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Creative Aurvana Air Active Clip-on Earphones
- The EaseFit ear-hook design is intuitive and easy to wear, giving you extreme comfort in extended use.
- Flexnium ear-hook construction incorporates Shape Memory Metal to offer a flexible design while the inert coating is catered for those who are sensitive to Nickel.
- Powered by Neodymium magnet drivers with ultra-slim high performance diaphragms, the Aurvana Air is one true acoustic powerhouse.
- Superior thermoplastic elastomer coated cabling resists tangling and significantly reduces contact noise when the cable brushes against your clothes.
- Store the Aurvana Air in the supplied acrylic case.
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|Item Dimensions||4.72 x 3.15 x 5.39 in||6.69 x 14.57 x 7.48 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||4 x 8.2 x 1.7 in||2.3 x 1.4 x 0.6 in||6.69 x 14.57 x 7.48 in|
|Additional Features||lightweight, tangle-free-cord||universal-phone-control, volume-control||Type: In-Ear / Color: Titanium / Cable Length: 1.25 m (4 ft) / Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated / Wired Materials: Enameled Copper Wire, Frequency Range: 20-40,000 Hz / Sensitivity: 99 dB / Impedance: 32 Ω / Rated Power: 5 mW / Weight: 18 g||lightweight||lightweight||universal-phone-control|
Winner of the prestigious 2009 Red Dot Award for Product Design, the Aurvana Air is clearly in a class of its own. Crafted with precision, the earphones' very own EaseFit™ ear-hook design offers a secure music listening experience. Its lightweight Flexnium™ ear-hook leverages on Nickel-Titanium alloy (Shape Memory Metal) to offer a flexible and robust design. This is well-complemented by luxurious champagne-gold finishing and polished metal accent to give it an air of timeless sophistication.
Get ready for a visceral acoustic performance with the powerful Neodymium drivers and acoustically-tuned Bass-Slots. Combine this with pristine delivery from the high-purity Oxygen-Free Copper cable and gold-plated plug, and you will find the Aurvana Air ideal for all your digital entertainment needs.
Driver Units: 15.5mm Neodymium magnet
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity (1kHz): 102dB/mW
Cord Length: 1.2m Oxygen-Free Copper cable
Input Plug: 3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug
Net Weight: 0.56oz (without packaging)
1 pair of Creative Aurvana Air earphones
2 pairs of foam ear-cushion
1 leather travel pouch with integrated cable
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I have Sony MDR-7506 and a few cheaper yet okay sets of headphones. I have previously used lots of cheap headphones and earphones in the past and finally settled with the MDR-7506. It really had the accurate listening experiences with no exaggeration of sound, which I got accustomed to and like. While the Aurvana Air earphones are not used in the studio settings like the Sony's, they have their own advantages which make them stand out.
As many reviewers have pointed out, the build is weak with not so thick cables and very thin metal ear hangers. If you have a habit of treating earphones badly, expect it to break soon. Having the hangers on the earphones is a nice idea. I personally think this set shouldn't be used when exercising due to its structural weaknesses, although the hangers were designed for that purpose. But the hangers do help when adjusting the sound coming into your ear canals, which enable you to find the best tasting sound to your flavor.
I have small ears and the hangers won't sit tightly, but they are not annoying, and sometimes I forget I have the earphones on. I would still like some other way to push through the good sound in the ear rather than the hangers, but it should be no issues with most average sized ears. These are really light, and you will see why this is named the "Air."
I wouldn't spend hundreds and thousands of money to please my ears, but I can recognize what the good sound is and have been seeking after it although I don't know much of mechanics of sound. Also, I fortunately have another set to directly compared to (MDR 7506).
Compared to the Sony's, this set does not capture all the noises or minor sounds that might be accidentally/ purposely recorded, and I thought it would be the major disadvantage. However, I realized I was wrong somewhat. After listening to the Air and then the Sony's, I would hear some of the inaudible sounds in the Air come forward in the Sony's, which creates a little flat listening experience. All instruments pretty much have the same presence, and I became unsure if it is the best thing for listening to music as in direct comparison, the Sony's sounded kind of boring.
