Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Review
The entry-level Creative Aurvana In-ear3s cram a great deal of performance into a tiny package—a definite steal.
Unlike the vast majority of entry-level headphones, the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3s offer a formidable combination of performance and value. Sure, they don't deliver the super-low distortion that audiophiles prize, but overall they're a fantastic first set of in-ears.
The In-Ear3s retail for $149 (MSRP). With a fit akin to earplugs, these headphones can accurately portray a wide range of sounds, and since they fit in-ear, like ear plugs, sound stays where it should. Overall, these are a good buy.
Comfort Design & Features
Highly portable, not very versatile headphones, but comfortable
It should be noted that the speakers on the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 are guarded by a small bit of foam, and a plastic rail- these may not block out all the gunk in your ears from entering the nozzle, but it's better than nothing. The cord guards of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 are fairly uninspiring. Do NOT tug these out of your ears by the wire, as you run the risk of snapping the relatively weak solder points on the inside of the buds. Connecting all this to your device is a 3.93 foot cable of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3s terminate in a standard 1/8th inch plug, and has a boringly common rubber wire coating.
In-ear headphones are typically uncomfortable, as they rely on putting pressure on the inside of your ear canals to stay put. However, the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3s do a couple things to sidestep some of these issues somewhat. First, they offer the use of several sizes of sleeves or foam tips, which form to the exact shape of your ear. Second, they distribute weight over your pinna, meaning that the weight distributed to the ear canal is relatively low. While they are still in-ears, they aren't that uncomfortable... relatively speaking, of course. However, over time, the foam makes your ear canals build up heat a little bit, and this can get quite uncomfortable.
Wide repertoire of sounds, but accuracy issues
Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 have the ability to produce a wide range of sounds with an even hand. It had some issues at either end of the sound spectrum, an affinity with bass and a drop off with high pitched noises. However, we were impressed with the Aurvana In-Ear3's sound quality. Though it has the ability to create wide range of noises, it has a bit of an issue with accuracy. It diverges most when dealing with lower frequencies. The distortion is not enough to be really disturb you unless you really looking for it.
The best quality of these headphones are it's ability to isolate you in your own world of sound. If you use the foam tips included in the packaging, you can bet the house on not being able to hear anything short of an apocalypse while listening to the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3s. By attenuating as much sound as they do, you'll feel sound before you'll hear it.
Fantastic headphones for the price
These headphones aren’t perfect, though we’ve never come across a pair that are. For example, the distortion in the low frequencies is just barely audible, but only if you have perfect hearing and you know what you’re looking for. Regardless, that’s the biggest problem we have with its performance; these aren’t very flawed.
If you’re looking for an affordable set of in-ears that will give you the performance you’re looking for, and the isolation you crave in the outside world, the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3s are a great choice for a first-time buyer. Just be aware that these are best fit for a dedicated media player with an output impedance of less than 3.5 ohms, and not a smartphone, as they do not have a remote or mic to use with phone calls.
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