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Are these discontinued by Creative for good? If so I think Fostex should just re-release this line here under a new name but make it the same as their current Kotori 201 Line (Which I think is still in production over at Japan) with all their colour customization options carried over.
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Originally Posted by K_19 View Post

Are these discontinued by Creative for good? If so I think Fostex should just re-release this line here under a new name but make it the same as their current Kotori 201 Line (Which I think is still in production over at Japan) with all their colour customization options carried over.

Not in my country. If they would make the bass a bit less in quantity and tighter, that would be a killer headphone!

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I just AB/ed my -sometimes- bass distorted Creative Aurvana Live vs the Focal Spirit Pro.

 

The first thing I noticed when I heard the CALs after listening to the Spirit Pro for almost a month now, is how ''distant'' they sounded compared to the very upfront sound of the Spirit Pros.

 

The treble seemed unnaturally boosted on the CAL after listening to the Spirit Pros for a few weeks, but that quickly got away after 2 minutes of listening and they sounded VERY naturally clear and open again.

 

That annoying ''harsh uppermids texture'' I experience with the Spirit Pros, was also less on the CAL (but still a bit), and my CALs were EVEN smoother before I modded them (so that means the CAL has zero to none harshness in their stock form)

 

I would say the Creative Aurvana Live sounds clearer and more open than the Spirit Pros, but more distant in presentation, better in comfort.  

 

The Spirit Pro has a ''bigger'', more upfront sound, harsher uppermids (although less uppermids quantity than the CAL, the uppermids texture of the CAL is a lot smoother), more detail, better instrument separation, tighter bass, less clear and open sounding than the CAL, same natural sound as the CAL (again, less bright than the CAL and harsher in the uppermids. But if we ignore those harsh uppermids and more distant sound of the CALs, they sound just as natural).

 

If I had to keep one headphone, it would be the CAL, since I like my clarity and smooth, natural sound. If the Spirit Pros didn't have that harshness in the uppermids, than I would keep those rather than the CAL, since I can live with less clarity and/or openess (but with the better things the Spirit Pros has over the CAL, like more detail, more upfront sound, bigger sound, tighter bass, better instrument separation)

 

But that doesn't mean the Spirit Pro sounds dull. It sounds clear enough to me to not bother me, it's just that they sound a bit dull when compared to the CAL..

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