Originally Posted by Anouk
I just read a review about the hp50 that i had not found before:
not all that positive, can anyone else compare the hd50 with the akg k267?
That's a pretty positive review IMO, since he stated that:
"Unfortunately, the K267 still remains my favorite, but I certainly regard the NAD VISO HP50 as the superior headphone."
"Having said that, this headphone is my pick for the absolute best mid tier closed back headphone in recent times."
He's interested in a fun headphone for his personal use (which is how he describes the AKG K267) where he sees the HP50 as having too flat of a sound signature. His own personal FR preferences are for more of a bass hump, but he was even able to get past that with some mild EQ. IMO I think the biggest problem he had with the HP50 was the aesthetics of the headband, where his only real negative critiques lay - if you consider an more or less even FR a positive:
"Ok, I have to ask. What the heck is up with this headband design? This is a pet peeve of mine and coming off the beautifully comfy and properly executed headband design of the AKG K267, I really have no idea what is going on with the HP50. It is really uncharacteristic of a portable headphone of this size, offering a shape that is the least conforming to a human head that I’ve worn lately. This design gets more silly each time I look at myself in the mirror or when family looks at me while I wear it. I can almost telepathically hear their mumbles. I would like NAD to revise this headband immediately and take a look at the AKG K267 and how that is designed, which again is the best and most comfortable and practical design in a headband I can think of at the moment. This HP50 is not comfortable to wear for me on the top of my head, I have a red mark on the top of my head every time I wear the headphone and take it off.?"
I think this has been covered plenty of times in this thread; the HP50's have questionable aesthetics. I think I may be the only person in the world that these things look decent on (IMO) and it's because I have a roundish head with curly hair. That being said, they look far less sexy than numerous other headphones on the market. (Like, I'd love to transplant the sound of these into the V-Moda M-100's style and build. I don't think I'd ever use anything else.)