The AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon ($699) is the recently released, full-sized, sealed version of their first (and only other) headphone available: the NightHawk.
Personally/sonically, I’m very excited by the NightOwls because the NightHawks are my current go-to daily headphones in the office.
I was immediately attracted to the NightOwls upon their release because of AudioQuests headphone designer Skylar Gray and his commitment to sustainable design. The NightHawks contain liquid wood (which is made of 100% renewable materials) and were the first headphones to utilize mass-produced 3D-printed parts (the grilles!) I admire this level of commitment to minimizing the negative impact on the environmenta rarity in the general world as well as in the world of audio.
The main acoustic adjustments are: a slight modification in internal parts to reduce air leakage, the inclusion of two sets of earpads (protein leather and microsuede), and improved plugs made of high-purity tellurium copper. Ergonomically, they’ve adjusted the headband (which made a difference to me at the show) and shortened the cable (now 4.25 feet, down from 8 feet!)
Watch Skylar summarize the NightOwls in this video: