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4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Red plastic makes you look like a gamer even ifOct 04, 2015
By Shanghai Kid
I purchased the USB version sight-unseen as an open box item at a much lower price. They were essentially new, plastic still on the earcups. Didn't return them but if I'd bought them on Amazon, I would have done so. I was primarily interested in trying these for voice dictation with Dragon because of the "non-boom" microphone. Unfortunately, the microphone doesn't pickup sound well enough to be accurate for that purpose. The microphone was acceptable for phone calls, but I have yet to test it out in the wind.
1. Connection options. Bluetooth (if you purchase that version), USB, 3.5mm jack which works with my iPhone
2. Pressing an integrated button on the rt earcup to answer a phone call is slick (sort of)
3) Ear cups light up red if using the Creative control panel on your Win 7,8,10 box with USB, but not with the 3.5mm jack
4) Fold flat for travel. Not too massive. Red plastic makes you look like a gamer even if, like me, you are not one.
Everything else is substandard, made-in-China plastic junk:
1. Comfort? No. It's hard to keep these on for more that an hour as the pleather ear pads cause my ears to sweat and become painful. There's not much padding here at all, my ears barely fit inside the earcups.YMMV.
2. Sound quality? 40mm neodymium drivers should ensure at least reasonable sound quality. Not. Firstly, Creative doesn't make a USB driver for this headphone for XP---plugging into my XP box results in flat sound with no bass, no highs, no soundstage. Basically not useable, no drivers. USB using the Creative Driver on my Win 7 box adds some EQ, pumps up the bass and the highs. The mids seem to be innately congested/smeared and indistinct, even without driving the headphones to higher volumes.Curiously, using the 3.5mm jack with either my home theater system results in somewhat better sound quality, but nowhere near any of the modestly-priced headphones that I use with my home system.
I have to wonder about some of the folks who have reviewed these and think that the sound quality is satisfactory. Are these their first headset?
3. The USB cord is crazy stiff and microphonic, anytime it rubs against anything, sound is transmitted to the right earcup. Which APE at Creative though this was a good idea? You'd have to spring for an aftermarket micro-USB connecter if you are as annoyed as me by this.
4. Questions about build quality raised by other reviewers are a red flag in a headset that sells for this much. I purchased mine on the cheap, if they broke tomorrow I wouldn't feel like I was out that much.
Bottom line: At the asking price, there are alot of other Bluetooth headsets out there that are more worthy of your hard-earned dollars than these. Creative tanks again.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Perfect for Music, and Battlefield 4.Dec 08, 2013
First I'd like to say I am a MAJOR audiophile. Major meaning I don't even listen to music (as much as I want to) unless it sounds like crystal and deep but mature bass.
Secondly I rate based off things I enjoy and prefer. So my rating of 5 stars for these might be too high for another "audiophile".
1. These are very comfortable to me, yet they aren't as comfortable to my girlfriend. Everyone has a different comfort level for certain things. Yes I would say that Beats Solo HD's feel way more comfortable, but they lack the bass that these have.
2. Turn the volume up as loud as you want and it sounds even better, some headphones lose some quality acoustics doing so.
3. The second you put them on its almost like wearing shooting headphones that dampen noise. And when I play music at about 40% volume I cannot hear anything exterior. So the noise-isolation is not bad, yet not the best.
4. This is a con to me. Anything greater than 70% volume can be heard by all the people on a bus/subway/car/whatever. When your at max volume its like your using one of those bluetooth speakers with your iPhone. So keep that in mind when there's people around you. Unless you don't care :). But a library wouldn't be a great place to slam your music with this headset.
5. The ability to remove the AUX is nice, you could replace it if ever need be.
6. It looks almost attractive on my girlfriend, but I might be biased on that ;) No but seriously they aren't very big and they're stylish to boot.
7. Siri works better with this built in microphone, so if your using voice dictation or just asking siri for information she understands you much better than iPhone's mic.
8. Tried out BF4 with these and WOW. You hear so much more with the "virtual" 7.1 surround its almost overwhelming. From casings hitting the cement to the whop whop whop of a chopper far away to the various explosions and collapsing buildings to the very realistic waves and blowing trees. It's actually incredible.
So yes, these will be more than enough for those who cannot afford the very best, yet can't stand cheaper sounding headphones.
8 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Wireless Audio with No Compromises - UPDATE: Broke after less than two yearsSep 23, 2013
By Michael J. Descy
Update: I really liked these headphones but they broke in two pieces right above the right ear cup after less than two years. I used them heavily but treated them gently (they never left my desk and were stored on a stand).
I am very impressed with these headphones. I wear headphones almost 8 hours a day at work and while I exercise or do grocery shopping. These headphones sound fantastic, have numerous connection options (Bluetooth, USB, audio cable), and are comfortable enough for long stretches of listening. They include a microphone, too, which makes them perfect for pairing with a mobile phone--now I don't have to take my headphones off to answer a quick call.
