Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise Cancelling
After reviewing the Bose QuietComfort 3
Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, I thought that I would never
experience quality like that again... I was wrong. Creative have come to the
noise cancelling party with their latest endeavor to the market call the Aurvana X-Fi Noise Cancelling Headphones
which even contains similar protective case as the Bose QuietComfort 3.
Needless to say, it's style from start to finish.
Design is probably the most noticeable
feature of the Aurvana X-Fi headphones with comfort being a true second
contender. I was surprised that the headphones are extremely easy to wear and even without
the device turned off, it was quite remarkable at how much outside noise
was stopped. I haven't even turned the Aurvana on! However once turned
on, the Aurvana silenced a vast majority of background sound.
Unlike the Bose QuietComfort 3, the Aurvana
does not come with a lithium ion battery but rather two AAA batteries
which means this product will work straight out of the box and no
charging is necessary. The only downside is that the product is bulkier
than the Bose QuietComfort 3 and that the user will need to either
purchase a battery charger or buy new Alkaline batteries. Then again, if
your Bose QuietComfort 3 goes flat, you are stuck if you do not have
your charger, whereas with the Aurvana, you can easily buy AAA Alkaline
batteries from almost any shop.
The Aurvana is adjustable for a variety of
different head sizes and comfort levels that has a control panel located
on the right headphone with an on and off button. The ear cups are quite
large that does add dramatically to the noise reduction capabilities.
Crystalizer® technology is a patented Creative technology that through
its algorithm improves the sound quality of compressed music and movies.
Although compared to the Bose QuietComfort 3, the sound quality is
extremely similar and I did not notice a great difference but I must
admit that the bass and overall clarity of the music is very impressive.
The next technological feat for the Aurvana
X-Fi was X-Fi CMSS-3D® technology which according to Creative turns
music and movies into "virtual" surround sound. Of course this is a
simulated experience but playing Medal of Honour on the XBox 360, all
the sounds came from the right directions and it almost sounded like it
was a full 360 cinematic sound experience. Honestly I don't know how
Creative implemented this feat into these headphones but the results are
selling point of the Aurvana X-Fi is the noise cancelling technology
which reduced a vast majority of background ambient sound. Fortunately I
had the chance to test these headphones on a flight to Sydney and it
greatly reduced the background sounds of the plane such as the engine
drones and people talking. Although the sound does have a "bass" feel to
it, the noise cancelling technology is brilliant.
tested the Aurvana X-Fi with my iPod, XBox 360 and DVD player and
whether it was music, games or movies, the headphones excelled with the
perfect sound quality that allowed me to enjoy the experience. After
wearing the headphones on a five hour gaming session, the Aurvana still
remained quite comfortable unlike the Bose QuietComfort 3 that does
become a little noticeable after a few hours. The only downside to the
Aurvana is the size and weight which is a little weighty in this
product also comes with a variety of audio attachments, ensuring that
this device can be played in a variety of different audio units and it
comes with a black protective case for storage.
Oxygen-Free Copper cable
stereo miniplug with 6.3mm (¼”) stereo adapter
conclusion, the Aurvana X-Fi Noise Cancelling Headphones are definitely
a treat for the audio connoisseur that provides real noise cancelling
technology and a plethora of other audio options to give you a holistic
and enjoyable movie experience. Depending on what you are listening to,
these can be easily turned on and off thanks to a small keypad located
on the headphone.