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Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones Reviews


Had to grow on me a little, but actually damn good headphones for under $100!


Pros: Genuinely impressive sound quality for under $100, Cozy comfy, Lightweight & secure fit, Nice looks, Includes accessories

Cons: Earpads would benefit from being more spacious, Build quality could be improved, Isolation is similar to Denon D2000

  A legendary value performer   The Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL! for short) has a strong reputation for being an excellent choice for beginning headphone hobbyists and an amazingly good sounding headphone for under $100. I found myself with some spare cash, and was after some new headphones after selling my Denon D2000, and thought it would be fun to try the CALs, since they are a reincarnation of the Denon D1000. People have described them as a little brother of the D2000, and I think they are to some extent. Certainly for the better in the sound department, for the worse in other areas. So, I bought a pair directly from Creative, and 4 days later they arrived...
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BEST VALUE for the moneys


Pros: Nicely detailed, laid back, broad and even frequency bandwidth

Cons: Deep bass is slightly unprecise, some classic orchestra can be a bit squishy

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY Finally I can send my Superlux 668B where they belong - into the trashcan. Due to a discount at the german Creative store website, I was able to order the Aurvana Live for 49€ (equals ~62$). Optics/Haptics Lots of plastic, but seems durable and well crafted, also nice to look at. Dueto the little weight and the well adjustable headband, they're superbly comfortable, even for guys with bull shaped skulls (like me^^). Sound : The good The Aurvana Live! has no real weakness. The sound is very nicely detailed and staged, it can reach quite low and has no breakaways -up or down- anywhere the frequency range. Voices are soft and detailed as well, very slightly taken back...
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CAL!s in brief


Pros: comfort, sq, bass

Cons: bass, build quality, isolation

These are wonderful hidden gems of headphone world. Using the same guts as the renowned D1001k they produce a bass driven warm sound without any bass bleed to midrange. Midrange is also well-done, male vocals especially. Treble is nice and has the occasional spark when needed. Presentation is adequate for closed headphones. Overall, the sound signature is quite fun for most genres, the only problem I had with them is the extra messy and fast metal pieces. The reason is that bass is not well controlled. I sense that -though I am no expert-, these are not technically most proficient headphones even in their price range.   Comfort is probably unbeatable. Build is decent but a bit...
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They sound great, but are poorly built


Pros: Sound quality; comfort; weight

Cons: Subbass; build quality; isolation; cord length

Sound quality   These are the headphones that showed me the difference of the sound of headphones driven by an integrated audio card and the ones driven by a dedicated one (in my case, Asus Xonar D1). Needless to say, it was absolutely massive. CAL! have fantastic mids, which make every uplifting trance track SHINE (try e.g. Phillip Alpha - Sudden Changes or Andy Blueman - Neverland). But in order to experience that, a dedicated audio card is a must. I'm pretty sure that they'll satisfy anyone that listens to ambient or orchestral music, at least as long as you're looking for fun-sounding headphones (they're V-shaped, but only slightly - at least to a basshead like myself).  ...
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Best sounding headphones you can get for its price if you dont care for isolation.


Pros: Sound quality, value, comfort

Cons: poor isolation

Overall: Best sounding headphones that you can currently get on amazon for $39.99 if you don't care for isolation.    Build: I wouldn't say it's very durable looking and it is mostly made up of plastic. C rating   Comfort: The cups are large enough to cover my ears and the pleather earpads feel very soft and comfortable. A Isolation: Isolation is very poor for a closed headphone. D   Sound: These sound pretty amazing for what they are worth. These sound very clear. A+   Value: I have no idea how durable these are and don't plan on breaking these to find out. If you don't care for isolation, A++, if you do, I would suggest looking somewhere else.

Best sound quility for a pretty small price


Pros: amazingly comfy, really good sound quality and strong bass

Cons: gets easily dirty, pretty cheap plastic and build

for 50$ (i payed so much for it) this pair of haidphones is uitstanding , amazing sound quality that sounds like it is really played life . strong bass with amazing lows, the only problem i had with the bass is that it took over the mid tones a little bit, but with a equalizer you're fine . Also these are super comfy, i can sit with them for like hours without any headache.

Clear sounding with extra bass.


Pros: Confort, Bass, Soundstage.

Cons: Earpads could be larger.

Sound Signature.   If I were to describe this cans, the V shape would be fitting, but it is just a moderate V shape, nothing overly pronounced but not flat by any means. Bass. This is where the cans excel at. The bass is pronounced and continues with a mid bass emphasis. I'm more of a sub-bass craver rather than the mid bass hump because I feel it steals clarity to the mids, so this left something to be desired, though nothing that made me regret my purchase. I find myself enjoying pop, edm, rock with this pair to the point of losing sight of the background, I see the average joe digging this set for this, but truth be told, the sub bass is a notch below the mid bass. If I...
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Philosophically incommensurate


Pros: Great detail, V-shaped sound works for much of popular music

Cons: Very very V-shaped, feels like a part of the spectrum is missing, literally the cheapest most breakable plastic.

These are hard to review especially at the 50 dollar price point. At that price it's probably going to be one of the best headphones you can get in terms of pure sound detail.    But I would be remiss to not mention that it is very very V-shaped. I miss the mids. I would even trade some of that clarity for semi-decent mids. Only thing worse than a headphone with bloated bass is a headphone with buried mids.    The pads are very comfortable at first but like any around ear they tend to get hot over time.    In general ATH-M50 is better(although also suffering from recessed mids) with better detail through the spectrum where the CAL! has greatly detailed...
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light headphones with good sound


Pros: overall good sound quality, lightweight, sit good on the head

Cons: deepest bass, not super comfortable but ok, sound isolation

i can only compare these to my sony mdr cd 770 and my dad's beyerdynamic dt 990 premium as well as some koss porta pros.   i haven't had them for that long yet but i like the construction and that they're light. they clamp pretty tight on the head and are comfortable enough to wear for longer periods. i will try running/working out with these and i think they'll do the job.   about the sound: the bass is slightly boomy but goes pretty deep, the treble is slightly more detailed and emphasized i feel than the dt 990 since the sound signature of these cans is flatter and less v-shaped, the highs are decent. overall the sound is very good and there's not much to complain about...
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A lovely headphone


Pros: good clean sound, balanced presentation with warmth. Great comfort.

Cons: Poor isolation.

The Creative Aurvana Live! is a closed headphone that I recently had the opportunity to try and I believe that it is definitely one of the best ” value for money” purchase as well as an excellent headphone at the sub 100 cost.The Creative Aurvana Live! is an offering from the Aurvana range of products that Creative offers (as we’ll have it for my typing comfort sake!) is a deceptively simple looking pair of headphones. The glossy earcups are the first thing that will strike you out of the box, that also means that it is going to be a fingerprint magnet. The headphone does not boast a great build but my “guess” is that it actually is tough enough to survive as a carry-around portable or...
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