The NAD VISO HP50 is a game changer in my view, there isn’t really anything quite like it in the closed back mid-fi world. I have quite a lot to say about this one so sit back, relax and enjoy. I don’t want to bore you with specification details in the beginning of this review, so I will start out with the conclusion first. That is just how I roll.
The Audio Deities have been good to me this year, seems like every few weeks something comes along that raises the bar. I really didn’t think another closed headphone would come along so soon after my recent AKG K267, a headphone with perhaps the most beautiful tonality I’ve witnessed in a closed headphone. Unfortunately, the K267 still remains my favorite, but I certainly regard the NAD VISO HP50 as the superior headphone. I have some gripes, but they are all personal preference beyond the fit and finish aspects of the HP50’s qualities. My negative points lay completely in the world of subjectivity and preference in tonality, in this case the HP50 is polar opposite of the sound type I enjoy. Having said that, this headphone is my pick for the absolute best mid tier closed back headphone in recent times.
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