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Creative Aurvana Platinum Wired-Wireless Headset with 50mm Drivers Bluetooth 3.0 NFC and Built-In Microphone by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Creative Aurvana Platinum Wired/Wireless Headset with 50mm Drivers, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and Built-In Microphone
Report Date: 10/27/2015
Based on 58 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 10.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.4   average
Price4.1   below average
Wireless4.1   average
Connection4.0   above average
Bluetooth3.9   average
Fit3.9   below average
Design3.8   below average
Noise3.8   below average
Music3.7   below average
Sound3.6   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The Beats headphones have received almost universally terrible reviews from audio critics for the reasons outlined above."
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"With v3.0 Bluetooth connectivity that range is still up to 32' - so don't worry about it, just enjoy smooth transfers of audio with these headphones."
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"FLAC files (high resolution audio format) and other miscellaneous MP3 files sounded great as well."
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"It's a great track to demo, and the Aurvana Platinums performed very admirably with this audio test."
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"If you set the audio output to the stereo profile then you get VERY good audio but the microphone no longer works."
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"It's used by YouTube, Apple, Nintendo, and others to provide the best quality audio possible."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"Bluetooth NFC - while its nice, the cans failed to stay connected to my LG G3, causing constant interruptions."
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"I have the stock system in my 2014 Lancer ES (which is not that great), my Kanto YU5 powered aptX bluetooth bookshelf speakers with 80 watts RMS (which sound amazing and are dangerously loud), my Creative Sound Blaster Roar bluetooth speaker which sounds really great, my Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II computer speakers which sounds pretty good, my JBL Charge which was my first bluetooth speaker now decomissioned from being dropped too many times and now sounds bad but the sound was pretty decent before being dropped too many times on concrete, my JBL J46BT Synchros bluetooth earbuds without aptX but still sound way times better then these headphones in my opinion , and then my Etymotic Research ER4 microPro earbuds, so my point is I am listening to the same music over and over on all these different systems so I have a pretty good idea of what it sounds like, could sound like, and perhaps should sound like."
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"I was not able to test NFC, but Bluetooth connectivity was quick and easy."
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"This was annoying to say the least, but I had been having Bluetooth problems with the Galaxy S3 ever since I got the phone, so I may have to chalk that one up to Samsung."
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"Also while they work great on phones, tables etc windows does NOT have very good Bluetooth support."
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"If build-in bluetooth and that other junk is important to you, then you could probably get by with a much more inexpensive headphone to begin with."
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"One of my really good friends recommend this headset when I told him I was trying to find a good price quality Bluetooth headset."
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"The first time that I decided to connect my phone to this headset via Bluetooth it went well."
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"When connected through the wire the sound quality is still really great but sounds much better through Bluetooth."
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"Soundwise, very good for Bluetooth headset."
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"Very good bluetooth headset."
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Connection

Connection:
"Bluetooth NFC - while its nice, the cans failed to stay connected to my LG G3, causing constant interruptions."
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"I was not able to test NFC, but Bluetooth connectivity was quick and easy."
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"With v3.0 Bluetooth connectivity that range is still up to 32' - so don't worry about it, just enjoy smooth transfers of audio with these headphones."
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"Bluetooth NFC - while its nice, the cans failed to stay connected to my LG G3, causing constant interruptions."
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"I listening to Lamb of God mostly, and I listen to them everyday pretty much, and I am playing the Sacrament album, on FLAC files almost 1000kpbs on average or something like that over an aptX connection so the sound quality should be pretty good right?"
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"As far as connecting to the iPhone, no problems at all."
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"If you are looking for a great pair of headphones that support both wired and wireless connectivity, look sharp and have an excellent battery life, I think the Creative Aurvana Platinum Headphones are the best-in-class."
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"With the wireless connection (Bluetooth 3.0) they do a great job."
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Design

Design:
"Not a big deal but annoying and just a poor design."
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"There are caveats to the closed headphone design: In my opinion, when considering price ranges... for the same money spent closed headphones don't sound as good as open headphones."
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"The downside is that they use an open air design, so they're not great for use in public."
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"What are they (the people who designed them, and the people who gave them good reviews) thinking I am wondering?"
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"These headphones have a great design."
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"These headphones come close, but a few design quirks cause them to fall short of perfect."
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"The closed design allows the sound cancellation to work more effectively as well."
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"Grandma's $0.02 - Whoever designed this Creative Aurvana Platinum Wired Wireless Headset seems to have thought of just about every possible way someone might want to use them - and they have great sound!"
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Fit

