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Creative Aurvana Gold Wired-Wireless Headset with 40mm Drivers Bluetooth 3.0 NFC and Built-In Microphone by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Creative Aurvana Gold Wired/Wireless Headset with 40mm Drivers, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and Built-In Microphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 43 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 7.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music4.6   above average
Bluetooth4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Wireless4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Noise4.1   average
Sound4.0   below average
Battery3.6   below average
Audio3.1   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"[BT w ANC] I can hear a slight degradation of the audio playback with the ANC."
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"Another problem, though it's Window's fault, is adding a 2nd audio stream of phone [crap] quality."
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"As a audio tool it's not as good as aurvana wired ones over the top end and the base is distorted a little."
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"- A small complaint, but I wish that the audio jack on the headset was 3.5mm, so I could use a common 3.5mm audio cable to connect the headset to a phone or audio source."
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"- Headband build is solid, doesn't seem like it will loosen over time- Noise reduction is great, has nice feature where it ducks music during switching- Can pair with two devices simultaneously - so listen to movie on tablet, but also get call from smartphone- Can share music with another same-model headset,Cons-------- Does not work over USB, only charges - can use 1 8 jack on computer for audio (even if battery is dead sans noise reduction)), although the microphone wont work (for VOIP or Gaming)- A bit difficult to find volume track controls while wearing- Couldn't get NFC to work reliably with Samsung Galaxy S5 (but BT pairing was simple and problem-free) - had to press it flat to get it to de-pair successfully once, but this accidentally hit power button."
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"I'm very pleased with the audio quality and all of the features."
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"If you want great NC and are picky about audio quality with the bonus of comfort, these are a no-brainer."
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"The other feature I love is the dual pairing from 1 audio source."
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"It produces decent sound from audio sources wirelessly via BT."
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"The good:Very good sound qualityNoise canceling works well for flightsWireless is easy to setupDual wireless allows two users to have the same audio video source (great for flights if watching a movie on a tablet) as long as you have a 2nd set of Gold or Platinum headset earphones headphonesHeadset mounted Forward Reverse and Pause controlsCan be used with or without cordsFantastic presentation when opening boxAlmost same feature set as the $100US more expensive Platinum seriesThe Bad:Concerned about plastic headband and future breakageRubber plastic cover to charge port doesn't cover the charge port."
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Battery

Battery:
"The NC saves the day here, though it does degrade battery life (20 hrs w o NC, 15 hrs with N C)."
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"- Headband build is solid, doesn't seem like it will loosen over time- Noise reduction is great, has nice feature where it ducks music during switching- Can pair with two devices simultaneously - so listen to movie on tablet, but also get call from smartphone- Can share music with another same-model headset,Cons-------- Does not work over USB, only charges - can use 1 8 jack on computer for audio (even if battery is dead sans noise reduction)), although the microphone wont work (for VOIP or Gaming)- A bit difficult to find volume track controls while wearing- Couldn't get NFC to work reliably with Samsung Galaxy S5 (but BT pairing was simple and problem-free) - had to press it flat to get it to de-pair successfully once, but this accidentally hit power button."
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"I paired this with my phone and my audio player, and found that if I left this unattended for a day or more the batteries would be completely dead."
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"This is a good thing because unfortunately your headphones will drain the battery."
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"Battery life is good - lasts me most of the day in my office with continuous use."
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"The charging is easy and the battery holds its power well."
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"Battery life is somewhat good."
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"The pairing worked seamlessly with my electronics and the battery life is excellent."
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"However, does have excellent microphone for phone calls.3 5Features:MP: Excellent battery life (25 or so hours per charge), and the ability to use an SD card for music playback."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Interestingly, the cheaper Creative Bluetooth pair of headphones that I previously owned (which broke) did not ever have this problem."
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"I'm not an audiophile so I can't speak to accurate the sound is, but it is very good and on Bluetooth wireless with noise canceling on or off your audio will sound very good."
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"Interestingly, the cheaper Creative Bluetooth pair of headphones that I previously owned (which broke) did not ever have this problem."
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"The bluetooth pairs seamlessly."
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"I have it connected to my iPhone and iPad with no problems and it was extremely easy to connect via Bluetooth."
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"I have reviewed many headsets and this is by far the most comfortable, for me, in the wireless bluetooth category."
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"The Goods:- Bluetooth connectivity."
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Music

Music:
"Negatives:- Music sound quality is no better than average."
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"If you have an equalizer for your music source, they can be tailored to sound quite good."
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"I've listened to a variety of music as well as watched a few movies."
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"I have had many creative music player products and decided to give these a try without trying them first."
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"The ability to answer phone calls while listening and not have to be concerned about missing calls because of music being too loud to hear a phone ringing is a real plus."
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"And with up to 15 hours of continuous use on one charge (via usb) it's great to enjoy a day of music and let them recharge overnight for them to be ready for your next day of music and more."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise canceling is the worst of the ones I have ever had - it doesn't do anything at to dampen engine noise or anything else for that matter."
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"No noise from plastic connectors or anything dirty."
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"- Headband build is solid, doesn't seem like it will loosen over time- Noise reduction is great, has nice feature where it ducks music during switching- Can pair with two devices simultaneously - so listen to movie on tablet, but also get call from smartphone- Can share music with another same-model headset,Cons-------- Does not work over USB, only charges - can use 1 8 jack on computer for audio (even if battery is dead sans noise reduction)), although the microphone wont work (for VOIP or Gaming)- A bit difficult to find volume track controls while wearing- Couldn't get NFC to work reliably with Samsung Galaxy S5 (but BT pairing was simple and problem-free) - had to press it flat to get it to de-pair successfully once, but this accidentally hit power button."
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"Noise Cancelling: The noise cancelling is mediocre."
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"This set of headphones earphones (or whatever you want to call them) has a great list of features, very good sound quality, and very good noise canceling, but it is missing some basic design features that prevent it from being great."
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"Passive Noise isolation - This is surprisingly very very good."
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"Pros:++ Has an NFC (RFID) controller for easy pairing with Windows & Android phones; especially useful when combined with the 2 device memory (listed next)+ Good sound quality; of all the wireless I had, I like this best (I'm no audiophile, so disregard this if you are one)+ Button locations are memorable & feel very natural to me+ Passive noise reduction is very good; writing this review, I didn't realize my family member was talking to meCons:-- Pairing 2 devices at the same moment seems to have A LOT of issues."
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"Noise Cancellation is effective."
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"Sound wise, these headphones are actually good, and I don't mind that they are a bit large - they really do cancel outside noise well and fit comfortably on my ears."
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"They are an over-ear (vs smaller on-ear headphones) design which, in combination with the noise cancelling feature, does a decent job blocking background noises."
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Price

