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Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 3.5mm Connector Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphone w/Apple Controls

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The Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 is designed to deliver the big, bold, expansive experience of a home audio system to your on-the-go ears, anywhere you went.

Using both passive and active noise canceling technologies, and taking advantage of Polk's 40 years of exclusive audio innovations, UltraFocus 8000 headphones concentrate your attention on your music, screening out exterior interruptions. They boost your listening experience right out of your head with expansive dynamic response, deep bass effects, and one of the widest "soundstages" of any headphone today.


 

  • newegg Superior sound quality Stunning detail, full fidelity and deep bass maximize performance.
  • newegg Active and Passive Noise Cancellation Battery-assisted Active Noise Canceling technology eliminates the distractions of the outside world (two AAA batteries included). Polk's exclusive Optimized Active Tuning takes advantage of ANC technology to improve the overall performance dynamics of UltraFocus headphones, significantly raising the bar for headphone performance. Smart sensing of exterior noise levels actually changes the frequency response of UltraFocus headphones, tuning out disruptions and tuning in better headphone performance. Polk ANC technology is capable of up to 15dB of extraneous noise cancellation! The Passive Isolation technology of the padded on-ear design comfortably surrounds each ear to naturally minimize outside distractions.
  • newegg Push-To-Hear Ambient Control Mutes the audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can hear those around you without removing your headphones.
  • newegg Ultra Fidelity Dynamic Balance Transducers Active Dynamic Balance driver of lightweight, durable PET material, in a sealed micro-enclosure, tuned and fitted to eliminate resonances with optimized damping. Active Dynamic Balance technology is an exclusive combination of active noise cancelling and our patented Dynamic Balance material tuning process.
  • newegg 3-Button Remote Control & Microphone Easy to reach, easy to use on-ear Apple Microphone & Audio Control Buttons include "control Braille" tactile indicators and are engineered to avoid inadvertent engagement, for on-the-fly audio and phone control without breaking your stride.
  • newegg Engineered for Durability and Comfort Superior materials technology, including durable stainless steel, lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, and virtually maintenance free padding, for years of extraordinary performance on the go, anywhere. Pefect Fit Headband and padded ear cushions are "tuned" to eliminate pressure points and soften its comfortable, secure fit.


Learn more about the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000

Model

Brand
Polk Audio
Type
Noise Cancelling
Model
UltraFocus 8000
Part
AM8100-A

General SPEC

Driver Unit
40mm
Frequency Response
8Hz-28KHz
Input Impedance
32 ohms
Sensitivity
110 dB/mW
Connector
3.5mm
Ear Coupling
Over-Ear
Cord Length
4.58 ft. (55 in)

Features

Features
Audiophile Sound - Stunning detail, full fidelity and deep bass to maximize performance.

Active Noise Canceling - Battery-assisted true active noise canceling eliminates the distractions of the outside world (batteries included).

Push-To-Hear Ambient Control - Mutes the audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can hear those around you without removing your headphones.

3-Button Remote Control & Microphone - Use your iPhone, iPod and iPad on the fly with on-ear controls.

Ultra Fidelity Dynamic Balance Transducers - Polk's proprietary driver technology guarantees full frequency response while minimizing distortion.

Passive Isolation Technology - Comfortable, design surrounds each ear minimizing outside distractions.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000

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  • Dave G.
  • 6/1/2013 9:12:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate on previous review

Pros: These headphones still sound as descent today as they did when I first purchased them. However......

Cons: Given that I spent nearly $300 on these headphones, I was always UBER careful when using them. While I did take them on busiiness trips, I worried about them as though I was a first time mother.

Didnt really help (or maybe it did). Within the first year, the head band started to disentergrate and the left speaker ended up detached. fortunately this all happened in the first year as these headphones only have a one year warranty

i had to ship them back to Polk in the original box with all the original accessories. Given that I had to go thru such a lengthy process i was expecting to receive a new pair as again these cost $300 and then literally fell apart within the first year of use.

In a span of about 10 business days I waited to receive the new pair. Nope, I got my old pair back with a new headband installed. Boy do I have a lot of confidence as the new headband looks just like the first. At this point, I expect them to last another 6 months when the warranty period is over.

Don't know if I'll ever be able to waste $300 on a One-Year Rental again. Seriously disappointed. When they fall apart next time, I guess I'll go back to my 4 year old pair of Klipsch ear buds that I paid $80 for.

Honestly, I'm very dissapointed in my overall ownership of this item.

Other Thoughts: I'm getting more and more upset as I write this follow up review so i think I will just end it now and not ruin my Saturday...

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  • Jason B.
  • 2/19/2013 7:28:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Sound Quality: The headphones sound very good. All levels are nice and crisp. Excellent for music and movies.

Noise Cancelling: Pretty decent. Perfect for screaming babies on flights and snoring roommates.

Other: Overall appearance is nice. Carbon fiber looks sharp. Removable cable is awesome for travel. VERY COMFORTABLE!! The Apple Controls are awesome!

Cons: The only bad thing I have to say about these headphones is the durability. I have had them for about 7 months and they are literally falling apart. The material that covers the headband has all but fallen off, I currently have it taped together. Today at work, the left speaker completely stopped working.

Other Thoughts: For headphones that are over $300, I expect a lot from them. These stack up in every way EXCEPT durability. For this price, they should last for a long time... NOT 7 MONTHS!!!

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  • Leonardo S.
  • 2/15/2013 2:06:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING headphones!

Pros: By far, the best headphones I have ever listened to. Bass is present without being boomy - mids and highs are very well defined. Also, it's study construction makes me believe this headphone will last for decades. After wearing these headphones, Bose QCs will feel like cheap plastic. I have listen to AKGs, Seinheisers, and Bose, and these are by far the best sounding ones. Nose cancelling is not bad either, however not as good as QCs.

Cons: Will not work without batteries. However, I believe the batteries are necessary to power some sort of internal equalizer, along with the noise cancellation.

Other Thoughts: Buy it. You won't regret. If you have a Beats by Dr. Dre, do me a favor and burn those.

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  • Dave G.
  • 7/30/2012 6:20:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW!!

Pros: ULTRA Comfortable headphones that rival Bose for Noise Cancellation yet offer a sound quality that out performs all others at this price point.

I really like the Push-To-Hear function & the iPhone/iPod control features as well. Push-To-Hear is a feature that I've always wanted but didn't know it. After testing this feature out last week on a United flight, I will no longer have to remove my headphones unless I want to! If the guy next to me or the flight attendant wants to say something, I just hit the button.

As for the iPhone control features, they are simple basic tools for playing music & changing volume control. Best news is that the interface is thru the 3.5mm cable & not the super-wide plug on the bottom of the phone. Apple just announced a new smaller sized connector for the iPhone 5 so this is really good news.

Cons: The cost is a bit high if you appreciate your hearing and need noise cancellation. While these headphones offer superior Noise Cancellation technology, you can easily find cheaper headphones that will provide noise cancellation that will protect your ears.

Other Thoughts: I never bought a pair of $300 Bose Headphones as I always felt as though they were too expensive. With the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 headphones, that thought never crossed my mind

P.S. Yes I know the Bose headphones cost less than the Polk's. However, the Bose headphones are just way overpriced...).

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