Inspired by customer response to its Sound Blaster Roar 2 wireless speaker which was launched early this year, Singapore-based electronics company Creative Technology has debuted Aurvana ANC, a noise-isolating headphone. It hopes to compete with brands such as Bose and Sony in providing high-quality noise-cancelling headphones at a competitive price. Priced at R10,999, the Aurvana ANC headphone comes with noise cancellation technology, offers clear sound and stays comfortable while using them.
Out of the box, the first thing you will notice about the headphone is that it is extremely lightweight. The body, which is made of lightweight plastic, steel, and leatherette materials, looks quite sharp and premium. The headband which is flat on the inside, with a rounded look on the outside, is comfortable to use as the top portion of the headband is wrapped in a soft and padded material.
The headband wraps down to the ear cups. While each ear cup features a shiny silver surface with the word Aurvana across the middle, and three small cutouts below that with a mesh undercover, the left ear cup has got an extra role as it also houses the 3.5 mm jack at the bottom and the on/off switch for active noise cancelling with an indicator light just above the switch. To offer a comfortable experience, the inside of the ear cups are lined with leatherette padded ear cushions.
Notably, the headset is not Bluetooth-enabled and cannot be used wirelessly. This is a wired headphone. A 3.5 mm audio cable that goes to the headphones on one end and into the device on the other end is must to use this device.
It means the user does not have to be concerned with loss of quality from wireless streaming as can be the case with some wireless headphones.
In real use, the Creative Aurvana headphones sound pretty decent and are quite loud when the volume is jacked up. Everything from highs and mids to bass is balanced. Noise reduction is claimed to be up to 18dB, and the headphone is powered by 40 mm neodymium dynamic driver with a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. During the test, without the active noise cancellation active, we did hear a little bit of ambient noise, but with active ANC, there was none.
The headphone is powered by the AAA alkaline battery. The company claims to offer 40 hours of continuous playback with ANC turned on. The battery compartment is placed at the right ear-cup. One has to slide the right ear-cup open to replace the old battery with a fresh one.
Overall, the Aurvana ANC is a decent sounding pair of headphones that enable the user to control ambient noise. So if you are looking for affordable,decent noise cancelling headphones, Creative Aurvana ANC headphones could be your best bet.
Estimated street price: R10,999