AudioQuest NightHawk Over-Ear Headphones
The new headphones by AudioQuest, the NightHawk, is a full-bore assault on both the state of the headphone art and on the limits to which quality, innovation, and sustainability can be achieved at an affordable cost. AudioQuest has manage to create a product that looks beautiful and performs even better, all while still being at an affordable price. It really is hard to grasp how good these headphones are until you experience then first hand.
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More comfortable than a ride in a Rolls Royce. - The Verge Review
There’s no contesting that the AudioQuest NightHawks are an extraordinary design with best-in-the-business comfort, and sonic isolation that I didn’t think possible from semi-open-back headphones. They’re also the product of a huge amount of knowledge, research, experimentation, and original thought. - Sound Stage Experience Review
Why the AudioQuest NightHawk?
- Thick padding, light components and smart design makes for "the most comfortable headphones ever tried" by many industry experts
- CES Award-Winner Features Earcups Inspired By Loudspeaker Cabinets
- The First Original Production Headphone to Use a 3D-Printed Par
- Flexible Headband Ensures Comfort, Suspension System Minimizes Resonances
- Trickle-Down Technology From AudioQuest's State-of-the-Art Cables
- Driver: 50mm Dynamic | Biocellulose Diaphragm |1.2T Split-Gap Motor
Comfortable, Fatigue-Free Listening
NightHawk’s headpad attaches to its outer headband via small, swiveling pins located on either side of the headband’s base, just above the suspension’s yoke. An inner elastic band is concealed by a soft, modestly cushioned pad, which yields and rises when met by resistance or pressure. In this simple way, NightHawk’s headpad automatically adjusts to the listener’s head—no clicking, snapping, cranking, or guessing involved—guaranteeing an easy, comfortable fit, time and time again. Just place NightHawk over your head and let it do its thing. There’s nothing else to do, but enjoy.
All-Natural Liquid Wood
NightHawk’s earcups are made from a revolutionary material called “Liquid Wood”—actual wood that has been combined with reclaimed plant fiber, heated, liquefied, and processed in such a way that it can be injection molded. While injection molding is commonly accomplished with environmentally hazardous plastics or synthetic polymers, Liquid Wood is a natural material—as sustainable as it is physically beautiful. Moreover, compared to ordinary plastic or wood, Liquid Wood has far superior acoustic properties and provides a seemingly endless array of geometric possibilities. The Nighthawk uses Liquid Wood to shape its earcups to more closely resemble the human ear, thereby providing a more complete and comfortable fit, reducing stress on the listener’s head and ears.
Driver Technology: Biocellulose Diaphragm & Split-Gap Motor
Most of today’s headphones use diaphragms made from Mylar—an inexpensive, lightweight, and technologically mature plastic material. Unfortunately, Mylar is inherently flimsy and brittle, typically distorting as the audio signal reaches high frequencies of 6-10kHz and invariably causing listener fatigue. NightHawk takes a radically different approach. Inspired by the advanced drive-units used in today’s high-performance loudspeakers, NightHawk’s 50mm high-excursion driver has a biocellulose pistonic diaphragm and a compliant rubber surround. The biocellulose material is rigid and self-damping, making it far more accurate and musically pleasing than Mylar. In addition, NightHawk’s patented split-gap motor design dramatically reduces intermodulation distortion to provide a clean, well-defined broadband response and a large, naturally detailed representation of space. Your music sounds clean, clear, large, and alive.
- Impedance: 25 ohms
- Sensitivity: 99dBSPL / mW
- Power Handling: 1.5W
- Weight: 346g (12.2 oz.)
- Driver: 50mm Dynamic - Biocellulose Diaphragm - 1.2T Split-Gap Motor
- Length: 8' (2.4m)
- Conductors: Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+)
- Geometry: Symmetrical Star-Quad
- Dielectric: Foamed-Polyethylene
- NDS: Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation System
- Terminations: 3.5mm Stereo to Dual 2.5mm Mono, Direct-Silver Plated Pure Red Copper
Includes free shipping to anywhere in NZ.