Posted on 9th March, 2017


AudioQuest have announced two new models to the award-winning NightHawk headphone range.

The two new additional models, NightHawk Carbon and NightOwl Carbon are said to both tick the boxes for outstanding comfort, stylish looks and naturally beautiful sound for immersive, enriching, fatigue-free listening. 

The NightHawk Carbon features several acoustic, ergonomic and cosmetic refinements, while retaining the unrivaled comfort and low distorted sound that is already found in the original NightHawk. The NightOwl Carbon trades its siblings’ semi-open grille for a damped closed back design that enables isolation from external noise and even deeper sonic immersion.

Both models feature a 50mm dynamic driver with a biocellulose diaphragm, rubber surround and true voice-coil former that AudioQuest says defeats the resonant coloration and distortion found in other similar headphones.

AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon
NightOwl Carbon

NightOwl Carbon is a closed back design and hidden beneath the central circular portion of the earcups is a vent taht runs along the perimeter of each dome and exits through a hidden airflow-resistive port. Where the NightOwl differs to other sealed enclosure headphones, this design effectively “relieves any build-up of pressure, allowing the drivers to breathe freely, ensuring that any impulses return to an innocuous resting state with no ringing, oscillation or resonance.”

Featuring a genuine leather headband, the ear cups feature Porsche carbon grey metallic high-gloss paint, combined with all-natural liquid wood, which itself is made from 100% renewable raw materials, and according to AudioQuest has far superior acoustic properties than plastic.

AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon
NightHawk Carbon

Both new models include two sets of ear pads allowing choice betwen leather for better sound isolation and enhanced treble clarity, or ultra-suede ear pads which are said to breathe better for greater comfort and slightly less bass impact.

A 1.29m cable with a non-braided jacket is included featuring high-purity Tellurium Copper plugs. Both headphones feature a discrete microphone and smartphone controls for use on-the-go.

The AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon and NightOwl Carbon are available now for $995 RRP.

For more information visit the Audioquest brand page.

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StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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