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This listing is for a pair of Audioquest NightHawk headphones and an Audioquest Dragonfly Black USB DAC.
(Read our NightHawk review here!)
2015 marks an exceptional leap for AudioQuest, and brings an entirely new element to their impressive catalogue. The 'NightHawk' headphones utilise the company's world-famous design prowess, and integrate new depths of headphone technology to redefine the standards of state of the art personal listening. AudioQuest have built this product to push and strain the boundaries, offering a superior headphone in an accessible price category.
The NightHawk name is derived from the design concept of offering a headphone model that 'conveys power and freedom, inspires ideas of physical and emotional transportation'. It's with this design philosophy that AudioQuest have been able to form an aesthetically unique product with unrivalled innovation and sound quality.
The earcups are constructed from a revolutionary new material, often referred to as 'Liquid Wood - genuine wood that has been combined with reclaimed plant fibre, then heated and liquefied. This allows the wood to be treated and processed in a way that allows for injection moulding. When compared to normal wood or plastic, the Liquid Wood material allows for stronger acoustic properties and an infinite number of geometric possibilities. The Liquid Wood earcups are designed to reflect and resemble the shape of a human ear, allowing in turn for a far more comfortable fit and less strain on the listener's head and ears. To top it all off, Liquid Wood is an environmentally friendly material; not only is it aesthetically pleasing - but it's also sustainable.
The NightHawk's headband is flexible and comfortable; designed to distribute the weight of the headphones evenly. The simply designed, yet highly intelligent (and patent pending) suspension system used by the headphones allows the earcups to move freely, allowing heads of practically any shape or size to make use of an thoroughly enjoy the sound of NightHawk. The ear-pads reflect this comfortably, constructed from durable protein leather and also shaped to resemble the human ear.
AudioQuest are one of the most prestigious and well-regarded cable manufacturers in the world and have been in operation for over 30 years. It's no surprise that the NightHawk cable has had an equally impressive level of care and attention put into its creation process, something many other headphone manufacturers overlook. The NightHawk's cable has been designed to truly minimize distortion and promote an intense and dynamic performance from the headphones. Many of the ingredients within the cable are shared with AQ's higher end speaker cables and interconnects, including high purity Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ conductors, Foamed-Polyethylene insulation, Carbon-Based Noise-Dissipation System (NDS) and silver plated terminations. The soft nylon braiding allows mechanical noise to be severely dampened and retain the integrity of the signal being transferred through it.
The driver units are inspired by the drivers found in high end loudspeaker models. The NightHaw's 50mm high-excurcion drivers are comprised of bio-cellulose pistonic diaphragms and compliant rubber surrounds to offer a naturally detailed representation of space, resulting in an astounding stereo image and dynamic sound. It's semi-open back construction means that air can flow naturally. This results in a punchy midrange, detailed and crystal clear highs, all the while tempered with a deep and controlled bass.
The original Dragonfly took the industry by storm in 2012 as one of the best and most compact USB DACs at its price-point, a reputation strengthened and reiterated by multiple awards, five star reviews and glowing remarks from consumers and critics alike. Its accessible price tag and commendable ease-of-use allowed the Dragonfly to exist as one of the rare audio products that bridge the gap between the desires of the audiophile enthusiast and mainstream music lovers.
While the first instance of the Dragonfly set new standards and definitions for the micro-DAC market, its USB power draw meant that it was only compatible with computers. Consumers have expressed a strong interest in a more portable version since it was released, a Dragonfly that could be used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets reliably. While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only.
AudioQuest have just announced the launch of two new micro-DAC options that resolve this issue; the Dragonfly Black and Dragonfly Red. Both are set to surpass the quality and performance of the Dragonfly v1.2 as better sounding, more flexible, longer lasting and better value solutions. AudioQuest unveiled the two models at CES, making the cut for various 'Best of Show' lists, including What Hifi's 'Best of CES 2016' award.
The Dragonfly Black comprises of a high-quality 32-Bit ESS 9010 digital-to-analogue conversion chipset, with minimum-phase filter. This superior technology works in unison with an asynchronous class 1 USB data-transfer to ensure that the signal being decoded is done so without error and with premium quality.
HEADPHONE SPECIFICATION Impedance 25 ohms Sensitivity 100dBSPL/mW Power Handling 1.5W Driver 50mm Dynamic
1.2T Split-Gap Motor
SPECIALISED CABLE SPECIFICATION
Length 8’ (2.4m) Conductors Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Dielectric Symmetric Star-Quad NDS Noise-Dissipation System Terminations 3.5mm Stereo > Dual 2.5mm Mono
Direct-Silver Plated Pure Red Copper
DAC Chipset 32-bit ESS 9010 DAC Filter Minimum Phase Output Voltage 1.2 Volts (Medium) Compatibility Windows PC
Apple iOS Devices
(With Apple Camera Kit)
(With AQ Dragontail Micro USB Adapter)
Output Feed Fixed
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Deliveries usually take 1-3 working days. The majority of orders are sent via our couriers'; Interlink Express on a next-day-delivery service. Smaller, low value or light-weight items are normally posted using Royal Mail Recorded or Royal Mail Special Delivery.
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Shipping Costs Mainland UK (Next-Day) Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly Islands Republic of Ireland (2-day) Under £50 Orders £7.50 £12.50 £15.00 Over £50 Orders FREE £19.99 £29.99 Surcharge Orders £50.00 £69.99 £79.99 Saturday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A Sunday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A Saturday by 12 Delivery £35 N/A N/A
Post codes exempt from the free delivery service include:
Scottish Highlands Post Codes: AB30-38, AB41-42, AB44-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-33, PA34-40, PH15-26, PH31-41, PH49-50
Islands Post Codes: HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3
Northern Ireland: All BT postcodes
Channel Islands Post Codes: JE, GY
Scilly Isles Post Codes: TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25
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