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20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Best Quality Audio/Durable In-Ear Headphone EverJan 10, 2013
The Aurvana Air is an In-Ear headphone that excells where every other headphone fails. When i was searching for headphones, I had very specific criteria defined. Firstly, I wanted a headphone with SUPERIOR audio quality. Next, it had to be an in-ear headphone that i could use for both gaming and exercise. Baring that in mind, I'm a bit OCD with the feeling that my headphones could fall off mid workout, so I opted out of a traditional earbud design and preferred an over-the-ear one instead. Lastly, I wanted something that reduced outside noise, but only by about 30%-50%. I wanted to feel distanced from others while listening, but be able to hear others and anyone calling out to me.
I have broken out the Pros and Cons below to hit my specific care-abouts. Also, I purchased another high quality in-ear product from Sony (Sony In-Ear Sport Headphones XBAS65B) designed not to fall off the ear and I returned them immediately in comparison.
Audio Quality: Simply put, you cannot find another in-ear headphone that delivers the same level of Audio quality. The highs are crystal clear and the mids compete where other's fail. Traditional In-ear headphones often have difficulty providing bass or even a sense of bass line due to the size, design and structure of the product. For an in-ear headphone, the Aurvana Airs provide a solid supporting bass that flows with the mids nicely, but couldn't possibly take over. Simply put, they make you feel as if the sound is the environment around you. In games, I constantly keep my friend and I up to date on enemy movement in BF3 because the clarity REALLY IS THAT GOOD. It has saved us more times than i can recount by letting him know what I'm hearing. Also, You are not drowned by bass and unrealistically modified sound. The only caveat (if you can even call it one) is that without the mesh screens, the highs can be a slight bit sharp, but i wouldn't wear it without them anyway. 9/10
Design Quality: Next to the audio, this is where the Airs really excel. It needed to stay on my ear and be durable. I have owned these headphones for over a year, wearing them easily for 2-3 HOURS A DAY, between exercise and gaming. NEVER ONCE have I felt that they were going to break and they have NEVER fallen off my ear, even when accidentally pulling the cord with my hand. Because the earbud swivels, it allows you to find a "sweet spot" of comfort and stability on the ear. Again, my OCD tendencies have always left me concerned about earbuds popping out, but after a few weeks, this dissipated and I never thought of it again while wearing them. Only caveat to some might be the length of the cord could seem a little short. I like them short for exercise so this didn't bother me at all. 10/10
Comfort: I've had over-the-ear buds similar to this in the past that were painful after 20 minutes. The headphones were slightly uncomfortable for the first month or so after about an hour of use, but that's simply because I hadn't used headphones like these in years, so i had to "build ear endurance" so to say. As of writing this, I can leave these on for 2-3 hours and not even notice they're on at times. The fact that they are so light and that the majority of the weight is supported by the inner ear portion and not the actualy ear lobe, make them extremely comfortable. My only caveat would be that putting them on and off feels like a hassle at times, however, when you think of the amount of time you would have to spend readjusting and putting earbuds back in your ear, this is completely negotiable. You get good at taking them on and off quickly after a while. 9/10
Price: So, we've reached the real reason most people may not purchase these headphones. These originally retailed for $199.99. This would certainly have been a deal breaker for me, even knowing how great they are, I Just couldn't justify paying a major-brand headset price for high-grade earbuds. I will say, I bought these on sale at about 70% off ($60)which was more than reasonable. If you can get them for $100 or less (totally possible on Amazon or ebay), I would recommend the purchase. 7/10
Overall: They are simply the best earphones I've ever worn, and this is coming from a man that never wore earphones longer than 30 mins tops due to irritation or poor design. If you need new headphones and can get them for $100 or less, looking elsewhere is a waste of time. 9/10
Classiness: They come in a freaking display case and a leather satchel/pouch for travel. No brainer people. 10/10
24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Best headphones for gym yet!Oct 31, 2009
By Randall Jones
Currently I think these are the best headphones on the market for active persons who want good sound quality. I would rate the sound quality a 7.5/8 and fit a solid 9.
I am not an expert, but over the past two years I have tried Bang & Olufsen, Shure, Klipsch, Sony, & Nike for a work out headphone solution. All failed except for the Bang & Olufsen A8's which have incredible sound, but the fit slowly started to fail after 3 months to where they keep falling off due to lose hinges. In ear headphones fall out as soon as you sweat and in ear/over ear combos never fit right or sound quality was 4 or less.
The Aurvana sound almost as good as the B&O's (bass response not as good), but the fit is even better. Plus I don't think they will loosen over time because they do not have a hinge like the B&G's. They stay on no matter what and sound great.
A quick comment on the previous review. How does customer support have any relevance to these headphones? You plug them in and listen.
