New Audioquest Nightowl / Nighthawk Carbon

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  1. crenca

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    With the wife increasingly commandeering my Oppo PM3's, I picked up a pair of NightOwl closed backs (paid $400US) for use when open back won't do (in bed, traveling, etc.). As with so many others, I am frustrated by their positives (resolution/clarity, comfort on head, etc.) undermined by the warmth bleeding into the mids. A bit of EQ tinkering has helped but certainly not "fixed" it. As Marv purr1n said in his initial NightHawk review, some music pairs well while some brings out the flaws very obviously.

    Would be interested in anyone's EQ curves for the NightOwl if your willing to share.
     
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    Have you tried the microsuede pads yet? They give the Nightowls a slightly more neutral sound, which might help with some of the warmth bleeding into the mids.
     
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    Yes, and yes they are a tweak in the right direction. That said, I like the way the leathers wear/feel better - I seem to be in the minority on this however.

    At this price level I don't expect Clear level tonal balance. I like reading/seeing others EQ curves just for ideas.
     
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    Suedes remove some punch from the owls and make them too bright imo. I just scoop out ~100-300hz a bit to remove the bass bleed, sounds great to me.
     
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    The Shure HPAEC1540 fixed a lot of the issues I had with this headphone. Easy to install.
     
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    @neogeosnk what effects on the sound did you get with 1540 pads installed?
     
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    Let me try them again. I still have the headphones but it's been too long. Think the bass bleed was tamed but sacrificed the mids somewhat.
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate it. I understand that the Audioquest ultrasuede pads are supposed to help tame the bass a little, but since I just picked up the NightOwls second-hand I didn't actually get the ultrasuede pads. Looking for good alternatives, so I'm thinking 1540 pads might be an option
     
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    The Nighthawk was quite a polarising headphone, a marmite headphone (marmite is a term here for something which people either love or hate with little in between).

    I have the Nighthawk carbon and love it. However, it is a very different sound signature and my first impression was very negative, finding it muddy and with a strangled high end. However there is something oddly comforting about the sound signature if you adjust to it, the detail is there but not as you'd normally expect it and it is wonderfully fatigue free listening. I wouldn't call it the best headphone and I'd hesitate before recommending them to a friend because their tuning is clearly not for everyone but I like them. Apologies if that sounds like I am making excuses for a poor headphone.

    One aspect I would recommend is the mechanical design. I know comfort is an entirely personal and subjective thing but I find these wonderfully comfortable with perfect clamping and ear enclosing dimensions and shape. They do not feel tight at all but neither do they feel unstable or loose.
     
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    @HHS Tested a few different pads with the Nighthawk Carbon this weekend.. skip the Shure pads, I must have been high that day. Best pads I tried on these by far are the Eikon Lambskins. They neutralized the bass and got rid of the subass bloat. To me they sound really good, more midcentric with the correct amount of bass. I still feel the treble is rolled off somewhat but not as bad as with stock or velour pads. Been listening to them for 2 day straight and really enjoyed them. Probably never getting rid of the Nighhawks because they remind me of old school speakers from the 80's.
     
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    Got it, thanks for the testing. I agree with you about the old school speakers feel
     

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