Fit:
"Because the ear cushions are an unusual size, I was unable to find a pair that would fit after an hour spent searching."
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"These don't really adjust for size so if you don't have a big fat head like me they might not fit that well."
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"CONCLUSION:If I had one negative thing to say about these headphones it's the tight fit, which for me became uncomfortable after about an hour of wearing them."
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"Noise cancellation - The passive noise isolation is really good, because they fit tight to your head."
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"The adjustable sides work quite well to both rotate inwards for transport, as well as to extend the cans for a perfect fit."
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"It does take a little bit to get them to fit well with the glasses but once you have them right they are fine."
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"Had these about 5 months and the fit, batt life, bluetooth are all great."
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"But they fit well enough to ensure a good seal around the ears."
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Listening

Listening:
"I found their listening range quite disappointing, though; when paired with a recent Retina MacBook Pro, the audio started intermittently cutting out less than 10 feet away from the computer."
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"This is not how it's supposed to sound, listening on these Creative Auruvana Platinum headphones I thought to myself."
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"Happy listening! "
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"It worked very well without distorting the sound of what you are listening too."
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"The headphones are easy and quick to set up using Bluetooth, and for typical MP3 listening they sound just about as good wirelessly as they do wired, a pleasant surprise."
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"The noise cancellation takes a few seconds to switch on, muting the sound in the meantime, so it's best to do it before listening rather than in the middle of a track."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Second, touching the headphones themselves to make adjustments while talking was not a good thing... it must have messed with the microphone functionality, the person I was speaking with said it caused me to cut in and out."
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"If only Creative would fix the mic problem."
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"The microphone is great as I use them to wirelessly connect to my iPhone and speak on overseas calls."
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"I've used a number of Bluetooth headphones and speaker products that include a microphone and claim to be able be used for calls, and UNTIL USING THESE HEADPHONES, have been sorely disappointed."
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"Talking on phone with headphones microphone:Good stuff."
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"The microphone on these headphones works reasonably well."
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"If you set the audio output to the stereo profile then you get VERY good audio but the microphone no longer works."
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Music

Music:
"I am going to try to attach a picture of my EQ settings on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which I adjusted to try to attempt to comensate for the way they sound verses how they and my music should sound."
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"I own a lot of Creative products and have been very happy with them, this is one of the first Creative products that I feel sucks, just like the Muvo 20 (on which the bass sounds terrible and distorted).I play the same music over and over on many different systems."
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"This is my favorite album and I love this music, and it was hard to hear it sound so terrible."
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"I tested them out by putting them on my leg and kept turning the volume up, they did bleed out a little below the highest volume, but if you listen to music that high you probably have a hearing problem because they get LOUD!"
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"I tested the Aurvanas in use both wired and wirelessly, listening to a wide variety of music, and found them passable for all uses but not exceptional for any."
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"I just cannot see spending this much on headphones that don't sound amazing with all styles of music."
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"First day I got them I just sat on my couch and enjoyed the music."
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"Sound quality (music) - Best way to describe the headphones are muddy, dark, and closed."
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"This is my favorite album and I love this music, and it was hard to hear it sound so terrible."
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"I can finally have peace and quiet and enjoy music at a reasonable volume, now that I don't need to blast it to compete with outside noise."
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"Very nice since I play music off my phone and use a VoIP phone for office calls."
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Noise

Noise:
"Noise canceling works OK. Not as good as Bose but then nothing else is either."
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"However, since active noise cancelling requires power, this feature is unavailable without battery power."
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"The downside to the noise cancelling switch is that it is a toggle switch and there is no indication externally which setting of noise cancelling is on."
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"The combination of noise cancellation and wireless is something that is hard to find."
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"The noise cancellation isn't perfect but it works well enough push the noisy environment back from my immediate awareness."
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"Noise cancellation - The passive noise isolation is really good, because they fit tight to your head."
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"Noise canceling is great, too, as I travel quite a bit on airplanes."
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"In this review I will highlight my experience with them, and why I believe them to be an excellent pair of active noise cancelling headphones."
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"Sound quality is good, noise suppression is awesome."
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"The around-ear cushions isolates the noise well and the ANC really eliminated most of the engine humming and hissing sound from the air when taking the plane."
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Price

