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post #106 of 1516
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Really? Where?

http://www.wwstereo.com/NAD-Electronics

post #107 of 1516

Excellento! My local dealer says the black will be in for October, and the white and red will come later in November.

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I have to say that I am impressed with these cans.  I have to say that the first thing that caught my attention was something that I normally don't listen for, soundstage.  It wasn't extremely large to the point of sounding artificial, but was large enough, but presented in a natural manner.  The sound signature has a slight warmth emphasis on it, but overall is quite linear; very pleasant to listen to and really not fatiguing.  It's more or less a "jack of all traits, master of nothing" type of headphone.  Very musical to listen to, but doesn't sacrifice quality to do it.  Very pleased with what was done with these cans. 

post #109 of 1516

The really look like the PSB M4U to me... wondering if they sound similar... (PSBs were very good sounding but they were missing sub-bass for me...)

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post #111 of 1516
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Some reviews... not sure if already posted...

 

http://www.avforums.com/reviews/NAD-HP50-Headphones-Review_610/Review.html

 

http://davidsusilouncensored.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/nad-viso-hp50-headphones-a-quick-review/

 

http://www.digitalone.com.sg/reviews/article/1626

 

 

Seems it is a bit "bass shy" according to these??

Some say more neutral, others say more bass than M4U2 in passive.  I would be okay with something more neutral as I have more than enough bass with my M-100s and Signature DJs. 

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I have to say that I am impressed with these cans.  I have to say that the first thing that caught my attention was something that I normally don't listen for, soundstage.  It wasn't extremely large to the point of sounding artificial, but was large enough, but presented in a natural manner.  The sound signature has a slight warmth emphasis on it, but overall is quite linear; very pleasant to listen to and really not fatiguing.  It's more or less a "jack of all traits, master of nothing" type of headphone.  Very musical to listen to, but doesn't sacrifice quality to do it.  Very pleased with what was done with these cans. 

 

Soundstage?!?

I've been hunting to another headphone with a soundstage comparable to AKG K702, it would be interesting if anybody who owns both made a comment please. May be I'll just get it to see for myself when it becomes more widely available.

post #113 of 1516
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Soundstage?!?

I've been hunting to another headphone with a soundstage comparable to AKG K702, it would be interesting if anybody who owns both made a comment please. May be I'll just get it to see for myself when it becomes more widely available.

 

I personally wouldn't expect any closed can to match an open can known for its wide soundstage. Superb soundstage for a closed can can maybe match performance of an open can with worse soundstage (versus the average open can soundstage performance) possibly but AKG K702 doesn't belong to those.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 9/22/13 at 10:39am
post #114 of 1516
Amazon has them now, directly through NAD. All 3 colors are available. Sweet!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_box_?k=nad+viso+hp50
post #115 of 1516
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Soundstage?!?

I've been hunting to another headphone with a soundstage comparable to AKG K702, it would be interesting if anybody who owns both made a comment please. May be I'll just get it to see for myself when it becomes more widely available.

If budget is not an issue, the Ultrasone Signature DJ has the biggest soundstage I ever heard in a closed headphone.  Perhaps the HP50 is a lower cost alternative?

post #116 of 1516
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I personally wouldn't expect any closed can to match an open can known for its wide soundstage. Superb soundstage for a closed can can maybe match performance of an open can with worse soundstage (versus the average open can soundstage performance) possibly but AKG K702 doesn't belong to those.

 

I know, I tried(somebody suggested here to be a sidestep) DT880 which is open and was disappointed a little, it matched K702 on most of the genres, but then I tried opera and went right back to K702. I know that closed cannot match open ones, but at least to have a soundstage? 

Ultrasone Signature DJ is way beyond what I'd consider reasonable. If HP50 a low cost alternative, I'm in.

 

 

post #117 of 1516
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Amazon has them now, directly through NAD. All 3 colors are available. Sweet!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_box_?k=nad+viso+hp50

 

 

...and they won't ship to Canada.

post #118 of 1516

These headphones definitely aren't "neutral" in the sense that its defined as.  They remind me of the RE-400 (IEM, I know) with less of a mid/low-bass focus.  Treble is still a little more controlled than most true neutral headphones would make them out to be.  They also do have a nice distinct warmth to them to the lower midrange that doesn't take away from the detailing of the instrumentals. 

post #119 of 1516

NAD components usually have an easy-going, musical sound.

post #120 of 1516
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I spent a good bit of time with these today at Worldwide Stereo in Pennsylvania and am highly impressed.  These are a truly excellent multi-genre headphone.  The sound definitely resembles the M4U line from PSB.  Compared to my M-100, which is my favorite $300 headphone, although admittedly not exactly neutral on the low end, the HP50 didn't go quite as deep and bass wasn't as tight, but I still enjoyed the bass presentation.  The low end is full and satisfying, but never overwhelming.  The HP50 can also kick out serious mid bass when called for in the track.  Imaging was excellent using Bob Marley as a sample.  Mids were accurate and smooth, not the highest resolution but certainly not lacking detail.  I really like the vocal presentation.  Vocals of the HP50 are more forward than M-100 and seem accurate.  Highs extend further than M-100 and don't have the detail or extension of my Sig DJ (nor should they at their pricepoint).  Highs were never harsh.  Everything sounds accurate and where it should be.  I prefer the HP50 to the Momentum by a wide margin.  Momentum struck me as harsh by comparison.  The "room feel" presentation is very natural.

 

Regarding comfort, one of the most comfortable headphones I have worn in terms of portables- soft, plush deep cups and large enough to easily fit around my larger-than-average size ears.  I forgot they were on my head for a time, yet they never felt like they would fall off- lightweight and nicely balanced clamp.

 

If I didn't already own M-100 and Signature DJ, I would have purchased these today.  I still may go for them down the road as I might prefer these to the M-100 for "lighter" music and also classic rock.


Edited by Craigster75 - 9/24/13 at 12:27pm
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