The Intersection of Performance, Quality, Innovation, Sustainability, and Affordability: Reference-Setting AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones Tout Supreme Comfort and Involving Music Playback
If you like headphone listening, you are going to love NightHawk! AudioQuest NightHawk around-the-ear semi-open headphones represent a benchmark achievement in performance, quality, innovation, sustainability, and affordability. Featuring environmentally friendly "Liquid Wood" earcups, a 3D-printed biomimetic sound-diffusing grille, 50mm biocellulose pistonic drivers to reduce distortion, and a patent-pending ergonomic suspension system that produces an ideal fit to the listener's head, NightHawk soars. Taking advantage of AudioQuest's pioneering cables legacy, its headphone cable minimizes distortion and utilizes the company's acclaimed Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ conductors, Foamed-PE insulation, Carbon-Loaded Noise-Dissipation System. The end result is a reference-setting pair of headphones that dramatically increase our emotional response to music – and the details, images, tones, and dynamics every audiophile values. With the surprisingly lightweight NightHawk, you're experiencing headphones that don't feel or sound like conventional headphones. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"Whether owing to [elastomer suspension], or because of the NightHawk's notably soft, anatomically correct, protein-leather earpads, the new AudioQuest headphones were easily the most comfortable ever worn by this personal-audio cynic."
– Art Dudley, Stereophile
CES Award-Winner Features Earcups Inspired By Loudspeaker Cabinets
Named 2015 CES Innovation Winner (Eco-Design & Sustainable Technology) and Honoree (Headphones), NightHawk is designed for high levels of sonic, ergonomic, and aesthetic performance. NightHawk's earcups are made from a remarkable environmentally friendly material called "Liquid Wood," which offers outstanding acoustic properties. The sophisticated loudspeaker-cabinet-inspired earcup enclosures incorporate support beams that enhance structural integrity and minimize unwanted resonances and vibrations. An elastomer coating is carefully applied to the enclosures' internal surfaces to further reduce harmful vibrations, while a damping material comprising an effective blend of wool and polyester enables an extraordinarily smooth, natural frequency response.
"The NightHawks are luscious-looking units with swirled, injection-molded Liquid Wood shells, and they fit just great. The well-padded earcups make contact via a small surface area that avoids hot spots, and the headband suspends their light weight in such a manner as to make them feel even lighter still."
The First Original Production Headphone to Use a 3D-Printed Part
NightHawk is the first completely original production headphone to use a 3D-printed part: a biomimetic grille that uses a complex diamond-cubic latticework to diffuse sound and defeat resonances. NightHawk's 50mm pistonic drivers have a biocellulose diaphragm that takes advantage of the material's outstanding rigidity and lack of resonances or break-up modes, while its patented split-gap motor significantly reduces intermodulation distortion.
"...NightHawk sailed through everything with accuracy, solid soundstages and imaging consistently outside the ears. Couple that terrific sound with equally terrific design and an economical price and you have a headphone that emerges at the top of the pack."
– The Audio Beat
Flexible Headband Ensures Comfort, Suspension System Minimizes Resonances
A flexible headband effectively distributes the headphones' weight, providing a sure and simple fit designed to minimize clamping force and enable long listening sessions. Finally, a patent-pending suspension system allows the earcups to move freely, accommodating heads of any shape or size while also decoupling the earcups, further preventing harmful resonances.
“If you are the kind of headphone listener who spends many hours tethered to your cans and, often by the end of the day, you are left with the feeling that your ears are somewhat fried even though you are using high-performance headphones coupled to a high-quality headphone amp, the AudioQuest NightHawk headphones could be a better sonic and ergonomic option. Any student of headphone design should try to give the NightHawk headphones a serious, long-term audition.”
– Steven Stone, HomeTheaterReview.com
Trickle-Down Technology From AudioQuest's State-of-the-Art Cables
NightHawk benefits from AudioQuest's 30+ years of experience in the high-performance cable business. Its headphone cable is designed to minimize distortion and maximize a deep emotional connection with the music. It uses many of the same ingredients found in AudioQuest speaker cables and interconnects, including high-purity Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ conductors, Foamed-PE insulation, a Carbon-Loaded Noise-Dissipation System (NDS), and silver-plated terminations. Also included: A custom 3.5mm-to-1/4" headphone adaptor that uses thick Direct-Silver plating over Red Copper base metal.
“But here's the difference between a pair of Beats and a pair of NightHawks: quality. The NightHawks offer bass that is not only plentiful, but also silky smooth. Their soundstage is exemplary, their musicality unquestionable. And the way they fit is probably the best of any set of over-the-ear headphones out there.”
– The Verge