Hello there and welcome back to another cool article for you! This time, we will be looking at an excellent consumer-level pair of in-ear headphones; Creative Aurvana Trio LS.
If you are a regular visitor, you probably know I feature the Creative brand often. I think out of the pro-audio segment, Creative‘s products are one of the best value products. As I featured in some of my articles, I have been using their Gigaworks T40 Series II speakers for a long time.
Having said that, I had never owned a pair of Creative headphones before. Since I have started listening to music on portable music players (starting from walkmans, MP3 players, smartphones…etc), I used many consumer-level headphones from brands including Sony, Panasonic, and Sennheiser. But never ever thought of getting a pair of Creative ones.
When it comes to daily music needs on the road, I usually don’t care that much about the sonic quality and try to stay in affordable audiophile wanna-be zones! 🙂
Recently, my good old Sennheiser CX 100 headphones stopped functioning properly. I’m now only able to hear certain frequencies with this pair of headphones, I believe some of the signal wires went bad. So after 6-7 years of using these, it’s time to get another pair of headphones.
This time, I wanted to get a pair of decent headphones featuring microphones so I can use them for video conferencing too. After having checked user reviews quickly, I ordered a pair of Creative Aurvana Trio LS in-ear headphones.
Creative Aurvana Trio LS headphones are high-quality, in-ear style headphones featuring a microphone. What separates Creative Aurvana Trio LS from generic headphones is that they feature Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) drivers in this model.
Creative Aurvana Trio LS Overview
Creative has attempted to redefine the simplicity and clarity of analogue headphones with the Creative Aurvana Trio LS model. This new and highly efficient driver design aims for achieving a true representation of how pristine audio quality should sound.
Liquid Silicone Rubber technology is able to generate clear high-end and very punchy low-end. Note that, this series of headphones are called Super X-Fi certified in their jargon, meaning that when you use them with Creative Super X-Fi products such as Creative SXFI AMP, you will get the maximum spatialised audio experience that surrounds you!
What is Super X-Fi?
Creative’s Super X-Fi concept is a critically acclaimed technology pairing that offers a high-end, multi-speaker system listening experience via a pair of in-ear headphones. It’s definitely not a simple 3D surround technology but in fact, a fully capable system to recreate natural and realistic audio holography that aligns with your hearing process and delivers a full theatrical sonic experience.
It’s achieved with complex algorithms and computational power that Creative Super X-Fi systems use to custom-fit this sonic experience for every person. Simply the users need to take 3 photos of their ears and face to be used for the sophisticated head and ear-mapping process.
Since I don’t own any of the Creative SXFI Amp products, I’m not going to review them. But if you want to also experience this technology, I suggest you have a look at their product line here.
Creative Aurvana Audio Quality
Creative Aurvana Trio LS features Creative’s Liquid Silicone Rubber (LST) technology which significantly reduces distortions that occur in traditional headphone designs. LSR technology makes sure the vibrations are uniformly generated and constantly transferred thru the entire driver system.
Creative Aurvana Design
One of the features that really stands out with the Creative Aurvana Trio LS headphones is that it comes with a sawtooth cable structure. This is designed with the intention of minimising cable noise caused by the friction of cables, especially when you are moving a lot while wearing these headphones.
Also, just like you may find in high-segmented earphones, Creative Aurvana Trio LS also comes with excellent in-ear isolation designs that you can custom-fit to your ears by using ear pads.
Creative Aurvana Button Controls
Creative Aurvana Trio LS also comes with a built-in mic and really cool inline remote control. This feature is a life-saver especially if you want to quickly answer calls and control your music playback.
Before I provide you with my review, I would like to also share the tech specs and product details here.
