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iC1, iC2, iC3 and iC4
In-Ceiling Loudspeakers
OWNER’S MANUAL
Now Hear This
527 Stone Road
Benicia, CA 94510
800-NHT-9993
Thank you for your purchase of the NHT in-ceiling loudspeaker. Please take a few minutes to read through this owner's manual prior
to installing your new speakers. The information provided will help you to obtain maximum performance from your audio system. If you
have questions or need assistance at any time during the installation or operation of your new speakers, please call your NHT Dealer
or our Toll-Free Customer Hotline at:
1-800-NHT-9993
Specifications
iC1
iC2
System Type:
2-way in-ceiling design
2-way in-ceiling design
Driver Complement:
6.5” long-throw polypropylene cone woofer and
6.5” long-throw polypropylene cone woofer and
1” fluid cooled soft dome tweeter coaxially mounted
1” soft dome three-tweeter array
2.2KHz, 18dB/octave high-pass
2.2KHz, 18dB/octave high-pass
and 12dB/octave low-pass
and 6dB/octave low-pass
Response:
60Hz - 20KHz, +/-3dB
60Hz - 20KHz, +/-3dB
Sensitivity:
86dB (2.83V at 1M)
86dB (2.83V at 1M)
Impedance:
8 ohms nominal
8 ohms nominal
Recommended Power:
10W/ch minimum, 100W/ch maximum
10W/ch minimum, 100W/ch maximum
Inputs:
Spring clips
Professional grade spring posts
Weight:
4.6 lbs. each
5 lbs. each
Cutout Diameter:
8 13/16” Dia. (without iCB6: 8 1/2”)
8 13/16” Dia. (without iCB6: 8 1/2”)
Bezel Diameter:
9 11/16” Dia.
9 11/16” Dia.
Depth behind ceiling:
4 13/16”
4 13/16”
Finish:
Matte white (paintable)
Matte white (paintable)
System Type:
2-way in-ceiling design
2-way in-ceiling design
Driver Complement:
6.5” long-throw aluminum cone woofer and
8” long-throw aluminum cone woofer and
1” fluid cooled aluminum dome three-tweeter array
1” fluid cooled aluminum dome three-tweeter array
1.9KHz, 18dB/octave high-pass
1.6kHz, 18dB/octave high-pass
and 12dB/octave low-pass
and 12dB/octave low-pass
Response:
50Hz - 20KHz, +/-3dB
40Hz - 20KHz, +/-3dB
Sensitivity:
85dB (2.83V at 1M)
87dB (2.83V at 1M)
Impedance:
8 ohms nominal
8 ohms nominal
Recommended Power:
10W/ch minimum, 125W/ch maximum
10W/ch minimum, 150W/ch maximum
Inputs:
Professional grade spring posts
Professional grade spring posts
Weight:
5 lbs. each
7 lbs. each
Cutout Diameter:
8 13/16” Dia. (without iCB8: 8 1/2”)
10 1/4” Dia. (without iCB8: 10”)
Bezel Diameter:
9 11/16”
11 1/4”
Depth behind ceiling:
4 13/16” Dia.
4 3/4” Dia.
Finish:
Matte white (paintable)
Matte white (paintable)
Crossover:
iC3
Crossover:
iC4
„ Design
NHT loudspeakers are designed to deliver refined, musical sound from attractive and affordable packages. Our efforts are guided by
the study of human hearing and are optimized for real world use. Every NHT speaker undergoes rigorous testing and quality control at
the factory to ensure you years of listening pleasure.
NHT in-ceiling loudspeakers are designed to deliver the sonics and value of NHT’s acclaimed freestanding speakers, while offering the
invisibility of in-ceiling installation. The drive units are custom designed to achieve a level of performance not normally associated with
in-ceiling speakers, while the intuitive mounting system makes them ideal for new or existing construction. The iC2, iC3 and iC4 employ
NHT’s innovative three tweeter array for more even sound dispersion to a wider range of listening areas.
