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Published on March 1st, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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