Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus Review- Precise sound output, except bass does let down a little
Creative states their expensive Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus earphones offer 98% noise isolation. Before we directly jump into the product and its review, let’s first talk on the subject of Noise Cancellation and Isolation. As, you all may have seen, that many a times when we see headphone advertisements, a lot of companies advertise their product could offers 100% noise cancellation or 95% Noise Isolation or any such number. So, what is it and what is the different between the two? The In-ear, or any kind of earphones have a physical design that doesn’t allow the ambient sound to reach to our ears. This in return, gives us a louder and precise sound output, because of which we get a better sound performance in some than the others. While some of it might be because of the physical design of the earphones others have it because of the mechanical functioning.
In a noise cancelling earphone, there’s a microphone that receives the ambient noise and produces a reverse frequency that cancels out the ambient noise coming to our ears. And in that way acts as a barrier between ambient sound and our ears. While on the other hand, Noise isolation is completely different technology. In noise isolating earphones, the physical design of the earphones offer a tight fitting due to which the ambient noise doesn’t enter our ears and deliver us every precise detail of the sound coming from the earphone speakers.
So, when Creative mentions that their earphones offer 98% noise isolation. That means the earphones do not allow 98% ambient noise to enter our ears. And yes they surely do in Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus.
Let’s see what all creative has packed inside its latest pair of earphones.
Design and Performance
Packed in a tough acrylic casing, the new Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus earphones are easily visible in its packaging. The earphones are packed on the top compartment, while other accessories are packed in lower section. Inside the box, Creative has offered the Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus earphones, an airplane adapter, a cleaning tool, and some silicon eartips with a small wallet type carrying case for keeping the earphones safe. For the first time user, unboxing could be a little complicated. But, the packaging is tough and the price tag at which they come at, the earphones do deserve this manner of covering.
Starting with the headphone jack first, the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus come with a 4-Pole gold plated plug that has a tough material attaching it to wire. The wire connection is robust and because of its L-shaped design, it makes unplugging the earphones easier from the smartphones or PCs. The earphones come in a 4.2-ft high-purity Oxygen-Free Copper cable, made of braded fabric coating that gives them strength and rigidity in case you accidently pluck out them. Creative has not followed the trend of designing and using the conventional flimsy wire casing which also makes the earphones unique.
The Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus has a single button for receiving calls and a volume slider on in-line remote. The quality of volume slider is just run of the mill but does offer easy accessibility. Rather than using the slider, Creative could have used a digital volume control which responds better and is also simpler.
Talking about the design of the earbuds, Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus have a shiny brown color angled sound tube design that looks fabulous and sit comfortably on the ears. The design of the eartips offers a snug fit and even after long hours of functioning, the earphone doesn’t mess up at all.
I used the earphones with various PCs, smartphones and other music devices just to check how they handle variety of sound frequencies. While I changed music on and on, the earphones actually demanded some high quality music to test at its best level. With this, I also realized that the music I’ve been listening for so many years is just so dreadful to test the Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus. So, I started hunting some high quality music. I searched for the music that audiophiles listen mostly and played my favourites afterwards. This also changed my selection of music completely.
The sound is loud enough to give you Goosebumps, even if it’s at 50-60%, its very loud. I used the earphones first with the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser smartphone, which is a sub-20K smartphone and the sound quality was awful and I knew the reason soon after, because of the audio socket used in the smarphone. Hereafter, I used the earphones with Vivo V5 smartphone, and there we go. The mesmerising ear snarling sound was there. I played “Metallica Fade to Black in real HD”, and as the song reached about 6.40-minutes, the electric guitar started playing and the music took my breath away. Insane, I must say. Its way beyond anything I’ve ever tested. I have also tested Creative Aurvana In-Ear 2 Plus, but there’s no comparison between the two. Its par my expectations in sound output level. Then I played “Stairway to Heaven in HQ from Led Zeppelin” and the music of acoustic guitar on the left earbud started playing while flute on the right. It was so pure and clear, every beat was easily perceptible. Not a single sign of ambient noise while the music was playing, only the music to soothe senses. Then I played my favourite song, after all I also wanted to listen to my personal collection. “Beat it From Michael Jackson” and again I didn’t have any complaints.
While enjoying some Jazz Instrumental Saxophone music, I realized that the earphone does show a minute degree of piercing voice output at higher volume level. While most of it is imperceptible, the music could feel a little shrill once in a while.
Using the earphones with my Dell laptop gave me the same level of audio response that I had with the Vivo V5 smartphone. I played “Thunderstruck from 2CELLOS” for listening every single beat and to test the actual power of the earphones. Mids were super strong all along with great Highs. Again, the earphones could literally give you Goosebumps with no trouble.
Now, let’s talk about only the Bass performance of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus. The earphone does sound good in all the other music genres apart from the ones that have a punchy bass. And I think that’s the only section where Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus needs improvement. These are just not made for the bass lovers. I mean, at this price tag we want badass Bass. Companies like AudioTechnica, Sennheiser, Sony and BEYERDYNAMIC offer some of the best dedicated bass lover headphones. And they do have that blasting deep bass output, but Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus, definitely fall short against them.
High sound output, robust build and an admiring packaging define the Creative Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus earphones. The earphones does offer good sound output, but once in a while the sound could be ear piercing. Mids are the finest and the lows are accurate. However, the highs could disappoint you a little sometimes. The bass level is standard and if you’re a bass lover than you can look for something else from Audio Technica and BEYERDYNAMIC.