Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless & BT-W3 Review
With the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless connected with the BT-W3 audio transmitter, we want to g
et even more audio quality and possibilities from the wireless headset. The small transmitter is particularly suitable for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and MAC. It works with Bluetooth version 5.0 and audio codecs such as aptX ™ LL and aptX ™ HD. That promises a lot of fun – if we experience it while listening, we’ll show you in the following test. For this test, Creative provided us with the respective test samples.
- Superb sound quality
- aptX Low Latency is excellent for both gaming and watching movies/tv
- Buying them with the BT-W3 adaptor saves you money
- No IP rating
- Carrying around band with wires is less convenient than a small TWS case.
Packaging, content, data
The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless comes in dark packaging with a picture of the headset on the front. The model name and the note “SX-FI Ready” can be found in the upper area. The features are briefly listed in the lower area, such as aptX HD ™, AAC, Bluetooth 5.0, a running time of 20 hours, and the earbuds can be magnetically connected. The name-giving technology is described on the back because a hybrid triple driver system is used in each earbud. The other features are also a little bit more detailed.
The packaging of the BT-W3, on the other hand, is a little less noticeable and more friendly. There is also an illustration, manufacturer’s logo, and model name on the front. And the brief notes on the features should not be missing. The back describes how this little device works. Although z. B. Many computers, notebooks, and MACs already have Bluetooth, but that doesn’t mean that aptX HD ™ is also included. Creative goes so far with the BT-W3, offering an aptX codec with, particularly, low latency.
Contents Aurvana Trio Wireless
The scope of delivery of the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless is very generous because, in addition to the headset and the ear pads attached to it, we find five pairs of other pads in different sizes, a storage bag, a short USB charging cable, and a quick start guide in the packaging.
In addition to the BT-W3 stick, there is also an adapter to USB Type-A, the microphone for a 3.5 mm audio jack connection, a warranty booklet, and a quick start guide.
Details Aurvana Trio Wireless
The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless is mostly made of black plastic. It is made of metal at the two ends of the neckband; this is where the battery and technology are installed. The whole headset is inherently flexible and feels smooth. The two in-ear pieces are magnetically attached to make them safe to wear around the neck when the headset is not used. The headset is controlled via three buttons on the right-hand side. The buttons have a comfortable pressure point and can be operated blindly after a short time. On the side of the buttons, there is a micro-USB port via which the headset is charged.
The two earpieces have a metallic housing and have magnets inside so that they adhere to each other. This means that the headset can be worn around the neck when not in use without the user worrying about losing it. In addition, the earpieces can be easily changed. The scope of delivery includes the right size of pads for each ear.
The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless has three drivers on each side. Together this construct is called a hybrid triple driver system. Each of these three drivers takes on a specific sound range of the audio spectrum. Two of them are Precision Balanced Armature drivers. These should ensure clear highs and mids. In the third, a bio-cellulose driver is used, which is responsible for the bass.
The BT-W3 is an inconspicuous USB stick with a USB Type-C connection. If necessary, this can also be plugged into a USB-A port using the adapter supplied. The stick has a button on the top that can switch between the various operating modes. These modes are primarily the Codec that is currently being used. These would be the five modes and the associated indicators in the form of a differently colored LED:
So if the PC does not have Bluetooth or if the Bluetooth connection of the device does not support the codes mentioned above, the BT-W3 is an addition to be able to use these codecs as required. For communication on consoles such as Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, an analog microphone for the 3.5 mm audio jack input on the controller or directly on the console.
The Aurvana Trio Wireless is switched on via the middle button, which must be pressed for about 2 seconds. At the first start, we are directly in pairing mode to switch on the Bluetooth on our smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S10 +) and immediately find the Aurvana Trio Wireless in the list. We select it, and after a few moments, the connection is established. It is possible to pair the headset with two devices at the same time. B. to connect the headset with the PC and the smartphone and thus switch seamlessly when a call comes in.
This is a good use case for the BT-W3 stick because the factory supports the Samsung Galaxy S10 +. After all, it only supports the normal aptX ™ Codec – the HD or LL Codec are not supported.
This changes now with the BT-W3 by simply plugging it into the USB-C port of the smartphone, and the stick is directly in pairing mode. Now put the Aurvana Trio Wireless in pairing mode, then the two devices connect automatically. However, this type of connection has two disadvantages, at least on the smartphone, which we will go into later. First of all, these problems do not exist in connection with a console or the computer.
At medium volume, we achieved a total playing time of 19 hours and 30 minutes. This is because we are very close to the manufacturer’s information, which is very good.
Super SX-FI app
Creative offers the user an app with the help of which the sound image can be improved even further. The app takes us through a series of steps, so we have to take a selfie and photograph each ear once. Here you have an advantage when there are two of you. Since he builds the app on a cloud, an internet connection and a user account are necessary.
The app can activate and deactivate the SX-Fi function, but you can also manually intervene in the sound properties. For this purpose, an equalizer is integrated into the app, which can select predefined settings or make settings yourself. In addition, the app supports headphones and headsets from not only Creative but also a lot of competing products.
Soundcheck Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless
First, we connect the Aurvana Trio Wireless directly to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus via Bluetooth. As mentioned at the beginning, this has the aptX ™ Codec – but not the Low Latency or HD Codec. In practice, this is not a problem on a smartphone in the broadest sense since the latency is negligible here. For the use of aptX HD ™, it is essential to use losslessly stored music; otherwise, the difference should hardly be audible. In the mobile sector, however, the music files are usually compressed and therefore not loss-free.
Volume without BT-W3
If the Aurvana Trio Wireless is connected directly to the smartphone, the headset reaches a considerable range in terms of volume. As a result, it can play very quietly, particularly in quiet surroundings with appropriate music. During meditations with calm music, for example, we tend to hear softly. However, if we want to crank it up, this is not a problem, the Aurvana Trio Wireless reaches a very high level, but there are no distortions.
Volume with BT-W3
If the Aurvana Trio Wireless is connected to the smartphone via the BT-W3, the maximum volume is much lower, no matter which mode we switch to. In addition, the result is that the control of the media player via the headset no longer works. However, if we use the BT-W3 dongle on the PC, we can achieve more volume again. In addition, the VLC and the media player can be controlled using the buttons on the headset. The same applies to volume control.
Friends of level and depth are well served with the Aurvana Trio Wireless. The hybrid 3-way system has an extended frequency response of 5 to 40,000 Hertz per listener. The two BA drivers for the mid and high range are well-coordinated and form a good, homogeneous sound. As the level increases, the low-frequency range comes more and more to the fore.
The reaction of the bass drivers with their impulsive attack ensures a very dynamic bass and increases listening pleasure. Despite the accentuated bass, the mids have enough space to clearly and concisely depict vocals and instruments. As a result, it looks neither overdone nor flat, nor analytical but creates a subtle softness and warmth without losing any of its naturalness.
The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless is currently cheap. Here the user receives a suitable headset for every occasion, regardless of whether you are simply taking the train to work, university, or school or whether you are going for a jog – the Aurvana Trio Wireless does it with you. The earbuds sit well in the ears and, thanks to the magnets, find a good and safe place around the neck even when not in use.
The sound and the high level are remarkable for such a small headset. If you want to easily expand playback devices such as Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, or computer/notebook with additional aptX ™ codecs, the BT-W3 dongle is a wonderful option. We give our recommendation for both.