Creative Zen Hybrid Wireless Headphones with Hybrid ANC Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2022-10-11

We went ahead and started listening to multiple songs on YouTube, movie trailers, vlogs but also some TV shows and we immediately noticed a pleasing balance between all frequencies, with clearly rendered voices and enough bass but not as pronounced as you will find with many gaming headsets. These are great for multimedia consumption while on-the-go, while training but also while walking on the street thanks to the included ANC functions. One thing we did notice though is that Zen Hybrid is not very loud at the highest volume, when comparing headsets from other manufacturers such as SteelSeries, but those are in a completely different price range.

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Product Features


Your Personal Zen

Cancel up to 95% of the ambient noise in your surroundings! Using a total of four microphones dedicated for Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)—a mixed approach that combines feedforward and feedback ANC systems to remove a broader spectrum of noise than just one—drown out all the distracting sound and stay in your zone.

Ambient awareness: ON

Switch quickly to Ambient Mode via the same button as ANC on the right earcup! Let in outside sound to be more aware of your environment, like public announcements at train stations, or even a short chat on your coffee run—all without stopping your music!

For cyclists and commuters, this comes in particularly handy for you to stay safe while out and about, especially around heavy traffic areas.


Keep going

We hope your playlist is long enough. Creative Zen Hybrid has a long-lasting battery life of up to 27 hours* with ANC on. Recharging is also super straightforward via the included USB-C charging cable. If you are in a hurry, a quick 5-minute charge also provides for 5 hours of listening.


With both wireless and wired options, you are free to select between Bluetooth® 5.0 or 3.5-mm analog jack.

We recommend the wireless mode while you're out and about and wired for when the power is running low or when you just want a quick and simple way to relax with some tunes.

Creative Zen Hybrid also comes with AAC audio codec for better wireless streaming quality.


Get heard

Sound clearer to others on the line for an improved call experience! The Creative Zen Hybrid features a noise-cancelling microphone that works to pick up your voice over the noise. Combined with ANC on, you'll be able to hear them better when your environment's noises are cancelled out.


Controls are easy

No fuss, only convenience. All the necessary controls are located on the right earcup, so they are easy to access. Answer a call, make a quick command via smart assistants* like Siri or Google Assistant, or adjust your playback volumes, it's all right there.


Designed for on-the-go

Just fold and stow! The Creative Zen Hybrid is made to travel. There are three ways to this—flat fold, half fold, and compact fold—portable enough to store in your laptop carrying case or your hand carry on the plane.

Quality build, extreme comfort. Three words: Snug, firm, and plush.

From its plush ear cushions to padded headband, Creative Zen Hybrid is designed with durability and aesthetics in mind to complement your daily life.


Two hearts beating

At the heart of Creative Zen Hybrid are the drivers. Custom-tuned by our very own acoustic engineers, the dual 40 mm full-range Neodymium drivers promise high-quality sound without any fuss. From accurate bass with a warm sound signature to crisp, clean highs, hear each beat and every layer with clarity.


Award-winning Super X-Fi® Headphone Holography

Super X-Fi technology recreates a professional, multi-speaker system experience in your headphones so you can hear sounds naturally like how it's meant to be heard. Creative Zen Hybrid is a certified SXFI READY* headphone that is specially-tuned for optimum performance with devices and apps in the SXFI READY ecosystem, like the SXFI App. By utilizing the SXFI App on your mobile, you can use enjoy a preview of Super X-Fi Headphone Holography on local content and enjoy cinematic audio even while on the go! Read more about raved-about technology and its numerous accolades.

*SXFI READY works on local music files downloaded onto your device; it does not support streaming content (e.g., Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix). To enjoy the full functions of Super X-Fi on all contents, check out our entire range of Super X-Fi products featuring the SXFI UltraDSP chip.


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