On the other hand, the Air does a good job emphasizing specific instruments in the music. Mostly string instruments boast their presence in the music in a polite and elegant way, and vocals are not overly presented but are comfortable and feel real. Liking of sound very depends on personal judgement though, I actually agree with the reviewers who made positive remarks about them; they have the best clarity in its price level as earphones and spacial presence is well-rendered. Bass is actually very nice to listen to in a long period time; although it is not heavy, it is fun and crunchy. As for the spatial representation, I would sometimes look around and see if something in the room is making the sound. And I am sure the clarity of the Air aided in fooling me that way.
Some pointed out that the earphone cover reduces the sharpness of the sound, and I personally think it is better to use the covers than not to use them. Without the covers, the sound feels a little dry and bass is not 'crunchy,' and prolonged use fatigued my ears. Again, this will fall under personal preference category, so you can try and decide on your own.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a very nice set of earphones that does the job as much as a set of headphones does. With the lightweight minimalistic design, you will get the full comfortable sound that your tired ears always have been looking for.
--May 11, 2016--
After using this over a year, I am still really happy with this set. Sometimes the earpiece can hurt a little if not set properly, but I really do have small ears and the earpiece is the nature of earphones. I have recently bought a pair of well-received open cans of Phillips SPH9500, and while the Air and Phillips both share the similar open sounds, the Air is still my favorite, and I always grab these first in a regular listening occasions. Although I would describe the SPH9500 as "melting" when listening to classic music, which means sweet and nice, I found myself prefer the Air to the Phillips when listening to all other genres of music. To me, the Air seems to be able to separate the black and white of the music very well; the music sounds right and right next to me, and when the instrument is off it seems off, not dragging the sound. I think my search for earphones has ended with my Air, and I am sure you as well will find its character pretty as much as it looks.
First of all, the design and presentation are impressive and have been rewarded with coveted German design awards in 2009 and 2010. Everything is constructed solidly, but feather-light in titanium. The biggest plus for me is the properly thought out and constructed pouch, which neatly and safely stows away the headphones for traveling.
The over-ear clips are comfortable - you don't feel them at all once you put them on! Earbuds, on the other hand, are not the complete in-ear style, but still isolate incredibly well. In my case, they sit perfectly snug and comfortable in my ear, but they may be to large for people with smaller ears.
As the gamer review mentioned, the sound is incredibly natural and "open" - middles and highs are beautifully crisp and convey dimensionality - I was totally able to tell with different music which recording technology and setting were used! The bass is balanced, but almost too potent. (That must be me, I haven't gotten a proper base out of headphones in a long time...)
The cord is reasonably long and sturdy - high quality construction throughout. I don't miss the mic/volume control at all, those always tend to unbalance the cord and compromise the wearing comfort.
At $65 on current sale, this has to be the best piece of audio-equipment I have bought in a long time, if not ever.
P.S.: this also had to be the fastest delivery ever - received the order within less than a day from ordering. (It has its perks to live on the West Coast with a shipping center in Las Vegas...)
These Aurvana's are very light weight and the clip on style keeps them secure. I sweat on them when I run and haven't had any problems, but wouldn't go out in the rain with them. I generally keep them in the case they came in because I'm worried about the over-ear pieces getting bent. I'm no audiophile but the audio quality sounds great to me. They are not noise canceling or noise isolating so you don't have to worry about the "microphonic" cable noise that frankly drives me bonkers with a lot of headphones.
They also look pretty damn cool. I don't see a lot of other people walking around with these in the city, so I feel pretty swanky with my sleek and interesting but also somewhat understated headphones.
* I really enjoy the crystal clear vocals, horns, and cymbals these headphones provide.
* These are comfy due to how lightweight they are.
* These seem to be well made.
* They come with a nice case.
* They're relatively reasonably priced. I'd be happy if they cost less, but I think they're worth what I paid.
* If you're looking for lots of bass you may want to look elsewhere. That said I was not let down with the bass in these headphones because I wasn't expecting much of it from something so small.