- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 23 October 2013
Introduction to the NAD VISO 1 AP AirPlay Music System
In 2001, Apple introduced the iPod portable music player. While it wasn't the first digital player of its kind, it instantly raised the bar for build quality and convenience. With an intuitive user interface and the iTunes store behind it, Apple turned the music and AV industries down a new path, and created a standard most other manufacturers could only aspire to. Today the iPod is so far-reaching that other music players are barely even visible in the marketplace.
With millions of people now carrying mini music servers in their pockets, the methods of playback have changed too. Instead of flipping CDs; which we were all sure would be the mainstay for decades, we simply flick icons on a touchscreen. But when it comes time to remove the headphones and listen to music at home, we need to add a little more gear to the mix. Enter the iPod dock.
iPod docks have taken on a reputation akin to boom boxes but a few manufacturers have taken the time and effort to create products that will satisfy those of us who call ourselves audiophiles. It's hard to find someone who isn't familiar with the B&W Zeppelin, especially since you can buy it at any Apple store.
Not content with the status quo, NAD introduced its own iPod dock, the VISO, last year at CEDIA. As one would expect from this high-end company, little expense was spared in its design as it sought to bridge the iPod, and other digital music players, with quality amplification and speakers while keeping it all in a compact package.
With the proliferation of AirPlay streaming, it made sense that the second generation product should include this super-convenient feature. Hence, we have the VISO 1 AP, the subject of today's review. Where last year's VISO required you to chain your iPod to the unit, the AP lets you keep your iPod in your pocket so you can control your music from anywhere within reach of your WiFi network.
NAD VISO 1 AP AIRPLAY MUSIC SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
- Wireless Speaker System with Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- Compatible with Bluetooth-enabled Smartphones, Tablets, Computers, and Portable Devices
- Drivers: 2 x 2-3/4" full-range, 5-3/4" Woofers
- MFR: 50 Hz - 20 kHz
- Amp Power: 15 watts x 2, 50 watts for Woofer
- Inputs: USB, Ethernet, S/PDIF
- Dimensions: 10.25" H x 19.1" W x 12.25" D
- Weight: 12.3 Pounds
- MSRP: $599 USD
- SECRETS Tags: NAD, AirPlay, Audio, Streaming, Audio