Youtube review: Photos: http://dalethorn.com/Photos/iPhone6sp/Headphone_Creative_Aurvana_01.jpg http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Creative_Aurvana.jpg Sources: iPhone6s+ with Oppo HA-2/FiiO K1 DAC/amps, various computers using the Audioquest Dragonfly-2/HRT Microstreamer/FiiO E17k/FiiO E07k DAC/amps. Review notes: My first impression of the sound of the Creative Aurvana Live is based on direct comparisons to other headphones, particularly those that resemble its design (Edifier H840 for example), but also to a few premium headphones for reference. I'll describe how I relate to the Aurvana (i.e. my personal tastes and how I use the headphone) only after covering all of the objective issues. This headphone was purchased from Amazon U.S. on 13 Feb 2016, order # 002-8155210-4253006, for $33 USD. The Aurvana has a big emphasis through the bass range, centered around 110 hz or so, but it's not a boomy or muddy emphasis - it's solid and smooth. That emphasis is slightly less than what I hear with the v-moda M100. The upper mids are recessed somewhat around 1.5 khz, and there's a very deep recess around 5 khz. I have headphones with large emphases and also large recesses around 5 khz, so it's pretty easy to hear how the Aurvana compares to other headphones in that regard. Other than those specific dings, the overall sound impresses me as boomy and muffled. For some people, especially portable users, that sound might not be a problem if the user is oriented toward a dark sound, and since portable use in noisy settings means that very fine details are inaudible anyway due to the noise. Isolation is good but it's mostly effective against higher frequency sounds - good in a coffee shop, but not so good on the tube or jet plane. Leakage is low, but in a quiet office, loud playback volume would be a no-go. The Aurvana is a mixture of metal and plastic, well-designed I think, and looks pretty good for wearing in public. A carry case isn't needed for daily use, since the earcups can be pulled down all the way and the headphone worn around the neck indefinitely with no bother. The earcups don't fold flat, but they have good enough rotation in all directions to fit nearly all heads. My average-size head fits well, in the middle of the 5/4 inch adjustment range of the headband. The overall weight seems average for a small yet full-size headphone, and with a soft padding under the headband and very soft squishy earpads, comfort should be great for nearly everyone. One caveat - the earpads go around my average-size ears OK, but larger ears might not fit, or would necessitate an on-ear fit. Even then, the earpads are so comfy that on-ear would work very well for me. The cable is double-entry (not detachable), about 4 ft. long, and terminated with a standard 3.5 mm miniplug. The cable looks durable if not yanked hard or frequently. The Aurvana came in a simple paper-plastic shell for retail display, with no accessories. In previous reviews I've included the following music examples with comments about how the headphones sound with each track. My suggestion is instead of reading each one as an absolute unto itself, you could compare my notes here to those other reviews and see how the Aurvana compares with each individual track. Caveat: I played the following tracks with a little bit of treble boost and/or bass reduction, because otherwise the Aurvana would not be reviewable by me. Since it is a nice headphone that sells for a low price, I recommend it for users who are willing to experiment with those tone controls, or just accept the sound as-is.