NAD VISO 1 Wireless Digital Music System
NAD’s first Apple dock is stylish and sounds great, but is that enough?
Reviewed by Gordon Kelly (for TrustedReviews)
16 March 2012
Price as reviewed £499.99
- 80W output (1x 50W sub, 2x 15W speakers)
- Direct Digital onboard amplifier
- Bluetooth aptX
- Locking, rotationing Apple connector
- Output audio input, Component video output
Hi-Fis are out, docks are in. This may be a sweeping statement, but the addition of yet another high end audio specialist into the sector only adds further proof. For 40 years NAD has been a standout name amongst audiophiles and it has now joined the likes of Bowers & Wilkins, Arcam, Monitor Audio and more by entering the incredibly competitive sector of Apple docks.
Like its peers NAD has stuck to what it knows best, pitching the ‘Viso 1′ at the premium end of the market. This approach becomes clear before you switch the dock on. Out of the box it delivers a sense of déjà vu, yet somehow has a look all its own. NAD describes the Viso 1 as a ‘ring design’, referring to the silver band around it which contains the Apple connector. This is clearly inspired by the Zeppelin Air, but when combined with its tubular shape creates a dock that is stylish in its own right and delightfully different.
Build quality is similarly impressive, successfully blending the piano black finish of the rear with the matt speaker covering and brushed aluminium ring. NAD takes pleasure in showing how the Viso 1 was put together too with the exposed screw at the top of the ring almost daring us to reach for our screwdrivers. Meanwhile the Apple connector itself has an industrial feel, sliding open to accept the iPhone/iPod before closing back down to hold it securely. This needs to be done as the connector can rotate 90 degrees allowing devices to be used in landscape mode. The genius of the ring design is it allows comfortable use of the device while connected, the sizeable downside is it means an iPad won’t fit.