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We like strapping things to our heads that replace the bad sounds with good ones, so we're very excited about Creative's new headsets. The company is launching a pair of audiophile-quality cans, as well as one for the audiophile on a limited budget. First up, there's the Aurvana Platinum and Gold, which come with active noise cancellation, NFC and HD Voice. Then there's the ShareMe technology, which lets two users wirelessly listen to one audio source, which'd be ideal for watching a movie on a long train journey. The Platinum will retail for £250 and the Gold for £180, while the more modest Live! 2 -- which packs leatherette ear pads and 40mm Neodymium drivers -- will set you back £110, with all three launching in October.

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Creative Unveils New Aurvana® Lineup - Audiophile-Grade Aurvana® Platinum and Aurvana® Gold Headsets Packed with Groundbreaking Technological Features

Massive Range of Advanced Technologies Complement Creative Aurvana's Legacy of High Performance Audio Reproduction

SINGAPORE – September 3, 2013 – Creative Technology Ltd today announced an entirely new range of premium Creative Aurvana® headsets - the flagship Creative Aurvana Platinum, the Creative Aurvana Gold, and the Creative Aurvana Live!2 – the second generation of the award-winning Aurvana Live!® headset. This new lineup of three audiophile-grade headsets will be unveiled at IFA Berlin at the Creative exhibit 110 in Hall 3.2, Messe Berlin from September 6 - 11.

Creative Aurvana Platinum Wireless Headset Premium Sound with Groundbreaking Technologies
The Aurvana brand represents Creative's premium headsets that deliver true-to-life high performance sound. On top of pristine audio reproduction, the Creative Aurvana Platinum and the Creative Aurvana Gold come loaded with a dazzling array of groundbreaking technological features.

Top of the list is the all-new ShareMe technology. This advanced technology allows two listeners of ShareMe-enabled Creative wireless headsets to easily link the two headsets wirelessly to a single smart device, and share their audio simultaneously – ideal for simultaneous listening to a podcast or audio book, or watching a movie together during a long commute.

The Creative Aurvana Platinum and Aurvana Gold headsets also incorporate other impressive features such as Tap & Play Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity, Active Noise Cancellation, Creative Multipoint connectivity (for simultaneous connections to two smart devices, such as to a smartphone and tablet) and support for advanced Bluetooth codecs, making them two of the most feature-packed headsets in the market.

"When we first launched the Aurvana line of headsets, we focused on delivering the truest audiophile-grade sound with minimum processing, so users could hear exactly what was recorded in the studio. We've continued this legacy in our new Aurvana lineup, but we've also gone the extra mile to utilise a full range of groundbreaking technologies that will make this brand a favorite among audiophiles and tech enthusiasts alike. We are very excited to introduce these new creations that integrate both the best technologies of today and the best of tomorrow's," said Mac Aw, Director of Worldwide Marketing of Creative.

Stunningly Elegant Design

The new Aurvana headsets also sport a distinctively elegant design. A stunningly clear visual contrast is immediately noticeable between the hard materials that make up the headset's solid structure and sleek angled lines adorning the ear cups, and the soft materials that provide users with outstanding levels of comfort.

Competitive Price for Premium Features

Despite their amazing audio quality and impressive range of features, the premium headsets are competitively priced – similar premium headsets without some of these compelling proprietary technologies are priced higher than the three headsets in the Aurvana lineup.

PS-AURVANA_PLATINUMCreative Aurvana Platinum – Flagship Premium Wireless ANC Headset

The new flagship of the Creative headset range, the Aurvana Platinum, represents the most feature-rich headset among the Aurvana lineup and possibly among other headsets in the market. Powerful and precise 50mm drivers deliver stunning bass, pristine highs and remarkably clear vocals while premium memory foam ear cushions bask the listener in musical indulgence.

Steeped in technology including Tri-Mode Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and advanced Bluetooth technology with aptX® and AAC high-definition audio codec support, the Aurvana Platinum makes the ideal travel companion for the jet-setting executive who demands the best. The Aurvana Platinum's Tri-Mode Active Noise Cancellation employs advanced noise reduction feed-forward and feedback controls with four dedicated microphones to reduce environmental noise by up to 90 percent in addition to offering the choice of optimised plane, train, or indoor settings.

