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Audioquest NightOwl Carbon Closed Headphones

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$399.95
SKU: AQ-NIGHTOWLCARBON
The closed-back NightOwl Carbon further advances the state of the headphone art, replacing NightHawk’s sound-diffusing grille with an intelligently designed aperiodic damping system for excellent isolation of both external noise, and ensuring privacy for the listener and others nearby.

Hidden beneath the central circular portion of NightOwl’s earcups, a vent runs along the perimeter of each dome and exits through a hidden airflow-resistive port. Thus, unlike other headphones that use a sealed enclosure, NightOwl is designed to effectively relieve the buildup of pressure, allowing the drivers to breathe freely, ensuring that any impulses quickly return to an innocuous resting state—with no ringing, oscillation, or resonance.

Further, we’ve implemented several closely related acoustic, ergonomic, and cosmetic refinements, each of which seamlessly complements the whole, delivering improved performance while elevating the overall user experience.

Acoustic Refinements:
  • Modified internal parts: Tighter tolerances reduce air leakage for improved airflow and lower distortion
  • Two sets of earpads: Protein Leather Boost Pads seal tighter for better isolation and slightly enhanced treble clarity; Ultrasuede Pads breathe freer for greater comfort and slightly reduced bass impact
  • Improved plugs: High-purity Tellurium Copper (TeCu) base metal for smoother surface, higher plating quality, better mating contact, and, consequently, less noise
  • Ergonomic Refinements:
  • Improved headpad: Genuine leather headpad with stitched detailing for enhanced comfort, more luxurious look and feel
  • Improved cable: Shorter (4.25ft) length for easier use at the desktop or with mobile devices; flexible, non-braided jacket increases durability, eliminates kinking, minimizes microphonics; robustly engineered and rigorously tested strain relief further increases durability; discrete microphone and smartphone controls enable phone calls and playback functions (Play, Pause, Skip) without compromising sound quality


  • Note: Cable can be terminated with balanced connections or customized to various specifications. For details, see below and contact your AudioQuest Sales Manager.

    Cosmetic Refinements:
  • Luxurious finish: Carbon Grey Metallic high-gloss paint meticulously applied via multistage process
  • Improved outer packaging: Outer sleeve occupies larger surface area and features bold imagery for greater impact and visibility on shelves
  • Improved inner presentation: Includes microfiber pouches for headphones and accessories for safer, simpler travel
  • Features:
  • Acoustically superior, sustainably engineered materials
  • Patent-pending suspension system with freely articulating earcups counteracts intrusive resonances
  • Pistonic driver with biocellulose diaphragm and compliant rubber surround
  • Patented split-gap motor dramatically reduces intermodulation distortion
  • AudioQuest cable with improved strain relief; non-microphonic, kink-free jacket; discrete mic and smartphone controls
  • Carbon Grey Metallic high-gloss finish

  • Technical:
  • Impedance: 25ohms
  • Sensitivity: 99dbSPL/mW
  • Power Handling: 1.5W
  • Weight: 346g (12.2oz)
  • Driver: 50mm Dynamic | Biocellulose Pistonic Diaphragm | 1.2T Split-Gap Motor
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