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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. mbwilson111
    I would too..and I was not planning to get a NO as I already have a NH plus a few other headphones.
  2. Bern2
    Sennheiser 630vb+Audio Technica ATH-50x+AKG553 Pro+ Fiio E12 for that NightOwl!

  3. Devodonaldson
    I continue to go back and forth over which one I like better. I swear the answer is whichever one I currently have on my head, cuz I find things I love about BOTH of them. If only they came in a portable, I'd be done for the next few years til I had major disposable income
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  4. DW75
    At the current reduced priced of 400 US, the Nightowl is an awesome buy. After I put my EQ set on it, I just love this headphone. It has such a smooth response. There is no harshness, grain, or sibilance present. It is a great headphone that allows the listener to just sit back and enjoy the music. The soundstage is amazing for a closed back. It honestly sounds like an open back heapdhone. It you blindfolded someone, and put this headphone on them, they would not be able to tell it is a closed back. It is a unique headphone, and more people should give it a try. For that person, golfinggino, who said they have a friend who is offering them a new Nightowl for 200, you should buy that immediately. This was a 700 US headphone a year ago !!!! You would be insane not to buy it. It is not a 200 dollar headphone. It is not even close to that low of a price for the performance it offers. I have my Nightowl and Amiron Home headphones both paired with an Audio-GD C-2 (2017 Edition) headphone amp. This is a completely neutral headphone amp, and it really brings out the best of both of these headphones. To anyone interested in buying, just note that this is a very powerful headphone amp. Be reasonable when using, as it has more than enough power to damage your hearing. It pairs perfectly with the Nightowl, and provides excellent synergy.


    25 ohm: 9900MW
    40 ohm: 8000MW
    100 ohm: 3500MW
    300 ohm: 1200MW
    600 ohm: 600MW
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
  5. DW75
    I just wanted to post the slightly updated EQ for both sets of pads as well. After burn in, I never put these up. People should give these a try. I think you will be very impressed with the improvements. There is a huge difference from the stock tuning. Everything in the frequency response sounds completely balanced.

    EQ set to use with the ultrasuede pads:

    Pre-Amplifying: - 2

    50Hz: + 0.5
    63Hz: + 0.5
    80Hz: + 0.5
    200Hz: - 0.5
    250Hz: - 0.5
    315Hz: - 0.5
    1.6kHz: + 0.5
    2kHz: + 0.5
    2.5kHz: + 1
    3.15kHz: + 1.5
    4kHz: + 1
    5kHz: + 0.5
    6.3kHz: + 0.5
    10kHz: + 0.5
    16kHz: + 0.5

    EQ set to use with the pleather pads:

    Pre-Amplifying: - 2

    80Hz: - 0.5
    100Hz: - 0.5
    125Hz: - 1
    160Hz - 1
    200Hz: - 1
    250Hz: - 1
    315Hz: - 1
    400Hz: - 0.5
    1.6kHz: + 0.5
    2kHz: + 0.5
    2.5kHz: + 1
    3.15kHz: + 1.5
    4kHz: + 1
    5kHz: + 1
    6.3kHz: + 1
    8kHz: + 0.5
    10kHz: + 1
    16kHz: + 1
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
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  6. maninthehighcastle
    I hate the cable of the Nightowl. Are there any good alternatives on the market which are good and have no voodoo pricing?
  7. waveSounds
  8. maninthehighcastle
    OK. So thats already voodoo pricing to me. :D
  9. DW75
  10. mbwilson111
    I have used a $10 cable from Ebay for almost two years on my NH because the NH came with cables that had serious problems ... like the end breaking off my long one during the first week! AQ sent me the rubbery one you have and I hate it. I continue to use my ebay one from China that I had picked up to use "temporarily" when the first one broke. The one I have comes in different lengths. I have the 1.8m one and had recently bought the 1.2m because I do have daps that power the NH if I want to walk around the house (I don't take it out). I need to rebuy that 1.2m as my husband needed it for his Oppo PM-2. Mine is from a listing for the Sennheiser HD497 (and other models). You can also search for Sennheiser HD700 and of course the Oppo PM -2. I will find my listing as I need another and edit this post with it. Actually it is probably in this thread already a few times..maybe I will just search the thread.
  11. maninthehighcastle
    Thank you
  12. mbwilson111
    I am going to buy one of these today... 1.2m..6 available. There is one 1.8m left as well.This cable is soft and flexible and the black connectors to the earcups look nice with the color of the cups. No mic... I never use a mic. If you need a mic version you will need to search a bit more.


    Thanks for reminding me that I needed to replace the one I gave to my husband:) Ordered it.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
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  13. maninthehighcastle
    I found a Bower & Wilkins replacement cable for the P3 which should also work. Maybe i order 2 or 3 different ones and decide which one to keep.
  14. mbwilson111
    Is it like this?


    I know someone ordered one that looks like that and said the cable was stiff. Try to look at the photos and imagine how flexible it may or may not be. Do you need a mic?
  15. maninthehighcastle
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