Originally Posted by Claritas
Originally Posted by KWall24
After some googling, I assume you mean the Creative Aurvana Live! headphones, right? I'll take a look at those. If it was those versus the UE 6000, what would be the general consensus? Because I think I'm kinda sold on the UE 6000s unless somebody can convince me otherwise.
Yes, that's the one I meant. UE6000 has better isolation, if that matters to you.
I agree. I have both and use both. The CAL! is my main office phone; my office is quiet. The UE6000 is my bedside table headphone. It would be hard for me to choose one over the other. Here is a comparison the the UE6000, the CAL! and the JVC S-400 that I wrote in a PM last December; maybe it can help:
I still own the CAL!, the HA-S400, and the UE6000. I like all three. I will discuss the UE6000 in passive mode (except when I state otherwise.) I have more or less retired the HA-S400 since buying the UE6000. I used to carry the HA-S400 in my backpack, because it is light and easy to drive, but I found that it does not isolate well enough to be practical for use as a travel headphone.
The HA-S400 is a little easier to drive than the CAL!, which in turn is a little easier to drive than the UE6000.
The UE6000 is the best in terms of isolation, and it is over-ear (circumaural). The HA-S400 is on-ear. The CAL! is somewhere between on-ear and over-ear and between the HA-S400 and the UE6000 in terms of isolation. For me, the UE6000 is more comfortable than the CAL!, which is more comfortable than the HA-S400.
In terms of sound quality, all three headphones have comparable detail retrieval: you can hear the same sounds with all three headphones. (A set that I own and has better detail retrieval is the Beyerdynamic DT250-250.)
The UE6000 is a little dark (shelved-down highs). The CAL! and HA-S400 are more treble-oriented. The CAL! is a little less "full" sounding than the UE-6000. The HA-S400 is a little less "full" sounding than the CAL!.
If I were to choose on sound alone, the CAL! and the UE6000 would be about equal, and a little better than the HA-S400, which in comparison sounds a little "tinny." I would give a slight advantage to the CAL! over the UE6000 for the kind of music I listen to (classical, including opera, West African, some jazz, some Italian pop).
If I were to choose on convenience, the UE6000 would be my choice, because of its superior isolation and very good comfort. On a recent plane trip, I could actually enjoy a DVD of Susan Tedeschi playing at Austin City Limits with the UE 6000 on active mode. I do not think I could have enjoyed it with the CAL! or the HA-S400.
I hope this helps. Also: remember that it is fun to look at headphone choices, but in the end you want to enjoy the music!