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AudioQuest Nighthawk Carbon Semi-Open Over Ear Headphones-OPEN BOX

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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.

Pistonic Motion

The ideal speaker cone or driver acts as a piston. In the simplest terms, a speaker cone or driver diaphragm creates sound by moving air. Moving air, in and of itself, is relatively simple. Controlling the way the air moves, to promote time- and frequency-coherent performance, while also avoiding adverse tonal colorations, requires precise motion.The ideal speaker cone or driver diaphragm acts as a piston: as it moves back and forth, its surface remains rigid—never changing shape—and its motion is fluid and stable—never rocking, tilting, or wobbling.

Unlike the typical un-terminated Mylar-diaphragm driver assemblies used in today’s most popular planar magnetic, dynamic, and electrostatic headphones, AudioQuest headphone drivers achieve true pistonic motion through the implementation of an ultra-rigid bio-cellulose diaphragm that is anechoically terminated by a urethane rubber surround.

Biocellulose Diaphragm for Effortless Clarity

Most of today’s headphones use diaphragms made from Mylar—an inexpensive, lightweight, commodity PET plastic material. Besides being a much more environmentally friendly and responsible material than plastic, biocellulose also presents significant sonic advantages. Mylar is inherently flimsy and brittle, typically distorting as the audio signal reaches high frequencies of 6–10kHz.

Biocellulose, however, is rigid, self-damping, and therefore capable of far better control across the entire frequency spectrum. AudioQuest headphones do not boost high frequencies to create the false perception of greater detail.Listeners who are accustomed to the sound of Mylar may initially think it offers more high-frequency “detail,” when, in fact, these perceived details are the direct result of distortion and artificially boosted highs.

AudioQuest headphones do not boost high frequencies to create the false perception of greater detail

Instead, our headphones exhibit a much cleaner frequency response with much lower overall distortion, thereby delivering true detail matched by natural warmth, for a fatigue-free listening experience.

In the box

  • 3.5mm (1/8”) to 1/4”adapter
  • Zippered leather carrying case
  • (2) detachable 3.5mm cables - 8 ft.
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Owner’s manual
  • 1 month subscription to Tidal streaming service
Sensitivity 99 dB
Weight 12.2 ounces
MSRP $698.75  You Save: 42.8%