Caution: The NHT in-ceiling speakers should be installed by an experienced and licensed
custom installation professional. Be sure that the installer possesses sufficient skill, the proper tools, knowledge of local fire and building codes, and a familiarity with the structure of the
building (especially wall and/or ceiling materials, layouts, electrical and plumbing lines, etc.).
„ Placement
NHT in-ceiling speakers are designed for installation between standard wood joists. Their moisture resistant drive units allow them to
be installed in moisture prone interior environments such as bathrooms, indoor swimming pool and sauna rooms. Outdoor use is not
recommended.
Spend some time considering placement prior to installing the speakers. Once they are installed, they are permanent, so their location
should be selected carefully. When possible, locate the speakers at least 3 feet from adjacent side walls and at least 2 feet from front
or rear walls. The speakers should be mounted on a flat surface to ensure a good seal between the baffle and the mounting surface.
When possible, position the speakers so that they are equidistant from the most likely listening area. If the NHT in-ceiling speakers are
going to serve as rear (surround) channels in a home theater system, make sure to install them toward the “rear” of the room (the opposite side from where the television will likely be). For best results, position the NHT in-ceiling speakers 40 to 60 degrees off-axis from
the listening position. The polar plots, located on the NHT website, indicate smoother frequency response at these angles. If you wish
to get an idea how they will look, try taping the supplied cutout templates to the ceiling.
Tech Tips: Pre-Wiring for New Construction
1. For best results, avoid running speaker wire near AC wire, as it may induce a 60Hz hum in the audio signal. It’s a good idea to run
the speaker wire after the AC wiring has already been completed, so that you can route the speaker wire at least three feet away from
the AC wiring. If speaker wire and AC wiring must run parallel, install the speaker wire within a steel conduit. Note that low voltage
wiring (doorbell, intercom, telephone, security, etc.) is unlikely to induce hum and can typically be run parallel to speaker wire with no
detrimental effects.
2. When drilling holes through wall studs or ceiling joists, use a drill bit that is at least as wide as the speaker cable that will be routed
through them. Always drill through the center of the stud or joist. If the hole must be drilled within one inch of the edge of a wall stud,
add a nail plate to the drywall side to protect the wire from possible nails and screws put in the wall later. Line up the holes in the studs
or joists as you go, so that pulling the wire through them will be easier.
„ Parts List (each speaker):
“Speaker” pack includes:
(1) Speaker assembly
iC1
iCB6 / iCB8
(optional)
(1) Metal grille
(2) Absorptive foam pad (except iC1)
(1) Paint shield - cutout template
Butyl
Rubber
2
iC2
iC3
3
11
11
10
01
9
9
Absorptive
Foam Pad
12
21
(4) 5 x 50mm flathead screws
8
8
(2) Metal mounting wings
7
7
6
6
(1) Mounting bracket
5
5
4
4
3
Metal grille
includes:
2
iCB6 and iCB8 Mounting Bracket pack
1
1
(1) Roll of butyl rubber
Use iCB6 for models iC1, iC2, iC3
Use iCB8 for model iC4
#2 Philips screwdriver
Pencil
Tape measure
Aluminum
Mounting
wing
Mounting
bracket
Paint shield cutout template
14
41
13
31
iC4
„ Tools Needed:
Utility knife or keyhole saw
Speaker
Assembly
Level
Wire strippers
Safety goggles
Protective gloves
„ Installation: New Construction (unfinished ceilings)
1. Once you’ve selected the desired location for the speaker, begin by installing the iCB6 or iCB8 mounting bracket between adjacent
ceiling joists. First attach the mounting wings to the bracket by inserting them into the locking plastic tabs in the side of the bracket
(fig.1).
2. The wings feature progressively elongated sections (1”, 1”, 2”, 2”, 2”, 3”, 3”) with screw holes spaced in one inch increments. The
iCB6 and iCB8 have NHT logos on one side, this side should be oriented away from the drywall. Attach the wings to the joists with the
5 x 50mm flathead screws or staples. For maximum stability, use two screws for each wing. Bend back the extra portion of the wing at
one of the pre stamped “break” lines (fig.2).
