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NAD - VISO HP50 (Black)
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- Sensitivity: 100 dB (@1kHz)
- Impedance: 32O (passive)
- Transducer Design: Dynamic driver
- Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (± 3dB)
- Bass Extension: -3dB at 15Hz
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Exceptional in Execution, HP50s Feature Trademarked RoomFeel Technology Which Allow You to Sense and Feel the Music Around You The NAD name is the synonymous with over forty years of dedicated audio engineering. Designed and built by audiophiles, Viso HP50 headphones are made specifically for music lovers who are looking for that detailed, musical sound that makes music lovers happy. Created to deliver the warm, natural sound of a live performance into an exquisite private listening experience. Countless hours were spent in the research and development process of RoomFeel technology, a new and unique way to add realism back to all of your favorite recording without altering the original audio signal. The resulting sounding improvement from RoomFeel is a true headphone innovation; one that places the musicians and the music around you (vastly improving sound-staging and getting the music out of your head), allowing you to feel every beat, pulse, and detail of your favorite recordings. Apple Control Take full control of your music with a simple touch of the in-line 3-button multi-click remote. Works with any 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack, but on iDevices this remote allows for control of Tunes music as well as full-featured call functionality; play/pause, skip track, previous track, fast-forward, pause, skip, even make and answer calls. The high-quality inline mic delivers crystal-clear voice-calls and is even compatible with Apple's Siri assistant. Science-Driven Sound Fine-tuned with precision inside one of the quietest places on earth, with an expert team of sound scientists, the HP50 delivers the most advanced headphone technology for today's detailed recordings. Acoustically optimized ear cups and specially-developed 40mm drivers keep the music sounding as accurate, clear, and natural as inside the recording booth. Fashion-forwar
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The Sennheiser HD 800 and HD 650 are both power hungry beasts that require a beefy amplifier. Also, they're not ideal for portable use because of their open back nature and required power output. The JH13 Pro and Westone ES5 are both highly portable and block out a ton of noise but their sound is not as coherent and spacious as the HP50 which is also a portable headphone. The HP50 to my ears are just as strikingly clear and accurate as the top headphones that I have heard. Unless you need a super expansive soundstage, then there isn't much more those headphones have to offer other than costing more money to maintain.
Comfort wise, these are great. Zero comfort issues for me. My ears are small anyways and actually found them able to fit inside the Sennheiser Momentum without any comfort issues. The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 with stock pads however was highly uncomfortable for me until I threw on the XL pads. The HP50 is a very light headphone with a premium finish and look. I am very happy with the physical construction of this headphone.
To dive further into the sound characteristics of the HP50 I'll start it off with the bass. When I first heard these headphones coming from the Momentum and M-100, my expectations were severely skewed. I thought the HP50 were bass light. However as I continued to listen and analyze how the sound proportion in relation to the surrounding instruments of a any bass instrument was conveyed through the HP50, I began to realize the HP50 was just accurately presenting the bass. There was no added boom or rumble that would please the general and naive population. The HP50's bass extends deep and it's incredibly controlled and textured.
Midrange is the most important frequency in my opinion and if that isn't rendered well I don't want anything to do with the headphone. Here, the HP 50's offers this in spades giving a well-proportioned, exceptionally balanced and crystal clear presentation. Also, it takes it further because of its spatial presentation being so expansive, the vocalists sound as if they are actually in front of you, personally singing to you. It's a sort of like euphoric 3D experience that you have to hear in order to understand. The RoomFeel tech is no gimmick.
I hate treble that is too prominent resulting in a harsh experience or treble that has packed its bags and left on a vacation resulting in a dull and boring experience. Transitioning its excellent performance from the bass and mids, the HP50 continues to deliver grade A performance in this frequency. The treble is well articulate with a hint of roll off to give a natural presentation and reduce listening fatigue. This is the treble that I personally lust for. It's there and present when needed and doesn't induce vocal sibilance or harsh transients. I can't fault anything here, honestly.
Soundstage and detail is what transforms the experience into almost being there. If the headphone doesn't render those two attributes well; it just sounds like a pair of headphones. The HP50 handles them excellently. The soundstage size as well as the instrument separation of the HP50 is not something that is normally associated with a closed back headphone. It really sounds like a open back headphone with a presentation that is completely out of my head and very coherent; sort of 3D like. Detail rendition is also exceptional capturing the subtle textures and cues to really make the instruments and musical environment sound as if it is actually in front of you.
For $300, these headphones are a steal.
- Great Sound
- Well built
- Looks very nice
- Wealthy amount of accessories that is included
- It may make you realize that you have spent too much on your more expensive headphones.
Updated 2/11/14: These are still great sounding headphones, but in terms of being value kings, the HP50 has rightfully lost that spot to the Brainwavz HM5.
I find that a lot of phones today are designed to deliver very heavy bass. The NAD's have solid bass that is clean and not muddy. I find myself adding a little EQ in the mid-range, but this could just be personal taste. These are very well balanced phones.
Wearing comfort is quite good - even for long periods of time. I have a large head and have to extend the phones to the maximum extent. Still, the fit is good and unlike the Sennheisers the ear cups are big enough to cover my ears. I don't like active noise reduction phones and the NAD's offer good isolation without coloring the music as active phones can.
Headphone are very subjective. However, I can recommend these without reservation.
Since I wrote the above I had a chance to use the phones on 2 1/2 hour flight. I found the noise isolation to be good, but not as good as some in the ear phones I have used for several years. The NAD's do a better job on higher frequencies, so the low frequency rumble in a jet was noticeable. Still, my listening experience was enjoyable.
Now the bad part. These headphones are so uncomfortable I can only wear them for about an hour at a time before the top of my head and the pressure of the ear cups give me a headache. Plus, as a friend described them, the weird flat top makes it look like you have a handle on your head.
As much as I love these headphones, I might be able to get used to them. Plus I ordered from a third party vendor "NEW" but the pair that showed up were in an open box, the headphones had a scuff, and all of the cables had been rewrapped. I don't know why they sold a used copy as new but they are going back.
I'm going back to my trusty M-100's for now but I am going to regret not having these headphones. Maybe they next model will be more comfortable.
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