Hello Fellow NHT owners. I have a few questions for you in regards to a set of (4) in ceiling speakers that I recently purchased. First though, I should say, that I feel fortunate, humbled and extremely lucky on the purchase I received.
Just last week I bid and won on what I thought was going to be a pair of NHT ic4 in-ceilings speakers. The starting bid was $200 which I thought was an excellent price for 2, older but new, in-box (as it was described) speakers for sale. I didn't think I'd really have a chance to win them knowing how e bay's, bidding/purchasing process goes. I had a limit of $220 that I was going to bid, so I thought why not just put my bid out there and see it get out-bid at the last minute/second. Surprisingly, there was only one other bidder that I guess was even less serious about them as I was, my bid was only pushed to $205 (final price was $211, including shipping). So, to my shock and good fortune, I was now the owner of a nice pair of in-ceiling speakers that I planned to use as rear surround channel speakers to compliment my current set up of 7.2 Classic Three/Absolute Tower system in my Den, Media room which is 17'x14'x9' size room.
To my surprise, when the Package showed up yesterday by my local Postal carrier, I was a little shocked at how big the box was containing the NHT's. I thought to myself, hmmm...there must be a whole lot of packing material in that box to protect those speakers. It was an original NHT shipping box that looked brand new and never opened.
So after I brought the box inside and of course I opened it right away, I was blown away by the fact that inside the large shipping box, there were two smaller boxes containing not one but TWO PAIR of brand new, never opened NHT ic4 in-ceiling speakers!!!
So now I have 4 in-ceiling speakers that i need to install and am searching for suggestions on how they should be implemented into my current system. I have a Denon AVR-4311 and 7 channels of external power (An Emotiva XPA 5 and UPA 2) currently driving my speakers with the Denon in Pre-amp mode.
I suppose sometime in the near future I'll be upgrading to an Atmos capable receiver to truly get the benefits of the ceiling speakers, but for now, should I just use the ceilings as FRONT HEIGHT and REAR SURROUND? I been also thinking to remove the Absolute towers from the equation, which I am now using as my Front R/L mains, (with 2 of the Classic 3's as wides) and just use the Classic 3's (and Classic 3 Center) in a 5.2.4 array?
My other question is, what is the difference between the older, ic4's (which I now have) and the newer ic4-ARC speakers? I can't seem to find any documentation on the differences between the 2 models.
Also, a little off topic for this thread, but does anyone have any suggestions on a new, Atmos enabled Receiver that can handle at least 9 channels of speaker in either a 7.2.4 or 5.2.4 array? I do still plan to use my 7 channels of external power with the Emo's so I guess that should give me a bit of flexibility. But I'm also a little partial to Denon's line of receivers cause they've served me well so far. I also have a Denon 3311 in my master bedroom with some NHT Classic 2's in another 5.1 system.
Thanks for reading and any feedback is appreciated