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Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Creative Aurvana Gold Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

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
Sound 6.4
Isolation 7.8
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 6.3
Connectivity 5.7
Pros
  • Good noise isolation.
  • Sturdy build.
Cons
  • Flat volume control Buttons.
  • Overwhelming bass.
  • Stiff and uncomfortable.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Summary

  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Critical Listening
  • 6.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.5 Office
  • 5.2 TV
  • 4.9 Gaming
Mixed Usage 6.3

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.

Critical Listening 6.3

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

Commute/Travel 6.8

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.

Sports/Fitness 6.1

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

Office 6.5

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.

TV 5.2

Below-average for home theater use. They have a bit too much latency for watching videos and movies even with aptX enabled.

Test Results

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
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.

5.5 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.

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.

5.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 7.95 C
Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.08 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with two cables; USB for charging and 1/8"TRS-1/16"TRS for using the headphones wired.

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7.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
4.38 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
13.94 Hz
Low-Bass
:
5.37 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.17 dB
High-Bass
:
5.16 dB
7.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.86 dB
Low-Mid
:
5.62 dB
Mid-Mid
:
0.36 dB
High-Mid
:
-1.8 dB
4.6 Treble
Std. Err.
:
6.29 dB
Low-Treble
:
-7.42 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-4.46 dB
High-Treble
:
-8.01 dB
7.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.46 dB
5.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
6.87 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.49 dB
PRTF Distance
:
14.86 dB
Openness
:
2.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.5
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
8.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.52
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.22
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.55
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.66
6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
8.43
Weighted THD @ 100
:
20.031
7.8 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.94 dB
Bass
:
-8.98 dB
Mid
:
-16.43 dB
Treble
:
-40.88 dB
Self-Noise
:
13.43 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.

6.4 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
7.3 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
31 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
90 ft

The Aurvana Gold have a disappointing wireless range when obstructed. They're about average in direct line of sight, but when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room, they barely reached over 30ft. This is remarkably low for full sized headphones and maybe due to the density of the ear cups obstructing the receiver. On the upside, they offer NFC and dual device pairing, which makes them fairly easy to pair and to switch between you most used devices.

3.3 Latency
Default Latency
:
186 ms
aptX Latency
:
157 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
7.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
13.6 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.16 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

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.

8.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
Yes
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
In the box

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

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