Conclusion: These chunky headphones from Creative could be a bit more comfy, but they eliminate as much noise as the Quiet Comfort 2, sound much better, can operate passively, and can play more loudly.
Pros: Pleasant audio performance—much better than Bose's Quiet Comforts. Excellent noise cancellation. Well-defined bass. More powerful output than the Quiet Comfort 2's. iPhone-compatible extension cable.
Cons: Cable fits awkwardly into headphones. The X-Fi 3D special effect isn't great. Set is less comfy than Bose's Quiet Comfort 2.
Summary: If you’ve got room in your holiday bags for a plastic sombrero, there should be room for the Aurvana X-Fi. A great commuting gadget too, especially if not all your MP3s are ripped at the highest quality.
Summary: The Creative Aurvana X-Fi is not inexpensive. But the nearest competitor, Bose's QuietComfort 2, costs just as much and offers half the features. Which would you rather have - headphones that merely block noise, or headphones that block noise and improve your music? The choice is obvious.
Summary: They also consume batteries at an alarming rate: Having neglected to turn them off before leaving for the day, we came in the next morning to find their two AAA batteries completely drained (they behave like normal headphones without power, so the lack of batteries doesn’t render them useless).
Pros: Active noise-cancellation works well; good sound.
Cons: Active noise-cancellation still detectable; harshes midrange tones; drains batteries.
Excerpt: Priced at a serious $299 and designed to compete directly with Bose’s QuietComfort 3 headphones, Creative’s Aurvana X-Fi Headphones are just as comfortable and do just as good at job blocking out unwanted noise. But Creative has a secret weapon that no other headphone maker offers: the ability to make compressed MP3s sound better.
Pros: Rich full sound at all levels, Excellent noise reduction, X-Fi system restores some fidelity to MP3s, iPhone and iPod Touch adapter included
Excerpt: Creative Aurvana X-Fi [Review] Frazier Barretto, Jun 29, 2009 1800 hrs IST Aurvana gets Creative's X-Fi! Very Comfortable, Light, Good Sound quality, X-Fi, Noise Cancelation, 3D Surround, Good Package Bass (X-Fi mode), Very Expensive Check specifications Write Review Expert Rating : Recently, we reviewed the Aurvana Live from Creative which is set to deliver avid music listeners a melodious experience and the joy of comfort with its ergonomic design and lightweight.
Pros: Very Comfortable, Light, Good Sound quality, X-Fi, Noise Cancelation, 3D Surround, Good Package
Excerpt: Multi-functional, noise-cancelling, and a tech-geek’s deligh, the Aurvana X-Fi headphones splice together some of Creative’s top techy features. But are they as good as some of their more expensive brethren?
Pros: Splicing the visual DNA of the Sennheiser PXC 450 with a pair of DJ headphones from Argos, these noise cancellers from Creative are festooned with buttons, blue LEDs and impressive-sounding features such as “X-Fi Crystalizer” sound processing and “CMSS-3D” pseudo surround sound. Noise cancelling is very effective, albeit less so than the Sennheiser PXC 450 and sonics are generally involving if unexceptional. They run for hours and hours on a single AAA.
Cons: Like most such technologies, the two sonic processors on here are a bit of a waste of time. The X-Fi arguably adds a bit of body to lacklustre, low bitrate MP3s but you shouldn’t be using 128Kbps rips with your £200 headphones anyway. The CMSS-3D may as well be called “The Sound Ruiner 3000” and gives a disorientating effect not unlike listening to music through a guitar’s reverb pedal whilst wearing a bucket on your head. The blue LEDs are both pointless and indiscre...