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NAD Viso 1 dock reviewed at The Bristol Show 2012 - perfect if you have an iPod or iPhone.

Summary


Impressive sound and unique styling sets this dock way above budget competition.

Our rating


5 wow stars out of five

In typical fashion, NAD have come up trumps. It is expensive, but its performance justifies the price tag.

Where to buy


You can buy the NAD Viso 1 from Amazon.

You can also buy the Viso 1 from John Lewis.

Stylish NAD Viso 1 breaks the mould of music docks

Nad viso 1 is an exceptional docking station. Expertly sporting an iPod/iPhone dock, the Viso 1 can also pair via Bluetooth, so Android smartphone users can join the party, too.

The Viso 1 looks and feels every bit as sturdy as a speaker system costing five hundred notes ought to. Sneak around the back to admire its optical and composite video ports (the former accepting hi-res 24 bit music files). While you gasp in awe at the sound from your chosen video file from iPod or iPhone, send the accompanying picture to your TV or LCD screen.

You can stream music directly to the Viso 1 from more recent smartphones sporting Bluetooth with apt-X (a high quality method of streaming that the Viso 1 faithfully rebuilds and sends to its speakers).
NAD Viso 1 front view

The Viso 1's controls are set on a silver belt, comprising a revolving dock clamp, source input button and volume controls - and, err, that's it. Your Apple device is happy in either portait or coverflow landscape mode, securely clamped in place, leaving the powerful 2x60 watt built-in amp to do the task of playing music which, we should say, it does with aplomb.

Whether it's dealing with the rhythmical delights of Ocean Colour Scene's North Atlantic Drift or resolving a classical performance, the Viso 1 gives an absorbing, exciting listen and accurate soundstage from its rather pleasing-looking form, without overpowering bass to spoil the enjoyment. The Viso 1 is a fine piece of kit: build and sound quality are in another league.

To sum up: if it's a track you like, throw it at the NAD Viso 1 and you'll like it even more.

The Viso 1 is priced at £500 - have a look in the left-hand column above to find out where to get one.
NAD Viso 1 iPod clamp
Nad Viso 1 front view
Nad Viso 1 connectors