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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. nwavesailor
    OK..........I have NH at any rate.

    Being tempted to snag the NO
  2. maninthehighcastle
    20180908_164616.jpg Hi. The B&W Cable arrived. It fits easily. It's very thin. I don't know what that means sound quality wise.
  3. Bern2
    Could you post a link for the cable?
  4. maninthehighcastle
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  5. Feedbacker
  6. maninthehighcastle
    About 1,25 to 1,5m. I can messure it later.
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  7. maninthehighcastle
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  9. DW75
    I may end up replacing my cable soon as well. That is the only fault in design that the Nightowl has. The cable is too stiff, and way too short.
  10. Devodonaldson
    I'm understanding of most of the dislike with the cable, seeing as it rotates easy, as it's one thick cable, but I used it exclusively, till I decided to go balanced. My stuff is all portable, so I didn't need a long cable.
  11. Colors
    What balanced cable are you using?
  12. snatex
    To those that have spent a good amount of time with both the Nighthawk and the Nightowl, can you please share your thoughts and preferences...
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  13. javertim
    I think both are excellent, but my preference is the NightOwl. They are clearer and more balanced-sounding to my ears. I don't miss anything in the way of imaging or soundstage as compared to their semi-open brothers. More isolation than the Hawk, too... obviously. Fit and comfort are identical.
  14. Devodonaldson
    Rt-7S HIFI 2.5mm Trrs Balanced Male... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073VRZGZX?ref=yo_pop_ma_swfc It's about 4.5 feet, so it's good for portable. There are longer ones out there as well. You don't NEED a $200 cable to keep the benefits. I like this cable a lot and it brings even more out of my cans than the thick, nice, silver ended stock cables did
  15. Devodonaldson
    I own both. It's often hard to decide, but here's what I "feel". The hawk is more laid-back. It feels a little more open, as in even less of a sense of sound being pushed off the back wall. owl is the most open back sounding closed back iveI ever heard, but Hawk just does it that much better. I'm a person who doesn't like my vocals up in my face, so I prefer the Hawks with vocals. I feel like with the Hawks while clear, the voicing is a few rows back, so I can actually turn them volume up a little louder before the mids become too much, which also means I get more low end, which is a positive with the urban genres I listen too. Also, it's that much more relaxing than the Owl. With the Owl, I choose it number 1 for instrumwnin. I like to have my horns, guitars, pianos, etc. A little more in front, more present. So I choose the Owl as my number 1 for jazz, classical, etc. With all this said, I can do both with both, and still love it. For people who want a more "traditional" staging, the Owl is closer to normal presentation with the more forward mids between the two. Because of the more recessed mids of the Hawk, it feels like it has more low end punch because you can raise the volume more to get the mids at the same level, which presents a stronger bass thump. These really are my favorite sets of cans, lol. Hopefully this helped. Oh, BTW, imI either hybrid pads or microsuede. The pleather pads change the treble and sounds more artificial espwciespe with instruments
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