AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon

One of our favorite laid-back closed-back cans currently on the market, the NightOwl Carbons from AudioQuest bring a very unique listening experience to the table. Working 8-12 days with headphones can be a pain with clamping pressure, uncomfortable earpads, and headphone fatigue is not fun for anyone. The NightOwl Carbons are one of the most comfortable closed-back headphones on the market, with a super laid-back sound signature that is fun to listen to for hours on end. The NightOwl Carbons are the perfect headphones for those who love listening to EDM, trance, rap and so much more. While we wouldn't recommend them for classical as they are a little recessed in the highs, they are a very fun headphone for relaxed listening sessions!

Closed-Back Design

Hidden beneath the central circular portion of NightOwl’s ear cups, a vent runs along the perimeter of each dome and exits through a hidden airflow-resistive port. Thus, unlike other headphones that use a sealed enclosure, NightOwl is designed to effectively relieve the buildup of pressure, allowing the drivers to breathe freely, ensuring that any impulses quickly return to an innocuous resting state—with no ringing, oscillation, or resonance.

Remarkable Resolution

Compared to the drive-units commonly used in most headphones, NightOwl’s 50mm dynamic driver much more closely resembles the high-quality drive-units found in today’s most 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.

Comfortable Listening

NightOwl’s headpad 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 headpad automatically adjusts to the listener’s head—no clicking, snapping, cranking, or guessing involved—guaranteeing an easy, comfortable fit, time and time again. Just place NightOwl over your head and let it do its thing. There’s nothing else to do, but enjoy.

  • Product Highlights:

    • Acoustically superior, sustainably engineered materials
    • Patent-pending suspension system with freely articulating earcups counteracts intrusive resonances
    • Pistonic driver with biocellulose diaphragm and compliant rubber surround
    • Patented split-gap motor dramatically reduces intermodulation distortion
    • AudioQuest cable with improved strain relief; non-microphonic, kink-free jacket; discrete mic and smartphone controls
    • Carbon Grey Metallic high-gloss finish
  • Specs:

    50mm Dynamic - Biocellulose Diaphragm - 1.2T Split-Gap Motor
    Power Handling
    99dBSPL / mW
    25 Ohms
    346g (12.2 oz.)

    What's In The Box:

    • AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones
    • High-performance, durable detachable cable (51") with 45-degree 3.5mm miniplug
    • 1/4" adapter with thick Direct-Silver plating
    • Foam-padded carrying case
    • Cleaning cloth
    • 1-Year Warranty