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post #31 of 444
Is the isolation better at all or is it non-isolating like the CAL?
post #32 of 444

I got the Aurvana Live!2 from the Creative home page delivered for £90 a week ago. I previously had the Sennheiser HD202 and this is a big step up. Cups are a lot bigger, HD202 looks to be similar to the first Aurvana Live. Anyway, they are very comfortable around the ears. However the headband is poorly stuffed and after a few hours the top of your head starts to hurt. I just slide them slightly back/forward to get another few hours of listening though. They don't have a lot of clamping force but they do sit very well.

 

They do leak sound. A lot more than my Sennheisers.

 

In terms of sound, and I'm terrible at describing what I hear, they are pretty good. Not as V-shaped as many describe the precedent Live, but still lacking a bit of mids in my opinion. But the whole phone sounds so clear and pronounced. But then again - I'm comparing with the quite bassy HD202. The highs can sometimes be a little too sharp, its rare but few songs I feel like I need to turn the volume down a little. I listen to a lot of 60-70's rock which I think these are very good at.

 

Maybe its still a bit too early after 50 hours on these but they came as a fresh breath of air to me.

 

Cheers

post #33 of 444
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Originally Posted by roma101 View Post

Is the isolation better at all or is it non-isolating like the CAL?

It was extremely loud at the CEE in Singapore but I dare say isolation is not much better than CAL!1's.

post #34 of 444
Ok thanks zachgraz
post #35 of 444

I have a pair coming in tomorrow.  I'll post my impressions after some quality listening.

post #36 of 444

OK, so I had one pair on my table for two weeks by now, I've finished the review today ... not yet online, soon though (www.twojepc.pl

In a few words: extremely comfortable, huge soundstage and just crazy amount of details. 

They messed up with the cord though, but beside that ... it's a great value for money. I'm surprised that I say this <keeping in mind that Creative drowns the marked in cheep plastic equipment>, but these phones are the second closed cans that made my jaw drop so hard. The first one are AKG K550. 

I used to love open design phones mostly because the soundstage, but Live!2 beat a lot of open cans I know in this excercise. 

Considering the price (which will go down soon) and the flexible purpose (home/outdoor) I would say CAL!2 are a serious competition for K550 now ... 

 

 

post #37 of 444
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

i posted to your thread...:P

 

i dunno the size of this new creative portable yet...need to wait for the guys to feedback in a few days/weeks' time.

 

Earpads dimensions: 90mm outside / 50mm inside

Round shape outside/inside. Whole ear fits inside. 

 

Very soft leatherette with a memory foam. 

I'm thinking it's as breathable as possible for such material. That's all. 


Edited by NimnuL - 11/14/13 at 6:44am
post #38 of 444
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

 

Earpads dimensions: 90mm outside / 50mm inside

Round shape outside/inside. Whole ear fits inside. 

 

Very soft leatherette with a memory foam. 

I'm thinking it's as breathable as possible for such material. That's all. 

 

great to hear your excitement...btw how would u rate the

 

1) isolation

 

2) durability of hinges..general quality ?

post #39 of 444
@Lorspeaker
Isolation isn't a strong site of Live!2 I would say its moderate (or just good) and rather standard for home models but way bellow expectation for portable. It's way better than in NuForce HP-800 though but not even close to Brainvawz HM5 or Monster N-Pulse. It's comparable with AKG K550 and Sennheiser HD380pro. The reason for that is low clamping force which is perfect for long listening sessions (3h non stop is not an issue) but obviously affects the passive isolation. Overall I think Creative made a good effort and well ballanced it.

The build quality is very good for this price. It's all plastic but a decent one. Hinges look durable. No squeaking sounds no loose parts.
Edited by NimnuL - 11/14/13 at 10:58am
post #40 of 444
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post
 

OK, so I had one pair on my table for two weeks by now, I've finished the review today ... not yet online, soon though (www.twojepc.pl

In a few words: extremely comfortable, huge soundstage and just crazy amount of details. 

They messed up with the cord though, but beside that ... it's a great value for money. I'm surprised that I say this <keeping in mind that Creative drowns the marked in cheep plastic equipment>, but these phones are the second closed cans that made my jaw drop so hard. The first one are AKG K550. 

I used to love open design phones mostly because the soundstage, but Live!2 beat a lot of open cans I know in this excercise. 

Considering the price (which will go down soon) and the flexible purpose (home/outdoor) I would say CAL!2 are a serious competition for K550 now ... 

 

Thanks for the impression. I'm looking forward to the full review. Mine should be here this weekend.

As for the cable, it looks like the cable wasn't a major focus when they made the CAL!2 since they want to let everyone know ,

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 For audiophiles, able to retrofit with another cable of the listener's choice

 

I prefer it this way, I rather make my own cable for it.


Edited by RoMee - 11/14/13 at 11:26am
post #41 of 444

OK, review will be online tomorrow, I made an additional summary in English there as well. I;ll let you know as soon as it's available. 

post #42 of 444
Thanks Nim....so this Cal!2 will kill the Bose AE2 ...tongue.gif
post #43 of 444

Just got my set in today.  It's actually a little smaller than I expected, but it still fits just fine.  It's really light and comfortable.  It doesn't isolate well just as Nim has said; durability wise, the headband feels nice and solid.  The headband adjustments have a really nice sliding action that reminds me of the Sennheiser HD 600/650 mechanisms.  The gimbals holding the ear cups though feel really cheap to me.  My only other complaint is that the connector on the headphone uses a 2.5mm jack.  I think mine may be defective as well though.  I have to turn up the volume almost to max on all of my devices to get a decent volume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #44 of 444
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post
 

Just got my set in today.  It's actually a little smaller than I expected, but it still fits just fine.  It's really light and comfortable.  It doesn't isolate well just as Nim has said; durability wise, the headband feels nice and solid.  The headband adjustments have a really nice sliding action that reminds me of the Sennheiser HD 600/650 mechanisms.  The gimbals holding the ear cups though feel really cheap to me.  My only other complaint is that the connector on the headphone uses a 2.5mm jack.  I think mine may be defective as well though.  I have to turn up the volume almost to max on all of my devices to get a decent volume.

 

 

I wonder if these are scalable and how they sound amped by whatever.

 

Noone likes the red ones?

 

I would like to see how these compare to the momentum and the likes. I don't really like the k550 besides the soundstage so hearing the impressions of them being similar have me wanting more comparisons. I wouldn't be surprised if these best the k545 though.

post #45 of 444
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

I wonder if these are scalable and how they sound amped by whatever.

 

Noone likes the red ones?

 

I would like to see how these compare to the momentum and the likes. I don't really like the k550 besides the soundstage so hearing the impressions of them being similar have me wanting more comparisons. I wouldn't be surprised if these best the k545 though.

 

I think I may have a defective model.  I also tested them with a Matrix M-Stage, FiiO E9K/E17, and a friend's Schiit Asgard 2.  Same issue.  I usually have the knobs at about 8-9 o'clock for other headphones whereas I have to have it at 12-2 o'clock for the CAL!2. 

 

I really can't compare it fairly to other headphones because of the issue.

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