Overview: The AudioQuest Nighthawk Carbon state-of-the-art over-ear
headphones are designed with technology found in many of today's loudspeakers. These technologies have been applied to headphone
listening, resulting in an immersive and emotional listening experience.
NightHawk Carbon headphones come with two pairs of ear pads, a 51" straight cable, a
3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter, two cleaning cloths,
and a luxuriously-padded zippered storage case.
Ear Cups: The ear cups are shaped to
follow the general contour of the human ear--rounder at the rear, wide at the
top, narrowing toward the bottom. This design provides greater comfort and less
stress on the listener's head and ears. It also helps isolate external sounds.
self-adjusts when you put them on, providing ultimate comfort for long listening
Ear Pads: Two sets of ear pads are included in the box. One
pair of ear pads is made of Protein Leather, a bio-derived synthetic
fabric that is durable, pliable, and soft. Protein Leather ear pads seal tighter
for better isolation and improved treble clarity. The other set features an
Ultra Suede covering which breathes freer for greater comfort and enhanced bass
Liquid Wood Enclosures: The NightHawk Carbon's ear cup enclosures
are made from all-natural Liquid Wood. Liquid Wood is made of 100% renewable raw
materials, including lignin, natural fibers, resins, and waxes, combined and
treated so that it can be injection-molded. The enclosures have support beams
that give them structural integrity, much like the internal bracing in a
loudspeaker cabinet. Liquid Wood has far superior acoustic properties than
plastic or other materials used in headphones, which gives the NightHawk Carbon a
distinctive clear and warm sound.
Drive Units: The NightHawk Carbon utilizes 50mm dynamic drivers
that resemble the high quality drive units found in the most sophisticated
loudspeakers. The diaphragms are constructed of rigid bio-cellulose with a
urethane rubber surround, which results in well-controlled bass, rich midrange,
and natural highs, with low distortion.
Semi-open Design: Unlike the NightOwl Carbon, the NightHawk
Carbon has an open back design to give you a three-dimensional soundstage. The
open area is covered by a 3D-printed grille that promotes the diffusion of
sound, while preventing sound waves from reflecting back toward the driver,
creating standing waves and distortion.
Audio Cable: The NightHawk Carbon comes with a 51" high-quality audio
cable. Using technologies found in AudioQuest's loudspeaker cables, the larger
51" high-end NightHawk cable uses high-purity copper conductors with very little
oxygen content. The cable's plugs feature Direct-Silver plating over a base
metal of Tellurium Copper (TeCu). TeCu is known for it's purity and
machinability, which results in better plating quality and contact mating for
improved signal transmission. The cable has a 1-button remote on the yoke with
controls for music playback and phone calls. The supplied 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter
that also features thick Direct-Silver plating over high-purity copper.
Break-in Period: Like other mechanical devices such as
loudspeakers and phono cartridges, the NightHawk Carbon headphones require a "break-in"
period in order to reach optimum performance. A suggested break-in period is
approximately 150 hours listening to music at safe volumes. A similar "burn-in"
period for the NightHawk Carbon cable is also recommended. This can be accomplished by
leaving your components powered on, and the headphones plugged in, even when
there is no music playing. This allows the molecules in the dielectric to
gradually be arranged from a random order into a more uniform order. This
process can take approximately 2 weeks.
Warranty: The AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon carries a 1-year warranty.
An additional year warranty will be added when you register the headphones with
- Maximum Power Handling: 1.5 W
- Impedance: 25Ω
- Sensitivity: 99dB SPL/mW
- Dimensions: Ear Cups: Width 3.555", Height 4.245",
- Weight: 12.5 ounces