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NAD VISO 1 Wireless Digital Music System

High-performance iPod®/iPhone® speaker system with Bluetooth® (White)

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Overview

Our take on the NAD VISO 1 Wireless Digital Music System

Inside the VISO 1 is an array of sophisticated electronic circuitry. The system bypasses the DAC (digital-to-analog converter) in your Apple device to bring the digital music files into the VISO 1 for decoding by its own advanced DAC. Each of the two high-performance full-range speakers has its own amp, ensuring accurate, robust sound quality. And the two speakers are housed separately, to prevent acoustic cross-interference, keeping the sound clean and clear.

What happens when NAD, creator of high-performance home theater and hi-fi components turns their attention to the iPod dock? The VISO 1, that's what. The system is a composition of curved, flowing lines and surfaces, giving the VISO 1 a beautifully organic look while enhancing the acoustic performance of the speakers.

NAD VISO 1

Attention-grabbing sound

NAD VISO 1

Inside the VISO 1 is an array of sophisticated electronic circuitry. The system bypasses the DAC (digital-to-analog converter) in your Apple device to bring the digital music files into the VISO 1 for decoding by its own advanced DAC. Each of the two high-performance full-range speakers has its own amp, ensuring accurate, robust sound quality. And the two speakers are housed separately, to prevent acoustic cross-interference, keeping the sound clean and clear.

VISO was co-designed with NAD's sister company PSB, known for their high-performance speakers. Their expertise went into the VISO 1's carefully constructed woofer. It handles the low frequencies, delivering clean, full bass. A special circuit compensates for clipping, so even at maximum volume there's no harsh distortion with your music. You'll enjoy a spacious soundfield that has real presence.


NAD VISO 1

High-fidelity Bluetooth

The key to the VISO 1's exceptional wireless sound quality is Bluetooth aptX, a technology that retains virtually all the detail of the audio it carries. But don't worry if you don't have the latest and greatest device — the VISO 1 is also backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth. So you can wirelessly stream your music from almost any portable device and still enjoy great sound.

High-quality video, too

Enjoy video and photos stored on your iPod or iPhone on "the big screen." The VISO 1 has component video output to deliver the highest quality images from your docked player to your TV. The dock rotates, so you can orient your player horizontally or vertically.

The sound is excellent: strong bass, good mid-range and trebles. The UI is limited by what the iPod allows, so if you allow the iPod to lock, the remote with the NAD won't be able to start it playing again until you wake up the iPod from its own screen.

SCF, Oregon

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless iPod speaker dock
  • Two 6.5' AC power cords (NA/EU)
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods and iPhones
  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, computers, and PDAs
  • bi-amplified speakers for greater accuracy
  • 2 x 2-3/4" full-range drivers
  • 5-3/4" subwoofer
  • frequency response: 33Hz-28kHz
  • 15 watts x 2 plus 50 watts for subwoofer
  • Bluetooth aptX for greater sonic detail in wirelessly streamed audio
  • component video output
  • USB port for software upgrades
  • optical digital input
  • remote control
  • 18-15/16"W x 10-1/4"H x 11-13/16"D
  • weight: 12.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The NAD VISO 1 is a digital music system for your Apple iPod or iPhone, & Bluetooth enabled device. The VISO 1 digital music system combines the engineering expertise of two iconic Hi-Fi companies - NAD Electronics & PSB Speakers. The NAD VISO 1 provides smooth, accurate, & clear sound with an airy, 3-dimensional soundstage.

NAD Direct Digital Amplifier: At the heart of the VISO 1 is NAD's proprietary Direct Digital amplifier technology. NAD's Direct Digital amplifier technology eliminates all analog circuitry & offers very high efficiency & low power consumption.

Bi-Amplification: Each loudspeaker in the NAD VISO 1 is directly coupled to its own amplifier channel (50W sub, 15W right speaker, 15W left speaker), eliminating power-robbing passive crossover components. Since the exact load condition for each amplifier channel is known, power output can be optimized to make the most efficient use of the overall power available. The system's total amplifier power output is 80 Watts (50 watts to sub & 15 watts to each speaker).

PSB Speakers: NAD teamed up with its award-winning sister company, PSB Speakers, to make the NAD VISO 1 the ultimate compact music system for your iPod/iPhone or Bluetooth enabled device; with a pair of advanced full-range drivers & a single high power-handling woofer. 

