AudioQuest NightHawk headphones are now available. In the increasingly crowded high-performance headphone market, NightHawk is said to “redefine luxury, beauty, comfort, sustainability, construction quality, sound quality, and overall value.”
According to NightHawk designer Skylar Gray, “we reevaluated and reimagined every aspect of headphone design to create a product that might serve to advance the state of headphone art—one that we hope inspires music lovers, headphone enthusiasts, thinkers, engineers, and creators of all kinds.”
Designed for low distortion and maximum performance, NightHawk features a number of alternatives to typical headphone design.
Unlike the overwhelming majority of headphones that use driver diaphragms made of Mylar, NightHawk’s cone drivers are constructed from bio-cellulose, an all-natural material largely incapable of creating the harshness and ringing that so often plagues Mylar.
NightHawk’s bio-cellulose driver is equipped with a compliant rubber surround. This enables pistonic motion of the cone and provides a proper energy-killing termination to preserve the coherence of timing information.
Also unlike most headphone driver baskets, NightHawk’s basket is designed for perfectly even distribution of its air vents, thus avoiding distortion-causing rocking of the voice-coil, enabling improved low-frequency control and extension.
NightHawk’s patented split-gap motor precisely focuses the magnetic field toward the extremes of the voice-coil’s travel, resulting in lower intermodulation distortion and a cleaner, more balanced overall presentation.
NightHawk comes equipped with two headphone cables: one designed for minimum distortion and maximum sound quality, and a second cable designed for outstanding durability.