Price:
"Cables are fine, carrying pouch is cheap and nasty looking."
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"Very frustrating for new headphones at a not insignificant price point."
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"I do not regret the huge price tag in the slightest."
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"I was initially excited after reading all of the positive reviews that these headphones would be a good value for price to features."
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"This headset is much more comfortable than others I have tried in the $200 price range."
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"Their headphones have tended to be a good deal for what they are and for the money."
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"After using these for around 3 weeks in many kinds of circumstances, I've concluded that these are pretty solid headphones for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Overall impression is of mediocre build quality with snap hinge frame being main point of concern."
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"Negatives:- Music sound quality is no better than average."
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"Their feedback was that the call quality was good, but they wouldn't call it great."
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"This set of headphones earphones (or whatever you want to call them) has a great list of features, very good sound quality, and very good noise canceling, but it is missing some basic design features that prevent it from being great."
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"Pros:++ Has an NFC (RFID) controller for easy pairing with Windows & Android phones; especially useful when combined with the 2 device memory (listed next)+ Good sound quality; of all the wireless I had, I like this best (I'm no audiophile, so disregard this if you are one)+ Button locations are memorable & feel very natural to me+ Passive noise reduction is very good; writing this review, I didn't realize my family member was talking to meCons:-- Pairing 2 devices at the same moment seems to have A LOT of issues."
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"Briefly - The sound quality is great."
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"Callers claim voice mic quality is good."
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"I just got them in, and I think I should list a few things that may not be normally listed, yes there light, and yes they have amazing sound, but there are small small quality's that I really like, such as; They dont beep!"
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"I'm very pleased with the audio quality and all of the features."
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Sound

Sound:
"Both my Denon & Sony (wired) sound not so good w o the ANC."
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"You can tell it sounds horrible."
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"Very disappointed with the sound"
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"I can assure you that there wasn't anything pleasant about the sound."
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"I can't speak for the Platinum version since maybe the 50mm drivers will alleviate the sound issues, but these are junk."
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"While I'm willing to accept some level of you get what you pay for the worst aspect of these hunks of garbage was the sound."
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"Headphones sound good & round but doesn't get loud enough."
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"Sound is great but after 1 hour my ear was hurting."
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"[BT w o ANC] Sounds amazing."
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"[Wired] Sounds great."
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"Pros:++ Has an NFC (RFID) controller for easy pairing with Windows & Android phones; especially useful when combined with the 2 device memory (listed next)+ Good sound quality; of all the wireless I had, I like this best (I'm no audiophile, so disregard this if you are one)+ Button locations are memorable & feel very natural to me+ Passive noise reduction is very good; writing this review, I didn't realize my family member was talking to meCons:-- Pairing 2 devices at the same moment seems to have A LOT of issues."
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Volume

Volume:
"In order to achieve any deep bass, you have to turn the volume all the way up & it's still missing for the most part."
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"The volume rocker is very flat and straight, so I tend to mistake it for a piece of accent on the headphones, and for me its very hard to press."
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"In my book, the HK was a frustrating failure which has significant potential if HK can fix the volume level and flexing frame."
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"Volume bar is extruded to make it easy to find."
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"All the buttons are on one side, and the ones that will be frequently used are easy to find, other than the volume rocker."
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"The Creative in comparison isolates well, has ample volume, rarely creaks, and is much better in audio quality than the MP."
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"The volume issue may well be HK's tacit admission that their driver sounds good only at a certain maximal volume and breaks up after that."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"One feature I use more and more now is wireless calling because I live in a high-rise and reception is terrible inside my apartment."
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"I'm not an audiophile so I can't speak to accurate the sound is, but it is very good and on Bluetooth wireless with noise canceling on or off your audio will sound very good."
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"Pros:++ Has an NFC (RFID) controller for easy pairing with Windows & Android phones; especially useful when combined with the 2 device memory (listed next)+ Good sound quality; of all the wireless I had, I like this best (I'm no audiophile, so disregard this if you are one)+ Button locations are memorable & feel very natural to me+ Passive noise reduction is very good; writing this review, I didn't realize my family member was talking to meCons:-- Pairing 2 devices at the same moment seems to have A LOT of issues."
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"I love wireless headphones, and always will, I would recommend them to anyone looking to replace there old pair, or looking for a nice pair to start a new love."
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"As far as wireless goes, it's really great, and the range is fantastic as well."
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"I have reviewed many headsets and this is by far the most comfortable, for me, in the wireless bluetooth category."
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"Overall great headphones and my first pair of wireless."
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