Excerpt: Creative's Aurvana X-Fi noise-canceling headphones compete well with Bose's QuietComfort line of headphones, reviewers say. Sound fidelity and overall volume is on the whole better than with the QuietComfort 15 (Est.
Pros: Excellent sound quality and volume, Very good noise cancellation, Can be used without noise cancellation
Cons: Bulky, not durable, Expensive, Sound leaks out
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.
Excerpt: We’ve never liked headphones that use active noise cancellation because they simply mask environmental noise by generating background hiss. But Creative’s Aurvana X-Fi headphones are almost good enough to win us over.
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.
Excerpt: Creative’s luxe fancyphones let you toggle surround and noise canceling effects on or off, but the big deal is a button that actually sweetens sounds. The Aurvanas sport a proprietary technology, called X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity, to enhance the audio from music, movies, and games.
Pros: Full, rich sonic performance. Superb noise canceling thwarted ambient sounds, even when the music stops. Hard shell carrying case protects phones from drunken post-club smashing. Lookout, Frodo! 3-D effects do a great job of simulating surround sound. Memory foam ear cups comfier than Jell-O bean...
Cons: Expensive! Two seconds of silence when switching on effects. Surround effect more like echo chamber when listening to acoustic or acappella music.
Summary: The 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.
Pros: Improve quality of MP3 files, fit comfortably
Cons: Expensive, surround-sound feature doesn't work well
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 ...
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 ...