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Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Mar 08, 2024 at 11:57 am
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 13, 2024 at 09:06 am
Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless Picture
6.6
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless are among the first widely available designs with the breakthrough xMEMS drivers. One of their defining features is the xMEMS Cowell driver, a tiny driver that's paired with a second 10mm dynamic driver in each bud. In addition to their hybrid driver design, the buds stand out with support for LC3 and aptX Lossless Bluetooth codecs. Having active noise cancelling (ANC) adds to their attractiveness as well. We'll see if these earbuds can truly upset the basic driver design people have used for the last century.

Our Verdict

6.6 Neutral Sound

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are alright for neutral sound. Their default tuning is bassy and bright, but you can use their app's comprehensive EQ to tame the tuning. Our unit has audibly present distortion, which impacts how clean your music sounds, although distortion varies between units. They support a suite of high bit rate and bit depth Bluetooth codecs like aptX Lossless and aptX Adaptive (High Quality) for less compressed playback.

Pros
  • Comprehensive EQ.
  • High quality codec selection.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • ANC performance is just okay, with barebones on/off functionality.
7.4 Commute/Travel

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are decent for traveling and commuting because they're portable and comfortable with noise cancelling. You won't be fully isolated from your environment, but they still reduce noise. Their just over four hours of battery life will last through your work commute, but they might not make it through a flight without a recharge.

Pros
  • Comprehensive EQ.
  • Leak almost no audio.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • ANC performance is just okay, with barebones on/off functionality.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are very good for sports and fitness. Their IPX5 rating reduces the chances of water damage for those runs in the rain, while their fit is relatively stable for earbuds without additional wings. They feel lightweight and comfortable, while the thumpy bass response can help motivate your workout. Still, the fit is highly dependent on the individual's ears.

Pros
  • IPX5 rating.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • No stabilizers or over-ear hooks.
7.1 Office

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are okay for office use. They feel comfortable and light in your ears. Your neighbors won't hear your audio leaking into the space. On the other hand, their battery can't make it through a full workday with noise cancelling on or off. While the active noise cancelling system does just an alright job overall of reducing environmental sound, it still provides some isolation regarding coworker chatter.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Leak almost no audio.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • ANC performance is just okay, with barebones on/off functionality.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 aren't suitable for wireless gaming. They don't have a wireless dongle to connect with consoles. You can use them with devices over Bluetooth only. The latency is pretty high unless you use aptX Adaptive (Low Latency) to reduce the lag between audio and video.

5.4 Wired Gaming

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are wireless only, so you can't use them for wired gaming.

6.8 Phone Calls

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 aren't ideal for phone calls, but they're okay. Their mic system doesn't sound very natural, but it's useable in quiet spaces. If you call from noisy spaces, it can struggle to separate speech from loud background sounds. The headphones won't let you switch your listening mode with the touch controls once you're on the call. Their noise cancelling can help isolate you from your environment so you can hear the caller, but with ANC on, the buds also introduce a noticeable noise floor to your audio.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Mic struggles with noise.
  • 6.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Mar 13, 2024: A correction was made to explain that the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless use aptX Adaptive in Compared to Other Headphones.
  2. Updated Mar 08, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Mar 01, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Feb 26, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Feb 01, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jan 26, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are available in one color variant, 'Translucent Brown & Copper.' You check to see our unit's label. Please let us know in the forums if you know of another variant.

Compared To Other Headphones

While the Creative Aurvana Ace 2 distinguish themselves from the crowd by using a combination of xMEMS drivers and conventional dynamic drivers, there's nothing wrong with tried-and-true dynamic drivers on their own. Support for high-quality Bluetooth codecs also makes a difference to your audio experience, and the earbuds support LC3 and aptX Lossless. At this tier, the buds are uniquely positioned with this feature set.

There's a more upscale option, the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless, that support aptX Adaptive. Under ideal conditions, this can supply lossless audio, but functionally, the codec adjusts audio quality based on your connection. Unlike the Creative earbuds, you can prioritize low latency in gaming mode and use surround sound. The Bose buds also offer better noise cancelling to hear more of your music than your environment. However, their app doesn't have as comprehensive an equalizer, and technically, aptX Adaptive doesn't always prioritize lossless audio.

