Audioquest NightOwl Carbon - my atttempt at a review
I want to thank the Preview Community for the oppurtunity to review the NightOwl Carbon.
I had never held in my hands an Audioquest product until these arrived. Then a subscriber, Austin, sent his DragonFly Red over to the channel. I must say, I am truly impressed with the Audioquest products.
Build/Comfort/Presentation - Excellent
The presentation from the moment of breaking the tape seal to putting the NightOwl Carbon on your head is very pleasing. Audioquest packaging makes you feel like you are opening a premium product.
Build is awesome, unique design and it all flows on your head and ears smoothly and effortless like. Pads are soft and plush, headstrap has just enough tension and the heft disappears when on the head.
The cable is very disappointing. Way too short and has a bad case of the curly cues, not quite as bad as a curly fry from Arby’s. The 1/4" adapter is built beautifully but doesn’t give a good connection with any of my amps.
Sound - Warm, Fun and Detailed
The NightOwl Carbon isn’t a normal closed-back over-ear headphone. Soundstage is the most impressive about them. It has a way of being similar to both the Focal Elex and the MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open. It is immersive but not intimate, detailed and spacious but not thin sounding. The bass has good impact and thump with decent clarity. The mids are slightly recessed but has a full bodied sound, similar to Sennheiser HD650. The treble is laidback but detailed, very similar to the Sennheiser HD600.
Pairings - Cavalli Tube Hybrid and Monoprice Monilith THX AAA 788
Comparisions - Sennheiser HD600 and HD650 and MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open
Overall, I really enjoy the Audioquest NightOwl Carbon. A headphone that is fun and relaxing but detailed; excellent for gaming and chilling out. I highly recommend them.
Please watch the videos for more details and comparisions.