For hi-fi sound at a low price, it's hard to beat Creative's Aurvana Live! After almost a year of use, they are still holding up well.
7 June 2013
Summary: Aurvana Live! headphones from Creative solved a major problem for me—how to listen to hi-fi audio while walking the dog at night in my South Philly neighborhood. I live near a restaurant and bar district in Center City, Philadelphia, and I'm not interested in attracting attention because of my headphones. Enter the Aurvanas. Nothing about them says, "Hey, there's $300 sitting on this guy's head." And yet, that's how they sound.
Pros: Clean sound with good bass response. Lightweight and comfortable. Inexpensive and rather low-key in a good way.
Summary: I got these a little bit ago as a compulsive buy and I gotta say they are veryy good! Specially for their price. The little Fostex driver :) I used them for music and sometimes gaming in single player (maybe multiplayer when voice chat is not needed). I own a pair of Razer Carcharias and I gotta say that these headphones are 100x better. The sound is richer and fuller and warmer than the razers.
Pros: The sound is very good! Much better than any headset I have tried under $150, very light, warm sounding, soundstage is decent for closed headphones
Cons: The top of the headband has some odd pressure points that I find uncomfortable over long periods, but may be due to the lack of breaking it in. Also some distortion in the highs and lows during very bass heavy songs.
Summary: i can only compare these to my sony mdr cd 770 and my dad's beyerdynamic dt 990 premium as well as some koss porta pros.
i haven't had them for that long yet but i like the construction and that they're light. they clamp pretty tight on the head and are comfortable enough to wear for longer periods. i will try running/working out with these and i think they'll do the job.
Pros: overall good sound quality, lightweight, sit good on the head
Cons: deepest bass, not super comfortable but ok, sound isolation
Summary: The Creative Aurvana Live! is a closed headphone that I recently had the opportunity to try and I believe that it is definitely one of the best ” value for money” purchase as well as an excellent headphone at the sub 100 cost.The Creative Aurvana Live! is an offering from the Aurvana range of products that Creative offers (as we’ll have it for my typing comfort sake!) is a deceptively simple looking pair of headphones.
Pros: good clean sound, balanced presentation with warmth. Great comfort.
Summary: BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
Finally I can send my Superlux 668B where they belong - into the trashcan. Due to a discount at the german Creative store website, I was able to order the Aurvana Live for 49€ (equals ~62$).
Lots of plastic, but seems durable and well crafted, also nice to look at. Dueto the little weight and the well adjustable headband, they're superbly comfortable, even for guys with bull shaped skulls (like me^^).
Sound : The good
The Aurvana Live!
Pros: Nicely detailed, laid back, broad and even frequency bandwidth
Cons: Deep bass is slightly unprecise, some classic orchestra can be a bit squishy
Summary: The Creative Aurvana Live! solved a major problem for me—how to listen to good audio while walking the dog at night. I live near a commercial and bar district in Center City, Philadelphia and I'm not interested in attracting attention with my headphones. Enter the CALs. Nothing about them says "hey, here's $300 on this guy's head." And yet, that's what they feel like, and that's what they sound like.
Pros: Clean sound with decent bass and a good soundstage. Lightweight and comfortable. Inexpensive and rather low-key in a good way.
Summary: A legendary value performer
The Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL! for short) has a strong reputation for being an excellent choice for beginning headphone hobbyists and an amazingly good sounding headphone for under $100. I found myself with some spare cash, and was after some new headphones after selling my Denon D2000, and thought it would be fun to try the CALs, since they are a reincarnation of the Denon D1000.
Pros: Genuinely impressive sound quality for under $100, Cozy comfy, Lightweight & secure fit, Nice looks, Includes accessories
Cons: Earpads would benefit from being more spacious, Build quality could be improved, Isolation is similar to Denon D2000
Summary: Well designed and constructed phones. Very comfortable and easy to adjust. Two piece cable for long or short connection. Really nice sound with good solid base. I have used these phones with my big analogue and digital amps, with good quality sound cards on PCs and laptops, with my Chromebook, with tablets and with smart phones. They always provide a good listening experience on any device and whatever the genre of music.
Summary: Got these after I ran over the cable of my last pair and broke them, to start with I can see these have a much shorter wire (About 1.5m?) which makes it impossible to run over but is a bit short when I want to move away from my desk or if it gets tangled on something. It does seem quite though though, I've dropped them so they were hanging from my PC, got them tangled and pulled on them accidentally and no damage seems to have been done despite my worries.
Very good clarity. Need a good source for best performance.
29 January 2014
Summary: These headphones do have a level of detail that makes you perceive more of what's going on with your music. Since there's a tendency to excel at higher frequencies, you will get kind of a sparkly audio signature but, you do have to be careful with how much bass you feed them. It seems that bass "tricks" or stronger bass are not that well handled by the Aurvana's. A good source is needed for the best results and, as the audio pros say, garbage in, garbage out.