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AudioQuest NightHawk Around-The-Ear Headphones - NIGHTHAWK

Abt Model: NIGHTHAWK | UPC Code: 092592008328
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AudioQuest NightHawk Around-The-Ear Headphones - NIGHTHAWK

NightHawk is AudioQuest's full-bore assault on both the state of the headphone art and on the limits to which quality, innovation, and sustainability can be achieved at an affordable cost. When we decided to build NightHawk, we knew it had to be something special— it had to have a real reason to exist—because, after all, no one needs another ordinary headphone. To that end, we started from the ground and worked our way up, thoroughly questioning and reevaluating every aspect of headphone design, gradually optimizing necessities while eliminating excess. During that process, we considered many potential names. We knew that our first headphones had to have an appropriately special name—a name that conveyed power and freedom, inspired ideas of physical and emotional transportation, complemented the overall look and feel of the product, and still left room for growth. After careful consideration, NightHawk was chosen to lead what will be a complete family of headphones that match outstanding performance with extraordinary value.

Key Features:

  • Patent-Pending Ergonomic Elements for Light, Comfortable Fit
  • Acoustically Superior Materials, Including Sustainable "Liquid Wood"
  • Biocellulose Pistonic Driver Patented Split-Gap Motor Dramatically Reduces Intermodulation Distortion
  • 3D-Printed Biomimetic Sound-Diffusing Grille
  • Headphone Cable Based on AudioQuest's High-Performance Loudspeaker Cables
  • High-Performance, Direct-Silver Plated 3.5mm-to-1/4" Adaptor


