C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Single Unit

$624.99 $499.99
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The Classic Three has been our best seller since we introduced it in 2005. The new C-3 carries on the tradition of our best bookshelf design providing a wide soundstage, excellent dispersion and detail typically found only in the most expensive designs. Moreover, the C-3 has bass response down to 40Hz, making a subwoofer optional instead of a necessity when listening to music. For home theater applications, the C-3 makes a great cornerstone for an audiophile grade system when combined with its matching center. While sonic improvements have been relatively minor, we made the product sturdier and far more serviceable than its predecessor.

System type
Bookshelf speaker

3-way acoustic suspension design

6.5” aluminum cone

2“ aluminum dome

1” aluminum dome

Frequency Response

87dB (2.83v@1m)

6 ohms nominal, 4 ohms min.

Recommended Power
50 - 150 w/ch

Nickel plated 5-way binding posts

13.75" x 7.5" x 10.125" (H x W x D)

16 lbs.

High Gloss Black

Sold Individually

Anthony L.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

What a surprise


These speakers have excellent dynamics and imaging. Smooth midrange and surprising tight bass for such a compact speaker.

These are a real sleeper!

Anthony L.

Rian S.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker



I love these.

Years ago I fell for the NHT 2.5i towers a local hi-fi shop. As a college kid I had no means to actually purchase them, but the store was kind and let me frequently drop by for listening sessions. I still have a visceral memory of the 2.5i's conjuring up Etta James and Harvey Fuqua right in front of me on the track If I Can't Have You, and don't get me started on Dark Side of the Moon. Years later and with my kids having grown a bit such that I'm not too concerned about inadvertent speaker and component damage, I've recently reinvested in my love of music, building a 2.1 system over the last six months or so that I and the family use daily.

I didn't hesitate to go with NHT, and am thrilled with these C3s. Driven by a Cambridge Audio CXA80 integrated amplifier, they sing. Slightly forward but by no means harsh, incredibly detailed, and full-bodied but flat. I paired mine with a Hsu ULS-15 mk2 sub, and they integrate perfectly together.

Most importantly, they bring a smile to my face every time I begin to play something. Well done NHT. Keep up the great work!


C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Five Stars Are Not Enough!!!


I am writing this review after living with these speakers for nearly a year now. They are virtually unique in their class because of their three-way design. This I believe gives them more midrange detail and presence than comparably priced or even more expensive speakers. However, this does not mean an exaggerated midrange in any way, since they have an exceptionally flat frequency response from top to bottom. Because of their neutrality, they are very chamelion-like and will reveal the flaws of any associated components. These speakers sounded great to me at the beginning but I had a sense I was not getting the full benefit from them with the components I had. This sent me on a mission to upgrade my system, which I have done gradually over the past year. I am now even happier with my C 3s than before. I would agree with NHT's recommendation of a minimum of 50 watts per channel. My new amp has 90 watts per channel into the C 3's 6 ohm load and they really make these speakers sing. The C 3s may not appear at first to have enough bass for some people but you are getting the bass that is actually on the recording without emphasis or exaggeration. When there is real deep bass on your recording, you will hear it and feel it. The C 3s are highly underrated and among the most accurate speakers available at any price. I highly recommend the C 3s but make sure you have associated components that are worthy of them. Kudos to NHT for making a speaker that may well be the best value out there!

Jason S.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Fantastic Speakers - Fall in love with music all over again


Bought these C3 two years ago.  They performed nice with my equipment at the time and as I've increased the quality of the equipment, the speakers continue to show the improvements.  Example - went from bluetooth to receiver on-board DAC to Marantz CD1 player DAC to now using an RME ADI-2 DAC and at each level I could hear the speakers just show more and more of the music.  The system now surpasses my custom IEMs work setup (JH Audio 11s driven by a Mojo) and I'm so happy I chose NHT C3s.  They haven't let me down. 

Sounds so good.  Fall in love with music all over again.

Carol H.

C 3 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

The best speakers, period.


Dead flat frequency response, excellent off-axis response and imaging, ample power for a living room, sexy glossy look, reasonable prices (even when not on sale). NHT's sealed speaker box had never disappointed me (well, maybe a little with the Super One's), and these ones were no exception. I think my hunt for speakers are over.

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