Check out some of the best sounding wireless earbuds for comparison if what interests you about these buds is the advertised sound quality. If you want a set of buds within this price bracket, there are the best wireless earbuds with different price tiers. Lastly, jump to the best noise cancelling earbuds if that's your priority.

Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless

Between the Sony WF-1000XM5 and Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless, the Sony are the superior choice. The Sony have a much better noise cancelling system, sound better with less distortion, and last longer. The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless promise much on paper, but their battery life is short, and the sound quality, despite the impressive high-quality codec selection, doesn't outdo the Sony in the real world.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless aren't as versatile as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. The Creative have a greater selection of high-quality codecs for Android users than the Apple headphones, but they have imaging issues and distortion. Their active noise cancelling can't compete well with the Apple buds. The Apple earbuds have a more neutral sound profile by default, spatial audio, and seamless connectivity with other Apple devices.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless aren't as good overall as the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3. The Sennheiser's sound quality is cleaner and more neutral sounding, which some may prefer. Noise cancelling and isolation perform much better as well. While the Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless are packed with the latest xMEMS tech, they don't sound better than the Sennheiser earbuds. Their sound is more bass-heavy with some imaging issues, and the noise cancelling simply isn't as effective, while the battery life is shorter.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 True Wireless and Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless both support the aptX codecs for high-quality audio. The Bose additionally have a more effective active noise cancelling (ANC) system and a significantly longer battery life to a single charge. If surround sound is on your list, these have that as well. They use aptX Adaptive which adjusts audio quality based on your connection, with a gaming mode. The Creative buds have ANC, but it's not as effective. Their app has an EQ that gives you more control over the tuning. You also get aptX Lossless, which unlike aptX Adaptive consistently outputs lossless audio. However, you don't get surround sound with these.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Hybrid

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 are stemmed buds, and the kit consists of semi-translucent matte plastic housings and metallic accents, which adorn the case's interior and the vents of the buds. Jumping on the see-through trend, they come in a single colorway called 'Translucent Black & Copper,' and the color resembles a smoky brown in real life for the case, while the earbuds are slightly more black. The shades are close enough that it looks like they're meant to match and dissimilar enough that you can notice the difference.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 feel good and comfortable. You get three pairs of oblong silicone ear tips to find your fit. They're light and don't sit deeply in your ears. The buds stay put without adding pressure or pushing them in deeper when using the controls.

8.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 controls are very good. They have touch-sensitive panels with various tap combinations that cover playback, calls, voice assistant, and noise cancelling. You'll need to use the companion app to activate volume commands, but doing so won't replace any other feature. There are voice prompts and beeps so you'll know when a command registers. One nitpick is that the volume controls work in large step increments instead of gradual adjustments. There's also no default function to skip to the previous track.

Another annoying oversight is that if you take a call while wearing the buds, they stay in whatever ANC/ambient/standard listening mode you're in, and you can't tap the earbuds to change it. This is because a double-tap during a call ends the call instead of cycling through listening modes. However, this doesn't occur when you use apps like Zoom or Slack for calls.

On the left earbud:

  • Double tap: Cycles between ambient control (adaptive ANC/Off/Ambient Mode).
  • Triple tap: Activates voice assistant.
  • Press and hold: Adjusts volume (must be set in the app).

On the right earbud:

  • Double tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends calls.
  • Triple tap: Skips to the next track.
  • Press and hold: Adjusts volume (must be set in the app).

