CES Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 9, 2018 – NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, introduced the VISO HP70, a wireless, full-size headphone with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Tri-Mode operation and the company’s exclusive RoomFeel™ technology. The VISO HP70 is NAD’s first wireless headphone and the company’s most advanced design to date. A much-anticipated encore to the best-selling HP50 launched in 2013, the NAD HP70 is targeted for the performance-minded music lover on-the-go and will be shipping in February with a MSRP of USD $399.
The HP70 employs Tri-Mode operation that simply means the headphone can be operated in three different ways: Active with ANC, Active only or Passive mode. In environments where noise is audible, Active with ANC is recommended while some may choose Active without ANC where ambient noise is not an issue.
Listen all day and all night with up to 15 hours of run time in Bluetooth or Active modes. Passive mode is offered for those who have a dedicated amplifier or when the built-in power pack is running low. Unlike some headphones with ANC, the HP70 can be operated passively when battery power has been depleted.
The HP70 features RoomFeel™ technology. Used in all NAD headphones, RoomFeel makes music sound more natural by considering the effects of the room on music playback. Utilizing the DSP capabilities of the HP70s Bluetooth chipset, NAD engineers are now able to more precisely apply RoomFeel technology. Almost all recorded music is monitored using direct radiating loudspeakers to determine the acoustic balance for the final mix. This transfer function scientifically 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 Freedom of Wireless, Performance of Wired. The HP70 features aptX™HD, enabling 24-bit music quality over a Bluetooth® wireless connection. There are also two different wired modes of operation – 3.5 mm wired connection or via USB from the computer which also recharges the batteries. For convenience, the HP70 comes supplied with a recharging cable. Enjoy the convenience of wireless operation while on the road, at the office or around the house.
Particular attention on comfort and ergonomics has been placed in the design of the HP70 so it can be enjoyed for hours on end. The first thing one notices, at 11.3 ounces (320g), is the relative light weight for a full-size, active headphone. The unique multi-axis adjustable ear cups conform to the user’s head. The softness of the ear pads adds to sublime comfort and allows the HP70 to be enjoyed for hours on end. The expandable headband offers a wide range of adjustment for a personalized fit.
The HP70 folds flat and comes supplied with a compact case for travel or storage. Tangle-free cords are supplied for wired connection and for USB connection to a computer. The headphone also can be paired to most smartphones and used for phone conversations. A “listen through mode” allows the user to momentarily listen to the outside world as well as have the ability to answer a connected phone. Two built-in, hands-free mics provide enhanced clarity.
Like all NAD headphones, final voicing is performed by sister company’s, PSB Speakers, Founder and Chief Designer, Paul Barton, at Canada’s famed National Research Council. Barton’s research has discovered how listener preferences can be integrated into a wide range of speaker designs for many different applications, yet all featuring consistent sound quality that is natural and lifelike.
“NAD has had great success with its previous headphone introductions. The HP50 was proclaimed by leading reviewers around the world as best-in-class and continues to be a very popular headphone”, commented Greg Stidsen, Chief Technology Officer for NAD. “However, as the audio market continues to go more and more portable, it was clear we needed a wireless noise-cancelling version but not just a me-too product. The HP70 delivers remarkable sound quality, superb comfort and unique features, all at an affordable price”.
The NAD HP70 will be on active display along with other NAD products at CES 2018 in the Lenbrook Suite 29-236 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, January 9-11, 2018. It will be joined there by sister brands PSB Speakers and Bluesound with Lenbrook personnel on hand to demonstrate the company’s premium products and answer any questions.
- NAD’s most advanced headphone to date
- Tri-Mode operation: Active with ANC, Active Only and Passive Modes
- Active Noise-Cancellation (ANC) with four adaptive mics
- aptX HD enables 24-bit quality over a wireless Bluetooth connection
- Exclusive RoomFeel technology for rich, natural sound
- Improved comfort and ergonomics for enjoyment hours on end
- Travel Ready- folds flat and comes supplied with compact case
- Design and final voicing performed by Paul Barton at Canada’s famed NRC
About NAD Electronics
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 theatre and custom installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values –innovation, simplicity, performance, and value – have earned it a cult-like following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles.