NAD introduces latest high-resolution headphones
NAD Electronics debuted its latest high-resolution model in its VISO Series, the HP30 on-ear headphone.
The $229 MSRP headphone initially comes in a glossy black finish, with white and red versions due in September. The package includes a neoprene travel case, aircraft and stereo adapters, and an extra stereo cord, as well as an Apple three-button multi-click remote with microphone.
Technical information from the press release:
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.
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.