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Creative Aurvana Live! 2 Headset with 40mm Drivers and In-Line Mic (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Creative Aurvana Live! 2 Headset with 40mm Drivers and In-Line Mic (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 49 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 10.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Music4.7   above average
Range4.6   above average
Sound4.3   average
Design4.2   average
Fit4.2   average
Cable2.4   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"July - broke cord, contacted Creative for replacement, they said We don't sell that part separatelySo, buy a new one or paperweight...Bad Customer Support - weakest part of produce, and they don't plan for replacing it if it breaks"
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"People complain about the cable, the Mic and remote may cause problems when used."
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"Because these have a non-standard 2.5mm jack on the left earcup, I can't even try a different cable to make sure this one is the problem, since I have no 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapters."
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"2.PROS:- Lightweight- Comfortable ear padding- Microphone sensitivity, on-cord volume control- Dash of colorCONS:- Initial cord issuesSome other reviewers complained about the Aurvana Live!"
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"I contacted Creative and they quickly sent a replacement cord, which cured the problem."
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"I had some initial problems with the 3.5mm cord."
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"If I could change 2 things on these headphones, I'd have it come with a longer cord and make the headband more comfortable."
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"July - broke cord, contacted Creative for replacement, they said We don't sell that part separatelySo, buy a new one or paperweight...Bad Customer Support - weakest part of produce, and they don't plan for replacing it if it breaks"
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"- Just let me breathe is plenty rich -- even exciting -- especially the bass, though here too, there is a clicking sound in the bass attack that is missing (the Carvin renders this detail the best).Usability- The removable cable is a great touch."
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"I contacted Creative and they quickly sent a replacement cord, which cured the problem."
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"These are clearly for mobile use: they have a short cable, which works well when paired with a phone (unless you keep the phone in a shoulder bag, in which case it might be slightly too short) and it has start stop and volume controls."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Good sound quality and very comfortable."
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"Great sound, comfortable and stylish."
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"These we're a 9.0, excellent sound quality, comfort was amazing."
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"comfort seemed good, but with the sound inbalance i cant stand listening long enough to even break them in."
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"They are comfortable to wear with over ear cups that fit well, don't press on my glasses, and only get a little warm over time."
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Design

Design:
"Pros:Nice high end and midrange, good separation and staging for a sealed headphone in this price rangedetachable cord w built in miccomfortable designgood noise isolation (recently used them on a plane trip and they worked well)Cons:Excessive bassCheap looking plastic design elementsOld version sounds just as good and is quite a bit cheaperNotably better headphones available from sennheiser, beyer, denon, etc."
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"I Don't understand why Creative design it this way.2."
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"Such perfect headphones with such a simple design flaw."
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"As with many products, as you go up price brackets, the returns are diminishing.4 5 Looks5 5 Sound3 5 Durability4 5 Design"
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"Pros:Nice high end and midrange, good separation and staging for a sealed headphone in this price rangedetachable cord w built in miccomfortable designgood noise isolation (recently used them on a plane trip and they worked well)Cons:Excessive bassCheap looking plastic design elementsOld version sounds just as good and is quite a bit cheaperNotably better headphones available from sennheiser, beyer, denon, etc."
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"Many won't mind this Grado like front and center sound, but I am not sure how much of this effect is by intentional design and how much of it is due to the simple accident of a Creative using a smallish driver housing."
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"Sound: Creative has not entirely ruined the good quality drivers from the original design, but they do seem to have tuned them to offer more bass emphasis."
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Fit

Fit:
"These have a great fit, they are light, not too flashy (good for commuting), sound is amazing (Im not a sound buff but I can definitely tell if the sound is poor or not)."
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"I wouldn't recommend these for sports though, as they are best fit for sitting down or walking around."
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"They are adjustable for head size and fit my head ears perfectly (unlike some other models that I've purchased and seen fail soon after!"
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"They are comfortable to wear with over ear cups that fit well, don't press on my glasses, and only get a little warm over time."
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"My somewhat larger than average ears fit well enough, but there is little space left over."
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"The overhead band is still skinny and plasticy, and will have a hard time fitting truly big noggins; my L hat size head fit comfortably with the band ratcheted out to 8 of 10 clicks, versus 5 of 10 clicks for the M50 - XL heads will probably prefer the M50.The M50 is however heavier but also sturdier and more industrial in its styling."
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"The ears fold flat and they fit easily in a handy carrying case so I can throw them in my bag when I'm on the go."
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Music

