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AudioQuest NightOwl - A closed-back NightHawk

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by xero1, Aug 14, 2016.
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  1. Colors
    I forgot how good these headphones are for relaxing and chilling on the couch.
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  2. Mhog55
    That's my preference also. Shutting my brain off and enjoying some tunes.
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  3. ill Kabong
    Agreed, I can literally get lost in the music for hours with almost any headphone honestly, but especially so with these. They are sounding better and better with playing time.

    Now that I’ve decided on keeping the Dyson audio copper cable over the newfantasia spc, I need to figure out how to make a balanced cable with some up-occ silver and eidolic plugs to be able to give these phones a cable as good as them.

    Anyone using a up-occ silver balanced cable?
  4. MellowGold
    Glad to hear you're going balanced! I don't have any silver cables but, for my NightHawk, I have a Dyson Gotham Starquad (OFC) single-ended cable and an Arctic Cables Neotech (UP-OCC Litz) balanced cable.

    The Dyson cable is pretty bad for microphonics and does not sound better to me than the AQ stock cable. The Neotech balanced cable is awesome on all counts: no microphonics, light, flexible and takes the sound quality of the NightHawk up a notch.
  5. ill Kabong
    Yeah the stock AQ cable for the owl is terrible, the newfantasia cable wasn’t quite what I wanted for sound, the Dyson Gotham balanced cable is better. You mention the neotech, which is exactly the wire I’m looking at using for my diy cable. Trying to choose between up-occ solid core silver and the up-occ stranded silver with 1% 24k gold content. I’m just at a loss of which will be better for me. As well as trying to decide on whether to use solid core or stranded.
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  6. Mhog55
    I bought my balanced cable from Arctic Cables. It's a step up from the Dyson and Newfantasia. You can order direct from them, or eBay I believe. They also have a version that's a step up from mine, but 100 bucks is where I draw the line on balanced cables. I believe mine is UP-OCC silver. Maybe silver plated? At any rate, it sounds good. I don't think it's quite as good as my 16 core silver plated cable that I use for my 58X from Lunashops, but it's close. Plus they're made to order, so you can terminate how you'd like. Turn around time is quick. You can also pick your sleeve color - definitely recommend
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  7. JerryLeeds
    Does anyone know if HD700 pads will fit on the NO & NH?

    I saw some pictures and these pads look kind of ear shaped
  8. ill Kabong
    I would doubt it unless you were willing to disassemble a pair of the ones that came with the NO or NH.
  9. ill Kabong
    Also, I have decided on either the neotech up occ silver stranded or the neotech up occ silver/gold alloy stranded. Anyone have any thoughts as to which I should go for? They’re pretty close on price but I hear so much conflict on whether the gold is a good thing or not.
  10. waveSounds
    The NightOwls and a soundtrack of "Defected presents Most Rated Ibiza 2018" are proving to be the perfect groom's speech writing accompaniment. Whether the 3 x 660ml bottles of San Miguel are playing their part is up for debate [​IMG]
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  11. Goldvein
    The nightowl was my first audiophile-type headphone. Not long ago I decided I wanted to try something open with a bigger soundstage. I was lucky to get a sundara as a loaner from hifiman.
    It's really clear and the sound is more open. Technically it seems better.
    But why is it so boring compared to the nightowl? I barely enjoy listening to music on the sundara compared to the nightowl. I'm not sure what it is. Is this the difference between a fun and a clear headphone? And will I ever enjoy another headphone? I hope so because I just sold my nightowl to expand my headphone knowledge and experience. I don't know what to buy next
  12. mbwilson111
    Maybe you should try to find a Nighthawk.
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  13. Goldvein
    Is was thinking about that. Does it have the same engaging sound that makes you enjoy the music for hours? What are the differences?
  14. mbwilson111
    I have never heard the Nightowl but I know there are people who do have both. The Nighthawk has that engaging sound that makes me enjoy the magic for hours :)
    Goldvein likes this.
  15. waynes world
    No, the NH's are not for you - they are not engaging, let alone for hours.

    Ok, I'm joking: "Engaging for hours" is actually the official sound signature of the NH's :)
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