The Aurvana Platinum also introduces world's first Creative ShareMe technology for simultaneous audio sharing between two headsets. The headset also utilises Tap & Play NFC technology for simple, one-touch Bluetooth pairing. In addition, with Creative Multipoint, the Aurvana Platinum can connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously; allowing user the flexibility to answer urgent phone calls from a smartphone while watching a movie on a tablet. When a phone call comes in, the built-in microphones enable crystal-clear conversations via the ClearSpeech enhanced engine.

Creative Aurvana Platinum Key Features

Tap & Play NFC technology and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
Advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) reduces environmental noise by up to 90 percent with quad microphones
Tri-Mode ANC features optimised settings for airplane, outdoor and indoor usage
Precise 50mm studio-grade Neodymium drivers
Multipoint Connectivity – Pairs and connects to two wireless devices at the same time
Creative ShareMe enables wireless audio sharing with another ShareMe-enabled Creative wireless headset from a single wireless device
ClearSpeech Engine for enhanced voice calls
HD Voice-ready – Delivers more life-like conversations
Ergonomic over-ear design with comfortable memory foam padding
Extensive high quality wireless audio codec support: aptX®, AAC and FastStream
Voice announcements for connectivity and battery level statuses
Works even when the battery is flat via the bundled audio cable
Includes durable travel pouch, USB charging cable and airplane adapter

PS-AURVANA_GoldCreative Aurvana Gold – Best-in-Class Premium Wireless ANC Headset

Geared toward the discerning music listener who seeks outstanding audio quality, comfort and a strong design statement, the Creative Aurvana Gold features an over-ear design with 40mm drivers that deliver excellent audio performance. The Aurvana Gold features ShareMe technology, NFC and advanced Bluetooth wireless capabilities, while delivering Active Noise Cancellation that reduces environmental noise by up to 85 percent with two noise reduction microphones. An embedded microphone in the headset enables use for phone calls without compromising the compact convenience of a headphone.

Creative Aurvana Gold Key Features

Tap & Play NFC technology and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
Advanced Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) reduces environmental noise by up to 85 percent with dual microphones
Superb lively-tuned 40mm Neodymium drivers
Multipoint Connectivity – Pairs and connects to two wireless devices at the same time
Creative ShareMe enables wireless audio sharing with another ShareMe-enabled Creative wireless headset from a single wireless device
ClearSpeech Engine for enhanced voice calls
HD Voice-ready – Delivers more life-like conversations
Ergonomic over-ear design with comfortable memory foam padding
Extensive high quality wireless audio codec support: aptX®, AAC and FastStream
Voice announcements for connectivity and battery level statuses
Works even when the battery is flat via the bundled audio cable
Includes durable travel pouch, USB charging cable and airplane adapter

PS-AURVANA_Live2Creative Aurvana Live!2

The Creative Aurvana Live!2 headsets improve upon the wildly popular Aurvana Live! headsets, which established a cult following for their outstanding audio performance produced by their high quality bio-cellulose drivers. A bio-cellulose diaphragm is an ideal headphone driver material as it delivers the same sound velocity as an aluminum or titanium diaphragm along with the warmth and delicate sound of a paper diaphragm. The Aurvana Live!2 renders a natural and faithful audio experience akin to a live performance with its highly accurate 40mm Neodymium magnet with bio-cellulose diaphragm drivers that deliver tighter bass tones and exceptional audio dynamics. To add to the musical escape, the premium soft protein leatherette ear pads and headband immerse the listener in comfort even for long periods of listening. As compared to its predecessor, the Aurvana Live!2 is equipped with an inline microphone for calls.

Creative Aurvana Live!2 Key Features

Accurate 40mm Neodymium drivers with composite bio-cellulose diaphragm for faithful and dynamic playback
Premium supple protein leatherette ear pads provide an excellent seal against external noise while offering unmatched comfort
Lightweight over-ear design with metal alloy headband for increased durability
Includes detachable tangle-free audio cable with in-line microphone and volume controls, and a soft microfiber pouch
Flat-fold ear cups for portability
Available in two different colors - Black with dark chrome highlights

Black with dark red chrome highlights

Pricing and Availability

Despite the full range of built-in advanced technological features, the new lineup of Aurvana headsets is competitively priced at the following suggested retail prices. They are slated for availability in October 2013 at creative.com, and will be available at selected retailers.

Creative Aurvana Platinum headset GBP249.99

Creative Aurvana Gold headset GBP179.99

Creative Aurvana Live!2 headset GBP109.99

For in-store availability, please refer to local authorised dealers.

For more information about the Creative Aurvana headsets, please visit uk.creative.com/new/headphones.

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