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I do not have the Owl but I agree with everything you said about the Hawk.
Thank you for the detailed take on these two. You prefer the microsuede on both?
I found it interesting that in interviews I've seen with Skyler Gray and William Low, they say some may prefer the sound signature of Nightowl but they clearly seem to favor the Nighthawk themselves.
Yes they do. I don't think a closed version was in the original plan but rather it came about because of the people who did not appreciate the Nighhawl sound signature.
I prefer the hybrid pads. As in the ones that came with the original Nighthawk. There are 3 types of pads. Hybrid, Boost (pleather), and microsuede. I also prefer the Hawk if I had to choose one, but the Owl does some things a little better. Again, the Owl while still being unique, gives a sound that's a little closer to the norm. So, I can see how some would prefer it. Sounds a little more like what people are used to
I remember reading that they developed the Owl because they were being inundated for a closed version of the Hawk i.e. for those that appreciated the Hawk's sound but needed the isolation. That's what they said were trying to achieve anyway; a closed Hawk. Obviously it wasn't entirely possible with the limitations that the closed form brought hence the Owl's eventual sig.
The hybrid pads do not seem to be available anywhere. How would you describe the differences between the 3 pads?
Yes, and also I do think that once they had it in the works they tried to make it sound more "mainstream."
Skylar Gray wrote a long post about that in the Nighthawk thread when they were announced. I will try to find it.
Hybrids being the flat response, microsuede is like a few db reduction in the sub-bass to slight deduction in lower midbass. Boost(pleather pads) a several decibal increase in the treble response. Treble "sparkles" but has an artificial sound to it.
Indeed, also a possibility!
Whatever the story, I'm glad they both exist. In my eyes, Skylar is the man. The innovation and thought that went into the Night's creation is seriously impressive.
Thanks! That would be much appreciated.
Is the comfort level about the same with all 3?
if there are others I will edit this
here is one I found where he talks about the liquid wood
That depends on if certain materials feel good on your skin. That is personal. I think the microsuede one feels cooler in hot weather than the others. Some people hate the feeling of microsuede. There is no difference in the padding or shape.
Comfort is exactly the same. More pleather retains more heat, but padding is exactly the same. Microsuede are the most cool due to outer surface material