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. The NAD HP50 is one of those products. You get a lightweight, comfortable around the ear fit for all day listening, along with a polished sound that is oh so easy to enjoy.
Conclusion: Taking on the existing challengers in this especially design-led segment of the headphone market is no simple task for any company’s first effort but NAD has done a phenomenal job. Helped along by access to some excellent R&D from the excellent PSB headphones, the HP50 is a headphone that combines genuinely excellent performance with a comfortable and well thought out design that even though it doesn’t fold, is usefully portable thanks to a sensible carry case and...
Pros: Clean, open and engaging sound, Impressively sensitive, Useful set of accessories
Cons: No noise cancelling or bluetooth functionality, Non-remote cord might be a little short for home use, Design not as attractive as some of the competition