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Creative Aurvana Air review

Kat Orphanides
13 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
170
inc VAT

Creative's high-end headphones sound crisp, but their powerful high notes can be uncomfortable at high volumes. The price is also more than a little painful.

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Creative's Aurvana Air earphones are wince-inducingly expensive. Their buds rest just outside the ear canal, supported by hooks that go round the back of your ears. This sporty design should stop them falling out during serious activity.

They don't keep out external noise, which makes them slightly safer than sound-isolating headphones to use while walking, and a good choice if you find in-ear headphones uncomfortable. However, extra background noise may tempt you to turn the volume up to potentially damaging levels.

Audio quality is as good as you'd expect at this price. Every note was crisp and our music had a better sense of space than it does with most earbuds. Treble notes were intense and the mid-range was warm and vivid. Bass tones were vibrant but pleasingly understated and realistic. However, the high frequencies can take over the sound and become uncomfortable at high volumes. Unless you hate sound-isolating headphones, we recommend Shure's SE102 set, which are £120 cheaper and have a richer, better-balanced sound.

Details

Price£170
Detailsuk.europe.creative.com
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Specifications

Typeearbuds
Driveropen
Active noise-cancellingno
Power sourceN/A
Sensitivity102dB
Frequency response20-20,000Hz
Impedence32 ohms
Plug type3.5mm stereo jack plug
Inline volumeNo
Weight16g
Cable length1.20m
Extrashard storage case, leather pouch

Buying Information

Price£170
Supplierhttp://uk.europe.creative.com
Detailsuk.europe.creative.com

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