Music:
"For acoustic music, classical and jazz, the CAL2 generally disappoints."
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"The sound quality is great for casual music listening, but for a completely flat non-biased frequency response, this headset doesn't have that quality."
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"My experience with movies music was pretty good."
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"If you're looking for something that will play your music for a decent price, this is certainly a pair of headphones worth considering."
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"CAL2 does a great job with offering great detail for loud music (think separation of both guitars in Slayer or Opeth) but does only mediocre to fair work in low volume situations (think Mahler in his quiet symphonic moments)."
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"The original CAL 1001 was pretty versatile and could be used reasonably well for all types of music."
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Price

Price:
"While they may not be the best looking headphones in the price range, they perform well and have decent durability."
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"Great high quality sound for a reasonable price"
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"If you're looking for something that will play your music for a decent price, this is certainly a pair of headphones worth considering."
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"Pros:Nice high end and midrange, good separation and staging for a sealed headphone in this price rangedetachable cord w built in miccomfortable designgood noise isolation (recently used them on a plane trip and they worked well)Cons:Excessive bassCheap looking plastic design elementsOld version sounds just as good and is quite a bit cheaperNotably better headphones available from sennheiser, beyer, denon, etc."
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"The mid-levels were ok, but then again on the highs, it's pretty much lacking for headphones in this price range."
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"soldiered on with the original 1001 design for many years after the Denon rebranding, offering a decent sound at a decent price."
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Quality

Quality:
"2 over the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones with Coiled Cable's based on sound quality, but not in regards to comfort."
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"Good sound quality and very comfortable."
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"The sound quality is great for casual music listening, but for a completely flat non-biased frequency response, this headset doesn't have that quality."
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"Excellent sound and great build quality."
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"Great high quality sound for a reasonable price"
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"But, other than that, great quality."
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Range

Range:
"While they may not be the best looking headphones in the price range, they perform well and have decent durability."
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"The mid-levels were ok, but then again on the highs, it's pretty much lacking for headphones in this price range."
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"The highs and mid ranges are well balanced."
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"The tone range is pretty good with these."
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"The phones deliver good sound, with a strong range."
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"Overall, in this price range I would say this is a good value set of headphones."
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Sound

Sound:
"I don't get why Creative decided to use 2.5 mm jackV- shaped sound can be tweaked with EQpoor isolationThe price is too steep for lower end modelAfter a few tweaks on the sound of the older model you get the CAL!"
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"I tested these alongside a pair of V-Moda LP2s and these made the V-Modas sound absolutely terrible."
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"- Just let me breathe is plenty rich -- even exciting -- especially the bass, though here too, there is a clicking sound in the bass attack that is missing (the Carvin renders this detail the best).Usability- The removable cable is a great touch."
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"I've listened to these headphones a long time, and I've decided the sound is slightly muddy, not as crystal clear as it should be."
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"However the loose clamping force that makes the phones comfy also makes them not very good at sound isolation."
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"2 over the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones with Coiled Cable's based on sound quality, but not in regards to comfort."
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"Good sound quality and very comfortable."
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"The sound quality is great for casual music listening, but for a completely flat non-biased frequency response, this headset doesn't have that quality."
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"Th sound is beautiful."
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"Excellent sound and great build quality."
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"Great high quality sound for a reasonable price"
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Weight

Weight:
"They are very light weight and comfortable for long listening sessions."
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"2.PROS:- Lightweight- Comfortable ear padding- Microphone sensitivity, on-cord volume control- Dash of colorCONS:- Initial cord issuesSome other reviewers complained about the Aurvana Live!"
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"I've worn them for hours on end without ear irritation, a testament to their lightweight and comfortably thick faux leather ear padding."
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"They headphones are lightweight, incredibly well built, and look good (I like the anodized red accent panel).The sound is a mixed bag."
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"Build: The CAL2 remains lightweight and relatively comfortable."
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