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Creative Aurvana Air

By on December 8, 2009
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A decent set of earphones that packs a lot of style and just enough substance.

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If it’s sleek design and great sound quality you’re after, this is a decent choice. However, for the Dhs799 price tag, we’d like to have got more out of the phone than just ergonomic design.

Creative is set to launch its high-end earphones in the UAE and we’ve had a chance to test it out before it hits the market.

The first thing you notice about the Aurvana Air is how sleek it looks and that’s probably its most unique selling point. The earphones come poised on a glass pedestal in a slick black case with foam ear cushions and a leather travel pouch tucked into the package.

The adjustable ear clips around the earphones are a nice touch- we love the way the earphones rest on your ears without the need to put the buds right into your ear canals, something that will save you from aching ears in the long run. Even though the Aurvana Air looks great, when it comes to build quality, it does feel a tad bit tacky. Creative could’ve used slightly sturdier materials in construction.

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The sound quality is remarkable. Its crystal clear and if you like classical or instrumental music, you’re going to love the Aurvana Air. However, we found the bass on the earphones to be rather standard. So, if you’re a fan of house music, you’re better off getting yourself a set of headphones.

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The Aurvana Air doesn’t offer much in terms of features. For starters, there’s no noise cancellation. Its a bit pointless having crystal clear sound pumping out of your earphones if all you hear is noise from the background.
The Creative Aurvana Air will retail at an estimated price of Dhs799. Keep in mind that high-end earphones are best suited for audiophiles. If you’re content with the sound offered by standard, out the of the box earphones that you get with your music player or mobile phone, you’ll find it hard to appreciate the likes of the Aurvana Air.

If it’s sleek design and great sound quality you’re after, this is a decent choice. However, for the Dhs799 price tag, we’d like to have got more out of the phone than just ergonomic design. Better bass quality and noise cancelling features leave the Aurvana Air just short of being a winner in our books.


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Hitesh is a tech/games journalist and Business Development Manager for the Tbreak Network.

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  • Angus

    Just like to add my voice to those proclaiming that the Air’s are a wonderful pair of ‘phones. Previously I’d spent a year with Grado SR60s – so the Airs took some getting used to. After a long burn-in I’m so delighted with them: my much-loved Grados have been retired as they are comparatively heavy-handed and lack the Air’s deft detail & sense of spaciousness. I find it is useful to be able to hear what’s going on around me – it’s easy to re-focus your attention on the music being so beautifully rendered.

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