Creative is one of the most trusted brands in the market for sound and offers a wide range of headphones, sound cards and speakers. Among its most popular ranges of headphones are the Outlier or the Aurvana. The headphones we are analyzing here belong to the second.
Creative Aurvana Live! 2, technical characteristics
|Audio transducer||40mm neodymium magnet with composite biocellulose diaphragm|
|Response frequency||10 Hz – 30 kHz|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm jack socket, length 1.2 meters|
|patron||Unidirectional with noise cancellation|
|Response frequency||100 Hz – 10 kHz|
The Creative Aurvana Live! 2 are circumaural headphones designed to deliver the best sound quality without sacrificing mobility. The 40mm neodymium drivers feature a biocellulose diaphragm and custom sound tuning to reproduce faithful, natural sounds.
According to Creative, “Biocellulose is an extremely fine, high purity natural fiber. Using state-of-the-art biotechnology processes, this material is compressed to create an ultra-thin diaphragm ideal for headphone pilots, delivering sound speed comparable to an aluminum or titanium diaphragm, while delivering the warm and delicate sound of headphones . Paper. The result is faithful, crystal-clear and detailed highs, along with noticeable deep and rich bass. “
The headphones are lightweight and with cups designed for maximum comfort. The helmet received the 2014 Red Dot Award for Best Product Design. They are available with a finish with a red stripe, and another model with a gray stripe. In this review, we have analyzed the seconds.
The headphones only have physical connectivity, using no wireless technology. The jack cable integrates the microphone, which allows us to use them in calls, in addition to also having the volume control on the cable.
The box has a protective plastic, where we have to slide to the side to remove it. In this protective plastic we find images with the design of the helmet, while on the back we find the main technical characteristics, such as the size of the transducers, the frequency response or the weight.
Taking out the box and opening it, we find the headphones. Under the plastic in which they are located, we find the user manual, a carrying case and the jack cable to connect them. The carrying case is made of soft fabric and will help us give the helmet good durability.
Going to headphones, we first see that they are quite light. The materials we see in the pictures are all plastic which helps make them lighter, but that can raise doubts about long term durability.
The plastic is a bit hollow on the inside, and one part that can be somewhat conflicting is the one seen in the next photo, where there are two screws that tighten it.
This part may be too thin and delicate for the amount of force they will have to endure each day if we carry them in a backpack. Therefore, if you want to ensure durability, it is better to buy a hard case to carry them around and make sure nothing will happen to them in the long run.
The cups are covered in synthetic leather, with that crumpled touch that gives it an upscale look. They have no memory effect, but they are very soft and comfortable. The cups can be rotated, which is handy if we want to drop the headphones on our chest and not want the side to support us. The problem is that the twist is reversed and the padded part is outward if we lower them from the neck when ideally it would rest on the chest for more comfort when hanging.
As for the top band, it is very thin and does not have a lot of padding, although this does not affect the comfort, and it also helps to grip the head. We have 10 different position settings, so you won’t have much trouble adjusting it to your head.
In the cable we have a 2.5mm plug tip, which is the one that connects to the headphones, with a design similar to that used by other manufacturers such as Sennheiser. In the cable we have the microphone, the volume control and the pause and call button. In the last tip we have a 3.5mm jack, which is what we connect to our devices. We can rest assured if it breaks or we lose, as there are some really cheap replacements online for just 3 dollars including volume control and microphone.
When you play the first song, you realize why Creative is still selling this model seven years later. The sound quality is spectacular for urban headsets of this type. We have very powerful lows and mids and highs that don’t blend and with very good precision, where the mids and vocals have a lot of body. In the specifications, we see that the headphones reproduce from 10 to 30,000 Hz, and this precision is transmitted to the sound.
Plus, the isolation from surrounding noise is mind-boggling, even though it doesn’t have any active noise cancellation. Classic insulation in conditions is much better so it is recommended to be careful when crossing if you wear them on the street as you can hardly hear the surroundings.
As for comfort, they are very comfortable to wear; especially in winter because they warm the ears well. The problem, as you might expect, is in the summer or when the weather is cool. At 20 degrees on the street and in direct sunlight, your ears are sweating and asking for air for a while.
Thus, the suction cups adapt perfectly to the ear, helping to isolate the noise. The top band is quite thin and sits comfortably on the head, although it doesn’t have a lot of padding. However, it also helps them to better grip the head and avoid movement on the street.
The buttons on the cable are quite easy to use. The button helps us pause the song or video we are playing, as well as take calls or hang up once we want to end them. The volume slider also works well, providing enough resistance so that it doesn’t accidentally slip and change the volume. The microphone is good enough for calls.
Conclusion of these Creative Aurvana live! 2
Time has passed for these headphones, and it shows in some of their functionality. The 3.5mm jack is no longer the primary way to connect headphones to a mobile phone in 2020, unlike in 2013 when they launched, so cables have been relocated except in certain situations. . Using the cable continues to have multiple benefits, such as eliminating the latency introduced by Bluetooth, better sound quality and not having to worry about charging batteries.
However, in exchange for having old headphones, we get that their operation is straightforward and unadorned, with spectacular sound quality and great comfort after wearing them for a long time. If you keep using the jack to listen to music, these headphones will give you a very good user experience.
For this reason, the Creative Aurvana Live! 2 receive our gold medal.
The suggested retail price for these Aurvanas is 129.99 dollars, although it is normal to find them cheaper on sale. At the time of writing, they are available for 49.99 dollars on the official website. You can also buy them from the following Amazon link.