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.3" (3.4 cm)
W 1.3" (3.2 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 1.65 in³ (27.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Creative Aurvana 2 are exceptionally portable, which is the norm for true wireless earbuds, but it's part of their appeal. Due to their combination of light weight and dimensionality, they'll easily fit in most pockets.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.5" (6.5 cm)
W 1.9" (4.9 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 5.25 in³ (86.11 cm³)

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2's charging case is good. Visually, it's more reminiscent of a Nintendo N64 matte translucent controller than the clear and smooth gloss plastic on the Nothing Ear (2) Truly Wireless. Opening the brownish-black tinted case reveals a shiny copperish rose gold interior. You can charge it wirelessly or plugged in. There's a USB-C charging port and a single button on the bottom for manually initiating Bluetooth pairing or resetting the buds. The LED battery indicator shows red for 30% battery or less, yellow for 31 to 70% charged, and green for 71% and up.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the Creative Aurvana Ace 2 build quality is good. The buds have an IPX5 rating to protect against water, so you can sing in the rain or run during a downpour. Meanwhile, the case feels better built than the buds, as if its plastic is higher quality than the plastic housings for the buds. Their ear tips feel slightly flimsy.

7.5
Design
Stability

Their stability is good in-ear. Owing in part to the oblong ear tips that tend to fit most ears better than standard circular ear tips, you can perform everyday tasks like walks and housework without issue. They'll likely need an adjustment if you start doing more high-intensity movements. They can dislodge while you're running because they don't have stability wings or over-ear hooks.

Design
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Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 earbuds
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 3x tip size options
  • Quick start guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.38 dB
Treble Amount
-1.77 dB

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 sound bass-heavy with a slightly excited treble response. Their hybrid design uses conventional dynamic drivers and xMEMS piezoelectric drivers which the manufacturer advertises to improve clarity and presence. They're the first generation of xMEMS technology in the market, purporting to reproduce highs with low distortion and efficiency. Like most 'firsts,' the implementation seems rough around the edges with factors like distortion impacting the sound on our unit.

By default, the low frequencies are exaggerated, particularly the high-bass and the low-mid. This produces rumble and boom with kick drums, but it's bloated because the bump in the low-mid muddies the mix. The tuning reproduces vocals and lead instruments fairly evenly through the rest of the mid-range and most of the low treble. However, the exaggerations in the bass frequencies and piercing upper treble range can compete for your attention. You can use the comprehensive EQ included in the app to change the tuning.

With ANC enabled, there's a noticeably high noise floor. There's also an audible delay when you pause and start tracks where the left bud pauses first, and the right earbud will start playing audio before the left when you press 'play.' The song doesn't play out of sync, but the left bud outputs audio after the right one starts. It's unclear if this is specific to our unit. Let us know whether you've experienced this with your set of these buds.

We had a hard time achieving a good seal in our test rig's ears, which caused a deviation in low bass response between the L/R drivers. In addition, our unit's audio delay issue further contributes to this difference. However, unless your unit also has an audio delay (more on that in Imaging), you won't experience a deviation between the L/R drivers as long as you have a good in-ear fit.

6.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.65 dB

Their frequency response consistency is alright. The sound of the bass frequencies aren't drastically affected by different ear shapes and sizes, and they're very predictable sounding through the mid-range. In the uppermost frequencies, you can expect variation between wears and wearers, so be sure to fit the oblong ear tips correctly.

The results for the right bud deviate more drastically than the left due to our difficulties getting a good seal on the right ear of the test rig. You won't experience this deviation with your own unit once you get a good fit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.81 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.63 dB
Mid-Bass
3.37 dB
High-Bass
5.71 dB

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 output decently accurate bass and are bass-heavy. Throughout the region, they overemphasize bass volume, particularly the high bass. You'll hear the rumble of sub-bass synthesizers in songs like Them Changes by Thundercat and substantial boom on the attack of his bass guitar. This sound ventures into bloated territory on busy mixes.

7.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.93 dB
Low-Mid
4.31 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.5 dB
High-Mid
-0.38 dB

Their mid accuracy is overall good. The low-mid is noticeably louder than the rest of the region, which otherwise reproduces lead instruments well. The low-mid carries on from the exaggerated high-bass region, leading to a boxier sound. However, higher in the mid-range, the buds sound slightly uneven. A noticeable bump in the right earbud in the mid-mid and high-mid produces louder lead instruments and pushes them forward in the mix. This gives the impression that the stereo image is off-center in those mid-frequencies and more present in the right earbud.