Sound Quality (5/5)
These headphones have some sound Creative Sound Blaster processing in them. I don't really know what that means, but the headphones sound great. I can hear everything clearly, instruments and voices sound natural. I listen to music (classical, rock, jazz, and pop) and podcasts; I rarely use headphones for TV, movies, or gaming. For my testing I listened to many types of music and to a couple podcasts.
I think these headphones sound great and totally fit in with others at their price level. They sound a lot better than the iPhone earbuds. I prefer them to my Bose QuietComfort 15s (at least when I'm not on a plane). (The Bose headphones sound just like the iPhone earbuds to me: warm and muddy with poorly-defined lows.) The EVOs sound similar to my previous favorite headphones, the SteelSeries 7H Gaming Headset (Black), which are close to a flat-EQ, reference style headphone, but have more bass. The EVOs do not have the booming, exhausting bass of some of the Sony headphones and all of the Beats Audio headphones that I've tried in stores. Classic rock and classical music both sound natural and vibrant streaming from my iPhone over Bluetooth or via an audio cable, or from my computer over USB. I did not think anything was left out due to using Bluetooth rather than a hardwired connection. To me, these are perfect.
These are Bluetooth headphones, of course, and they offer a built-in microphone (it's a directional mic with noise cancellation, rather than a boom mic). They have a rechargeable battery, which is a mixed blessing. It offers up to 8 hours of listening time per charge. If that battery runs out, you have a couple options to keep listening, however. First, you could charge it over USB while listening, and, second, you could plug the headphones to an audio-out jack with the supplied male-to-male cable. All three connection options sounded good to me, and I am very happy that I can still use the headphones after the battery dies.
I paired the headphones with my iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth (you can connect to up to two devices and toggle between them). You can also connect to a PC or Mac. (I couldn't test on Linux, which isn't officially supported.) There is driver software for Windows and Mac that lets you turn on noise reduction for the built-in microphone and tweak some other basic audio settings, but it didn't seem worth my time to install it. The SoundBlaster iOS app might do the same things, but I couldn't get it to work.
These headphones do not include active noise-cancellation. That's not a required feature, but it is important to know when buying them.
The headphones are made of metal and sturdy plastic. The red color looks pretty rad, but their outward appearance is mostly black. They look great, in my opinion. Everything folds up for travel, and it doesn't appear to have weak parts that could come apart or break. The pads are leather or leather-like; they do not appear to be detachable.
I was impressed with everything included with the headphones. The included USB and audio cables are red, which matches the headphones and is an impressive touch. The audio cable is just long enough to keep your phone in your pocked while connected. The USB cable is plenty long. A felt-lined faux-leather pouch is provided to store everything in. It would be awesome to get a soft-sided case (like Bose includes) rather than a leather pouch (though with Bose you are paying much, much more for everything).
These are *on-ear* headphones rather than over-ear, and have a closed back design. They isolate you from your surroundings very well. I found that these headphones were comfortable for me right out of the box. They didn't pinch or make my ears sweat excessively, even after 3-4 hours. That said, I think that *over-ear* headphones are even more comfortable than these, though over-ear phones tend to be a lot bigger and will make your ears sweat.
It often takes a good 20-40 hours to break in headphones, so I imagine they will feel even better in a week or two.
Overall Impression (5/5)
These are great headphones, with great sound and build quality. It seems that a lot of care went into designing them.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
High end Gaming Headsets over Bluetooth are still improving.Oct 18, 2013
By M. Hughes
I thought I'd done enough research, but I learned a lesson for those looking to buy new technology. There's never enough places to research. The more advanced the technology you want to buy the more you need to make sure it's correct, because the only place with this information was the product manual for the product I hadn't even bought yet! It's probably the only place that they say that the EVO Control Panel can't be accessed unless you're using the USB Cable. Both cables however can be used to charge the device as well, and the auxiliary cable can even be used to charge from the iPhone. (As a side note, a USB 3.0 port neither helps nor hinders use of the EVO Wireless) I'm a fair amateur when it comes to using high end headphones, but even then these had their flaws.
No wireless control panel support.
Mics rarely work over Bluetooth wireless connection if they work at all.
- I'm not sure if it was because it's dual mics, because the mics are located on the headphones themselves, or because the Bluetooth VOIP connection is just a bit questionable, but the mics
wouldn't work over Bluetooth, and when they did manage pick up something there was a delay which caused there to be breaks in the sounds. I was only ever able to get them to work through my
phone and only for a short time. When I tried to record from the computer it was a bit awkward to have to use a VOIP Bluetooth profile to record using the mics, but it would only ever
record mostly blank sound with weird clicking, and had the same effect when I tried to use them with Skype which they were meant to be used for. I also couldn't hear anything out of them
when I was using the VOIP profile.
A bit Pricey, but overall if the above hadn't happened I would have said it was a great price. Especially considering they have the sound equivalent to the Dr.Dre Beat of the same price range, but with far superior features.
It wasn't such a big deal for me, but you are required to install the online drivers for the headphones which comes with the control panel in order to use the wired connection to them.
