Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Greg0
Great Value: Creative’s Aurvana Live!2 Headset
Yesterday, we looked at how one company has managed to shift from one part of the audio world to another, moving from a storied history in enthusiast computer gear to general consumer audio. Their Bluetooth speaker did a good job of establishing their new bona fides, and we figured that the same sort of concept would continue in another of their refreshed product lines. We were in for a big surprise, as the torrent of features that set apart the Roar from the crowd gave way to a pared down, almost traditional headset.
The Creative Aurvana Live!2 headset is a sequel to a popular headset, originally built to be perfect for PC gamers, now updated for the mobile and smartphone era. They come with a single detachable cable, but it’s an unusual one- the tangle-free flat style with an inline microphone and a one-button remote, though custom (typical 3.5mm to 2.5mm). Closed-back earcups are fairly well-sealed, which is nice for isolation.
Early impressions were mixed though, in a few ways- the Aurvana Live!2s certainly look the part, fairly sleek, but are a little plasticky. On a similar note, they don’t fold completely for travel but are light enough to pack easily and the cups themselves do tilt to lay flat. The headband isn’t very well-padded but is pretty adjustable and comfortable for longer sessions. Their audio signature via 40mm drivers was satisfying, especially for gaming, pushing voices and action sounds to the forefront, with plenty of explosive power. But on music, they tended to be a little harsh on the high end, and bass could sound a little boosted. Clear and sharp, everything sounded focused and precise.
These aren’t wireless, and they aren’t fancy. More expensive headsets come with USB soundcards, and truly gaming-focused ones have adjustable boom microphones. But the Creative Aurvana Live!2 is an interesting mix, playing a careful balancing act, with great success- especially when you consider the price tag. Available now, in either a swanky red or glossy black, expect to spend just a bit over $100 online or in stores.