3. Complete the pre wiring before the drywall goes up (see “Tech Tips: Pre-Wiring for New Construction”). Leave an extra few feet of
speaker wire, and tie it to the the mounting bracket.
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Joists
4. During the drywall phase, cut a hole around the bracket so
fig.3
that the drywall surrounds the protruding lip of the mounting
bracket (iCB6 = 8 13/16” Dia., iCB8 = 10 1/4” Dia.). Once
installed, the lip of the speaker assembly will extend about 1/2
inch beyond the perimeter of the cutout to hide minor imper-
Drywall
fections in the cutout (fig.3).
5. After the drywall is complete, connect the speaker wire to the
spring posts on the back of the speaker assembly, making sure
to observe correct polarity (see “Connections”).
6. The speaker assembly attaches to the bracket via four plastic mounting clamps on the back of the speaker assembly that
swivel to “sandwich” the drywall between the speaker assembly and the clamps (fig.4). First rotate the mounting clamps
fig.4
inward so that the body of the speaker assembly can slide
through the mounting bracket. Exercise caution not to damage
the drivers.
7. Tighten the screws snugly, making sure to not over tighten,
as this may compromise the fit of the speaker assembly. The
use of power screwdrivers is not recommended. The gasket on
the drywall side of the speaker assembly lip reduces unwanted
vibrations against the drywall and will compress slightly to allow
the speaker assembly lip to rest flush against the ceiling. The
spring loaded mounting clamps provide tension once installed.
8. If the exposed area of the speaker assembly and grille are
to be painted after it’s mounted to the ceiling, install the paint
shield to protect the driver from overspray (see “Painting”).
Once painting is complete, remove the paint shield and set it
aside for use in Step #9.
9. The NHT in-ceiling speakers use an absorptive foam pad
(except the iC1) on the inside of the grille to shape the sound
radiation (fig.5). There is a circular section in the center of the
paint shield that serves as a template for attaching it. Punch
out the perforated circle. Place the paint shield (minus the cir-
Cut around
perforations
cular section) on the inside of the metal grille, remove the
backer from the adhesive dot and attach the absorptive pad
onto the inside of the grille through the circular cutout.
10.
fig.5
A strip of butyl rubber is provided with this product.
Application of butyl rubber is not required, but can be used to
provide additional security when mounting the grill in place.
Cut a 1/4” long piece of butyl rubber from the end of the roll provided. Peel off the paper covering and roll the rubber between
your fingers until it makes a small cylinder. Make three of these
cylinders and place them in the groove before installing the grill
(fig.6).
11. Attach the metal grille by inserting it into the grooves in the
speaker assembly.
Remove
template
5
„ Installation: Existing Construction (retrofitting finished ceilings)
Warning: Exercise caution when drilling into existing ceilings. Do not drill
through electrical wires, pipes, conduits, heating or air conditioning ducts. If you
feel resistance while drilling, stop immediately. Do not install the speaker into a
drop ceiling or soft ceiling, as this type of construction will not support its weight.
fig.6
1. Using a studfinder or the “knocking” method, locate the joists in the ceiling area where
you wish to mount the speaker. The speaker will be mounted between adjacent joists,
no closer than two inches from either joist.
2. Determine that there are no obstructions above the desired cutout area. This may
be accomplished by drilling a hole in the center of the cutout area and using an “L”
shaped piece of metal (like a coat hanger) to “feel around” above the ceiling. If you discover an obstruction, fill the hole with patching compound and try another location.
3. If there are no obstructions found above the ceiling, use the supplied cutout template
and a pencil to draw a 10” diameter outline of the area to be cut out. Begin by drilling a
hole on the inside of the circle with a 1/4” bit. Then cut out the ceiling section with a utility knife or keyhole saw, following the line traced around the cutout template (fig.7). If
the ceiling is painted, use the keyhole saw. Once installed, the speaker assembly outer
frame will extend about 1/2 inch beyond the perimeter of the cutout to hide minor imperfections in the cutout.
