Summary: Just purchase the EP 630, no earphones come close to that in regards to sound quality and price. Just simply not happy with this purchase. If I knew sound would degrade over this supposedly "upgrade", I would've never purchased it.
Pros: Great noise isolation Comes with a carrying kit 6 pairs of different sized replacement rubber fittings
Cons: Sound not as good as their entry level EP 630. Bass is non existent.
Summary: I am an audiophile who owned tons of earphones and by far those are the worst sounding earphones above $50. If it is priced at $20-30, it would some what consider an just OK buy.
Pros: good isolation and is small. looks great
Cons: Where do I begin, Creative is a known for their audio expertise and I love their product: X-fi sound cards, Ep-630, Zen vision: M and even the HN-700. The aurvana just sound bad period. The bass some what accurate, but has very little impact, the mid is very recessive, vocal will be covered up by other sound. The high also sounds thin and tiny. I guess Creative doesn't know much about armature drives. They are much better off making dynamic driver instead. Very big fa...
Summary: Almost any of the other in-ear models that Creative offers will give you a more satisfying listening experience. All the fluff in the package of the Aurvana doesn't make up for it's woeful lack of performance expected at this price level.
Pros: On sale these are attractive enough to entice, company has a wonderful reputation for quality products, lots of "stuff" included.
Cons: The box is a bear to open and forget about the inner plastic packaging, take some Tylenol first. Now sit back and get ready to go "Why are these so --- duh----sounding? Facts and ears don't lie -- Their model 630 is a GREAT value and overall a MUCH better sounding earphone. Bass? What bass? If you drive them with a dedicated headphone amp they come to life but only slightly under levels too high to tolerate for long listening periods. They need to go back to the drawi...
Summary: I've had these ever since January 2007, I took care of them carefully, trying to avoid wire breakage but it still happened just after taking it out of my pocket a few times. I had to shorten the wire above the breakage and solder on a new jack. It was fixed, but it happened again, than I replaced the jack again. The next problem I ran into is the wire connected to the ear bud had breakage to.
Pros: -3 comfortable ear bud sizes, 2 pairs each -Isolates sound good -sounds better than MOST stock earphones
Cons: -Wire is to stiff, wire breakage is inevitable -When worn it acts as if it were a doctor's stethoscope even though it's heavily threaded inside -ear buds come out very easily
Summary: Get E2Cs for this price. The Zen Aurvanas were a mistake my Creative.
Pros: In ear, blocks noise. Better than starter phones. Comfortable with 3 sizes of silicon inserts.
Cons: Badly made, sound is not good relative to price. Shure E2Cs sound much better. There are slight beeps in my music because the earphones suck. Might as well buy cheaper phones that sound the same or better.
Excerpt: I own a Ipod nano, but my Mother recently got this for her birthday and asked me to help her set it up, well l have plenty of experience setting these types of Mp3s up but this one was the biggest headache I have ever had. The player came with a program to convert videos but no matter what I did and how many times I called for support the thing just wouldnt work!
Summary: Got these as a christmas present, was very pleased with the sound quality, noise cancelling works brilliantly on noisy aeroplanes, buses etc. However, after only 2 and a half months of use they packed up, the jack plug only picks up certain bits of the sound in certain positions so if you move your iPod/mp3 player just the slightest bit, it cuts out. Disappointed after promising start.
Insufficiently robust connections spoil good product
Michael Sargent "psychmike2000", Amazon
8 January 2008
Summary: My first pair lasted 6 months of weekday use to and from work on the train, before the connection into the jack plug failed. Creative supplied a replacement set under guarantee (after 2 months of emails and wrangling during which they signed for receipt of them then claimed they had not arrived and then supplied a set in white not in black that I had asked for). The second set have lasted only 4 months before again the connection into the jack plug failed.