Audioquest Nighthawk headphones have already been named 2015 CES Innovation Winner (Eco-Design & Sustainable Technology) and Honoree (Headphones). They are an around-the-ear, semi-open headphone where every aspect was carefully optimized for high levels of sonic, ergonomic, and aesthetic performance.
NightHawk’s earcups are made from a remarkable material known as “Liquid Wood,” which offers outstanding acoustic properties and is environmentally friendly. These 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.
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. The 50mm pistonic drivers have a biocellulose diaphragm which takes advantage of the material’s outstanding rigidity and lack of resonances or break-up modes, while its patented split-gap motor significantly reduce intermodulation distortion. The flexible headband effectively distributes the headphones’ weight, providing a sure and simple fit designed to minimize clamping force and enable long listening sessions. Finally, NightHawk’s patent-pending suspension system allows its earcups to move freely, accommodating heads of any shape or size, while decoupling the earcups, further preventing harmful resonances.
Of course, NightHawk benefits from Audioquest’s 30+ years of experience in the high- performance cable business and two options are included with the headphones. The first is designed to minimize distortion and to maximize a deep emotional connection with the music and the second to be more flexible for portable use.
The Nighthawk headphones are very neutral and do little to add their own flavour to your music. Instead they allow the music through mostly un-touched and impress with a sweet treble and extended and controlled bottom end.