  • Innovative Materials: Beautiful, Sustainable Liquid Wood
    NightHawk's earcups are made from a revolutionary new material known as "Liquid Wood"—actual wood that has been combined with reclaimed plant fiber, heated, liquefied, and processed in such a way that it can be injection molded. Compared to ordinary plastic or wood, however, Liquid Wood has far superior acoustic properties and provides a seemingly endless array of geometric possibilities. In NightHawk, we use Liquid Wood to shape our earcups to more closely resemble the human ear, thereby providing a more complete and comfortable fit, reducing stress on the listener's head and ears. And, unlike typical plastic, Liquid Wood is environmentally friendly—more than merely beautiful to behold, it is also sustainable
  • Driver Technology: Biocellulose Diaphragm & Split-Gap Motor
    Most of today's headphones use diaphragms made from Mylar—an inexpensive, lightweight, and technologically mature plastic material. Unfortunately, Mylar is inherently flimsy and brittle, typically distorting as the audio signal reaches high frequencies of 6-10kHz and invariably causing listener fatigue. NightHawk takes a radically different approach. Inspired by the advanced drive-units used in today's high-performance loudspeakers, NightHawk's 50mm high-excursion driver has a biocellulose pistonic diaphragm and a compliant rubber surround. The biocellulose material is rigid and self-damping, making it far more accurate and musically pleasing than Mylar. In addition, NightHawk's patented split-gap motor design dramatically reduces intermodulation distortion to provide a clean, well-defined broadband response and a large, naturally detailed representation of space. Your music sounds clean, clear, large, and alive
  • Anything But Ordinary: A Loudspeaker-Inspired Headphone Experience
    Many of NightHawk's design elements are successfully implemented in today's most innovative loudspeakers, but have never been used in headphones. Much like the internal bracing of a beautiful loudspeaker cabinet, NightHawk's sophisticated earcup enclosure incorporates support beams that enhance structural integrity and minimize unwanted resonances and vibrations. An elastomeric coating is carefully applied to the enclosure's internal surfaces to further reduce harmful vibrations, while a damping material comprising a purposeful blend of wool and polyester enables an extraordinarily smooth, natural frequency response for a deeply immersive and emotionally compelling listening experience. With NightHawk, vibration-induced distortion is intelligently minimized, allowing music to breathe freely
  • Diamond Cubic Diffusion & 3D-Printing Technology
    NightHawk is a semi-open headphone with a biomimetic grille inspired by the underlying structure of butterfly wings—a fascinating diamond cubic latticework that diffuses light to create iridescence. Visually beautiful, technologically complex, and built to a much larger scale in NightHawk, the grille's intricate latticework diffuses sound and defeats the resonances that ultimately distort and damage our music. Far too complex to mold or machine, NightHawk's grille can only be created through 3D printing via an advanced form of additive manufacturing known as "Selective Laser Sintering." NightHawk, the first completely original production headphone to use a 3D-printed part, represents beauty, intelligence, and responsible innovation
  • Ergonomics: Removing the Barriers between Listener and Music
    Sensitive ergonomics in a headphone design remove unnecessary boundaries between the listener and his or her emotional involvement with the music. NightHawk's flexible headband efficiently distributes the headphone's weight, providing a feel that is both comfortable and comforting—you'll want to wear NightHawk. Its simple yet intelligent, patent-pending suspension system allows the earcups to move freely, accommodating heads of nearly any shape or size, while effectively decoupling the earcups to counteract intrusive resonances. NightHawk's earpads are made of soft, durable protein leather—again shaped to resemble the human ear—with greater thickness toward the rear of the pad, thus providing additional comfort while setting NightHawk's drivers at an angle optimized for precise, stable imaging. Listen for hours—in comfort, immersed in music, moved by NightHawk
  • The NightHawk Cable
    NightHawk benefits from AudioQuest's 30+ years of experience in the high-performance cable business, including a headphone cable purposefully designed to minimize distortion, promote intense user satisfaction, and provide a deep emotional connection to the music. It uses many of the same ingredients found in our speaker cables and interconnects, including high-purity Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ conductors, Foamed-Polyethylene insulation, Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation System (NDS), and silver-plated terminations. The cable's exceptionally soft nylon braid minimizes mechanical noise and complements NightHawk's quiet, confident beauty, while its 3.5mm plug has a 45° scooped shape designed to provide a satisfying feel as you make and unmake connections. In addition, we include a custom 3.5mm-to-1/4" headphone adaptor that, like our finest cable connectors, features thick Direct-Silver plating over the highest quality base metal, resulting in a part that isn't merely functional, but also meets the standards set by NightHawk itself. Every bit of NightHawk was designed to exude quality, performance, innovation, and beauty



  • Impedance: 25 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100dBSPL / mW
  • Power Handling: 1.5W
  • Driver: 50mm Dynamic | Biocellulose Diaphragm |1.2T Split-Gap Motor


  • Length: 8' (2.4m)
  • Conductors: Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+)
  • Geometry: Symmetric Star-Quad
  • Dielectric: Foamed-Polyethylene
  • NDS: Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation System
  • Terminations: 3.5mm Stereo ’ Dual 2.5mm Mono | Direct-Silver Plated Pure Red Copper

Headphone Plug Adaptor

  • 3.5mm-to-1/4"
  • Direct-Silver Plating over pure Red Copper

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 12.2 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Key Features
Liquid Wood Molded Earcups/ Biocellulose Pistonic Driver Patented Split-Gap Motor/ 3D-Printed Biomimetic Sound-Diffusing Grille/ High-Performance, Direct-Silver Plated 3.5mm-To-1/4 " Adaptor/ 25 ohms Impedance/ 1.5W Power Handling/ Brown Finish
More reasons to buy the Audioquest NIGHTHAWK from Abt Electronics
  • is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Audioquest NIGHTHAWK is Brand New.
  • The Audioquest NIGHTHAWK Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
Wired Or WirelessWired
Ideal For Wireless TV UseNo
Ideal For Sports And WorkoutsNo
iPhone ControlsNo
Android ControlsNo
Sound IsolationNo
Noise CancelingNo
Power SwitchNo
Volume ControlNo
Gaming HeadsetNo
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