8.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.07 dB
Low-Treble
1.34 dB
Mid-Treble
0.6 dB
High-Treble
-3.37 dB

Their treble accuracy is great. These in-ear headphones produce a bright top-end with moderately exaggerated vocal clarity and detail. A narrow peak in the mid-treble adds shrillness to the harmonic content of cymbals, which can lead to ear fatigue.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.75 dB
Dips
1.1 dB

Their peaks and dips performance is satisfactory. They have middling control over their sound profile. The lowest frequencies are roughly even, with some deviations between the drivers in the low bass, but you'll certainly hear thump in hip-hop tracks. A prominent boost in the high-bass and low-mid followed by a sizeable dip in the low-mid sounds bloated and boxy while pushing lead instruments back in the mix. The phase mismatch in the right earbud is represented by the peak beginning in the mid-mid, so the right bud pushes lead parts more forward in the mix than the left. In the treble range, significant and narrow peaks add shrillness to sibilants and harmonics from crash cymbals and S and T sounds, for instance.

8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.13
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.51
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.01

Their imaging is overall excellent, with most of the group delay occurring below the audibility threshold and solid phase matching in the treble frequencies. However, there are some blips that are noticeable when listening to normal audio content, like a low rattle in the left driver when it reproduces low-bass frequencies. When the music is paused, the left earbud's audio stops after the right, and the right begins before the left bud when play is hit again, indicating a delay.

The phase mismatch between the L/R buds is more difficult to notice with regular music content, but it presents as midrange sounds in the stereo image playing back louder on the right side, as if shifted off-center. If you're a keen listener, you'll hear this. These results are only valid to our unit, but they're otherwise relatively well-matched. Our unit's performance is in line with other headphones tested by the brand, indicating they have good quality control and ergonomics.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
0

As with most in-ear headphones, these have a bad passive soundstage. Due to the in-ear fit, which bypasses the outer ear, they don't interact with your outer ear the way that over-ear, open-back headphones do with the room to create spacious and immersive sound. As a result, your audio sounds like it's coming from inside of your head rather than from outside of you and in the room.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
6.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
1.115
WHD @ 100
0.346

Their weighted harmonic distortion is mediocre. The left earbud exhibits noticeable distortion, and the right earbud's distortion is lower but still not within good limits. You can hear the added, unwanted distortion throughout the midrange and into the treble region of your music on vocals, keys, and cymbals. Meanwhile, the low bass rattles and distorts sub-bass synths and down-tuned instruments in genres like doom metal.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
3.1.240116.1020
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.3
Codec
aptX Adaptive, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Flat
ANC
Adaptive ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
6.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-17.17 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-9.33 dB
Mid
-17.6 dB
Treble
-25.4 dB

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2's noise isolation performance is adequate. These earbuds won't win any accolades for their active noise cancelling (ANC), but the system broadly reduces low frequencies and mid frequencies like bus engine noise and traffic. You'll still hear some of it because they don't exert flagship-level noise filtering. In the treble range, the buds can reduce noise like cups clinking in a cafe, but using the ANC doesn't significantly improve the bud's passive capabilities here.

Annoyingly, they generate a high noise floor when you enable ANC mode. This is more noticeable during calls because people naturally take pauses while speaking, and the noise floor isn't obscured by more consistent audio like music.

10
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
17.46 dB

These have fantastic leakage performance. They seal in nearly all of your audio at well below the audibility thresholds of most environments. If the room is quiet enough to hear a pin drop, somebody in extremely close proximity may hear the whisper of cymbals with a soft low hum from the bass region, but that's not likely. While variables like how loudly you play your music determine how much it escapes into your environment, you can feel confident that you won't bother anybody with these.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
6.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
612.87 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.63 dB
HFE
7,034.64 Hz
Weighted THD
0.676
Gain
25.05 dB

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 microphone system in the earbuds sounds okay. It captures your voice intelligibly, but your voice lacks body, sounds bright, and slightly more sibilant than in real life. Deeper voices may sound artificially nasal, while high voices can come across as shrill. This isn't terribly surprising because, from a design perspective, there's quite some distance between your mouth and the tiny mics in wireless earbuds.

