Thursday, July 2, 2015

Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 In-Ear-Monitor Review by Jeff Roy

If you like music, you like good sound. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like music. Most of us also take our tunes with us on the go. This usually translates into needing a good pair of earbuds, or IEM’s (In Ear Monitors). You will want to turn to a company who knows audio. Enter the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. Their Aurvana series is designed for good sound!

Features and specs:
  • Wearing StyleIn-ear
  • Weight15g (0.5oz)
  • Main FeaturesInline Control, Volume Control
  • Driver SizeDual Balanced Armature
  • Frequency Response10Hz ~ 17kHz
  • Cable Length1.3m / 4.2ft

 The Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 came shipped in a nice looking printed box with its specs and features listed. And I really liked the clear plastic enclosure on the top so you can see the product. They are mostly made of plastic, and the housing has a shiny mirror finish that almost looks metallic. The cables covered in a braided nylon for durability,, helps to keep them from getting tangled and has in line controls. The tip at the end is gold plated.  The quality of materials used appeared very good, as was the fit and finish. They seemed to be a well made product. Also included in the box were owner’s manual, carry case, additional sized tips, was loop and airline adapter.

I really liked the design and functionality of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They feature dual balanced armatures for improved sound. One of them handles the highs and the other one handles the low frequencies. And the tip comes out of the housing at an angle for an improved fit in your ears, and it really works well! The in-line mic and volume controls are designed to work with Android, iOS and Windows. I also liked the inclusion of multiple sized tips, so you can get the best fit. The better the fit, the better the sound. They advertised 98% noise isolation. That seemed high for a passive product, but a good fit did give great isolation that was closer to that than I expected.

They have an MSRP of $149. With that aggressive of a price point, I was excited to hear how well they sound. That is a great price for having dual drivers. Especially with in line controls, and all of the included accessories. Let’s see how well they sound.

Fresh Aire's: Going To Another Place, the percussion and strings were extremely crisp and clean.  The flute was smooth with good air. Piano sounded natural, drums had good kick and dynamics.  The soundstage was quite large and imaging was good as well.  Michael Jackson: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, the vocals were smooth, percussion was crisp and clean.  Horns were natural and not overly brassy.  The guitar had very good resolution.  There was A LOT of different instruments going on, and they all came thru wonderfully!  No Doubt: Hella Good, the kick drum had real punch with nice depth.  Percussion was crisp and really dynamic.  Vocals were natural and smooth.  There was a lot of energy and it all came out.  Junior Wells: Why Are People Like That, the vocals were natural with good texture and harmonics.  Harmonica was dynamic with nice resolution.  Bass had nice low end extension.  The piano sounded very natural as well.  

I was very impressed with the entire package that you get with the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They are a well made product, and include all the accessories you need to get the best use of them. And the sound they deliver was very good. Based on their design, features, quality and performance the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 has earned our Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at