Price & Verdict

Gordon Kelly

By Gordon Kelly



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All of which brings us to the ugly issue of price. On its own the Viso 1 is a fine dock with superb bass response and a wonderful DAC which performs miracles with its implementation of Bluetooth. It is also beautifully designed and looks good in virtually any setting.

The problem for NAD is the dock market is well established and full of beautifully designed, superb sounding docks that also do battle on price. At £500 the Viso 1 doesn't get involved in the last of these and, much like the remarkable Libratone Live, this is its biggest downfall.


Libratone priced itself out of a TrustedReviews Award for pricing the Live at £599, but it did come with AirPlay, a 150W output and some truly unique, if slightly bonkers styling (cashmere wool is a £100 optional extra). The Viso 1 lands itself in the same situation because at £500 it costs as much as the more powerful, equally stylish, AirPlay equipped Zeppelin Air. It costs £150 more than the Arcam rCube which offers proprietary lossless streaming (an iPod dongle is bundled), is portable and has a built in battery. Meanwhile the Viso 1 costs twice as much as the £250 i-deck 200 which, while lacking any form of wireless connectivity, sounds every bit as good.

Consequently, while we welcome NAD to the dock sector with open arms, we are tempted to make the analogy of a great football player joining Barcelona... they become just another good player.


NAD's dock debut will turn heads with its eye catching design and superb bass reproduction. It will also make friends and influence people thanks to a fantastic onboard DAC which transforms its Bluetooth connectivity into a genuine alternative to wired. If you have an aptX enabled device this leaps another level turning it into an AirPlay rival. The problem is, for the price, the Viso 1 should have AirPlay as well. It should also be louder, fit an iPad and certainly find space for a 3.5mm auxiliary jack. Its rivals do and often for a lot less.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Usability 9
  • Value 6

Geoffrey Swenson

March 20, 2012, 5:26 pm

I don't get the point of an expensive dock like this with the stereo speakers separated by perhaps 15 centimeters.

I'm sure it sounds quite a bit better than cheaper units, but sound quality is so limited by the form factor, why spend so much? It would make some sense to make the stereo speakers easily detachable so they could separated further, which would add almost nothing to the cost of the unit.


March 23, 2012, 3:14 am

Their compactness is their fundamental selling point. That is the sole reason to spend £400 on a dock rather than the same money on large speakers and a separate bass.

The only dock we've found to have truly impressive sound separation for its size is the Arcam rCube where its speakers are physically angled at 45 degrees (from a head on perspective). This creates a tremendous room filling sound, but has proved a sales problem for Arcam as people stand in front of it for demos in shops and the sound bypasses them and disappears in a large store.

Compare this to a product which blasts out straight ahead and the latter wins the store experience every time... yet falls down in the home.

It's a hard one to juggle.

Kevin Walker

January 22, 2013, 5:03 pm

It does not have an aux in 3.5mm jack because it is an "all digital" design.


October 5, 2013, 8:47 pm

They do have a AP version of this device. Please do a review on it too, and how the AP compares to the rivals.


October 14, 2013, 10:04 pm

Seriously has a lot of blurtooth connectivity issues. It used to drip for a sec after every 5 -6 minutes. I was lucky to be able to returned it back.

Stay away from this product. I also brought this product reading ALL THE GREAT REVIEWS.

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