Creative Aurvana Trio LS Tech Specs
|Connector||Gold-plated CTIA 4-pole 3.5 mm jack|
|Weight||18.6g (0.66 oz)|
|Frequency Response||20–20,000 Hz|
|Driver||9.3 mm Liquid Silicone Rubber Driver x 2|
|Box Contents||1 x Creative Aurvana Trio LS 3.5 mm Stereo Headset|
|1x Pairs of Small, Medium, Large Eartips|
|1x Creative Pouch|
Creative Aurvana Trio LS Review
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I bought a pair of Creative Aurvana Trio LS with the intention of daily music listening and phone/video conferencing. It comes in a really cool package and features all the things you need from a decent, high-segmented product.
Ear Tips & Pouch
You have three different-sized ear-tips Large, Medium and Small. Medium ones are already on the headphones. It also comes with a pretty small-sized pouch which is a nice detail in my opinion.
However, it’s not easy to put your headphones back into this pouch after each use. But I definitely recommend you to use it especially if you just throw your headphones into your backpack. This habit will ensure you will be able to use any headphones for a long time.
With any in-ear headphones and the ear tips that come with them, I always feel comfortable with the medium ones. You definitely need to experiment with different sizes as ear shapes can vary from person to person.
Sawtooth Cable Design
The sawtooth cable design is also something really stands out. Since the left and right headphones and cables are separated and isolated from each other, annoying cable friction noise doesn’t exist at all. If you like listening to music while walking, it’s definitely a great feature.
I was pretty excited to try these headphones and immediately did a test with my mobile phone. The first thing I noticed is the excellent sound isolation and also excellent bass response. I would say the bass response is a little bit too strong but it’s still very tasty sounding.
Both these attributes actually make you lower the volume of your music while retaining the level for a great listening experience.
As I mentioned, I had been using Sennheiser CX100 for the last 6-7 years. Before that, I was also using another pair of in-ear headphones by Sennheiser. I believe the model was CX.100. Just before the warranty expired, these also stopped working and I was able to replace them with CX100.
Before in-ear headphones were a thing, I remember people were praising Sennheiser entry model in-ear headphones a lot! As these were in the ear, people really like the sound isolation and would talk about it all day long! 🙂
However, I must say I was never impressed by these entry-level Sennheisers. Soundwise, they just sounded OK. Apart from my in-ear headphones experience, I also use studio-grade headphones like Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80 Ohm which I featured in my blog.
Check out my Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO 80 Ohm review here
This may sound weird, but actually, I liked the listening experience with Creative Aurvana Trio LS more than DT-770 PRO. I would assume this is a pretty normal and expected result as DT-770 PRO sounds really flat.
After having some listening time with Creative Aurvana Trio LS headphones, I can honestly tell you that you will be able to hear every nuance in a song. Very impressive, excellent-sounding headphones.
What about monitoring guitar sounds?
On top of consumer-level testing, I wanted to test these headphones in a guitar-monitoring scenario. To be honest, I really dislike playing electric guitar while listening through headphones. To me, it’s tiring and not so much fun as we lose the room effect. Even though I have DT-770 PRO headphones, I rarely play the guitar through these headphones.
When compared to DT-770 PRO, Creative Aurvana Trio LS was much more fun! It may sound weird but I was able to hear myself more clearly due to the in-ear design. I’m sure you may want to check these headphones especially if you are in a situation where you have to monitor your guitars via headphones (such as in a small apartment).
Microphone & Button Controls
I also had the chance to test the microphone and really liked the experience with a standard phone call and video conferencing session. Incoming and outgoing sounds are loud and clear, with no issues.
I wanted to also test the button controls and started listening to random tracks on my mobile phone. A single click on the button pauses/resumes the tracks and fast double press switches songs.
But unlike most headphones featuring microphones and buttons, Creative Aurvana Trio LS doesn’t feature a volume control or previous track button combination. It’s not a big deal but I would prefer having these features as well, especially at this price range.
Overall, I really like the Creative Aurvana Trio LS so far. I definitely recommend you check this out. As I always do, I will be updating this article and trying to make this a long-term review for future references for my visitors!
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