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The SuperPower 2.1 is a powerful self-amplified, mini-speaker. Each speaker has it’s own internal, 90-watt amplifier and can be connected directly to computers, smart-phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, video game consoles, electronic music instruments, TV’s, projectors, stereo and home theater receivers. The list goes on and on. Connections are via an analog RCA input on the back of each speaker.In fact, since it’s self-contained, the SuperPower 2.1 can replace (and out perform) many traditional compact stereo systems.
NHT's original-model SuperPower was such a successful product, that all it took NHT was a few tweaks to create the SuperPower 2.1. The differences between the two models aren't huge, but they will definitely increase your enjoyment of the SuperPower. The model 2.1 has more closely matched drivers for exceptionally seamless performance along with a tweaked crossover design. And NHT has taken the cabinet finish up another notch, so that the SuperPower 2.1 looks better than ever.
"Excellent Audio Performance"
"The SuperPowers exhibited extended highs and a particularly wide soundstage for such little speakers," reports Ariel Bitran in his November 14, 2011 post about the original SuperPower 2.0 for Stereophile.com.
PCMag.com praised the SuperPower 2.0 for its "excellent audio performance, with accurate lows and highs" in its May 17, 2012 issue.
"The SuperPowers [2.0] sounded clear and detailed, reproducing a wide range of material well, and shining with loud rock tracks," notes Michael Berk in his Sound+Vision magazine review for November 17, 2011.
Acoustic Suspension Design
The SuperPower 2.1's DNA originates from two of NHT's most beloved speakers: the SuperZero 2.0 and the NHT Professional M-00 active mini-monitor. Like its predecessors, SuperPower uses the time-tested NHT two-way mini-speaker design consisting of a 4.5" woofer and a 1" silk dome tweeter – both mounted in a sealed box – and using acoustic suspension. Acoustic suspension systems use the air trapped inside (nature's most perfect spring) to dynamically control and damp the woofers movement. It is the reason SuperPower 2.1 can produce deep, tight, clean bass and exceptional midrange articulation, which all NHT’s speakers are noted for.
The other reason for SuperPower 2.1's extreme performance is a cutting-edge 90-watt amplifier, which is one of the most powerful amplifiers ever installed into a mini speaker. It is also energy efficient, converting over 90 percent of the incoming electricity into pure, low-distortion output power. In standby mode – a completely automatic feature – SuperPower 2.1's amplifier uses less electricity than a D-cell battery and meets Energy Star efficiency standards. A soft glow from the front panel 3-color LED behind the grill keeps you posted of the amplifier's state of mind – standby, play or fault.
NHT engineers squeezed even more sonic goodness from SuperPower 2.1 by the addition of an exclusive sound-shaping filter to squeeze the last bit of bass extension and power handling from the speaker.
SuperPower 2.1 has one control – a power switch located on the rear panel – and that's it. Talk about simple to use! This technology all comes together and is assembled in the NHT California's facility by NHT's production team.
Exercise Your Options
Plopping your speakers on a desktop or shelf doesn't really do them justice. Placing them on the optional 10 GA solid steel DeskStand will open up the midrange vocals and make the soundfield larger and more realistic. We know this from our recording studio experience and it’s true in your home or office or on your bookshelf.
Yes, there is a matching subwoofer. It's called the Super 8 and adds even more bass and dynamics to your SuperPower speakers. It's quite compact at only 11" cubed and has a self-powered wireless option as well. It takes your sound from serious to somewhere just past ridiculous.
Praise for the SuperPower 2.0
"The SuperPowers exhibited extended highs and a particularly wide soundstage for such little speakers."
- Ariel Bitran, Stereophile.com, November 14, 2011
"Excellent audio performance, with accurate lows and highs."
- PCMag.com, May 17, 2012
"The SuperPowers sounded clear and detailed, reproducing a wide range of material well, and shining with loud rock tracks. Having spent a lot of time with SuperZeros, M-00s, and Twos over the years, I've always felt NHTs handled mids – guitars and rock and pop vocals in particular – well, and these are no exception. The new speakers played impressively loud without strain, with reasonable low-end extension (NHT gives the lower limit of the speaker's frequency response as 72 Hz)."
- Michael Berk, Sound+Vision magazine, November 17, 2011