Creative Labs Aurvana X-Fi

Updated May 31, 2014
Creative Aurvana X-Fi
Bottom LineCreative's Aurvana X-Fi noise-canceling headphones compete well with Bose's QuietComfort line of headphones, reviewers say. Sound fidelity and overall volume is on the whole better than with the QuietComfort 15 , and unlike many other noise-canceling headphones Creative's model, which runs on two AAA batteries, can still be used with noise cancellation switched off. The X-Fi also has two sound enhancement modes, X-Fi Crystalizer and X-Fi CMSS-3D, meant to compensate for "lossy" sound formats such as MP3 files and to simulate surround sound. Most reviewers like the former setting, but the 3D effect gets less enthusiasm. Thanks to the way the headphones' microphones are positioned, the X-Fi tends to leak sound, which may bother those around the listener. The Aurvana X-Fi comes with a carrying case, but it's bulky, and some users find the headphones cheap-feeling and liable to break.ProsExcellent sound quality and volume, Very good noise cancellation, Can be used without noise cancellationConsBulky, not durable, Expensive, Sound leaks out
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