4. If the ceiling is constructed of lath and plaster, outline the penciled circle with masking tape, drill a 1/4” hole, and use a utility knife to cut through the plaster down to the
Apply Here
lath. Use a saber saw with a metal cutting blade or a pair of tin snips to gently cut
through the lath, being careful not to vibrate plaster off the ceiling.
5. To mount the NHT in-ceiling speaker into an existing ceiling, the use of a mounting
bracket is optional.
6. Connect the speaker wire to the spring posts on the back of the bezel, making sure
to observe correct polarity (see “Connections”).
7. The speaker assembly mounts to the existing ceiling via four plastic mounting clamps
on the back of the speaker assembly that swivel to “sandwich” the speaker assembly in
place between its protruding outer frame and the rear surface of the drywall. First rotate
fig.7
Cutout Diameter
1/4“ Diameter
the mounting clamps inward so that the body of the speaker assembly can slide through
the cutout in the ceiling. Exercise caution not to damage the driver (fig 4).
8. Tighten the screws snugly, making sure not to over tighten, as this may compromise
the fit of the speaker assembly. The use of power screwdrivers is not recommended.
The gasket on the back the speaker assembly lip reduces unwanted vibrations against
the drywall and will compress slightly to allow the speaker assembly lip to rest flush
against the ceiling.
9. If the bezel frame and grille are to be painted in the ceiling, install the paint shield to
protect the driver from overspray (see “Painting”). Once painting is complete, remove
the paint shield and set it aside for use in Step #10.
10 The NHT in-ceiling speakers use an absorptive foam pad (except the iC1) on the
Joists
inside of the grille to shape the sound radiation (fig.5). There is a circular section in the
center of the paint shield that serves as a template for attaching it. Punch out the perforated circle. Place the paint shield (minus the circular section) on the inside of the metal grille, remove the backer from the adhesive
dot and attach the larger absorptive pad onto the grille through the circular cutout.
11. A strip of butyl rubber is provided with this product. Application of butyl rubber is not required, but can be used to provide additional security when mounting the grill in place. Cut a 1/4” long piece of butyl rubber from the end of the roll provided. Peel off the paper
covering and roll the rubber between your fingers until it makes a small cylinder. Make three of these cylinders and place them in the
groove before installing the grill (fig.6).
12. Attach the metal grille by inserting it into the grooves in the speaker assembly.
Tech Tips: Optimizing Sonic Performance
Bass response is smoothest when the speaker is mounted into a rigid ceiling that flexes very little. For improved performance, add
cross-braces horizontally roughly one and a half feet to either side of the speaker location. Use wood glue and extra screws when
attaching the drywall to the joists around the speaker. Additionally, once the speaker cutout has been made in the drywall, add a strip
of wood glue where the drywall meets the joists and cross-braces.
For more controlled bass response, add insulation to the ceiling cavity around and behind the speaker to provide acoustic damping.
Be sure to add the same amount of insulation to speakers in the same room to ensure consistent sound. Use R-12 or R-19 fiberglass
insulation, and be sure to wear protective gloves to avoid contact with the fibers. If the insulation is paper- or foil-faced, position the
paper or foil side away from the speaker. If the new or existing insulation is the “loose” type, place a thin sheet of fiberglass over the
top of the speaker to keep out small debris.
„ Painting
The bezel frame and grille of the NHT in-ceiling speakers are finished in a matte white finish that may be painted to match the ceiling.
Keep in mind that the grille contains hundreds of tiny holes that are essential to the sound of the speaker. Take care not to cover these
holes with paint.
1. Paint the outer ring of the speaker assembly and the grille at the same time using the same
paint. Use the supplied paint shield to protect the driver and inside of the speaker assembly from
overspray. Fold the edge of the shield down and insert it into the groove in the speaker assembly
Fold down
outer ring
where the grille attaches (fig. 8). Be careful not to punch through the round hole in the middle.
