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24 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Great headphones!Nov 30, 2013
I did not like the first Creative Aurvana Live! but I know a lot of people do so when I heard about the new version I bought it right when it was available on amazon, and yes, I like this new one more than the the first one. I'm not an audiophile but I do have quite a few headphones and to me the Creative Aurvana Live! 2 is right up there with the more expensive headphones like the Sony MDR-1R, UE6000, Philips Fidelio L1, V-Moda M80.
This is an over the ear headphone with plenty of space for your ears, the ear-pads are really soft and even though there's not much padding on the headband I've never felt any discomfort. The cord is not the greatest but it works.
The sound signature is a little laid back, it's not an overly aggressive/energetic sounding headphone. The best way to describe it is, it's an improved Creative Aurvana Live! in every way. The sound signature is more for mainstream than audiophiles, but I bet most audiophile will enjoy them as well.
This headphone will sound great with most modern music like pop, hip-hop, etc. The bass is the focal point of this headphone, big, full, controlled, and not the one note bass like the beats by dre headphones. You can easily EQ this headphone into a basshead headphone if that's your thing, but some extreme basshead will find the bass impact a bit lacking.
Pretty good, not great but good, vocal sometime feels like it's in the background, but after burn-in it evens out nicely.
Audiophiles might want a little more sparkle, but for us normal people it's just the right amount, it's non-fatiguing and detailed.
Soundstage & Imaging:
These are pretty good in this department as well. It's not on the level of an AKG K712 but for a closed headphone it sounds really good for both movies and games. It's almost on par with my AKG K550.
This headphone might not appeal to purist audiophiles or the "nothing but bass" people, but for everyone else who like their music detailed with a good bump in the bass, the Creative Aurvana Live! 2 will be a great choice.
If you enjoy headphones like the V-Moda M100 or AKG K167 you will definitely enjoy these. The sound and look of this headphone easily exceed its price.
I think this headphone is best used as a secondary headphone. For basshead who have hard hitting basshead headphones like the M-Audio Q40 will appreciate a softer bassy headphone, and for audiophiles who likes flat headphones, will enjoy the fun factor this headphone bring for the occasional guilty pleasure.
A BIT OF INFO FOR AUDIOPHILES:
The Creative Aurvana Live! 2 did not pair well with my tube amp. I tested both the Aune T1 and Shiit Valhalla using various tubes and it just didn't sound as good when compared to solid state amps.
It's not really needed but I recommend a headphone amp like the FiiO E07K for best performance. I used an iBasso DX50 stacked with a JDS Labs C5 for this mini review.
10 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Perfect for the price (detailed review)Jan 10, 2014
This headset not only met the expectations I had when I bought them, but exceeded them. They are worth the money for many reasons.
--- Sound quality --- I am no audiophile or expert in sound but I know good sound quality when I hear it. These headphones provide life-like audio with a subtle emphasis on bass which makes everything feel cinematic and vivid. Mids, lows, highs, the whole range sounds crisp and heavenly. I could sit back and listen to music with these headphones all day and still be into the experience. There is a nice emphasis on bass in these CAL!2s which I've never heard in any other headphones. It is not a deep, tunneled, or echo'y bass, but a soft bump that feels very powerful. On top of all this the CAL!2s deliver audio perfectly, allowing me to hear in music bits and details I've never heard before.
--- Gaming/Music/Applications --- I am PC gamer and I stream occasionally on Twitch-TV. And thus, I tend to have a lot of different types of audio coming in at one time. These headphones do an outstanding job of balancing out music, Skype, in-game volume, and interface sounds without leaving your ears begging for you to turn something off. Using all these things at once I can distinctly notice different sounds from different sources. Even with the volume up very high my ears still feel in balance. On top of computer usage, I have used these with my ZuneHD player and my iPod touch, and music of all types and quality levels sound immersive and detailed. Pretty much anything I use these headset with sounds excellent -- that is not an overstatement.
--- Comfort: The pads fit around my ears very well. There is no awkward pressing against one part of my ear more than another. I've worn these up to 7 hours without taking them off and still felt minimal pressure on my ears. The whole headphone fits well on my head and I never have to worry about them falling down my head. I wouldn't recommend these for sports though, as they are best fit for sitting down or walking around. The ear-cups fold outwards when you bring the headphones down around your neck and the backs of them rest very comfortably. When you have them down around your neck though, they may seem rather tight, so, depending on how big your neck is you may not want to do this (I have a rather thick neck - not fat - and these fit around there just fine).
