indicates that the real lower limit, practically speaking, is 80 hz, not 68. However, within its frequency range, I like the clean sound of the SB1, it's an acoustic suspension (sealed) spkr, has no boominess & is very easy to place, due to no rear port. It has low sensitivity (86 db), so unless you're in a small rm, consider the power you need. However, it should be easier to drive if you are only sending signals above a certain range to it. The new NHT Super Audio sub has a passive 100 Hz speaker level out, so I expect that if you use that sub with the SB1's, you'd give the SB1's the frequency range that best suits 'em. For HT, the SB1's should definitely get the "small" setting on speaker setup on your receiver. Very attractive finish, very easy to fit in due to small size, seem to be well-built. As far as imaging & dynamics go, I do not really know how to rate those things, but I will repeat my opinion that within their frequency range, they sound good.


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 300


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