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Over-the-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone (Black)

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Our take on the NAD VISO HP50

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.

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, over-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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Product Highlights:

  • closed-back, over-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

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 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

Product arrived in good condition, the sound quality is very good thru all types of music. Only the bass is lacking when listening to rock or heavy metal. They are also comfortable on your head for a good amount of time. Overall the NAD VISO HP 50 is a very good product, would recommend to others.

Charles J, Cherry Hill, NJ


NAD VISO HP50 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(25 Reviews)

Taking musicians to the office

Andrew from Issaquah, WA on 5/26/2017

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I use this little wonder at work with my Fiio X5 first gen and my RSA P-51 Mustang Amp and it sounds like I'm in the room with the musicians. It's definitely not transparent, but, then again, I haven't burnt it in fully. But it is so fun to listen to! Vivaldi comes alive as does Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden. Bill Evan's is equally at home as Fitz and the Tantrums as is Jacqueline du Pre!

Pros: Nice mids. Fun signature but not overly colorful--Just right!

Cons: Fit can be a little better. Hard to beat Audioquest's NightOwl for ease of fit, IMO.

Rivetting sound

Allen J. from Tucson, AZ on 3/30/2017

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I can't give much of a technical review, but i'll just say from my experience with these 'phones so far, they: have excellent high- to low-frequency sound reproduction in the genres I listen to (classical and "classic" rock; are comfortable and lightweight; are worth the money paid. One literal shortfall is the connection to my amplifier -- i'd like about five more feet of wire!

Pros: - sound reproduction - comfort - cost

Cons: I always have needed more wire connecting 'phones to amp or tuner; no exception here.


Charles J from Cherry Hill, NJ on 3/26/2017

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Product arrived in good condition, the sound quality is very good thru all types of music. Only the bass is lacking when listening to rock or heavy metal. They are also comfortable on your head for a good amount of time. Overall the NAD VISO HP 50 is a very good product, would recommend to others.



Wonderfully Balanced Headphones

Josh from Binghamton, NY on 10/9/2016

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The NAD VISO HP50 is easily one of the best sounding headphones out there, especially for the price. It is extremely neutral and balanced, with a hint of warmness. Bass is punchy and extends very well into the sub-bass frequencies. Mids are smooth, not as forward as other headphones, allowing them to blend well into the music. Vocals sound very natural as a result of this. Treble has just the right amount of energy and clarity, lending a sense of airiness without being fatiguing. Overall, these are some of the best sounding closed back headphones on the market, and if I rated them based solely on sound they would be a clear 5 stars. However, I took off one star because of its design, build, and comfort. Design is obviously subjective, but I am not a fan of the looks of the HP50. Next to my beautiful Sennheiser Momentum M2, they just look plain awkward. The headband makes a square shape when it's on your head that cannot be called attractive. Build is mostly of plastic and the earpads are not very supple. The headphones are so light that they feel very cheap. I also had problems with comfort/seal, as the earpads were not deep enough to seal around the angle of my jaw (I don't have the biggest head). Noise reduction took a hit because of this sealing problem as well. Despite these problems, the sound quality is amazing enough to warrant a 4 star rating. I would definitely recommend trying these out if you're looking for a great sounding closed back headphone.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Design, comfort, noise reduction

These headphones sound great and offer a great value for the sound

Luis from Brownstown, MI on 4/13/2016

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These headphones sound phenomenal. I have never heard closed back headphones offer such balanced clear sound. They do a great job of reproducing the music without over exaggerating certain tones. That being said, I am still breaking these headphones in and I notice a strong controlled bass sound and slightly recessed mids and highs. I am hoping the mids and highs open up after some play time because burn in is a real thing with headphones. I tried these headphones on at a local AV store as an afterthought because I was looking to upgrade my open back Grado's but after hearing these I changed my mind and passed on the incremental upgrade of the Grado's and went with something different in these closed back cans. I am glad I did because these do a good job of blocking external sounds without making you feel too isolated such as with in ear monitors. The package includes a bag, two sets of cables because the cables are detachable (one with mic, one without), an airplane adapter and a larger headphone connector adapter. As always great service and no issues with Crutchfield. Highly recommended!

Pros: Fanstastic sound, good value, nice add in's in the box

Cons: Not the coolest looking headphones, fit is a little tight on my ears

Amazing Headphones! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

stephen from hollywood, FL on 2/20/2016

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I LOVE my new NAD HP 50's! These cans are light on the head and sound soooooo clean. The Bass is not overwhelming which I love. I have B&W cans too, I like these better - cleaner sound. These have to be the best $300 headphones in the world.

Pros: Clean, detailed sound Light and very comfortable.

Cons: None

NAD Viso HP 50 Headphones

Frank P from melbourne, FL on 2/15/2016

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I always wanted a real good pair of headphones and boy oh boy did I. Nad does it again, simply the best.

