The following is a press release issued by NAD.
Pickering Ontario | Aug 17 2015 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced another high-resolution model in their VISO Series, the HP30 on-ear headphone. The company’s newest addition to the NAD headphone family, VISO HP30 is a lightweight, folding, on-ear design for superb comfort, compact size and convenience for music lovers on-the-go.
VISO HP30 ($229 MSRP) will come in a choice of stylish Red, White or Black gloss finishes and supplied with a neoprene travel case and Aircraft/Stereo Adapters. Black is shipping now with White and Red finishes available in September.
With memory foam ear pads for both comfort and noise isolation, the VISO HP30 includes innovative RoomFeel ™ technology for deep bass and an immersive, lifelike sonic experience. The headphone also features a convenient Apple 3-button multi-click remote with microphone so it can be enjoyed hands-free while multi-tasking or simply on-the-go. An extra stereo cord is included at no charge. Both cables are tangle-free, ribbon-style and detachable for quick changes and/or replacement.
At the heart of the HP30 is a pair of ultra-low mass, high excursion 40mm drivers optimized for on-ear architecture for tight, articulate bass and natural sound. Internal wiring is OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) for maximum signal transfer and minimal loss.
Voiced for a flat response, the HP30 headphone was developed by Paul Barton noted speaker designer from sister company PSB. Working at NRC (The National Research Council of Canada) and using the KEMAR dummy head testing system, Barton discovered the addition of low frequency room gain that one would expect to hear with normal loudspeakers in a room. This is the same room gain compensation transfer function that was developed in the Athena Project at NRC.
These findings have led PSB to a unique feature the company calls RoomFeel™. This useful feature makes music sound more natural by taking into account the effects of the room on music playback. Almost all recorded music is monitored using direct radiating loudspeakers to determine the acoustic balance for the final mix. The transfer function NAD developed for their HP30 headphone takes into account the "room gain" that occurs when playing direct radiator loudspeakers in a room. The result is a much richer and more natural listening experience.
Comfort and Ergonomics
The HP30 was ergonomically designed to be comfortable even when worn for long periods of time. The ear pads utilize memory foam to adapt to the shape of the user’s ears for comfort as well as to provide a good acoustic seal for sound isolation. A special folding design provides a compact size for travel and storage.
Premium materials are built into the HP30 to provide durability and carefree good looks. HP30 is backed with a two-year warranty. As with most NAD and PSB products, industrial design was handled by noted designer David Farrage of DF-ID.
"NAD has given a great deal of thought to what our headphones will bring to the table. Combining our audio know-how with the tremendous design expertise of Paul Barton and his decades of experience at the NRC, we offer full-size, in-ear headphones and now on-ear options. All of our headphones deliver remarkable sound, comfort and convenience for their applications and most of all, are worthy of the NAD name.” commented Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. "I know that headphone enthusiasts who enjoy taking their music with them will find the HP30 on-ear to be a compelling option."
Key Features of NAD VISO HP30:
- RoomFeel™ provides a scientifically researched transfer function that translates the open sound of the live performance to the private world of headphone listening
- Ultra-low mass, high excursion 40mm driver is optimized for on-ear use.
- Internal OFC wiring is utilized for maximum signal transfer, minimal loss
- Apple 3-button multi-click remote with microphone for convenience
- Memory foam ear pads are replaceable and adapt to the shape of listeners ears
- Convenient folding design for ease of travel and storage
- Neoprene travel case with extra cord and adapters
Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high quality components for audio, home theater and custom installation applications. The company’s products consistently deliver outstanding performance, value and simplicity. With over forty years of innovation and value, NAD products are proudly distributed in the U.S. by Lenbrook America.