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NAD Electronics VISO HP50 Noise-Isolating Over-Ear Headphones (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 8, 2015

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NAD Electronics VISO HP50 Noise-Isolating Over-Ear Headphones (Black)
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 115 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 13.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Level5.0   above average
Music4.8   above average
Listening4.5   above average
Comfortable4.3   below average
Design4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Sound4.1   average
Noise3.5   below average
Price3.5   below average
Response3.5   below average
Fit3.0   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"One nit to pic here, I would like to see an included plug to cap off the side not being used at that time, to prevent dust or damage to the cable entry port."
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"I got a $10 replacement cable from Meelectronics that works with my android phone - problem solved."
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"The HP50 comes with a shorter, flat cable, with Apple compatible volume contracts, and an answer end play pause button that works with both Apple and Android devices."
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"The cord length is perfect for travel and work, but I use a extender cable at the house."
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"The included accessories are nice, but the buttons on the cable only work for apple products."
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"Excellent Clarity of Bass, Midrange, and TrebleNeutral Sound that just works with all genres of MusicGreat Soundstage for a Sealed Closed HeadphoneIf you are looking for heavy bass, this headphone will not be for you - however, if you like well-defined and crisp bass, it is greatQuality seems to be good - we'll see how well the cables hold up (comes with 2 cables - regular stereo and iPhone compatible)Lightweight and a comfortable fitI've auditioned several headphones in this price range - Beyerdynamic, Sennheier, AKG, v-Moda - this one for me has the best sound quality"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"After reading and watching as many reviews on the headphones as I could, it seems that people either love the HP50 or hate it when it comes to fit and comfort."
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"Also, while it's round shape looks attractive, it is a design mistake from a comfort point of few."
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"Although lightweight and comfortable, the construction was flimsy and I my ears started to hurt after 15 minutes."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"They are also very well made, comfortable, offer decent isolation, and have an iPhone remote and mic."
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"Excellent Headphones overall on sound and comfort for me."
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"Otherwise, they're quite comfortable and very well made."
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"Do yourself a favor and get them, you won't be disappointed, very comfortable also."
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"It was comfortable, had a lovely neutral sound, and does a great job at reproducing fine detail."
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Design

Design:
"HP50 has terrible flat headband design that instead of following the natural curve of a human head was clearly created for a square head."
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"Also, while it's round shape looks attractive, it is a design mistake from a comfort point of few."
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"Like the Shure SRH940s NAD has this terrible flat headband design that instead of following the natural curve of a human head was clearly created for Frankensteins square shaped."
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"nice design, good quality, nice boxing, everything is awesome about this nad viso."
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"Fantastic sound for a closed headphone design."
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"With sub $300 cans, theres gonna have to be some sacrifices in sound quality, comfort, or design."
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"Comfort: Comfortable but a tad warm (but better than most closed designs)."
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"Also, while it's round shape looks attractive, it is a design mistake from a comfort point of few."
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Fit

Fit:
"My only complaint is that they don't fit completely flush on my head."
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"After reading and watching as many reviews on the headphones as I could, it seems that people either love the HP50 or hate it when it comes to fit and comfort."
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"I really want to keep them, but the uncomfortable fit outweighs the sound."
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"I can't love them because they just don't fit my head."
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"It actually fits best if I wear them backwards, but then it becomes a problem for movies and games."
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"The main problem was with the fit of the headband on the top of my head."
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"Speakers Mad Dogs and they are exquisite and fit great."
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"After reading and watching as many reviews on the headphones as I could, it seems that people either love the HP50 or hate it when it comes to fit and comfort."
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"It actually fits best if I wear them backwards, but then it becomes a problem for movies and games."
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"They look slightly ungainly, but the memory foam earpads are a very good fit, even for my outsized ears and a couple of hours of listening causes no fatigue that I can tell."
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"Headphones for 25.00 that DOES fit perfectly in the jack."
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Level

Level:
"I find I need just over half volume to get a reasonable listening level."
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"Of course you can but to get to the next level of sound quality and comfort you'll pay $500+.These headphones are light, comfortable and sound great."
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"The HP 50 give amazing levels of clarity, resolution, and dynamic impact, and is also reasonably neutral, with maybe a slight boost in the mid-bass area."
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"You are definitely getting highly accurate sound reproduction here at the core level, though the RoomFeel technology modifies things a bit, especially in terms of transient response (esp."
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Listening

Listening:
"The latter are my personal favorite because they sound good and are great for mixing - but for a pure listening headphone it's hard to do better than the HP50s."
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"Someone who isn't adept into critical listening won't be amazed instantly by the sound, but ones who are will notice that the separation of frequency bands, parts of the stereo field, and then overall audio quality on top of that is just so detailed, real, and right."
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"I find I need just over half volume to get a reasonable listening level."
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"For decades I have been content listening to my Japanese made Sony MDRV6 and love them but lately I have been looking for a step up."
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"I am very happy that I have found headphone listening Nirvana with my NAD HP50 and my audio system."
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"When I can't use my beloved Marantz SA8005 I use my Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2 DAC connected to my laptop listening to lossless audio files which sounds terrific but I prefer my Marantz SA8005 whenever possible for it's stunning sound quality."
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"None of my other headphones come close for listening enjoyment (AKG K550, AKG K701, Etymotic HF5, Audio Technica ATH-M50.)"
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Music