Pros: They sound awfully good.

Cons: None

Terrific sound and value

Jim from Pennsylvania on 1/10/2016

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The NAD Viso HP50 headphones are a terrific value for the money. The expansive and detailed sound stage is accurate in its reproduction and separation is excellent. Treble, midrange and base are well balanced without an overemphasis on bass. I listen to jazz, pop, classical, rock and acoustic folk with these headphones and the sound is incredible. Compared to a number of in-ear headphones that I have tried these are more comfortable for long periods of listening. I prefer over the ear headphones without active noise cancelling. This set provides good isolation but not total cancellation of background noise. Overall, these headphones are an excellent buy for the price.

Pros: Good separation and detailed sound throughout the entire range. Fantastic value for the price.

Cons: The shape of the headband is not the most flattering (a bit square looking) for those who care about that, but they are comfortable for extended periods of listening.

light is all right!

Michael from New Jersey on 12/7/2015

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So I am exhausted from listening to so many headphones and I am happy to say the HP50s may be the steal of the headphone offerings. I felt they had comparable clarity and detail to over ear headphones in the $400 range. But most of all, they were easily the most comfortable of all the models I tested.

Pros: Comfort and good isolation. Good warm, detailed sound.

Cons: The flat headband shifts a bit when moving your head and could have been a tad more padded.

Velvety Sound, but short on bass

Mark A from Montgomery Alabama on 9/21/2015

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Overall, they sound great. Silky smooth highs and velvety midrange. Perfect for jazz, and any genre of music that doesn't have a lot of low end. For rock, I found them lacking, particularly on bass-heavy tracks.

Pros: Velvety midrange and silky smooth highs. You'll hear subtle notes and undertones in your music that you've probably never heard before.

Cons: Bass is lacking, especially for those tracks requiring a lot of low end impact.


cmm from Vermont on 6/18/2015

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Just great / rich sound from these headphones. They seem to do just about everything well. I would describe the sound as rich, smooth, lively and dynamic. I was comparing these against my Audio Technica ATH-M40x and Beyer DT860. I realize the comparison to my ATs is not exactly fair, given the price difference. The NADs just destroy the M40s.. so much richer of a sound, there's not much comparison. Comparing to the 860s, the Beyers have an edge in detail offered in the higher frequencies. All in all, to me - the NADs are the overall winner - very pleasing to listen to. For me, they are very comfortable - even though there is slight pressure from the headband at the top, but not that bad at all once the band is adjusted properly. Really enjoyable listening to music with these phones.. can't think of a better recommendation than that.

Pros: Nice rich sound, throughout the freq. spectrum. Silky smooth sound.

Cons: For me, the bass can sometimes be a tad much (I am def. *not* a "bass head"). However, I don't think the bass is overcooked - it's just accurate. Compared to my Beyer headphones, it's a contrast... but maybe not such a bad thing, just takes getting used to. Also, there is a creaking sound from the right earcup, mostly when you rotate the earcup - around where it adjusts. Not cool for an expensive pair of phones.. makes me wonder about long term durability.

Great sound, more comfortable than I expected

Peter from Massachusetts on 5/5/2015

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The only reason I'm not giving these 5 stars on sound quality is that they're not playing in the same league as $1000+ headphones. For the price, they're excellent. I compared them with my Sennheiser HD580s (my preferred neutral headphones) doing some critical listening (The Sixteen singing Palestrina a capella), and they were at least as good. I hadn't been sure at first, because I'm so accustomed to open-air headphones and so the HP50s, being closed, felt different. I thought I perceived a lack of midrange, but upon critical listening, it was just the increased sound isolation of the HP50s. The vocals were every bit as nuanced and clear. So if you're used to open-air headphones, these will feel different. But that's also why I got these, since I wanted some closed headphones I could use in bed without disturbing my wife. The Sennheisers have also been my standard in terms of head comfort, since they distribute the weight of the headphones very well over my head, with no single pressure point. I was concerned about the HP50s as a result, and their shape does indeed result in a single point of contact. But the padding works well, and being rounded front-to-back makes it easier to shift it slightly forward or back to avoid too much time on one spot, while still being stable on my head. Occasionally it's a little uncomfortable, but that's surprisingly rare. Nearly all of the time I entirely forget I have them on. The earcups also fit around my (large) ears.

Pros: The sound is excellent, the cable you can attach to either side is a great design, and all the cushions are wonderfully soft and snug. They're also closed headphones, which are hard to find (at least good ones).

Cons: There's a single point of contact (pressure point) due to the headband design, but as mentioned in the review, it turns out not to be a big problem with these (and it usually is for me). They also look a little goofy. My only wish is that I could extend the headband one click larger or bend the headband to be just slightly taller/narrower.

