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Yep...now I want them for comparisons to the other portable headphones I've done over the past few months. Geez...thanks Tyll, just when I thought I was done. :confused:

 

Geez... thank MacHero, just when I thought I was going to get a reprieve from you and your comparison torture thread lol! 

post #167 of 1368
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Geez... thank MacHero, just when I thought I was going to get a reprieve from you and your comparison torture thread lol! 

You know, you don't have to read it.

post #168 of 1368
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You know, you don't have to read it.

 

You know I can't help myself! :D

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The headphone's sound characteristics have been shown in a positive light in all of the graphs online so far, particularly in the most important areas of decay, square waves and distortion. About.com has a series of measurements of the NAD Viso HP50 which, perhaps slightly inaccurately, represent it as slightly treble orientated, possessing an extremely fast decay response. ( http://stereos.about.com/od/accessoriesheadphones/ss/NAD-Viso-HP-50-Measurements.htm ) I find it compelling that the price point "sweet spot" of headphilia is still not neglected despite the increased attention on flagships these last few years.

 


Edited by Sonichedgehog360 - 11/1/13 at 10:11pm
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I've looked at the frequency response curves that Tyll posted over at InnerFidelity, and it looks like the HP-50 might have the target frequency response I like at all frequencies.  I have to give this headphone a listen.

 

I'm also struck how Brent Butterworth's review at About.com points to the sense of the recording space that you get with the HP-50.  For me, I want to hear not just to music and instruments, but also the room in which the recording was made.  The HP-50's tonal character sounds ideal for this, again based on other's descriptions.

 

I just called the local NAD dealer where I live and, while they carry the PSB line, they don't plan on carrying the HP-50.  The dealer who took my call there said "the PSB models should sound similar to the NAD", but even if that is true, there's everything else that also matters -- portability, weight, appearance.  It looks like the HP-50 is designed for different sales channels (perhaps online only?)   I have to find a way to audition these.  

 

I wonder whether the work of Paul Barton at NAD/PSB and Sean Olive at Harmon is leading us down the path of similar sounding headphones, or at least a small number of headphone types where a "neutral-sounding" headphone is one of the types.  

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I've looked at the frequency response curves that Tyll posted over at InnerFidelity, and it looks like the HP-50 might have the target frequency response I like at all frequencies.  I have to give this headphone a listen.

 

I'm also struck how Brent Butterworth's review at About.com points to the sense of the recording space that you get with the HP-50.  For me, I want to hear not just to music and instruments, but also the room in which the recording was made.  The HP-50's tonal character sounds ideal for this, again based on other's descriptions.

 

I just called the local NAD dealer where I live and, while they carry the PSB line, they don't plan on carrying the HP-50.  The dealer who took my call there said "the PSB models should sound similar to the NAD", but even if that is true, there's everything else that also matters -- portability, weight, appearance.  It looks like the HP-50 is designed for different sales channels (perhaps online only?)   I have to find a way to audition these.  

 

I wonder whether the work of Paul Barton at NAD/PSB and Sean Olive at Harmon is leading us down the path of similar sounding headphones, or at least a small number of headphone types where a "neutral-sounding" headphone is one of the types.  


I believe most high-end A/V retailers who normally stock PSB and NAD should carry the HP50.  Worldwide Stereo in the Philadephia area has them on display which is where I demo'd them.  Yes, they are excellent with every genre I sampled.  When I closed my eyes and listened to classic rock from Tom Petty and The Cars, I felt like I was back in high school listening to my old Technics receiver and Infinity speakers.

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These are available on Amazon.
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Hopefully MH will come out with a comparison sometime in the future !

post #174 of 1368
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Hopefully MH will come out with a comparison sometime in the future !

I might very well....they've certainly piqued my interest. Should be out here in Canada in a few weeks. Funny NAD is a Canadian company and I have to wait a few weeks after pretty much everyone to get them. 

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Funny NAD is a Canadian company and I have to wait a few weeks after pretty much everyone to get them. 
I wonder what they'd say if you asked for a loaner set for a review here on H-F.
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I wonder what they'd say if you asked for a loaner set for a review here on H-F.

I might ask them....but I also wouldn't mind owning a pair either. They measure quite well. We'll see.

post #177 of 1368

God these look great. i own the M-100 and have been wanting a truly comfortable headphone that i can wear for hours with great sound and it looks like these fit the bill. Gotta look at the price of these and the HD-650 on black friday and whatever's cheaper is mine :)

post #178 of 1368

i just hope i can use amazon for black friday in europe? please? :3

post #179 of 1368

Whoever has heard these could you make a  quick comparison of these vs. the HD-650. I've heard the HD-650 but can't try these and I have to decide between the two so any opinion would be appreciated!

post #180 of 1368

Great another closed can to consider along with the V-Moda M100, B&W P7 and the KEF M500...

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