Cinder posted a review on Head-Fi of the new NightOwl from Audioquest. This ostensibly is a closed version of the NightHawk. However, the NightOwl is priced significantly more than the NightHawk at $699. Unfortunately, this review had no comparisons with other headphones. I’ll hunt down other reviews which have comparisons and link them below.
Pros: Very good 3D-audio placement, lots of detail retrieval, great extension on both ends, eco-friendly packaging, great case, comfortable, classy look
Cons: Expensive, only comes with one cable
Review of NightOwl
Thatonenoob has posted a nice video review on Head-Fi of AudioQuest’s Nighthawk headphone. Here is a summary of thatonenoob’s review:
Pros: Great Build, Innovative Design, Unique Sound
Cons: Sound Sig, Soundstage, Slight Fragile Suspension
Video review of the NightHawk
Lieven has a review on Headfonia of the Dragonfly family of DAC/Amps with particular focus on the new black and red versions.
Review of the Dragonflys
Jackpot77 has a review of the Nighthawk on Head-Fi.
Pros: Natural presentation, exceptional clarity, realism, comfort, immersive sound signature, lack of fatigure
Cons: May not be suited to those who like extreme treble sharpness
The Jitterbug was recently reviewed by Lieven over on Headfonia. This is product is similar to Schiit’s Wyrd “USB decrapifier” but the Jitterbug is portable, uses the USB connection for power and is about half the price at $49.
The purpose of the Jitterbug and Wyrd is to stabilize jitter which can be present in USB data transfers along with reducing noise and other unwanted artifacts.
Will this make your music sound better? Here is Schiit’s statement on that question in relation to their Wyrd product, “Yes. Some listeners say Wyrd improves the sound of their system. We won’t make any such claim to sonic nirvana—sorry, creating expectation bias and neuro-lingustic programming ain’t something that we do. Sonic improvements are for you to decide. The rest of it—color printing and data stability—that’s like saying charging your iPhone off Wyrd makes the battery last longer. Have fun with that one.”
Ah, the honesty of those folks over at Schiit. Gotta love them.
Review of the Jitterbug
There is quite a bit of buzz around Audioquest’s Nighthawk headphones. I believe Jude even mentioned them in his CamJam preview video I recently posted. Here is a review by Chris Martens on Hi-Fi+.
There is a second review on Head-Fi.