  • Two Full-Range Drivers: The full-range drivers utilize a focused neodymium magnet system & a 1" voice coil with fiberglass former to give it both high sensitivity & high power handling. There is a unique black anodized aluminum dome/cone assembly attached to the motor, which is terminated with a soft rubber surround. The total diameter is 2.75" with a one-inch dome in the center. This provides enough cone area to extend response down to 180Hz, yet the dome allows excellent high frequency dispersion & extension to 28kHz. These drivers have their own separate enclosures that are optimized for a low frequency cut-off of 500Hz. This allows for ideal integration with the woofer response while lowering distortion at high playback levels.
  • Single Woofer: The woofer uses a very powerful magnet & specially designed pole piece to improve sensitivity & lower distortion. A 1.25" voice coil moves the 5.75" cone on a high temperature fiberglass voice coil former. By carefully integrating the driver, enclosure, & amplifier, a highly effective sixth order alignment is utilized to extend bass response to below 50Hz (with the -6dB point at 33Hz).

Note: The system's total frequency response is 50Hz to 20,000 Hz or 33Hz to 28,000 Hz (-6dB).

Digital Soft Clipping Circuit: The NAD VISO 1 also employ a Digital Soft Clipping circuit to prevent harsh distortion & possible speaker damage when playing at loud volume levels.

Near Field: The NAD VISO 1 includes a special feature that subtly reduces the amount of high frequency power to optimize performance for "near field" listening. You may prefer this setting if you listen at a very close distance or have a very small room.

Bluetooth aptX: The NAD VISO 1 uses a new version of Bluetooth called aptX, which is a "Hi-Fi" version offering the same performance as a wired connection. The built-in Bluetooth aptX wireless high-fidelity reception allows many Bluetooth enabled device to seamlessly integrate with the NAD VISO 1. This allows wireless integration of your iPod touch, iPhone, & iPad; as well as Android & Windows-based smartphones or tablets.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the VISO 1.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The NAD VISO 1 features a 30-pin Apple connector which allows you to dock your iPod or iPhone for audio/video playback, remote control, & battery charging. The system's docking cradle can rotate 90°, allowing for 'portrait' or 'landscape' orientation of your iPod or iPhone. The NAD VISO 1 plays the music stored on your iPod or iPhone in its native digital form, completely bypassing the limiting audio circuits of the iPod/iPhone. As a result, your iPod/iPhone's audio is optimized by the NAD VISO 1's  Direct Digital technology for pure sonic performance.

Component Video Output: The system's rear-panel Component Video Output sends iPod/iPhone video to your connected HDTV while playing the sound track. The Component Video Output supports 480p & 576p resolution.

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The VISO 1 is compatible with the following iPods, iPhones, & iPads (as of 6/5/2013).

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Bluetooth Dock Connector Audio Video Output Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track #
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N N
2 6.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N N
3 6.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N N
4 6.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N N
Mini 6.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
5 6.1.3 Y Y* Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Component Y Y N N Y
5th 6.1.3 Y Y* Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y Y* Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 N N Y N Y Y N N N

Note:

  • *Requires Apple's Lightning to 30-pin cable (sold separately) in order to dock with this system. Does not work with Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter; will not fit in dock.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Remote Control: The supplied IR remote control provides wireless operation of your docked iPod/iPhone or Bluetooth connected device. The remote offers basic playback controls; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, & Skip Previous/Next. The remote also provides Source, Volume Up/Down, & Mute controls. The remote is powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium "coin-type" battery.

Optical Digital Input: The NAD VISO 1's rear-panel optical digital input accepts up to 24/96k music from external devices; such as televisions, disc players, & media streamers.

USB Port (software upgrades only): The NAD VISO 1 is fitted with a rear-panel mini-USB (type-B) port for software upgrades only.

Power Requirements: The NAD VISO 1 operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord. There are two detachable power cords supplied (one for North America & the other for Europe). 100-240V~50/60Hz, 35W