Wonderful Sound

Jim from Virginia on 4/22/2015

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This is a great sounding headphone. Very balanced, clear, and non fatiguing. The only negatives are the squarish headband looks a bit odd when wearing them (though they are comfortable), and I wish sound isolation was a bit better. I was glad to see they sound great with my iPad without a separate headphone amp (I haven't tried a separate headphone amp yet).

Pros: Sound quality even with portable device, comfortable.

Cons: Sound isolation could be better, squarish headband design looks a bit odd when wearing them.

Excellent sound

SteveH from Virginia on 3/18/2015

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I love the sound of these headphones. They are very detailed, with nice full bass that is not over-emphasized like in some others that I listened to. They fit my large head well, and are very comfortable overall. The exception to comfort comes after a long period of listening because the support rod in the headband presses down on the top of my head and becomes an uncomfortable pressure point. I would buy them again anyway because of the excellent sound.

Pros: Excellent sound. Very well built.

Cons: Not super attractive compared to some of the other headphones Pressure point after extended use

Clarity and detail

Mark from Plainfield, IN on 2/23/2015

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These headphones are great sounding and comfortable. I wish they looked a little less odd when worn. The headband does not follow the shape of your head, but the sound and comfort allow me to forgive this aesthetic flaw.

Pros: Build quality Sound Comfort

Cons: Appearance of the headband The mid-treble push of these headphones can seem slightly overdone on some recordings Not as noise-isolating as expected

NAD Viso HP50 headphone

Majed from Massachusetts on 2/22/2015

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very clear and crisp sound

Pros: great sound

Cons: none

Excellent value

Chad from Seattle, WA on 1/21/2015

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I was looking for a pair of general use closed-back headphones with a replaceable cable that I could use for games, movies, and music. After a solid 2 days of burn in time, these things really open up and sound amazing. They easily compete with headphones that are almost twice the price, including B&W P7's. For games and movies, the open soundstage and good positioning immerse you. A rushing river in Skyrim, the grumble of a zombie in Left4Dead, or the hum of your engines in Star Citizen's Arena Commander sound fantastic and really put you in the world. The HP50's are a mostly flat, somewhat warm sounding headphone. I have tried them with a wide variety of music, from Deadmau5 to Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, and it all sounds great! I thought they did especially well with the Glass Animals album "Zaba". They have a smooth sound that blends all the frequencies amazingly well. Definitely not bass-head cans, but they do have great extension and good presence when the track calls for it. Comfort is good, but could be better. I listen to them for hours on end but I do notice some discomfort on the top of my head after about an hour and a half that comes and goes. At the end of the day their versatility, sound, and most impressively - their price, make them an incredible value.

Pros: Open, clear, sound that competes with $400 headphones Compatible with V-Moda BoomPro microphone

Cons: Plastic on the ear cups feels a little cheap


JoeL from the Washington, DC Area on 1/12/2015

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I've tried some gear that I've sent back. Keeping these cans. It's not just that they have a superbly wide and even frequency response; it's that they have that response with low distortion everywhere. All the jumpiness and listening fatigue of my prior headphones is gone. What's more, they are driven easily from a portable player. (Though distortion is so low, they amp easily, too.) On top of that, they sound good with every musical genre I've thrown at them, with the possible exception of heavy electronic stuff, which is really designed to be distorted, anyway, isn't it? If clean, sealed sound quality is your goal, buy these. Now. For flashy design or better construction, perhaps look elsewhere. To me, the sound trumps all.

Pros: Fantastic sound with nearly all material. Low distortion across the frequency spectrum. Probably one of the best general purpose headphones available at any price.

Cons: Comfort, cables, and construction quality are OK, but not up to the level of the sound quality.


Anonymous from Michigan on 1/1/2015

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Bought these headphones after hours of research, and couldn't have picked better. Bought for combination of work and home use and am extremely happy. At home use in combination with Akai AP-L45 Turntable through Pioneer SX780 stereo and Audio Tecnica LS500 cartridge and have phenomenal sound. As close to live sound as I've ever heard. At work paired with iPod, also great(but not mind blowing, for obvious reasons). Instruments are individual and don't compete. Vocals are the strong point of these cans, clear, life like, and precise. I have had several pairs of Sennheisers and these blow them away. No fatigue at all compared to the Sennheisers, which had a max of 2 hours before being painful. Highly recommend!! Considering headphone amp/DAC, upgrading cord, and PONO player when released.

