In an increasingly wireless world, there are still those who prefer wired peripherals and headphones. There’s no question there is plenty of choice on the market and while more headphones and earbuds boast dual drivers, there are some coming on the market with triple drivers. Our Creative Aurvana Trio review takes a look at a pair of triple-driver earbuds and sees if the extra drivers really make that much of a difference in enjoying your music while on the go.
The Creative Aurvana Trio earbuds have the following features and specifications:
- Driver: 10mm Bio-Cellulose Dynamic Driver, Dual Balanced Armature Drivers
- Frequency Response: 5Hz – 40kHz
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Sensitivity (1 kHz): 103 dB/mW
- Cable Style: MMCX Detachable Cable with Inline Mic and 1-Button Control
- Cable Length: 1.2m / 3.9ft
- Inline Microphone with Controls: 1 button for music playback and calls, supports iOS and Android phones
- Type: MEMS Microphone
- Frequency Response: 100 Hz ~ 10 kHz
- Sensitivity (1 kHz): -42 dBV / Pa
- Color: Gunmetal
- Weight: 19g
What’s in the box
- Aurvana Trio in-ear headphones
- Three pairs silicone dome tips (S, M, L)
- Pair memory foam tip
- Compact carry case
- Airplane adapter
- Limited 1 year warranty
As far as design goes, the Creative Aurvana Trio earbuds look like your standard set of earbuds. The earbud has an angled design which allows the silicon or foam ear tip to fit snuggly inside your ear. The main component is black with a silver housing. On the inside of the black plastic piece is an L or R depending on which earbud it is. The silver metal housing tapers down into the outer grey piece. This grey piece is round with a flat front side. Inset into this piece is a silver disc with AURVANA printed in white. Overall, they do look like a premium pair of earbuds.
The earbuds connect to the cable by way of an MMCX cable connector, allowing you to replace the cable easily later should you ever have to. The cable itself consists of a pair of thinner rubber coated wires that are twisted together. Roughly 6-inches down the right side is the inline remote control. The inline remote is relatively thin and about three-quarters of an inch long. It has a small microphone hole near the top and a single multi-function control (MFC) button. The MFC button allows you to play or pause the current track as well as to answer or hang up on an incoming call.
The left and right cables are about 17-inches long before joining in a central Y shaped piece before continuing down in another twisted cable pair to the 3.5mm jack. As far as design is concerned, the cable is my only real complaint as it does get tangled pretty easily, especially when storing them.
The Creative Aurvana Trio earbuds also come with a reinforced canvas carrying case. Black in colour with white stitching, the case is rectangular with a flip lid held in place with a magnet when it’s closed. A small tag with AURVANA brand printed on it in grey. The inside of the case is lined with suede-like material. It’s definitely a nice looking and handy little case for storing your earbuds when not in use.
We’ve tested dual driver headphones and earbuds here at Techaeris and there’s no question that, for the most part, they sound better than their single driver counterparts. In the case of the Creative Aurvana Trio, the dual balanced armature drivers consist of a super tweeter for “detailed highs” and a mid-range for “natural vocals.” The third driver is separate and is a bio-cellulose woofer for “accurate bass.”
I’ve reviewed some outstanding dual driver earbuds in the past but five seconds into the first song I usually play (“Rosa Parks” by Outcast in case you’re wondering), I was very impressed with the sound quality. Especially when the bass kicked in a few seconds later. Creative isn’t kidding when they talk about detailed highs, natural vocals, and accurate bass. Highs are definitely detailed and clear, vocals sound very natural, and the bass reverbs nicely without overwhelming the mids and highs. Even at maximum volume, which is quite loud, the balance between the mids, lows, and highs is maintained.
As usual, I ran the earbuds through everything from old school rap to hip-hop, rock and metal, EDM and dance, and even some classical and acoustic tracks. I have to admit, the sound quality and balance were spectacular across the board and these triple-driver earbuds definitely deliver.
In addition, outside noise is kept to a minimum thanks to Creative’s AuraSeal design which the company claims provides up to 98% noise isolation. While we didn’t measure it, I have no doubt their claims are true as I couldn’t hear anything around me while listening at regular listening volumes.
During our test calls, the microphone quality of the Aurvana Trio inline remote was decent enough for the other party to hear me with no problems. When asked how it sounded, I was told that it sounded normal and my voice was clear when I spoke only slightly louder than normal. In my case, the inline remote hangs nicely just below my chin, a position which definitely helps the microphone easily pick up a normal speaking voice.
With an MSRP of $149.99USD, the Creative Aurvana Trio earbuds are definitely on the higher end of the price scale for earbuds. That being said, they do offer exceptional sound and solid build quality and are well worth the cost.
While dual-driver earbuds are becoming popular, the Creative Aurvana Trio prove that more is better. With their triple driver setup, you’re definitely getting those “detailed highs, normal vocals, and accurate bass” that Creative claims. Quite possibly the best sounding earbuds I’ve used to date, the Creative Aurvana Trio easily earn a Top Pick of 2018 Award here at Techaeris.
*We were sent a sample of the Creative Aurvana Trio earbuds for the purposes of this review.
Creative Aurvana Trio$149.99USD
- Exceptional, balanced, clean sound
- Premium looking design
- Subtle branding
- Inline remote for quick play/pause and call answer
- MMCX cables for easy replacement
- Included carrying case
- Included airline adapter tip
- Worth the price
- Cord tangles pretty easily
- May be pricey for some (but worth it)