I like em also. Sounds like old school speakers.
The OG leather pads gave me some not-so-good speaker felling, didn't like them. But the velour or "microsuede" pads are really nice, they tune the bloated bass down while increase some sharpness to the bass. It's weird but I feel like this, maybe the more breathable material brings a little more dynamic?
@neogeosnk Oh yes! I'm not familiar with speakers but them just sound like some speakers from my memory. Especially the leather pads, that thick bass, oh...
I've been looking for a backup microsuede pads for a while. Hope someone finds some old stock so I can buy a pair.
@neogeosnk I was think about some 3rd party pads, like Brainwavz? Ah, after some googling, someone said they were pretty close to the OG microsuede pads: https://forum.hifiguides.com/t/audioquest-nighthawk/73/866
I figured that a pad swap might do a lot to make those nicer on the ears but glad to hear you got em to a good place! Part of the reason I ended up with HP-3s is I felt they were a less muffled Nighthawk (albeit with more sizzle...), wonder if those might scratch the itch a whit?
@Lyander Yes, I thought about HP-3 also, as both of these headphones are (rumored) using Fostex drivers. Yes, HP-3 feels better than NH, but, it's twice more expensive than NH in China, so... I think I'm fine with NH?
Ah true, I'd never have bought the HP-3 for retail price (also, the original pads are USD100... each, BEFORE shipping and taxes). On the upside apart from being excessively murky I did rather like the NH, not to mention they're significantly more comfortable to wear!
Definitely stick with whatever works for you. While I crap on the stock NH a lot personal preferences do matter :P
It's funny that I'm actually having my own NH OG on sale, as I didn't like the OG sound. It's like I had to try very hard to extract the emotion from the bass cloud, but then the slightly peaky treble kicked in and I could only cry for my ears.
Last week I saw a NH Carbon, with the microsuede pads and cheaper than mine, so I "bought the competition", and found the microsuede pads worked surprisingly well.
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