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Amazing... but not Perfect
on 24 November 2009
I think I need to start off by saying that my regular headphones are Sennheiser HD 448's. These are impeccable headphones in their own right so I was slightly biased towards those at the beginning. However I kept in mind that these are Earphones, with the main focus being on portability, and for that... they are truly amazing.
The quality of the sound is superb. For acoustic and treble sounds not even my Sennheiser's could match these. However that does tend to be the problem, as when you play a deeper, bassier track they seem to be out of their depth. After a while I did drag some other various "budget" type earphones out of one of my draws and when compared to those even the bass was significantly better. Once again I had to remind myself that these are made with portability in mind and I find that every time I look at them I am in awe that such a realistic sound can be produced by something so miniscule. The lack of bass did not pose much of a problem as you tend to get used to this quickly, but I must say that the sound quality is unmatched in this market.
COMFORT AND ERGONOMICS
By far the best feature of the product is the inane comfort you get when wearing them. I wouldn't be exaggerating by telling you that you cannot even tell you have them on. The "drum" or earpiece twists and turns allowing a perfect fit when you have them hooked over your ears. The metal bands are also surprisingly comfortable and add to the weightless feeling of the earphones. I also tried shaking my head around vigorously while at my office the other day and found that they stayed on perfectly, much to the dismay of onlookers. One thing I hadn't noticed (and for good reason) is the lack of noise the wire makes when rubbing against my clothes. This is one of the main features the product boasts about on the back of its box and I have to admit that they aren't making these things up. All of the other earphones and headphones I tested made an annoying coarse sound when they came into contact with my clothing - however the Creative Aurvana's cables were absolutely silent.
The box also includes a handy little leather pouch that the earphones rest nicely in. This is great if you are going on a long haul flight and don't want to risk damage to the earphones. Yet it is somewhat impractical for everyday use. I found that the case was one of those annoying sizes; too big to fit into the average pocket yet too small to warrant taking a bag with me. This sounds like nitpicking but it does get quite frustrating and does dampen the portability of the product.
In summary - the price is what is going to make or break the deal here. They are amazingly good, portable earphones. Yet I just don't know whether they are worth paying over double the price when compared to the next leading brand. My overall estimate would be to buy these if you want great portable headphones as you won't be disappointed. However for the price you may be expecting perfection.