Creative Labs Aurvana Live!
- Rich sound, relatively well balanced
- Slow sound may annoy some
A high quality pair of headphones from Creative, the Aurvana Live! sounds impressive and are comfortable, making them a good choice for users looking to spend a little more.
Price$ 169.96 (AUD)
The headphone market has recently been jumped upon by a slue of vendors eager to capitalise on the iPod-generation's new-found love of portable audio. Creative is one such manufacturer, bringing to market an impressive line-up of headphones to complement its Zen range of multimedia players. The Aurvana Live! headphones are towards the top of this range which provide a good solution for all-purpose listening at a relatively affordable cost.
At this price point the Aurvana Live! headphones sit comfortably towards the top of the range of units you'll find in many standard stores, although they in no way compare to some higher end products from companies like Beyer, Sennheiser or Shure. They produce fairly impressive audio that will satisfy all but the most discerning consumer.
The overall sound is fairly balanced. The mid-range is prominent with a slightly forwards presentation but it isn't strong enough to dominate the rest of the range. It is a little gritty but quite revealing, meaning that your heavily compressed music will likely sound a little distorted at times.
Meanwhile, the bass doesn't extend as deeply as on some other units we've listened to, but it is adequate for most musical styles. You may notice a slight lack of punch if you're a heavy dance listener for example, but otherwise it shouldn't be an issue. The overall sound is very slow, meaning notes take a while to decay. This lends a very rich sound, particularly to the bass and mid ranges.
Treble notes are the least remarkable of the bunch although they still sound fine and have some of the same rich tone of the others. Overall detail and clarity is quite impressive and the soundstage, while not incredible, is adequately encompassing.
Design wise the Aurvana Live! headphones are fairly standard. They have pleather cups that are small but still fully shroud the ears. The headband is similarly padded and while it is still a little flimsy it is sturdier than some competing units, and offers the ability to extend and retract the cups to fit different head sizes. Sporting a simple black and silver colour scheme they are relatively stylish but quite simple looking headphones.
Despite not being defined as noise-cancelling, the Aurvana Live! does a pretty good job of blocking out external sound. Their enclosed cups kept things nice and quiet in a basic office environment and sound leakage to those around was fairly minimal. They are also quite comfortable, meaning long listening sessions aren't a problem.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Ballistix Sport AT
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Apple iMac Pro
Toys for Boys
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
ESET Smart Security Premium
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
ESET Internet Security
Tivoli PAL BT
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Sometimes an excellent operating system can be made even better
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- HTC Vive and McLaren announce the release of limited edition headset
- Sony launches new wireless, noise cancelling WI-C600N headphones
- Jaybird announced Tarah Pro wireless sport headphones
- Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp is now available
- JBL announce Everest headphones optimised for Google Assistant
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies