Creative Aurvana Live! Review
Creative's Aurvana Live! headphones offer decent performance at an entry-level price.
Meet the Aurvana Live!, entry-level over-ear headphones from Creative. While their price tag (MSRP $99.99) isn’t that big, their performance certainly gives potential buyers something to think about, as these are solid performers. There are a few minor issues, but nothing that should dissuade new listeners from giving these cans a go.
Comfort Design & Features
Light, portable, comfortable over-ears
When you first slide the Creative Aurvana Live! cans on, you’ll notice how soft the leather-like material is on your skull. Because these headphones are also quite light, there won’t be a lot of pressure on your head. Over time, there isn’t a whole lot of fatigue associated with the Creative Aurvana Live!, as they are light and grip your head softly.
The cable of the Creative Aurvana Live! ends in a regular ol’ 1/8th inch plug, which works in just about any mobile device or media player on the market today. This something you’ll never really have to worry about all that much. If you like to baby your cans, the Creative Aurvana Live! comes with a soft travel pouch that you can take just about anywhere. Because these headphones are also comparatively light for over-ears, they won’t be much of a burden to carry around.
These cans are quite elegant in their simplicity. Not only do they accent their glossy black ear cups with a metallic chrome finish, but they keep a rather uniform look that while understated, isn’t bad to look at. Due to the relatively light construction and the mostly-plastic casing to these headphones, you’ll find that they aren’t quite as durable as they could be. The cable is also very thin, so be careful not to bind it or tear at it too much because it could break.
The Aurvana Live! cans offer solid sound quality but suffer from problems in isolating noise.
There's nothing perfect about the audio quality of Creative's entry-level cans. They maintain pretty solid frequency response, so most music will sound good (unless it's a cymbal concerto, as they de-emphasize high pitched sounds). They do have a bit of distortion in the low end, but it shouldn’t be enough to ruin your listening experience in any way, shape, or form, and while the tracking response of the Creative Aurvana Live! isn’t perfect, its variations in channel preference aren’t wild enough that you’ll notice them. Even if you know what to look for, your ears just aren’t that sensitive. There may be not be perfect, but neither are there any major drawbacks here. Overall, pretty good.
Over-ear headphones typically aren’t the best at isolation, and the Creative Aurvana Live! doesn’t do much to buck that trend. While you’ll notice that it does block out a considerable amount of higher-pitched outside noise, it doesn’t block out any low-end noise. This basically means that if a truck or bus passes, you’ll hear it loud and clear over your music. That could be a good thing, depending on where you're walking.
Creative delivers some solid cans for an entry-level price
Considering that the Creative Aurvana Live! doesn’t have many flashy or gaudy features, its sub-$100 price point is not only fair, but pretty good for the performance it gives you. Sure, it’s not going to give you the versatility or performance you’d get by paying a premium for a set of headphones designed for high performance, but they certainly hold their own.
They’re not without their blemishes, however, as they do have some minor peculiarities in performance. Namely, they have a minor muffling of higher-pitched sounds, and they also have some distortion issues in the low end. Still, these blemishes aren’t something that should worry the casual listener.
If you’re looking for a set of entry-level headphones with respectable performance, the Creative Aurvana Live! is a great pickup below $100. Keep in mind, however, that these are not designed to work well as a smartphone headset, and are more geared towards listening at your computer or with your media device.
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