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Article: Neumann NDH20 Headphone Review

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The Elegias have recently been on sale for 700,  I snagged a pair, and ordered a balanced cable for my use. Replacing a pair of well reviewed Shure cans. I use them at my desk, in close quarters. I was afraid, when I read the title of this article, that I would have buyers remorse, but you have validated me.

 

I have the Focal Utopia cans in my private office, and really like them. I’ll get to listen to the Elegia this evening. 

 

Thanks for for the nice review, with both subjective, and objective findings, and comparison to nearby competitors. Well done.


[Home Digital] Bricasti M12 > McIntosh MC60 > Zu Druid V + Undertone (BHSE + Voce)

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Somewhat unsurprising results given the gross similarities and parts list from Sennheiser headphones.  Still, somewhat off the beaten path and well worth investigating. 

 

NAD Viso HP50 may be near on half your listed price at this exact moment in some locations.  ;)

 

 

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While the accessories put the NDH20 more in line with the skimpy HP50 than the generous Elegia, the NDH20’s fantastic build quality vaults it over the NADs and perhaps even over the Focals.

 

You appear to have put the reviewed headphones in the wrong pile here.

 

For reference Focal Elegia (stand optional)

 

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NAD Viso HP50 

 

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On 6/12/2019 at 1:34 PM, rando said:

Somewhat unsurprising results given the gross similarities and parts list from Sennheiser headphones.  Still, somewhat off the beaten path and well worth investigating. 

 

NAD Viso HP50 may be near on half your listed price at this exact moment in some locations.  ;)

 

 

 

You appear to have put the reviewed headphones in the wrong pile here.

 

For reference Focal Elegia (stand optional)

 

accessories.jpg   

 

NAD Viso HP50 

 

7f7o1Ey.jpg

 

I value the Focal custom molded hard case as an accessory a lot more than the soft-sided bag and extra cable that come with the HP50. The HP50 is a great pair of headphones, but I don’t think accessories are its strong point. 

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Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS >SOtM Lan Isolator>Bricasti M5 Network Player >Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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