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Creative Aurvana Live! 2 Headset with 40mm Drivers and In-Line Mic Reviews


Stylish & Great Sounding!


Pros: Natural, balanced, and pleasing sounding; Comfortable; Flat-fold earcups.

Cons: No plain cable without volume control for better quality sound.

I would like to thank Creative Singapore for the loan of Creative Aurvana Live 2 demo sample! http://sg.creative.com/p/headphones-headsets/creative-aurvana-live2       Launched in 2013, Creative Aurvana Live! 2 is a matured model that is still going strong competing with other models in this price category. There are around 10 reviews here in Head-Fi, so Aurvana Live! 2 that often called as CAL2 needs no more introduction, and I will try to write this review short and concise.         Summary: Estimated Sound Quality: 4/5 Very Good Estimated Value (SQ/Price): 5/5 Excellent Build Quality: 4/5 Very Good Noise Isolation: 3/5 Good  ...
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Great closed can with amazing imaging, treble and bass.


Pros: Tight bass that extends really far, comfort, aesthetics, SOUNDSTAGE, sparkly treble (I love this aspect), pleasing to listen to for long periods.

Cons: Stock cable is pretty bad and cable replacement options are limited to one other, V-shaped sound signature, poor isolation

This headphone sounds great and looks great as well. I have had this headphone for a couple months and no change in sound has occurred so this does not require burn-in. The sound is V-shaped indeed but if you require a flatter response this headphones responds to and EQ very well. The treble is oh so detailed and is amazing for metal and rock. The bass is slightly emphasized and it decays really well to give that satisfying rumble. The only complaints are really the background sound to vocals and sometimes guitar instruments and the cable. They are clear and detailed but they are not forward due to sound signature. This can is a marvel for electronic music however with the slightly...
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Perfect Bass


Pros: Bass, vocals

Cons: Construction

Had been selecting from Senheiser HD280Pro, Momentum Over Ear, Bose AE2, AudioTechnica ATH M50, Sony MDR 10RBT and this creatives. This pair had given the best floor tom recognition (so you can even hear the resonant plast) without washing out the bass guitar. Vocals, guitars are clear. Cymbals also do not wash mid-high range.  Perfectly for listening to nu-metal,trash, post-grunge bands. But construction seems to be a bit fragile so better use them carefully  

Successer to a Budget King


Pros: Lush bass, good mids, sparkly treble

Cons: Average isolation

Sound Quality Straight out of the box, it sounded great, pretty much like the original CAL!. I’ve done over 100 hours of burn-in. DAC is FiiO E10. As I mentioned in one of the posts, it reminded me a lot of Sennheiser HD 25-1-II. This can be a headphone for people who really appreciate bass (bassheads included).   Is this a neutral can? No, but it is definitely a fun can with a V-shaped signature. Most people on Head-fi claim to prefer neutrality, but the truth is a V-shaped response is perceived to be more balanced due to the equal-loudness contour.   The bass is deeper than even the HM5; has better extension than the original CAL!. I could feel the tactile low notes...
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Worth double the price from first CAL!? Yes, but stilla biiit to expensive


Pros: Soundstage, bass, build quality, detachable cable

Cons: highs, price ATM

I've had different headphones, ranging from M50, Momentums, and various lesser known brands.   This headphone though is very good! I have to say this: This may be the most comfortable headphone I've ever used. Sure, headphones that cost thousands of dollars may be more comfortable, but I'm not in that League!   I'd really like more treble, it may be a bit too laid back for me. Not ear-piercing treble, but just a tad more present.   The bass is really good! Not a basshead phone, but plenty of bass, extension and quality.   I've paired this with Nuforce dac and Fiio, and it sounds better this way. But it's not night and day difference. The DAC improves things...
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Nice bass!


Pros: Bass, detail, wide soundstage

Cons: price, value

I really like this headphone. I've been trying various headphones in this pricerange, and decided on this one.   But maybe the Price is a bit too high, when comparing to the first Creative Aurvana Live?   The bass extension and quality is really good on this one, but I'm not sure if this is for bassheads. Fortunately the bass doesn't bleed into mids (very important for me!)   The treble is also nice, and the vocals too.   I've seen some Measurements on a russian website, and they look pretty good.   The build quality is nice, with metal headbands, and the cups swivel to which I like.   I don't like the cable because it's 2.5mm on the headphone...
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Rivals pricier cans!


Pros: Bass, asthetics, sturdy build quality, imaging, treble

Cons: None? Maybe flimsy cable

I've auditioned the first Aurvana a couple of times, and I've always liked it, but never purchased it.   Anyway, this new Aurvana is so good! I believe the drivers are the same as the first model, but these are definitely tweaked.   The sound signature is V-shaped, so it's more of a "fun" headphone. Neutralists won't like it, althought it's not over colored like some other Cans.   Vocals are airy and the soundstage is really good. I was seriously surprised to hear this kind of instrument separation from a Creatíve headphone.   Maybe the price will drop soon, but if you already own the first Aurvana, you must get theese!   Cheers

Overall improvement from the first CAL!


Pros: SOUNDSTAGE, comfort, design, build quality, detachable cable

Cons: cable, price

The CAL! 2 is a big improvement over the first version.   Creative brands this as a "premium headphone" on the box, but is it?   First thing I noticed was the soundstage. It's MUCH better than the first CAL!. Much more air overall in the music. Good for movies as well.   I thought the bass was too boomy at first, but after some burn-in it became better. Maybe I just needed to adjust to the new sound signature? But honestly, now after som burn-in I can definitely say that the bass quality and extension is better.    I don't like the cable. I mean it's fine for a headphone in this price range, but it feels a bit flimsy. I'll probably buy a new cable,...
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Lewis Tham

Awesome sound, poor build quality


Pros: Bass is perfect, General sound quality is nice

Cons: Build quality

Got this during a sale at only $100 SGD, felt extremely satisfied with my purchase as sound quality sounded extremely good with a nice, punchy bass and great soundstage. Made me start loving post-grunge again. However, after around 4 months of reckless treatment of the headphones, its left earcup snapped off. I tried salvaging it with superglue but failed. I think this has to be the greatest weakness of this headset; its build. Although it looks pretty good, I don't think its aesthetics was worth the sacrifice of its durability. The cable provided with the headphones were mediocre at best, and the headphones by itself felt so flimsy that I foresaw its death the day I first bought...
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Great looks and Great sound at a Good price


Pros: Powerful Deep Bass, Soundstage, Sparkly non-fatiguing Treble, Appearance

Cons: Earcups are too thick, Cable, Glossy finish, Headband

Introduction   Hi! I'm new to Headfi here and this is my second review. I have just recently started to get interested in audio gear and am now trying to find the most cost-effective headphones/iem for people who do not have much money to spend or are not willing to pay so much for a headphone/iem. I listen mostly to electronic music, ranging from typical house bangers to hardcore drum and bass to ambient to trance. I listen to both mainstream and underground music.  I'm also a pretty hardcore fps gamer and play games most of the time and I listen to music on the go. I do my listening tests on a Sound Blaster Z with Foobar2000 as my audio player. I use only FLAC and ASIO is...
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