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Impressive look and sound

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/16/2011 10:19:00 AM
If you want a system that makes a statement, this might be the one. When I fired this up down in the Labs, quite a few people came by to check it out. The general consensus was that the NAD VISO 1 looked very cool, and sounded impressive. One caveat, though. This system will reproduce your music with extreme accuracy. So if you have high-resolution audio files, they'll sound great. If you have lo-rez 128kbps files, though...
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6 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2014 ]  Staff
BEST SOUNDING SYSTEM ,IT HAS ITS OWN AMP.FOR THE MONEY BETTER THAN BOSE . [ GILBERTO  Feb 28, 2015 ]
All you need to do is just plug it in and enjoy. This is the best sounding speaker I have heard, I've been looking for something to use with my iPhone and iPod that had room filling sound, the viso 1 is incredible!! Unbelievable sound, you will not be disappointed. [ TROY  Feb 26, 2015 ]
Just plug and play. The unit has a built in amp. [ GILBERTO  Feb 25, 2015 ]
It's self contained. You can hook and iPod or iPhone directly via the jack on the front, you can connect via Bluetooth, or you can hook other audio sources in via an optical cable. Be aware that if you're hooking up a newer iOS device you'll need an adapter as this version of the radio has the old style connector. It's worth the price difference to go this route vs the newer one with the Thunderbolt connection. [ JASON T  Feb 25, 2015 ]
Hi David, Just plug in the one AC cord that comes with it. No other cords/wires necessary. It has a great sound. We really like ours. [ DEBBIE  Feb 24, 2015 ]
Just plug it in. [ Allen  Feb 24, 2015 ]
Just plug in and play/ Bluetooth works great [ STEVEN  Feb 24, 2015 ]
Hi, Just plug it in and ready to go. [ Ronald  Feb 24, 2015 ]
David, This unit is completely self-contained. The amplifier and speakers are built-in and all that is required is for you to plug it into an AC outlet. Of course, you will need an Apple iPad or iPhone that is an older model with the larger 32 pin connector and NOT the newer, smaller Lightning connector. For instance, Since I got my wife her new Apple iPhone 5S, we now use the older iPhone 4S to stream music when used with this NAD Viso model and it works perfectly. Needless say, that's why Crutchfield has such a great price for this particular unit. But again, when paired with the proper Apple devise, it's an excellent piece of goods. [ Stephen  Feb 24, 2015 ]
Just plug in your iPod or connect with blue tooth, plug in AC and it works. 5 minutes top. [ Willliam  Feb 24, 2015 ]
Yes. In fact, the unit comes with one of each type of power cord in the box (North America/110v, EU/220v). [ KRISTOPHER  Oct 10, 2014 ]
I do not recall Luis. I returned the purchase because the blue tooth was cutting in and out and the remote was less than good. The sound was pretty amazing. [ JAMES R.  Oct 09, 2014 ]
Yes. It's rated 100-240 v;50/60hz. A ts version will need an outlet adapter. [ MICHAEL J  Oct 07, 2014 ]
I would ask an electrician to answer this question. I wouldn't want to give you a wrong answer. I use it on a standard 120 volt US household outlet. [ DEBBIE  Oct 07, 2014 ]
Hi Luis, No, The one I have is the 120 volt version, there may be an adapter from manufacturer for this. [ Ronald  Oct 07, 2014 ]
Yes. The unit, as I received it from Crutchfield, actually includes two detachable AC mains power cord - one for European version models (C version) and one for North American version models (AH version). On the rear of the unit, where you plug the AC mains plug in, it states specifically that it will operate on 120-240 volts and 50 & 60 Hz. [ Stephen  Oct 07, 2014 ]
It does not look like we currently have a wall bracket for this model. I would recommend contacting NAD directly: http://nadelectronics.com/contact [ Jeff  Jan 07, 2014 ]  Staff
No, there is no BFO for SSB reception on this radio. AM mode only on the Shortwave bands. [ GARY  Dec 27, 2013 ]
No, but you can hook up a cd player or dvd/blu ray player to the unit to play cd. The unit works with ipods, iphone, or any device that has bluetooth. [ GARY  Dec 16, 2013 ]
This is not a CD player. It is designed for connecting to an iPod or iPhone. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
The adapter coverts the older ipods to the lightning connection on the iphones and newer ipods. No problem. BTW, the sound is superb and the blutetooth works great. [ Richard  Dec 16, 2013 ]
It does not, you will need to buy a 30-pin lightning adapter, if it doesn't already have one. I bought the NAD Viso after contemplating for months on this and a few other systems. I received this and when I played it I was stunned. Sound is amazing, bass response is accurate and punchy. Very clear, detailed sound. This blows away the Denon Cacoon away, there is no comparison. [ TREVOR  Dec 14, 2013 ]
Hey Greg, The lightning adapter will work with an iPhone 5 but the iPhone mount on the Viso 1 will not work well. It does not open far enough for the iPhone 5 + the adapter but I can still mount it at an angle. I have not heard the Denon Cacoon but I've had the Viso 1 for about a week now and researched it for quite a while ad overall it sounds very good. My only other experience with higher end systems for apple family is the B&W Zeppelin and to me they sound very much alike. Hope this helps. Daniel [ Daniel  Dec 14, 2013 ]
I don't know what the "30 pin to lighting adapter" is but I will tell you I have had a NAD Home component sound system for years, and decided to try this Viso. What I did was get the Bose comparable and the Viso, and place them side by side at my home. Listened to them for two days, and sent the Bose back. No worries. Jerry [ RICHARD  Dec 13, 2013 ]
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