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Creative Aurvana ANC Review

Creative Aurvana ANC Review

The world is full of noise and most of it is out to ruin our audio experience when listening on the move. To combat that menace headphone manufacturers can build active noise cancellation into their products and that is exactly what we have to test today in our Creative Aurvana ANC Review.

Creative Aurvana ANC Review – Packaging and bundle

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Creative package the Aurvana ANC in a fairly compact box which has a decent image of the product on the front as well as noting the key features. Inside we find the travel case that Creative provide, a solid case with zip around the middle and a loop which allows us to attach the case to a bag. Upon opening the case we find the headset folded flat with the bundled items off to the left. Those are product documentation, airplane connector, AAA battery and a braided cable with 3.5mm connector on each end. That 1.5m cable also features a inline mic and control button. This allows us to make/end calls or play/pause and skip audio.

Creative Aurvana ANC Review – The Headphones

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The Aurvana ANC headset uses an over the ear design with a construction which is primarily plastic. There are metal sections in the extending arms to add some strength though. The headband features some protein leatherette covering over the foam padding.

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The left ear cup is where most of the action happens. Firstly we have a port for the audio cable, secondly we have a mic used for the noise cancellation tech and then there is a switch to enable or disable ANC (the headset still works when the battery runs out, something Creative state as 40hours).

The right side also has a noise cancellation mic and slides open to insert our AAA battery. Each cup features the same protein leatherette with foam padding used on the headband and as far as specs go we have 40mm neodymium drivers. Those provide us with 20Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response with sensitivity of 100dB/mW. The mic is rated as having a frequency response of 100Hz-10kHz with sensitivity of -38dBV/Pa.

Creative Aurvana ANC Review – Conclusion

The first thing which will likely strike anyone who picks up the Aurvana ANC is how light they are. The use of a predominantly plastic construction causes this and while it can often be a sign of cost cutting, the presence of metal in the extending arms suggests that it is more of an approach to keep the product light for travel. The overall finish on the headset is decent and we do like aspects such as the removable cable which means that if the wire becomes faulty, we just replace that rather than the headphones themselves. It is easy to install the AAA battery and to enable/disable ANC. We were easily in excess of 30hrs on without killing the battery, not far off the 40hr rating Creative list which is good. Anything on the design side we might want improved? For the $130 RRP, Bluetooth wouldn’t be too much to ask really, even if it meant the need to add a 2nd battery.

There are a couple of quirks with the headset though. Firstly there is the note in the product documentation of the product having volume control. If that means the ability to mute calls, yes it does. But don’t expect to be changing the volume on your music. Speaking of music volume, the Aurvana ANC is also listed as noise isolating. We’ll talk more about isolating us shortly, as well as ANC… but what the headset certainly doesn’t do is keep in our audio. Sitting in an average room with music playing at what this reviewer would consider average volume, certainly not my normal loud volume level everyone else in the room could tell exactly which track I was listening to. Band, song, even pick out lyrics. When a call was made, they could even make out the other persons part of the conversation with ease. The Aurvana ANC keeps nothing in and that makes it unsuitable for many people. At least those who don’t want to be annoying others in many of the places it is designed to be used, or those who want a bit of privacy.

So let’s assume you are just looking for some headphones to use in an already noisy environment where your impact on the area doesn’t matter. In that scenario the Aurvana ANC perform well. The noise cancellation is good, nearby voices don’t disturb us, the same can be said for fairly loud equipment. The sound quality of the headphones is also good, with the mic being clear for those we chatted to. We listened to a wide range of musical genres during testing and the headset is very easy to listen to, no harsh highs for example. The sound is also well balanced and there is a decent volume available for those who like things loud. The movie experience was also good, plenty of separation even in action packed scenes.

Summary: Decent build, lightweight, good sound quality and noise cancellation…just a very key limitation that may rule the headset out for many.

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Creative Aurvana ANC
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Stuart Davidson

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