15 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Fantastic on so Many levels but especially for outdoor use because...Dec 09, 2011
when one is out walking or jogging, you need to be able to hear voices, horns and engines to keep safe.
Often Bicyclists in my area will say "passing on your right" as they come up from behind. Or you are crossing a street but due to the engine noise you look around to see a bus just inches from you which you would have walked into or would have grazed you but since you could hear, you missed a big accident.
Yessirree...when one is outdoors, it's too dangerous to have earplugs blocking the noise. These clip on Aurvana's address any of those issues in spades.
Not only are they like speakers hanging in front of your ears, they allow you to carry on a conversation at the same time as you listen to sweet sweet tuneage.
What really surprised me was the quality of the music ...I own UE 10's and Klipsch x10, Ety's, so many of the great cans and iem mentioned on head fi so I was surprised how wonderful these things sound...Like nobody ever mentions them and they sound open fresh and very involving. Not heavy on bass but nice open mids and highs. They shocked me ...the opposite of fatiguing.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
mixed review.Oct 01, 2012
The sound quality is excellent, don't get me wrong. I love the speakers and the sound of the headphones. The problem I have is the ear holders; they do not fit properly on my ears, and they tend to fall off. Not happy about that at all. Think they need a redesign.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Minimalistic Full Sounding EarphonesJun 02, 2015
By Jinhyuk Ahn
---June 2, 2015---
I have Sony MDR-7506 and a few cheaper yet okay sets of headphones. I have previously used lots of cheap headphones and earphones in the past and finally settled with the MDR-7506. It really had the accurate listening experiences with no exaggeration of sound, which I got accustomed to and like. While the Aurvana Air earphones are not used in the studio settings like the Sony's, they have their own advantages which make them stand out.
As many reviewers have pointed out, the build is weak with not so thick cables and very thin metal ear hangers. If you have a habit of treating earphones badly, expect it to break soon. Having the hangers on the earphones is a nice idea. I personally think this set shouldn't be used when exercising due to its structural weaknesses, although the hangers were designed for that purpose. But the hangers do help when adjusting the sound coming into your ear canals, which enable you to find the best tasting sound to your flavor.
I have small ears and the hangers won't sit tightly, but they are not annoying, and sometimes I forget I have the earphones on. I would still like some other way to push through the good sound in the ear rather than the hangers, but it should be no issues with most average sized ears. These are really light, and you will see why this is named the "Air."
I wouldn't spend hundreds and thousands of money to please my ears, but I can recognize what the good sound is and have been seeking after it although I don't know much of mechanics of sound. Also, I fortunately have another set to directly compared to (MDR 7506).
Compared to the Sony's, this set does not capture all the noises or minor sounds that might be accidentally/ purposely recorded, and I thought it would be the major disadvantage. However, I realized I was wrong somewhat. After listening to the Air and then the Sony's, I would hear some of the inaudible sounds in the Air come forward in the Sony's, which creates a little flat listening experience. All instruments pretty much have the same presence, and I became unsure if it is the best thing for listening to music as in direct comparison, the Sony's sounded kind of boring.
On the other hand, the Air does a good job emphasizing specific instruments in the music. Mostly string instruments boast their presence in the music in a polite and elegant way, and vocals are not overly presented but are comfortable and feel real. Liking of sound very depends on personal judgement though, I actually agree with the reviewers who made positive remarks about them; they have the best clarity in its price level as earphones and spacial presence is well-rendered. Bass is actually very nice to listen to in a long period time; although it is not heavy, it is fun and crunchy. As for the spatial representation, I would sometimes look around and see if something in the room is making the sound. And I am sure the clarity of the Air aided in fooling me that way.
Some pointed out that the earphone cover reduces the sharpness of the sound, and I personally think it is better to use the covers than not to use them. Without the covers, the sound feels a little dry and bass is not 'crunchy,' and prolonged use fatigued my ears. Again, this will fall under personal preference category, so you can try and decide on your own.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a very nice set of earphones that does the job as much as a set of headphones does. With the lightweight minimalistic design, you will get the full comfortable sound that your tired ears always have been looking for.
--May 11, 2016--
After using this over a year, I am still really happy with this set. Sometimes the earpiece can hurt a little if not set properly, but I really do have small ears and the earpiece is the nature of earphones. I have recently bought a pair of well-received open cans of Phillips SPH9500, and while the Air and Phillips both share the similar open sounds, the Air is still my favorite, and I always grab these first in a regular listening occasions. Although I would describe the SPH9500 as "melting" when listening to classic music, which means sweet and nice, I found myself prefer the Air to the Phillips when listening to all other genres of music. To me, the Air seems to be able to separate the black and white of the music very well; the music sounds right and right next to me, and when the instrument is off it seems off, not dragging the sound. I think my search for earphones has ended with my Air, and I am sure you as well will find its character pretty as much as it looks.
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