Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Review

Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Review

The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless comes packaged very nicely. The design of the packaging is elegant and shows numerous features. The earphones are embedded under the hinged cover. The separate scope of delivery is located underneath.

This includes a carrying case with a micro-USB charging cable, silicone earplugs in three sizes, and three pairs of foam earplugs. With these, the isolation and the sound can be changed. There is also a quick guide and all kinds of guarantee slips.

PROS:

  • Strong audio performance with a focus on mids and lows.
  • Removable cable.
  • Excellent microphone clarity.

CONS:

  • Outdated single-button remote.
  • Less crisp than some listeners will prefer.

The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless is wireless Bluetooth in-ears with a neckband. The flexible steel bracket is hung around the neck and thus protects against loss, especially during sports. At the ends, the rubberized stand merges into silver-gray sections.

Creative has integrated a control unit and the micro-USB charging port on the right side, but unfortunately, you have to do without USB Type C. According to the datasheet, the integrated battery has a capacity of 130 mAh and has a runtime of 20 hours. With a moderate volume, we quickly got 22 hours, very nice!

It is operated using three buttons. The top button acts as Vol + (press briefly), track forward (press and hold) when listening to music. The lower button goes back as Vol and track accordingly. The middle button is used to switch on / off and to establish a connection. If you press it twice, Siri or the Google Assistant is started. The functions change in “Call mode,” i.e. when a call is made. The microphone is also integrated there.

The in-ears, which are designed in a matching color, are connected via rubber-coated and robust cables. The silver-gray finish is picked up here. The Aurvana lettering is applied to the back of the earphones. The surface is magnetic, and so the in-ears can be “plugged” together at this point, be it for transport, for securing, or so that you don’t have to dangle two ends loosely.

The earphones are closed by small metal grids. They contain a system of three drivers, each of which takes over a frequency range.

The two “Precision Balanced Armature” drivers take care of the highs and mids, a bio-cellulose driver for the lows, i.e., the bass. In addition to the aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and AAC audio codecs, the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless also supports the connection with two devices simultaneously.

Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth 5.0 audio dongle

The Creative BT-W3 is a tiny audio Bluetooth / sender/receiver with the latest USB Type-C interface and is only approx. 2 cm in length. For devices without Type-C ports, an adapter to the well-known USB Type-A port is included. This means that the BT-W3 is compatible with a wide range of devices: PC, Mac, smartphones, and the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch game consoles are supported.

There is also a small microphone with a jack connection in the scope of delivery, which can be plugged into the Playstation controller, for example.

Commissioning the small dongle is easy: plug it in, and the installation runs automatically. To pair, you have to hold down the switch on the top. A small status LED shows the status.

You can also select the codec using the button. SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, and aptX HD are available. The playback device must be compatible accordingly. The current codec is indicated in color by the LED.

We couldn’t determine any difference to the direct smartphone connection with aptX HD in terms of sound. For gaming, however, the aptX Low Latency Codec brings a noticeable lower delay that comes close to a wired audio solution.

On the other hand, the microphone is an emergency solution and, at best, a nice-to-have. The voice quality is overall very echoing and tinny. However, it is enough for communication during console gaming.

Practical test

Commissioning and convenience
The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless is switched to pairing mode with a long press on the middle button and can then be paired with the smartphone or the BT-W3 dongle. Next, a short announcement provides information about the connection status. The connection proved to be stable and was established promptly without waiting or problems.

The thick neckband is unexpectedly inconspicuous and was forgotten after a few minutes. The length is well dimensioned, and the operation at the level of the bowl bone is very intuitive and easy to reach.

Only positive things can be said about the fit of the in-ears. In a medium-size, they are already very tight and secure but do not squeeze. It couldn’t be better. The foam attachments insulate even more strongly from the outside world, whereby the shielding is already high. The seat is a little softer, but the foam is not ideal for sweaty activities.

Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Sound

On the negative side, we have to complain about audible background noise. This is audible with the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless, even with quiet passages in the playback. However, during various activities, especially outside like jogging, you hardly hear it.

We found the sound – out of the box – to be very lively, with high dynamics. The bass isn’t excessive, but it’s precisely where it’s supposed to be. The drivers build up real pressure and come very deep, hard, and accentuated. A suitable dosage of the bass allows you to develop the mids well and thus play very clearly and in detail.
The highs accelerate and come across very brilliantly. However, sometimes the Aurvana Trio Wireless overdo it a bit and goes too hard to work. This is sometimes expressed uncomfortably with “S” sounds, when voices get something hissing, such as with “Animal Style” by Biffy Clyro.

In itself, however, the Trio Wireless Headset is sovereign in every genre. Hip-hop, electro-pop, rock, and metal play equally well. Listening to music is fun, and you can enjoy music. Since no frequency predominates, the sound is very harmonious.

Games also look excellent on the headset due to the spectacular but very precise sound. In particular, the location and localization are perfect.

The voice quality of the microphone is okay. The language is understandable but a bit dull, reproduced, and background noises filtered out to a certain extent, as long as it is not too windy.

SX-FI app

The sound can also be adjusted on the smartphone using the SX-FI app. Registration is required here. In addition to the automatic sound optimization by optically measuring the ears, an equalizer is also available.

In our case, the automatic adjustment gives the sound more fullness and opens up the stage a little. It is an improvement in most songs and games, but it can sometimes go wrong, and frequencies mix to a pulp. This makes it difficult to locate and differentiate. We found something similar with the Creative SX-FI Gamer.

Conclusion

Let’s start briefly with the Creative BT-W3, about which we don’t want to / cannot waste a lot of words. The small Bluetooth audio transmitter does precisely what you would expect: to provide stable Bluetooth transmission for audio devices. A big plus point here is the compatibility, the simplicity, and the many codecs supported, which cover various requirements.

The Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless *, on the other hand, convinced us with their perfect sound and high wearing comfort. Listening to music is fun, especially during sports and on the go, and you always feel safe. The excellent quality is rounded off with a good scope of delivery and long battery life. In our opinion, it doesn’t need the bells and whistles around SX-FI. So unpack, connect, enjoy!

However, sensitive highs should be aware of the reasonably present background noise and the sharp highs, if necessary. Take back something with the equalizer. The microphone is more than sufficient for short phone calls, although not a sensation.

Since I don’t want to miss the Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless on the go, I got the Gold Award for the excellent sound performance.

Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Review
Creative Aurvana Trio Wireless Review
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