The Amiron Home is designed as a consumer-grade, high-end headphone in the same vein as the T1 and T5p headphones meaning that it uses the incredibly powerful Tesla magnet technology to create a highly responsive driver setup. I personally loved the results in the T1, but it had its imperfections with lots of noise (based on measurements taken over at Innerfidelity). The Amirons are a much more modern design though so I’m expecting improvements over the already excellent T1s.
The high-end headphone world has experienced an identity crisis (admittedly slightly too strong a term) of sorts in recent times with two camps seemingly forming between the colder, analytical precision of “audiophile” tuning and the musical, rich sounds of the “new school” tuning. There are those who own and enjoy both types of headphones, but the different schools of tuning leads to a lot of conflicting opinions and definitive statements on forums about certain headphones being completely flawed in one way or another. So how does a market leading headphone manufacturer, famous for stalwart “reference” headphones like the HD650 and HD800 respond? By aiming to straddle both camps of course!
I’ve been writing reviews now for around 15 years and I think this might be the very first time that I’ve ever re-written a review – not just edited a draft, but completely re-written a review. The reason I’ve re-writing this one is that the Nighthawk headphones from Audioquest are completely and utterly unique and require the right explanation to do them justice. Hopefully I can fulfil that challenge.
My first take tried to skate over the technology elements of the Nighthawks because I’m all about how it sounds, but I realised that I can’t do justice to these headphones without a thorough explanation so please grab your favourite drink, a snack and a comfy chair and enjoy the read.
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