Creative has announced a couple of pairs of new earbuds - the HS-930i and the Aurvana In-Ear 2s. The former is designed for the iPhone and features an in-line microphone, and the latter are an update of the original Aurvana In-Ears.
Looking first at the Aurvana earbuds, Creative says that the new version "sports bolder aesthetics and more refined acoustic tuning". You won't see much of those aesthetics when they're stuck in your ears, but we applaud the principle nonetheless. On the acoustic tuning side, there's now a grille on the back of the buds that should offer a little more detail in the sonic presentation. They're bassy - offering a frequency response of 15Hz to 16kHz, and have an impedance of 42 ohms and a sensitivity of 110 dB/mW.
The Aurvana In-Ear 2s are made of metal, and come with an oxygen-free copper cable, gold-plated plug and a slider that can adjust the length of that cable to minimize impact noise. They also come with a travel case that includes a cleaning tool, airplane adapter and various different sized earbuds.
Over to the HS-930i, which we reckon looks rather more stylish than the Aurvana. There is a metal housing that can rotate to allow you to loop the cables back over your ears, and there's also an in-line microphone with a button that'll allow you to answer and hang up phone calls without taking your phone out of your pocket.
If you'd rather use them with your computer, they come with a PC adapter to convert the 4-pole jack into both a headphone jack and a microphone jack. On the specs side, they contain a 6mm Neodymium driver that pumps out a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with an impedance of 16 ohms and a sensitivity of 105dB/mW.
Both sets of earbuds cost $149.00, and they're available now from Creative's online store.