The Polk UltraFocus 8000 NC arrives as a revelation to travelers and commuters used to the oddly resonant, vertigo-inducing presentation of most noise-canceling [NC] headphones. Featuring full-coverage circumaural earcups, an extremely tough-built construction and some of the best sound quality we've heard in the category, the Polk UltraFocus 8000 NC hits brilliant pay-dirt for flight-bound music lovers seeking great noise-blocking as well as terrifically engaging audiophile sound. Built-in microphone + 3-position control for Apple devices and a 'Push-to-Hear' button for conversing without taking off the headphones are located on the headphone's right earcup. An uncommonly well-detailed, musical sound makes the UltraFocus 8000 NC a welcome addition to our stringently staff-selected line of NC headphones at HeadRoom.
What We Think:
Ding! Ding! Ding! Folks, it sounds like we have a winner. The Polk UltraFocus 8000 NC headphones not only provides superior 'active' [battery-powered] noise-cancelling for airline, train and road travel but they also offer amongst the most musical sound of any NC headphone in the field. Did we mention the easy hands-free iPhone / iPad connectivity with all voice activation + remote track controls handily located on the right earcup? Or the amazingly ergonomic wearing comfort and block-of-oak durability exemplified by the UltraFocus 8000 beefy swiveling earpads, detachable cable, and tough but pliable carbon fiber headband? And its not just the great design and construction that has us all agog. Audiophile music lovers will hear truly remarkable bass response that's both tight and punchy along with very good, well-focused vocal midranges that simply stomp on most other NC models' typically recessed, hollow-sounding voice / vocal tonalities. So our HeadRoom headphone nerds who typically poo-poo noise-canceling cans have had to readjust their world view now that the Polk UltraFocus 8000 NC is at the top of the heap. Good on ya', Polk!
The Polk UltraFocus 8000 NC full-size headphones come in a stealthy, attractive all-black color that ensures you won't be mistaken for wearing those other 'four letter' noise-canceling headphones. To our eyes, the UltraFocus 8000 cosmetics positively oozes audio engineering. Headband and earpad cushions are soft and sumptuous. Earcups swivel on a thick but uber-lightweight carbon frame that looks seriously built to last. All Apple player 3-button track controls and the handy 'Push-to-Hear' conversation button is located on the right earcup. The left earcup contains the headphone battery; please note the NC feature is on at all times in the UltraFocus 8000 and the headphones will not work without batteries -- so bringing extra AAA batteries is a very good idea on long journeys. The included Polk slim-profile travel case tucks the headphones away into your carry-on for ease of transit. The detachable headphone cord is a very flexible, high-quality planar-type cable engineered exclusively for the UltraFocus 8000 by Polk for maximum sound quality performance and tangle-free operation. The cord measures 5ft in length and terminates to an angled 3.5mm (1/8') 'mini' jack. A full-size 1/4' stereo plug adapter is provided in the package. The 1-year manufacturer's warranty is serviced free by Polk Audio only with your 'official Polk authorized dealer' HeadRoom purchase receipt.
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