Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Creative Aurvana Gold Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.2
Mixed Usage
5.9
Neutral Listening
6.7
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
4.6
Wireless Gaming
6.2
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Creative Aurvana Gold Wireless are solidly built but uncomfortable headphones, and have a focus on features rather than on audio reproduction. They are easy to pair wirelessly and offer decent isolation but drastically skew the audio profile by overamplifying the bass.

Test Results
Design 5.7
Isolation 7.6
Microphone 6.3
Active Features 6.2
Connectivity 7.2
Pros
  • Good noise isolation.
  • Sturdy build.
Cons
  • Flat volume control Buttons.
  • Overwhelming bass.
  • Stiff and uncomfortable.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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5.7

Design

The Aurvana Gold are not the most comfortable headphones. They feel sturdy but stiff and are very tight on the head. Durability is also a concern, as the headphones are almost entirely made of plastic. The only redeeming qualities are the padded headband and the position of the control buttons.

Style

The Aurvana Gold look premium. The thick brown headband and circular ear cups are highlighted by silver and black accents. The similarly designed Aurvana Platinum has the same esthetic but a brighter color scheme that may be more appealing to some.

5.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.76 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.74 lbs

Not the most lightweight headphones out there, but the main issue is the stiffness of the pads. They may soften-up with use, or you may get used to them with time, but they are not comfortable out of the box.

7.1 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Subpar
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Adjustable
Talk-Through
:
Adjustable
Additional Buttons : No

The buttons are in the right place, but don't have a great feel to them. This is especially true of the volume buttons.

5.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 7.95 C
5.6 Portability
L : 8.27 "
W : 0 "
H : 2.36 "
Volume : 161.51 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Aurvana Gold are too bulky and cumbersome to carry around on your person. They're not portable and do not fold up int a more compact format for storage or transport. On the upside, the ear cups lay flat to take less space in a bag. However, they are too massive to fit into any pockets or handbags.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.5 Build Quality

Good build quality and feel. The plastic doesn't seem to be the best out there, but it is better than what you get with most headphones. The feel and quality of the buttons could be improved. The headband adjustment, however, produces a very solid and well-defined click.

5.5 Stability

Like the Aurvana Platinum, these headphones are not stable. They're bulky, heavy and sway as you tilt your head. The tight fit can maintain the headphones in place during casual use, but they will quickly fall off your head during any physical activity. On the upside, the wireless design means they're are no cables that will get tangled and pull the headphones off your head.

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Sound

The have an overly emphasized and boomy sounding Bass, a cluttered and muddy Mid Range, and a Treble that lacks presence and brightness. Additionally, the have a mediocre distortion and a poor Soundstage. On the plus side, they perform quite consistently across difference users.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
3.3
Bass-Heavy
:
9.1
Warm
:
8.9
Bright
:
2.4
7.5 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.57 db
Dips
:
1.37 db
7.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.46 dB
8.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.52
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.22
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.55
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.66
5.3 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
6.87 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.49 dB
PRTF Distance
:
14.86 dB
Openness
:
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.6
5.7 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
1.120
WHD @ 100
:
0.755
7.6

Isolation

The Aurvana Gold provide decent active noise cancellation. They are able to block a significant amount of noise in moderately loud environments. Unfortunately, they leak a lot of sound, making it easy for others to hear what you are listening to at high volumes.

7.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.94 dB
Bass
:
-8.98 dB
Mid
:
-16.43 dB
Treble
:
-40.88 dB

The ear pads on these headphones provide impressive passive isolation down to 600Hz. The ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) kicks in at around 600Hz and does a good job of cancelling out ambient noise. Its best noise cancelling performance is a 15 dB reduction, at 100Hz.

7.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
34.92 dB

These headphones have poor leakage performance, especially from around 200Hz up to 5KHz, which covers the entire mid-range and the low-treble range.

6.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.5 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
269.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.84 dB
HFE
:
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
:
2.402
Gain
:
29.91 dB
6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
13.01 dB
6.2

Active Features

The Aurvana Gold have an above average battery and wireless performance. They last about 13 hours of continuous playtime, which is decent for an average use throughout the day. They also support aptX but may still have a little too much latency for watching videos or playing games on your phone. They have an average wireless range and charge relatively fast but can continue streaming audio while charging which is good if your at the office where you have access to a power outlet.

6.9 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
13.6 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
13.6 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.16 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

The Aurvana Gold have a fair battery life that will last around 13.6 hours of continuous playback. They take a bit longer than the Aurvana Platinum to charge, but they can continue streaming audio at the same time. Unfortunately, they don't have an auto-off timer, so your battery will keep being drained even when you're not using them.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

7.2

Connectivity

8.6 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
Line of Sight Range
:
90 ft
Default Latency
:
186 ms
aptX Latency
:
157 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.08 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • Creative Aurvana Gold Headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • Flight adapter
  • Audio cable
  • USB cable
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Aurvana Gold struggle a little as everyday headphones. They have a lot of features, but they're bulky and leak a lot. This prevents them from being sufficiently well-rounded for everyday casual use.

5.9 Neutral Listening

Not good for neutral listening. Their audio reproduction is too bass heavy and the closed back design limits their sound stage. They're also uncomfortably tight.

6.7 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. They're wireless and have a somewhat competent control scheme. Their noise-cancelling is also efficient enough for noisy commutes. However, they get uncomfortable on your head relatively fast.

6.2 Sports/Fitness

Too bulky for sports.They're tight on your head, but the big earcups are unstable. They're too cumbersome for most physical activities.

6.4 Office

Average for office use. They leak a little too much making your audio audible to the people around you. However, they do block a fair amount of ambient noise.

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