Review Price £51.40
Creative Zen Aurvana In-Ear Headphones
When Creative asked me to look at its latest set of in-ear headphones, it didn't take much persuasion for me to agree. Creative has generally done very well on TrustedReviews, with both its budget £20 EP-630 headphones and its noise cancelling HN-700s garnering a recommended award. I therefore had high expectations for these headphones.
At an RRP of £89.99, the rather awkwardly named Aurvanas are aimed at the higher end of the market. This is quite obvious when looking at the packaging, with its matt black finish and glossy imaging that gives it a sleek finish.
The headphones themselves have a straight (i.e not angled) gold 3.5mm connection, although there is an adapter for the old-style aeroplane connectors. The cable is thin and on the short side at only 1m in length. I found this to be an issue when plugging them into my desktop speakers.
The headphones are of the noise isolating variety. Using one of the three sets of rubber buds, they are designed to go right inside your ear canal and seal shut. This in theory stops any external sound entering to disturb what's coming out of the headphones. This is a much cheaper, and in my opinion more effective method, than the noise cancelling digital processing headphones.
I've never had much luck with the rubber buds on in-ear headphones as they tend to not seal properly in my ears and keep falling out. When it came to the Shure e4cs, I had to use the foam buds in order to get a proper seal (and therefore the best sound quality. However, in this case I had no problem at all, they went in and sealed properly. I have a feeling this is because I have quite deep ear canals, and due to the fact these headphones are quite small I can push them in further without the main bulk of the ear-piece being obstructed by my ear.
Creative recommends you twist the headphones as you take them out, rather than pull them as the suction effect can be large enough to "pop" as you remove them and I'd second this.