2. When using spray paint, apply two thin coats, make sure to let the first coat dry completely
before applying the second. This will avoid runs. When using a compressor and spray gun, apply
the paint using its finest setting. Painting with a brush is not recommended, but when necessary
be sure to thin the paint so as not to cover the holes in the grille. If the paint does cover any of
Place Inside
Bezel
the grille holes, poke them out with a paper clip.
3. Once painting is complete, remove the paint shield from the speaker assembly by carefully
punching out the round hole in the middle, and using this hole to pull the shield free. Keep the
paint shield and the round cutout, as they will serve as templates for attaching the absorptive foam
fig.8
pad(s) to the inside of the grille.
„ Connections
Before connecting speakers to your system, it is important that you turn off the power to
your amplifier / receiver to avoid damage to the equipment. Before installing the NHT in-ceiling speaker, map out the wiring
paths between the speakers and the amplifier. Make sure that the speaker wire does not rest on sharp or pointed objects.
The NHT in-ceiling speakers are compatible with virtually all quality amplifiers. Proper wiring of the speakers is essential to good sound.
At a minimum, 16AWG 2-conductor speaker wire is recommended for runs of 10 feet or less, with heavier special purpose speaker wire
used for longer runs. When permanently installing wire inside walls, be sure to use wire that is rated for in-wall use and has
special jacketing for fire prevention. In the U.S., the U.L. standard is CL-2, CL-3 and CM wire, and in Canada the CSA standard
is FT4 wire. The wire should be run in accordance with National Electrical Code and any applicable local building codes.
Prepare the wire by stripping 1/4” to 3/8” of insulation from the ends and twisting the exposed wire strands tightly. The spring loaded
binding posts on the back of the speakers will only accept raw wire.
Be sure to connect both the left and right speakers "in-phase." That is, the Positive
must be connected to the corresponding Positive
+ (red) terminal on the speaker.
+ (red) terminal on the amplifier output
Likewise with the Negative
- (black) termi-
nals. All speaker wire have some sort of marking along one or both conductors to help you make the correct connections. Incorrect
speaker phase is indicated by weak bass and the lack of a well-defined stereo image.
Limited Warranty
Valid Only in the U.S.A.
Warranty Period
For the period of 5 years for parts and 5 years for labor from date of original purchase (the warranty period) from an authorized NHT dealer, Now Hear This (NHT) warrants that if our product fails to function properly under normal use due to a manufacturing defect when installed and operated according to the owner’s manual instructions enclosed with the unit, it will be
repaired or replaced with a unit of comparable value at the option of NHT without charge to you for parts or actual repair work.
Parts supplied under this warranty may be new or rebuilt at the option of NHT.
What’s Not Covered
This warranty does not cover any product which is used in any trade or business, or in an industrial or commercial application.
This warranty does not cover the cabinet or any appearance item, or any damage caused to the product resulting from: alterations, modifications not authorized in writing by NHT, accident, misuse or abuse, damage due to lightning or power surges,
or being subjected to power in excess of the speaker’s published power rating.
This warranty does not cover the cost of parts which would otherwise be provided without charge under this warranty, obtained
from any source other than an authorized NHT service location. This warranty does not cover defects or damage caused by
the use of unauthorized parts or labor or from improper maintenance.
Altered, defaced or removed serial numbers void this warranty.
Your Rights
The liability of NHT will be limited to the purchase price of the product, and NHT will not be liable for incidental or consequential
damages. NHT limits its obligations under any implied warranties under state laws to a period not exceeding the warranty
period. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, and some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. The above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.
To Obtain Service
NHT has appointed a number of authorized service companies throughout the USA should your product ever require service.
To receive warranty service, you will need to present your sales receipt showing place and date of original owner’s transaction.
To find the name and address of the nearest authorized NHT service location, call or write: Customer Service Department,
NHT, 527 Stone Rd., Benicia, CA 94510, 1-800-NHT-9993 (648-9993), www.nhthifi.com
Keep this warranty with your sales receipt. Record date and place of purchase for future reference.