AudioQuest Nighthawks

Today I took the next step in audiophilia and invested in a pair of AudioQuest’s flagship headphones – 2015 CES Best of Innovation Winner – The NightHawk.

Jude, an admin from Head-Fi.org offered some exciting details about the NightHawk when they premiered at the end of 2014:

The grills are 3D-printed using a process called selective laser sintering, and its biometric design mimicks the latticework in a butterfly’s wing. It’s designed to diffuse sound and to help defeat resonances.

The cups have substantial internal bracing, and have their interior surfaces coated with an elastomeric coating.

The driver uses a high-excursion 50mm biocellulose diaphragm – far superior to the Mylar diaphragms most drivers use. Compliant rubber surrounds improve the drivers’ pistonic behavior. The NightHawk driver’s magnet is very strong, rated at 1.2 tesla.

The earcup suspension mount system uses ultra-high-grade silicone bands that let them articulate with a lot of freedom, but while still providing nice tension and control. These are VERY comfortable to wear.

With the shock-mount-type suspension, the circular yokes, the Liquid Wood earcups, and the rod-type headband, the NightHawk looks somehow concurrently modern and vintage…

A perfect fit for yours truly!

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  1. […] grills, and retro-style dual headband. (Check out my featured images and more design details from this entry to Innerspace.) But of course, what matters most with headphones is their sound signature, and I […]


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