Summary: I had cut out an article from a magazine about 2 years ago that rated the top line noise-cancelling headphones. Their reviewer sampled this pair, the Bose Quietcomfort 2, the Sennheiser PXC 350, and another pair that I don't recall.
Pros: High quality construction. Ergonomic design fits well on your head, and the cups comfortably enclose around your ears. The leather material used around the cushions of both the ear cups and the head band is extremely comfortable as well. The noise cancelling works very nicely. Even without sound ...
Cons: The price. Even with a $100 instant rebate, which is what I got from Newegg, $200 is a lot of money to spend on headphones. Even with all the great qualities of these headphones, I still feel guilty for spending so much on headphones. The X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS 3D aren't that impressive. ...
Summary: I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised with the engineering at Creative Labs- I recently got a HD video recorder that is also incredible- but that's another story...
Pros: Excellent stereo image and sonic depth. The guilty pleasure part is the "Crystalizer" and "3D" processing. I'm a sound guy, with trusty discontinued AK240DFs as my only cans forever, and I'd usually scoff at DSP stuff like this- but these things BLOW ME AWAY! I love 'em. Rediscover all your favor...
Cons: If you're on a jet, the seats around you can definitely hear at least the snare drums and hats, and quite likely full lyrical content. I actually think the fact these guys "breath" a bit helps, but if leakage is a deal-killer for you, then pass on these.
DON'T BUY - CREATIVE DOES NOT REPAIR OR SELL PARTS!
DALE B., Newegg
20 April 2009
Summary: Eats batteries like they're made by the Energizer Bunny!!!
Pros: Yep, looks and sounds good, nice case, etc... But there's more to a product than it's initial performance...
Cons: The company will charge $12.95 to ask a question ("Do you service, repair, or sell parts for my Aurvana X-Fi headphones?" "No, but you might want to visit our online store to purchase a replacement set of headphones. Any other questions?"). What broke? A small plastic piece, where the head band a...
Summary: I'm a college student with an -incredibly- loud roommate and these headphones have been fantastic. I would highly recommend these to anyone. They're a little expensive, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with them.
Pros: Incredible sound quality, noise cancellation, and they're very comfortable. Couldn't possibly have asked for better headphones.
Cons: The "sound-enhancing" features might be noticeable to some, but the quality without these is great already. I normally keep both of them off.
Summary: I'd def buy again. Reco to all you travellers and those who have to sleep thru noise. It's a godsend.
Pros: Fantastic sound quality. Great active nc, and the x-fi crystallizer works great, havn't spent much time in cmss=3d mode. comes with great acccesories, sturdy case, two cords, two adaptors. Comfortable, adjustable padded headband.
Cons: It does eat batteries, about every 8-12ish hours. I think the sound is worth it. Your mileage may vary. Quite a bit of your music or w/e does "leak" out, and everyone in the room can hear if above a moderate level.
The better choice among noise cancelling headphone
Shang L., Newegg
25 August 2008
Summary: However, overall this is a great headphone. Compared to other options like Bose's qc2, qc3, Sony's NC500D, Sennheiser's giant nc headphone, I think the value of creative's aurvana x-fi is the best. And therefore deserves a good look if you are in for a pair of Noise Cancelling headphones.
Pros: The Aurvana X-fi offers three buttons for turning on noise cancellation, x-fi, and cmss 3d. A convenient volume dial on the right cup. The inital feel is very comfortable. The detachable cord allows high versatility and if you are geeky enough, a replacement monster cable audio cord. Solid build....
Cons: The X-fi does change the music a slight bit. Its not very noticeble though you do notice it. (whether its good or bad depends on one's opinion). The CMSS 3d in my opionion is useless in that the surround config makes sounds less crisp. Prolonged wearing does start to hurt your ear (annoy?)
Summary: The way the headphone wire plugs into the headphones is quite useful. The case it comes with holds the phones and has a little zipper pouch inside. I use the 6.3mm adapter to plug into my guitar amp so i dont bug my neighbors and can play as loud as i want, with much better quality than my amp can...
Pros: These block noise extremeley well at high DB's. They feel amazing - like no other headphones i've worn. comes with an extension cord and larger 6.3mm jack, and a two-prong jack for airplanes that dont accept only 3.5mm. CMSS-3D for movies.
Cons: the noise cancelling doesnt work the opposite way, so others can hear your music if its too loud. Somewhat of a con, but expected is that it requires batteries to use digital effects.
Summary: The features that these headphones offer for the price is outstanding, all the features seem to do as they are described, the 3D effect is probably more suited to movies then music but the noise cancelling is one of the best I have tested.
Summary: -Positive: The sound quality is pretty good when using the battery power. With drained batteries the sound is a little bit dull but at least they keep working. The noise cancelling is alright. -Negative: With noise cancelling deactivated the insulation is average at best.