Stellar Resolution: 50mm Dynamic Drivers Inspired by Loudspeaker Designs
Compared to the drive-units commonly used in most headphones, NightOwl Carbon's 50mm dynamic driver much more closely resembles the high-quality drive units found in today's sophisticated loudspeakers – not simply in appearance but, more importantly, in terms of function and performance. It employs a carefully constructed bio-cellulose diaphragm, voice-coil former, and compliant rubber surround, resulting in quality that is as easily seen as it is heard. Designed for exceedingly low distortion and high excursion with true pistonic motion, NightOwl Carbon's driver contributes significantly to the headphones' well-controlled bass, rich midrange, and naturally extended highs. Its combination of effortless clarity and outstanding representation of space produces meaningful, emotionally compelling listening experiences.
Advanced Aperiodic Damping System Relieves Pressure Buildup, Lets Drivers Freely Breathe
Hidden beneath the central circular portion of NightOwl Carbon's ear cups, a vent runs along the perimeter of each dome and exits through a hidden airflow-resistive port. Unlike other headphones that use a sealed enclosure, NightOwl Carbon is designed to effectively relieve the buildup of pressure, allowing the drivers to breathe freely and ensuring that any impulses quickly return to an innocuous resting state – with no ringing, oscillation, or resonance.
Head Pad Automatically Adjusts to Your Head for Incredible, Comfortable Fit
NightOwl Carbon's head pad attaches to its outer headband via small, swiveling pins located on either side of the headband's base just above the suspension's yoke. An inner elastic band is concealed by a soft, modestly cushioned pad, which yields and rises when met by resistance or pressure. In this simple way, the head pad automatically adjusts to the listener's head – no clicking, snapping, cranking, or guessing involved. This guarantees an easy, comfortable fit, time and time again.
Liquid Wood Ear Cups a Best of Both Worlds Proposition: All-Natural and Acoustically Superior
NightOwl Carbon's ear cups are made from 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. While injection molding is commonly accomplished with environmentally hazardous plastics or synthetic polymers, Liquid Wood is a natural material – as sustainable as it is physically beautiful. Moreover, compared to ordinary plastic or wood, Liquid Wood has far superior acoustic properties and provides a seemingly endless array of geometric possibilities. AudioQuest uses Liquid Wood to shape the ear cups to more closely resemble the human ear, providing a more complete and comfortable fit and reducing stress on your head and ears.
Better for Everybody: Sustainable Engineering and Production
To the very extent that it is possible and practical, AudioQuest avoids the use of plastics in designing and manufacturing headphones. Whereas the production and disposal of plastic is known to present environmental hazards, the production of Liquid Wood and biocellulose has minimal impact on the ecosystem. The same holds true for Protein Leather – a bio-derived synthetic fabric that encases the soft, comfortable earpads. Developed by combining a specialty resin with protein powder derived from eggshells, Protein Leather is durable and pliable. It claims a softness and surface asperity approximating that of human skin, making it particularly well suited to its application in NightOwl Carbon.
AudioQuest's Industry-Leading Cable Technology Included
AudioQuest has designed and refined high-performance cables since 1980. NightOwl Carbon benefits from that experience, extending to a durable cable designed to effectively control noise and minimize distortion, thus enabling a deeper emotional connection between listener and music. The cable's conductors are made of high-purity copper drawn and cast with exceptional care to eliminate as much oxygen content as possible, significantly reducing impurities in the metal that would otherwise exacerbate distortion. Moreover, the cable's flexible jacket greatly reduces microphonics – the annoyingly audible rustling or thumping sounds that occur when headphone cables come into contact with external surfaces – and its rigorously tested strain relief ensures longevity. The mic and smartphone controls allow you to accept and make phone calls, or, of course, play, pause, and select tracks. The control circuitry is kept separate from the audio circuitry, meaning audio quality is never compromised for convenience.