Excerpt: NAD's first entry into the very busy headphone market is the Viso HP50 headphone, a full-size but lightweight (9.6 ounces) over-the-ear model. When NAD decided to introduce its first headphone, the company turned to Paul Barton, founder and chief designer for NAD's partner company PSB to design it.
Summary: The NAD isn't head and shoulders above the competition in its price class, but it does sound really good and should be given careful consideration if you're looking for an audiophile-grade headphone that won't break the bank.
Pros: The NAD Viso HP50 offers impressively accurate, clean sound and is well designed and comfortable to wear. It folds flat for storage in a nice carrying case (which is included) and comes with both a straight cable and one that integrates an Apple friendly remote/microphone.
Cons: Somewhat expensive; some remote features may not work with Android devices.
Summary: This is my video review of the NAD VISO HP50 with some short notes to follow. Please note that I received this headphone as a loaner unit from NAD!
The VISO HP50 is a well built headphone that is a surprisingly mature design for a first effort from NAD.
Pros: Incredibly well balanced, textured sound, great price.
Cons: Looks a little goofy on the head, earpads are a bit stuffy, cable a little thin.
Summary: I recently tested one on a Chord Hugo and was underwhelmed because I ended up preferring the Amperior next to it with pop music. The Amperior is overall a little worse but it's not night and day. I suspect the HD25ALU might beat it ...
Pros: tonal balance, forgiving,
Cons: more bloat than I expected, sounds closed-in, midbass boost, delicate finish, neither small nor big
Summary: Don't know what to say that has not already been said. They sound amazing. I'm now a believer in "Room Feel". Hard to explain. It's not like your actually sitting in a room with high end speakers but at the same time the "sound" is very similar to sitting in a room with high end speakers.
Pros: "Room Feel" is for real. They come across as rather airy for a closed can. An enveloping sound that is very pleasurable.
Cons: Not really a con but these are not for those who prefer heaphones that are artificially "bright". Somewhat funky design.
Summary: I've always dreamed of a simple life, where one headphone, one amp, one DAC, one cable, will suffice. Alas, it's never meant to be. You see, in the Air Force, they have what is known as Multirole Fighter, much like the F-35 Lightning and its variants.
Pros: Versatile, multirole, excellent scalability, warm and smooth sound while still maintaining good dynamics, comfortable,
Cons: Looks good anywhere: on the desk, on the headphone stand, lying around the office, next to your badass dac/amp, on Instagram, except on your head.
Summary: These headphones sound extremely well for the price range, but they might get uncomfortable over time depending on your head/ears. When I use them I feel the pressure coming from the top of the of the pads, and on the bottom they are not properly sealed.
Summary: In this category of entry level audiophile headphones I look for several key components. First is a balanced sound, second is comfort, and third is value. We all like to find that product that presents a great value and makes you feel like you are getting something more for your dollar.