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NAD VISO HP50

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

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Overview

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 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

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 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
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Features and Specs

General
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

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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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 ]
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