--- Build Quality --- Most of the headphone is plastic with a metal strip in the center of the headband. They don't feel flimsy or cheap and they look very sleek. The silver bit that connects around the ear-cup may look thin and breakable but it is very durable. I have not dropped these headphones yet so I do not know what the result of that would be.
--- Downside --- The detachable cable for these headphones is unique to them and I'm not sure if I could get it replaced if I lost it. So if you do buy a pair of these, make sure to never lose the cable as it is not a standard auxiliary cable with two 3.5 mm jacks. One side is 2.5 mm and there is an in-line mic (which I have yet to use) and a volume adjuster for the headphones themselves. Just make sure to never lose it. That is all.
--- Summary --- These headphones deliver an immersive and realistic experience, providing top of the line sound quality and amazing comfort. I've reviewed these headphones compared to many more expensive ones and they outshine a large crowd of audiophile grade headphones, especially for this price. Additionally, these are perfect for gaming on PC or console, and they are amazing for balancing out audio between multiple applications. Some parts of them appear to be flimsy and plastic, but they are built tough and they look very futuristic with a clean and fashionable design. For only $129.99 these headphones are a steal of a deal. I would recommend these over the ATH-M50s by Audio Technica in almost every category.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Good, but not $100 durableDec 18, 2015
Good sound quality and very comfortable.
A mic splitter is needed to talk and listen if your PC has separate plugs for input.
Not very durable though. Mine snapped just above the right ear phone. Granted, I have had it for a while, about 8 months but I have treated it with care as I know they are on the pricey side. for $100 I would expect them to be made out of a more durable material. I had a ~$25 Plantronic pair that lasted for well over two years.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
GoodMar 26, 2014
By Dan Lebryk
The Creative Aurvana Live! 2 are good open headphones. They aren't as detailed as they could be.
In general, for the price, I like these headphones. They are comfortable to wear with over ear cups that fit well, don't press on my glasses, and only get a little warm over time. They headphones are lightweight, incredibly well built, and look good (I like the anodized red accent panel).
The sound is a mixed bag. I loved how wide open they were when I first put them on. I had a sense of the music spreading all over a really wide soundstage. They are not sound isolating at all, it is easy to hear what is going on around. They almost act like open back headphones. Not noise isolating can be a good thing, wearing the headphones doesn't put you in an isolated world. The down side to openness, you can't really use them very well on an airplane or in a crowded room. These are living room headphones.
The tone range is pretty good with these. The bass is slightly emphasized, not to a head thumping level, just a little boost. The highs and mid ranges are well balanced. These are somewhere in between Beats (bass heavy) and Bowers and Wilkins (flat precise sound). Where things got a little bad was in the definition category. These are fuzzy headphones. I've listened to these headphones a long time, and I've decided the sound is slightly muddy, not as crystal clear as it should be. In the price range, these are not bad, I just expected more.
Even with the slight shortcoming in definition, I still like these headphones. The cable is a flat rubber wire that can detach from the headphones. There is an in line microphone that can be used to answer phone calls. There are no phone controls, no button to play or stop music, or answer calls. Everything is controlled on the phone.
Overall, these are middle of the road, good headphones. If they can be found for less than $100, they are a serious deal. Much more than that, and there are much better headphones around.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Comfortable, well-built, and solid sounding headphones -- not audiophile quality but quite good for indoors and on-the-go!Mar 09, 2014
This is a nice-looking pair of headphones, with a cushioned arch, red metallic trimming on the ear pieces, and a comfortable padding around the ears. The ears fold flat and they fit easily in a handy carrying case so I can throw them in my bag when I'm on the go.
They fit my head nicely, and are easy to adjust, and the grip around the ears is secure without feeling tight. I can wear them around the house or walking around, and they don't wobble or jolt. They're ideal for travel, and do a pretty good job isolating tunes from the ambient sounds.
The phones deliver good sound, with a strong range. It isn't as expansive or nuanced as I've heard on some other headphones I've tried, but these are very good phones for everyday use, especially for use with a cellphone.
That's how I use them, and there is a pause button for your tunes and a microphone built in to the cord, so that you can take calls in the middle of listening to music.
Especially when I'm indoors -- say, at a coffee shop, while working on something -- I like to have over the ear phones that can isolate me from conversations that will distract me from my work. These do a great job transporting me to another world of sound so I can focus on what I need to get done. I like them quite a bit.
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