It is always great to see new entrants into the iPod speaker dock market, especially when it is a well known and reputed brand like NAD, therefore i have high expectations for the coming NAD VISO 1 iPod Music System.
Design wise the NAD VISO 1 looks high-end, and like they have borrowed a few ideas from competitor B&W in terms of the brushed metal band running vertical down the middle of the system and holding the docking connection itself. Combine that with the black mesh front panel, bass tube coming out of one side, the whole finish of the system looks encouraging.
The docking cradle itself can take both iPod and iPhone, and can be rotated for landscape view as well as the normal portrait mode. it is made to work with iPhone so no need for flight mode to avoid signal noise. Like most new iPod speaker docks they have also added wireless options in terms of bluetooth aptX high fidelity receiver (no AirPlay on this one), allowing you to pair and stream music wirelessly from compatible devices, including the iPad, which the docking station does not support. Other connection options include an optical digital input (located at the back) which accepts 24-bit/96kHz signals from other external audio sources, and component video output for sending video from your iPod/iPhone to your television.
A promising design means very little if the sound performance does not live up to it, and from a brand like NAD any system comes with high expectations for audio performance. In the VISO 1 iPod music system they have added their own Direct Digital Technology in their Master Series M2 Direct Digital Amplifier, bypassing the analogue audio circuits within the iPod/iPhone for what NAD describes as;
“VISO 1 not only will play louder than other iPod docks, it plays with an uncanny smoothness and accuracy. Music seems to float in 3 dimensional space with vocals and instruments clearly defined and true to life. You’ve never heard your iPod sound this good!”
The NAS Viso 1 has also just received a top rating from WhatHifi.