Price:
"In all I'm VERY disappointed with these, especially for the price."
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"Also, another complaint that I have is in the logic of spending money on high quality audio transducers when you're just going to stream low-resolution files through bluetooth or NFC anyway."
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"If build-in bluetooth and that other junk is important to you, then you could probably get by with a much more inexpensive headphone to begin with."
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"One of my really good friends recommend this headset when I told him I was trying to find a good price quality Bluetooth headset."
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"For this price tag, I hope they invested more into making it more comfortable to people's ears."
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"Build Quality comfort - They look great but feel pretty cheap on your head."
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"Comfortable and I felt, after doing my research, that they were the best out there for the money, in terms of the functionality."
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"Creative have come down in price, I paid around 300 for mine."
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Quality

Quality:
"The Creative Aurvana Platinums are a nice over-ear Bluetooth wireless noise-cancelling headset that deliver decent but not exceptional sound quality; they're an interesting choice for a test listen, but not an overwhelming favorite against many competitors in their price range."
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"The build quality is fine but not impressive; there's a lot of exposed hard plastic, some of which (most noticeably, the headband) creaks and flexes when moved, not inspiring much confidence in its longevity or durability."
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"Also, another complaint that I have is in the logic of spending money on high quality audio transducers when you're just going to stream low-resolution files through bluetooth or NFC anyway."
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"One of my really good friends recommend this headset when I told him I was trying to find a good price quality Bluetooth headset."
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"When connected through the wire the sound quality is still really great but sounds much better through Bluetooth."
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"Build Quality comfort - They look great but feel pretty cheap on your head."
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"Sound quality (music) - Best way to describe the headphones are muddy, dark, and closed."
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"Voice Call quality - I had no problems hearing, or being heard while driving."
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Sound

Sound:
"Horrible sound"
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"And so I must conclude as I first suspected there are actually not defiective and they just really sound this terrible."
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"Basically they just sound terrible to me."
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"Because of how terrible they sound and for how expensive they are there is no excuse for this."
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"I got my first pair and they sounded bad, someting was seriously wrong the second I heard them, the sound was not right."
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"I just received my 2nd pair yesterday and they sound the same just as terrible to me."
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"When connected through the wire the sound quality is still really great but sounds much better through Bluetooth."
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"Sound quality (music) - Best way to describe the headphones are muddy, dark, and closed."
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"They leak sound a bit, and are a little warm, but they are working great for work! "
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"For how much these cost, they must sound fantastic I thought!"
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Support

Support:
"I want to mention first of all how terrible the customer support staff is about warranty."
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"When she's able to keep them from falling apart, she enjoys them greatly, but this is terrible QA and support for headphones this expensive."
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"Also while they work great on phones, tables etc windows does NOT have very good Bluetooth support."
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"It's also hard to find one that lists support for Faststream because most are worried about other types of Bluetooth support."
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"When she's able to keep them from falling apart, she enjoys them greatly, but this is terrible QA and support for headphones this expensive."
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"If you are looking for a great pair of headphones that support both wired and wireless connectivity, look sharp and have an excellent battery life, I think the Creative Aurvana Platinum Headphones are the best-in-class."
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"The initial bluetooth pairing was easy, but I found that since the Galaxy S3 did not support NFC pairing, I would have to go through the process of re-pairing the headphones EVERY TIME I wanted to use them."
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"Using the headphones with a device that supports NFC is quite easy."
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"The only thing that annoys me about them is that to stream high quality audio during Skype calls, you need to have a Bluetooth USB transmitter that supports the Faststream codec, which Creative also sells, but at the moment, they're currently out of stock."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"While definitely not perfect, the sound is the best I've heard yet from a wireless headset, especially when paired with an AptX supported bluetooth module (ex."
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"The combination of noise cancellation and wireless is something that is hard to find."
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"** Update **So, it has now been pointed out to me that it's not necessarily great to compare these wireless headphones with wired models when making recommendations."
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"Also, unlike the Bose line, the work (albeit no noise canceling or wireless) when the battery is dead via the cable, and they work while charging."
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"I have a pretty extensive headphone collection, but I was in the market for a wireless set to use on my bus commute and came across an Amazon Warehouse deal for these."
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"If you are looking for a great pair of headphones that support both wired and wireless connectivity, look sharp and have an excellent battery life, I think the Creative Aurvana Platinum Headphones are the best-in-class."
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"With the wireless connection (Bluetooth 3.0) they do a great job."
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"The wireless functionality is outstanding."
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"This Creative Aurvana Platinum Wired Wireless Headset is perfect for those who love the convenience of Bluetooth but don't like earbuds."
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