AudioQuest NightHawk Impressions and Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by ghostchili, Jan 7, 2015.
  1. dogears
    *just had to update my alert for this thread (remove email notification). this new format/look sucks :D*
  2. Bern2
    If I didn't already have 2 these headphones for their comfort and ease of drive...and of course sound. I EQ the mid and upper bass down a tad. Use it mostly off of my chromebook while surfing.

  3. mbwilson111
    I wish I could think of someone who needs to know about this deal. I did not know one could still get the original wood color ones. I don't think they are available in the UK anymore.

    I hope my one pair lasts forever. I am happy to have the original wood color and i am fortunate to have all three pad choices. I received the ultrasuede and pleather ones when I was sent my replacement cable ... at the time the short rubbery replacement cable was not yet available to buy nor were the pads. So I apparently was sent a review or promo pack. I never have tried the pleather pads but I do have the ultrasuede ones on right now. I found them more comfortable for the summer and the sound seemed fine. I plan to put the original hybrid ones back on them soon. I wonder if I will notice a sound difference.
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  4. BubbaJay

    Do you happen to EQ the 4k dip on the Elear? I'm not someone that normally EQ's my headphones but when EQ'ing the 4k region up about 3dB or so the upper mids sound much better. I actually find the mids on the Elear to be quite good and I don't hear them being that far back in the signature either.

    Still though, for all the things I love about my Elear I like to pull out the Nighthawk from time to time for a change of pace, they still sound really good too.
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  5. Level5
    Really loving these again after swapping the pads to Microsuede! It did slightly reduce the bass, but that's what I wanted/expected because I found the hybrid pads to be a bit bloomy billowy and claustrophobic.
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  6. mbwilson111
    Interesting, while I do like the microsuede and they may be slightly more comfortable, I never found any problems with the sound using the hybrid ones. As I plan to switch back to the hybrid soon I will try to listen for what you are describing. I totally fell in love with these using the original hybrids. Only put the microsuede on this summer because they seemed a bit cooler in the hot weather.

    Happy you are loving yours again! You do have me curious now about the sound difference. I think maybe I just get so into the music that I do not react as analytically as some.
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  7. Level5
    Sorry I meant to say its a bit billowy instead of bloomy. (I'm horrible describing sound terms) The hybrid pads have such a good seal on my ears that the sounds/bass tend to reverberate. I preferred less of closed-in feeling and the Microsuede pads does a good job at that.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2017
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  8. Dr Strangelove
    Just a short recap regarding my cable:
    Kindly the seller offered me a replacement.

    As a workaround I'm using the thinner (mobile) cable atm. It appears to be much lighter and easer to handle.
    However, I'm not sure how long it will stand mechanical wear.

    If both fail, I will finally go for an eBay replacement.

    Thanks for your tips once again! :)
  9. mbwilson111
    Get that nice braided one you saw while it is available. I think you might end up liking it more than the thick sprongy one they will send you.. but of course you do want them to send it.... it is the only right thing for them to do.
  10. vaxick
    Took advantage of the Amazon price on the original wood pair. Glad I ignored the negative comments on these headphones as they sounded wonderful to my ears. Very impressed by the build quality and comfort too.

    Question though, are both of the cables included with the woody model prone to breaking?
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  11. mbwilson111
    The thick one is...mainly at the plug end. Bad soldering or weak pins on the plug. Mine broke right off after just a few times plugging it in and out. The thinner one will be ok but is too microphonic for me. See above posts for discussion of inexpensive alternatives.

    I have had the original wood for over a year. I am also happy that I ignored the negative comments. They do sound wonderful. The hybrid pads that come on them are great as well...not included with the Carbons.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2017
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  12. Madmollusk
    I took advantage of a similar sale a year ago, and for a year now, I've used the Nighthawk almost exclusively (and I still own many quality headphones too). I couldn't be more pleased with these birds and I don't see myself falling out of love with them anytime soon. Though I must admit, the new Senn HD660S has piqued my curiosity.
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  13. frogmeat69
    Came back to the Nighthawks after not using them for a few months, forgot how lovely they sound with my iDSD Micro. Great headphones, especially for the sale price.
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  14. mbwilson111
    Me too. But I wonder if it would add much to my listening experience as I already have a Senn HD 580.

    Meanwhile...still loving my Hawks...and others...
  15. miksu8
    Would be very interesting to know how these compare. HD600 was way too muted or congested for my taste. But also Nighthawks sibilance is getting too much.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2017

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