Music:
"I was somewhat disappointed with my one venture to bass heavy music, Kendrick Lamar (amazing album)."
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"I listen mostly to classical music, and I totally recommend these to anyone who is similarly inclined."
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"Conclusion:Over the past few weeks, the one thing that has stood out more than anything else with these headphones, is that they simply reproduce music in the most pleasing way, with no prejudice to genre or source."
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"The NAD HP50 are very accurate sounding headphone being true to the music."
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"Sound great with all types of music from YS Bach, to jazz to dubstep."
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"Whatever type of music I through at these they reproduce it with great detail and precision."
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Noise

Noise:
"I found the noise isolation to be good, but not as good as some in the ear phones I have used for several years."
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"The construction seemed flimsy and the active noise canceling was super annoying."
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"The three noise canceling options was ridiculous and the construction was flimsy."
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"however i gave them 4 stars only because the noise canceling, it's not the best one on the market."
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"Sound: Excellent and precise stereo image and noise isolation right out the box."
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"These make a beautiful noise in your head."
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"The noise isolating is superb and they are very comfortable."
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"Though these are not noise canceling, the isolation is fantastic."
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"They offer that passive noise isolation all closed back should offer (and it is very well implemented in these) and a broader, fuller soundstage as the open-backs."
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Price

Price:
"I was very disappointed with the sound quality for the price."
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"For the money these are hard to beat."
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"(Note this replacement will only be done by an authorized dealer; if you buy from an unauthorized dealer, even at list price, I would think you might have a problem...)The dealer was great and provided quick and efficient service, but I had to pay to ship the HP50s to them, which will cost maybe $20 or so, and will of course involve me standing in line at the UPS store or Post Office."
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"Though this is not anywhere near as bad as say AKG customer service (think 3 or 4 months of waiting...) it also does not compare well with B&W;, at the same price point."
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"These are very nice headphones for the money."
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"Fantastic headphones, especially for the price."
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"The final deciding factor was several reviews by industry professionals that stated these were the best cans in this price range they had ever heard."
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"Excellent product for the price."
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"I purchased these based on best cans for the money reviews on audiophile sites, and they were right."
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Quality

Quality:
"I own all of the top of the line IEMs (Shure 846, Senn IE800, AKG 2001), and I know that this is not a perfect comparison as this is a headphone, but the sound quality per $ is amazing with these."
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"I was very disappointed with the sound quality for the price."
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"9 10They aren't perfectly flat balanced for my ears, although many say thats not the best quality in a set of cans."
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"Personally, I dislike the looks, but the sound quality makes up for it."
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"V-Moda M-80:Same as M-100 - but sound quality is not as good... but less expensive."
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"The bass is probably its best quality and never sounds overcooked boomy even with somewhat compromised sources like mp3 aac."
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"nice design, good quality, nice boxing, everything is awesome about this nad viso."
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"As with most any closed headphone, the seal of the HP50 really determines how good the sound quality (especially in the low end) will be."
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"Build Quality and Comfort:The overall build quality of the VISO HP50 is solid."
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Response

Response:
"This works for me - when I listen to metal for lengthy sessions, the HP50 works a lot better than say the Yamaha Pro 500 or ATH M50, but the accuracy of the response is somewhat compromised, which may alienate purists."
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"My only gripes are that they lack a slight punch due to their flat response curve in bass and that they just don't look that great."
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"with bass response) from a decent amp anyway."
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"After a couple hours of listening I've adjusted really well to the frequency response and I really love it now."
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"Classical and jazz bring out the best in the HP50s and the transient response feels more natural and full there, which is probably due to the mastering quality."
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"This works for me - when I listen to metal for lengthy sessions, the HP50 works a lot better than say the Yamaha Pro 500 or ATH M50, but the accuracy of the response is somewhat compromised, which may alienate purists."
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Sound

Sound:
"I own all of the top of the line IEMs (Shure 846, Senn IE800, AKG 2001), and I know that this is not a perfect comparison as this is a headphone, but the sound quality per $ is amazing with these."
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"The bass is probably its best quality and never sounds overcooked boomy even with somewhat compromised sources like mp3 aac."
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"Great sound but not particularly comfortable."
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"I have been using the Bose on-ear headphones, which doesn't have a particularly clear sound."
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"The Sonys were always so painful to wear after just a few minutes, and the sound they output was most displeasing to my ears (read: bass head material)The HM5 was much more to my liking."
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"I was very disappointed with the sound quality for the price."
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"Excellent Headphones overall on sound and comfort for me."
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"The bass is probably its best quality and never sounds overcooked boomy even with somewhat compromised sources like mp3 aac."
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"As you might expect they perform well with treble and midrange sounds, but they are surprisingly tight bass performers."
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"Love love love the sound."
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"WOW...the sound from these is amazing."
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Treble

Treble:
"Im personally hoping the trebles will begin to speak more the more the cans are broken in,and i feel they will."
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"I hate treble that is too prominent resulting in a harsh experience or treble that has packed its bags and left on a vacation resulting in a dull and boring experience."
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"As you might expect they perform well with treble and midrange sounds, but they are surprisingly tight bass performers."
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"Personally, I am treble sensitive, so to me, this is the best case scenario."
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"Some may desire a bit more shimmer or sparkle in the high end, but the HP50 has enough treble presence to sound amazing."
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"Great bass extension, clear and smooth treble."
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"M50's treble was more abrasive and this is more just clear."
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