I'm not sure where the hiccup was with technical support, but at least at first I was unable to see the battery life indicator on the control panel, even when I had them plugged in with the USB cable.
Excellent virtual 7.1 Surround Sound even though I would have preferred actual 7.1 surround sound like the kind found in the Logitech G930.
Good range for listening thanks to Bluetooth wireless which you won't find in the Logitech G930 which uses USB wireless.
The 40mm drivers certainly have a good sound to them and provide good quality and loudness.
Great design in my opinion.
Definitely comfortable, but considering I can wear ear-buds with no real problem, you should probably take that opinion with a few extra grains of salt.
Fairly durable, I've had them for a month before I recently decided to return them because I decided I was looking for something closer to the Logitech G930.
Bluetooth sound is actually pretty great over Bluetooth Wireless using the music listening profile, which is surprising considering you don't get the choice of using the control panel there.
The battery life is most certainly quite long, but I haven't had much of a chance to test it because I've been wanting to continue hearing the effects of the control panel!
Mic noise cancelling, voice effects, and all sorts of ways to change the type of sound you receive, including the virtual 7.1 surround sound, were all great parts of the control panel which can also be used with the other Creative EVO headsets.
Consider waiting for them to work out the kinks in the next edition of these before buying them.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Nice sounding headphones, and the wireless features are great!Oct 17, 2013
By Michael O.
I'm kind of a headphone/headset junkie. I own numerous pairs of higher end headphones, and I seem to like each one best for different applications, like high fidelity music at home, or gaming, or paired with an iPod, etc. So I was pretty excited to see the Creative Sound Blaster EVO Bluetooth Wireless headphones show up on Amazon. Surprisingly, with all the headphones I have none are wireless. I've always read about the limitations of wireless cans such as static when you turn your head, and short battery life, not to mention just lackluster sound quality. But that was years ago, and I figured it was time to try out the technology today, especially with Bluetooth.
When I opened the Amazon box up, the first thing I thought was - wow, these EVO's are GREAT looking headphones! The presentation is very nice: black and red product box, with a clear window showing the headphones inside against a flat black background. I know the holidays are coming, and these will make a nice impression on Christmas morning for a gamer or music fan in your life. I think they look better than the photos on Amazon show. Mostly nice flat black and some shiny chrome, with a sharp looking red-lacquer ring, and red stitching around the black ear pads.
In all honesty though, they may look really nice but they feel a bit cheap - the plastics are somewhat thin and hollow. That's probably the trade-off for having to put the wireless electronics inside the headphones - you have to cut the weight in other areas to keep them from being too heavy. I've been using these for several weeks now, however, and they're holding up just fine. I don't get the impression longevity will be a problem, they are pretty sturdy overall.
I plugged them into my computer via USB and charged 'em up for the recommended 8 hours prior to use. First thing I wanted to do was try them out with my phone via Bluetooth. These are definitely nice enough looking headphones, and a great size (not too big) to use out and about. I don't have an NFC enabled phone so I wasn't able to test that connection feature, but manual Bluetooth pairing was a breeze and almost automatic. I really didn't expect it to be so fast and trouble-free.
The sound quality of these phones is AWESOME, too. It was so cool to be able to listen to my tunes in the doctors office the other day while I was waiting for my girlfriend. And NO WIRES getting tangled up! I put my phone back in my pocket, and adjusted the volume and skipped tracks right from the controls on the headphones. It was kinda' hard not to smile like an idiot when I was sitting there in the docs office - I just found it all so convenient - like this is how IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE! The sound quality (especially the bass response) is so much nicer than the in-ear headphones I usually use when I'm out.
They are fairly comfortable, though not really "plush", like some headphones I own. I've been wearing them for maybe an hour or so at a time and have only experienced slight discomfort once or twice. These rest ON your ears, as opposed to AROUND them like all my other headphones - so I had to get used to that at first.
While I was at the docs office I got bored sitting there listening to music, so I went outside to call my buddy. The hidden dual mics, along with the Voice Focus and Noise Reduction features did a very good job of cutting out background noise. I was outside in a busy urban area making the phone call and I could hear my friend pretty clearly. He said he didn't have any trouble hearing me with the exception of a slight echo at times. It felt so natural to have a hands-free and wire-free conversation like that. It was almost like talking to him in person - very cool. I guess you can also morph your voice using a Voice FX feature, but that seemed kinda' goofy to me and I didn't try it out.
I installed the included Sound Blaster EVO software on a Win 7 computer, and it was pretty straightforward. I tried out a few of the features mostly the SBX Profiles which let you make adjustments for better surround sound effects, vocals, bass response, volume compression, and cleaning up the sound from MP3's. Some settings helped a little, some a lot. When I'm bored someday I'll play around with the software some more, but I don't see myself using it very often.
Overall I'm quite pleased with these headphones so far. The wireless feature is really an innovation to me and I see myself using these mostly paired with my phone for music and as a wireless headset for calls. I took a star off for the somewhat cheap feel, and relatively high price of these headphones.
**** RECOMMENDED - 4 STAR ****
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