Pros: Sound

Cons: cheap accessories, short cord

Incredible underdog and amazing contender for best in price range

Mike from Alexandria, VA on 12/30/2014

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These were purchased as an upgrade from the popular Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones. I gave myself a top budget of $300 and didn't want to make room in that figure for the purchase of an amplifier. My initial list included the DT770 Pro (80 ohm); Mad Dogs; V-Moda M100; and Sennheiser Momentum (over-ear). I felt the DT770 Pro and Mad Dogs would be too dependent on an amp so I scratched those from the list. I tried the V-Moda M100 at a local store and was left rather underwhelmed. They just seemed too similar to the ATH-M50. I never got to try the Sennheisers but reviews complaining about their small pad sizes turned me off enough not to want to go through the hassle of ordering them and having to return them. So my search led me to the NAD VISO HP50. I had a tough time finding anyone saying anything negative, aside from the fairly goofy look of the headband (I don't wear headphones as fashion accessory so I don't care). The HP50 are in another league compared to the ATH-M50. They're incredibly clean sounding and detailed. The soundstage is wonderful for a pair of closed headphones. The bass is pronounced but not overpowering and the mids bring a huge dimension to the sound. The only negative comment? The cable length. Would it have killed NAD to make a 6 ft cable? The supplied 3 ft cable is a joke and I'll have to purchase a replacement in a longer length.

Pros: Clarity Detailed sound Good bass Incredible bargain

Cons: Cable is way too short

NAD Viso HP50

Joe from Macomb, MI on 11/9/2014

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I have more expensive headphones, but none that sound as good as these. Extremely happy with this purchase.

Pros: Sound

Cons: Some plastic

Outstanding Sound, Average Comfort and Build Quality

Bob from Cleveland, Ohio on 10/13/2014

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Outstanding and accurate sound, excellent in all aspects, with great accurate bass, sparkly but not overdone treble, and wonderful mid range. Comfort is average, they are very lightweight and have a strange headband that does not in any way follow the contours of ones head, resulting in them resting on a small spot on the top of ones head, which can get annoying after awhile. Ear cups are smallish and my average size ears barely fit. Build utility is questionable, mostly plastic with flimsy cords, we'll see how well they hold up. If not for the sound I probably would have sent them back, I would rather spend a little more money and gotten the build quality of the PSB 7's with the NAD sound quality. Oh, and they are noisy in that if you are laying down against a pillow or your head is touching a cushion these cans will squeak and groan when moved or touched, way more that your average phones, might be a trade off for sound quality, but it's another little annoyance that I'd pay a little more to not have. I think if NAD incorporated fixes for these issues they could get 5 bills for these, easy.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Comfort and build are average, at best.

NAD VISO Sounds Great!

jazzman from Elkton, VA on 9/18/2014

NAD's VISO headphones sound great to me. Their "Room Feel" technology really opens up the sounstage image directly in front of you making you feel as though you're listening to live music. Very open and lively.

Pros: Open, live-sounding, comfortable, quality build

Cons: None

Perfect without the pressure point

Ramy from Queens, NY on 8/13/2014

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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.

Pros: Sound, build, look, features, etc.

Cons: Uncomfortable headband


recordsarebetter from North Andover, MA on 7/12/2014

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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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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.785" x 4.001"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 9.6 ounces
Cord Length 48" + 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


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.


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

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Why did you buy this?

At the time, some of the lowest distortion, highest fidelity portable headphones available. Still excellent, but OPPO PM-3 and Meze 99 probably surpass them. [ JOSEPH  Mar 14, 2017 ]
I have a NAD amp and cd player which I really like so I want to try their headphones. Good reports from previous buyers also had a positive impact. [ al  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I liked the description for an open room feeling when using these head phones. [ Charles  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Already own NAD products Price Reviews [ Kevin  Feb 20, 2017 ]
I liked the sound quality ofva receiver i just bought, a NAD. I expected it to exceed my expectations as the receiver did. The reviews were very good. I have a high end Bose headphones, but the mids could be better. So i cant wait to hear the NADs [ Michael  Nov 14, 2016 ]
Designed (allegedly ) by Paul Barton, an accomplished master of loudspeaker design [ William  Oct 19, 2016 ]
great sound and comfort [ MICHAEL  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Great reviews; wanted to try them out for myself [ Joshua Ray  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Listened to them and they sounded amazing. [ Keith  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Lots of research. In the Event the headphones aren't to my liking, Crutchfield's return policy is hassle free. [ MILES  Dec 03, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

i continue to use the cable that NAD provided with the cans and continue to be amazed by the detail I hear and the soundstage that I hear it over. Before you throw a lot of cash at a 'high-quality' replacement cable (which usually is crazy expensive) you take a look at the body of thought and research that says that there's little difference in the sound you'll hear between a $50 or a $5,000 cable. If you're still thinking of putting out some serious coin, be sure to do some real close comparison listening between your NAD cable and whatever else you're looking at. [ Jamboree  Feb 22, 2016 ]
Check out the SpeakEasy cable from V-Moda for a microphone and iOS controls... if you don't need controls and mic, then any 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable will do. [ JOSEPH  Feb 22, 2016 ]
It's a standard cable so there are dozens of high quality ones available. Amazon is a good place to start. [ MICHAEL  Feb 22, 2016 ]