Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise-Cancelling Headphones


Road gamers who have the scratch they need to buy an insane SLI / PhysX enabled notebook might not be all that happy with the sound performance they have been getting out of on board speakers – there’s only so much air small speakers can push. So the arrival of these cans from Creative could be music gunshots and shell casings to the ears.

The Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise-Cancelling headphones will do what any headphones do, but now you also get the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio technology in the mix too. Fancy name, but what’s it mean? There’s an intelligent ‘Crystallizer’ engine to replace missing areas of compressed audio, plus the critical ‘CMSS-3D’ surround speaker system every hardcore freako gamer demands.

A nice touch is the on-board controls for volume as well as independent on-off for noise cancellation, the Crystallizer engine, and the CMSS-3D. Two AAAs will run the headphones for nine hours, but they’ll run without any of the special features if the batteries are dead. Every set comes with an iPhone-compatible extension cable (though it sounds like it extends your cable to 3m – not very ‘on the road’ friendly?), plus airline adapter. $399.95 is the Xtreme price point. Specs after the jump.

Additional product specifications of the Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise-Cancelling Headphones include:
40mm Neodymium magnet drivers
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Impedance: 450ohms (on), 72ohms (off)
Sensitivity (1kHz): 105dB/mW (on), 95dB/mW (off)
Noise Reduction Level: 20dB
Oxygen-Free Copper cables
Gold-plated connectors, including airline adapter
1.5m (5 ft) standard cable and 1.5m (5 ft) extension (iPhone compatible)