AudioQuest NightHawk: Do No Harm
"In creating our first headphone, AudioQuest and NightHawk designer Skylar Gray had large, ambitious goals. We knew that NightHawk had to be something special—not just another ordinary headphone—but, beyond that, we strove to liberate headphone design from decades of misinformation and neglect, most specifically characterized by the pervasive use of Mylar-based driver diaphragms, the misapplication of well-intentioned but ultimately ineffective correction curves, and an array of other cost-saving measures that too often permeate the consumer electronics industry.
With that in mind, Gray began from the ground and worked his way up, reevaluating and reimaging every aspect of headphone design. His mandate, as issued by AudioQuest founder William E. Low, was to follow his passion, to take all the time necessary—while, of course, working efficiently—to design a product that meets AudioQuest’s (and his own) highest standards: unsurpassed love, appreciation, and respect for the source signal.
NightHawk is the result of over two years of development—a product that uses sustainable engineering, high-quality materials, and creative thinking to minimize waste and excess while maximizing performance and value. A product designed to build stronger emotional and intellectual connections with music, movies, and games. A product designed to successfully bridge the gap between two of hi-fi’s most enduring and seemingly disparate pursuits: the pursuit of unbridled pleasure and the pursuit of unprocessed truth. A product designed to inspire: music lovers and headphone enthusiasts, as well as thinkers, builders, engineers, and creators of all sorts. A product designed, like all AudioQuest products, to minimize distortion and to do no harm."