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NAD VISO HP50

Around-the-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Red)

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by David Brown
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Great sound through innovation

NAD VISO HP50 headphones

Warm, open sound and premium construction are the hallmarks of the NAD VISO HP50 (shown in Black).

Every headphone has its own unique sound. But you rarely hear about headphones sounding like speakers. That's because a key ingredient is missing: the room. That was the driving force behind the development of the NAD VISO HP50 headphones. NAD and Paul Barton, founder of sister company PSB, worked together to come up with a pair of closed-back headphones that have a more open-air sound. The result? The HP50 have been universally raved about for sound that's natural, warm, and open, particularly for a closed-back headphone at this price.

Bringing back the sound of the room

The VISO HP50 headphones employ NAD's innovative RoomFeel™ technology. Its purpose is to simulate the sound of speakers in a room. After all, music is mixed and mastered in the studio using speakers. The sound of the room itself is a part of the listening experience as crafted by the artist and producer. RoomFeel is about delivering that experience as truthfully as possible. Through clever configuration of the drivers and acoustic chambers, the HP50 headphones are able to achieve this feat without the use of digital signal processing, for an organic sound that's inviting and smooth. Plus, you still get the benefit of noise isolation that's inherent to a closed-back, around-the-ear design.

Great looks, long-lasting comfort

The smart design of these headphones doesn't end with RoomFeel. Brushed metal and leather appointments give the VISO HP50 a sleek and elegant look. Soft earpads will keep you listening for long periods. Plus they're lightweight for commuting and travel.

Remote and mic for iPhone®

Two cables are included with the VISO HP50: one straight cable and one with a built-in remote and microphone. Use it with your Apple® device to control music playback and adjust the volume, or to make hands-free calls with your iPhone. The cable can plug into either earcup — a nice touch of flexibility for those times when you need it.

Praise for the NAD VISO HP50 from Sound & Vision

"This was an easy review to write; the NAD Viso HP50 sounds as smooth as silk, with excellent detail retrieval, a big soundstage, and bass with the perfect balance of speed and low-end oomph. ...the Viso HP50 demonstrates how good a $299 full-size headphone can be."

— From Steve Guttenberg's review in Sound & Vision, June, 2014
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Highlights:

  • closed-back, around-the-ear design helps keep out external noise
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • NAD's RoomFeel technology creates an open soundstage for richer, more natural sound
  • detachable 3.5mm miniplug cable with three-button remote for controlling music playback and volume with an iPhone, iPad®, and iPod®
    • remote includes a built-in microphone that allows hands-free conversations with an iPhone
  • includes an extra 3.5mm miniplug cable without remote/mic
  • cable can be plugged into either the left or right earcup
  • leather covering on headband and earcups
  • earcup cushions can be removed for cleaning
  • carrying case with accessory pouch
  • 1/4" and airplane plug adapters included
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 100 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Earcup Type
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Closed
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
Sensitivity
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100 dB
Impedance
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32 Ohms
Weight
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9.6 ounces
Cord Length
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48" + 48"
Airline Adapter Included
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Yes
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Yes
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • Over-ear headphones (red)
  • 48" Headphone cable with in-line 3-button remote/microphone (right angle 3.5mm plug)
  • 48" Headphone cable (right angle 3.5mm plug)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter
  • Airline adapter
  • Padded vinyl zippered pouch
  • Mini accessory travel pouch
  • Carabiner
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory guide

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Features

Overview: The NAD VISO HP50 high resolution over-ear headphones are designed to make your music sound like an open air live performance. The HP50s feature two 4' flat, tangle-free cables, one with an in-line 3-button remote/microphone, compatible with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. With the included 1/4" adapter, you can listen to your home audio components, or use the airline adapter to enjoy the in-flight entertainment on most flights. The headphones come with a padded, zippered pouch for storage.

Construction: The VISO HP50s not only sound great, but are stylish as well. The headphones are made of lightweight materials, such as smooth brushed metals, beautiful polished finishes, and lush leather fabrics. The ultra-soft ear cups pivot so they fit your head comfortably. The headphones feature 40mm drivers, especially developed for these headphones, to deliver clear, accurate highs and natural-sounding lows.

RoomFeel: NAD's audio engineers designed RoomFeel technology to translate the warm, open sound of a live performance into a private headphone experience. The entire soundstage is expanded, and your digital files are transformed in clean crisp audiophile-grade sound.

Ribbon Cables: The HP50s come with two 48" flat ribbon cables that are designed to resist tangling. One of the cables includes an in-line 3-button remote/microphone that is compatible with various models of iOS devices, including iPod, iPad, and iPhone. The outer buttons control the volume of your music and phone calls. The inner button can answer and end phone calls, and control music playback with single and multiple clicks. The remote and microphone are supported by iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod Classic (120GB, 160GB), iPod touch (2nd generation and later), iPhone 3S, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPad, and iPad mini.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (±3dB, -3dB at 15Hz)
  • Sensitivity: 100dB (1kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: ≤ 1%
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
 
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4 out of 5

Perfect without the pressure point

Written By Ramy, Queens, NY on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Excellent headphone build-wise and sound-wise for the price (and perhaps even if price was higher). Love the bells and whistles such as option to insert cable on either side, flat cable, microphone, etc. Ear pads are top-notch. Only gripe I have is that due to the shape of the headband, after a few minutes feels like someone is pushing his finger into top of your head. Trying to overlook final point, but I was really hoping for high comfort.
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5 out of 5

PSB M4U1 VS NAD HP50 VISO

Written By recordsarebetter, North Andover, MA on Saturday, July 12, 2014
 
I haven't been satisfied with the research of professional and consumer reviews since I was looking to really compare these to the PSB M4U1s...

After sending back the PSBs, I took a high chance because I already thought the PSBs were awesome. Still the curiosity of the NADs existed. So far without proper burn-in time, UNBELIEVABLE!! Highs: Similar to M4U1s but a touch less harsh on certain songs. Mids: Vocals and instruments are MORE pronounced Lows: Perfect and tighter compared to PSB M4U1.

Music I once considered getting rid of because I thought they were bad recordings are now back in my collection. With the M4U1s, I felt I wasn't achieving the sound I REALLY was yearning for, these headphones nailed it better!!!!! M4U1s version 2.0!

The Roomfeel is WAY MORE APPARENT!!!

I can go days in end without fatigue!

Overall, personal taste in consideration of course, these I am MUCH MORE SATISFIED with compared an already excellent pair of headphones!

I hope this helps you in our decision!

PS: my wife, "Whoa, I NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE!!!" While listening to a song she is VERY FAMILIAR WITH. This is from a person who doesn't normally care for stuff like this!
Pros:
Sound Quality: 5 Stars and superb, clean, and clear Build Quality: 5 Stars Better than I thought based on review on PSB M4U1s here on Crutchfield Comfort: 5 Stars WAY more light weight than PSB M4U1s Noise Reduction: 4 Stars Just because... Compared to a mainstream brand
Cons:
Coolness Factor: 2 Stars for looking dorky at moments. Still, I like the looks personally! - 5 Stars for the short cable. Needs a cable extension.
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