One possible concern for people who take a lot of phone calls is that whatever listening mode you're in (ANC/Ambient/standard), the buds stay in that mode when you receive a call, and the only way to change the listening mode is through the app. Trying to double-tap to toggle through the modes as you would when listening to music will end the call instead. This only occurs with phone calls, not with conference call apps like Microsoft Teams or Slack.

6.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
15.85 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's overall noise handling is fair. There's a delay with constant and repetitive environmental noise, but the headphones adapt and filter it out to keep your voice prominent in the mix. Unfortunately, the system struggles to differentiate your voice from noise when you speak. While it doesn't wash out your voice completely, there's still some background sound present. Where the noise handling falters is with the introduction of loud or sporadic sounds. If you take a call from a bustling location, the mics don't reliably filter out very loud sounds, and your voice can get buried.

Active Features
5.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.1 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
16.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

These have a sub-par battery life. With ANC enabled, they reach just over four hours to a single charge, which won't last a work day or most international flights. The buds don't have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life. Their case supplies an additional three charges, and they take about an hour to fully charge, which is considerably slower than other earbuds with longer-lasting batteries.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Creative
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2's companion app is good and works with iOS and Android devices. There's a PC app by Creative, but it's not meant for these earbuds. The simple interface supplies most of what you need, like toggling on/off Adaptive ANC or ambient modes and remapping your controls to taste. Here's a quick tour through the app. Most impressive is the 10-band EQ, which you can use to tighten up the bass or tame the treble, and it saves your EQ to the buds if you switch devices. With that said, when using the multi-pair function, you can only alter the EQ if you're using the same device for playback that you have the app open on. You can also enter Low Latency Mode through the app to keep your videos more in sync with the audio. You don't get any additional immersive surround sound features; for that, you'll need to look at products like the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Wired Connection
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable
No
Length
N/A
Connector
No Wired Option
Latency - Analog
N/A
Latency - USB
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Recorded Latency Connection No Wired Audio

These are Bluetooth-only, so they don't have any wired listening capability. They use a USB-A to USB-C cable, which comes in the box to charge their case.

7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
Quick Pair (Android)
No
Quick Pair (iOS)
No
Line Of Sight Range
237.86 ft (72.50 m)
Latency - SBC
313 ms
Latency - aptX
306 ms
Latency - aptX Adaptive (High Quality)
372 ms
Latency - aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
95 ms
Latency - LDAC
N/A
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Codec aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
AAC Support
Yes

The Creative Aurvana Ace 2 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. These connect over many different Bluetooth codecs, and, like the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Truly Wireless, they support Low Complexity Communication Codec (LC3) for high-quality audio. The testing rig doesn't currently measure that codec, and it's not widely supported by devices yet. Still, the codec is meant to improve range, audio quality, and power efficiency compared to the basic SBC codec. However, if your phone's chipset hasn't adopted LC3, the buds also support aptX Lossless, and the suite includes Adaptive, which you can set to the high quality or low latency settings when watching videos. Latency is highly variable and depends on the interaction of factors like your specific device with the earbuds. Some apps compensate for latency by prioritizing reducing audio lag with video content, so you may experience better or worse latency. However, with aptX Adaptive (High Quality), expect a noticeable gap between when you hit play and when you hear your media, so for videos, you're best off with its Low Latency sibling.

These can multi-pair with a second device, but lack quick pairing functions. Some users on Reddit have reported difficulties with pairing these buds with their device. The buds had difficulties pairing with our flagship Samsung Galaxy S22 phone during testing. Let us know if you've encountered connectivity issues with any device.

0
Connectivity
Wireless Connection (Dongle)
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Latency - Dongle
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

You can connect these earbuds via Bluetooth to your PC for full audio and microphone compatibility.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The Creative Ace 2's translucent case has a USB-C charging port on the bottom with a manual pairing or reset button. A single LED indicates the battery status.