Summary

Our Score

7/10

Review Price £69.99

They may have looked great, but Creative's Aurvana Air 'phones didn't have the performance to match their (frankly ludicrous) price. In fact, overpriced but underperforming seems to be a trademark of the Aurvana name, with the original Zen Aurvana in-ear headphones suffering similarly. You might well, therefore, be justified in feeling a little wary about the Aurvana In-Ear2 headphones.

The £90-odd price tag certainly isn't going to help the Aurvana In-Ear 'phones' case. Sure, I'll happily recommend even more expensive earphones, but that doesn't make me unaware that this is a sizeable chunk of money to spend. At least their construction makes these earphones' price feel fairly justified. The cloudy grey, metal casing certainly looks the part and goes some way towards explaining their asking price.

Creative bundles the Aurvana In-Ear2's with a fairly comprehensive set of accessories. A selection of different size silicone eartips and a cleaning tool are typical finds; the hard case's plastic cable-tidying insert is an unusual, but useful addition. This is on par with the best of the competition, so there's no failing in that department.

The In-Ear2's stay in the ear without any fuss and they remain comfortable even if worn for extended periods of time. The business part of each earpiece is basically a small cylinder, the inner end of which has a protrusion to insert into your ear, covered with a silicone tip, and the other end a perforated grill.

The thinking behind the "acoustic grill" - as Creative calls it - is that it gives the In-Ear2's a deeper base response. To give credit to Creative's design team, it seems to have worked because the Aurvana In-Ear2s deliver low frequencies excellently, even at moderate volume levels. Though whether it's a result of the grill or not, is impossible to tell.

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