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Polk Audio Buckle

Around-the-ear headphones with built-in remote and microphone (Black)

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    Adjustable headband

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    Built for portable listening

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    Cool styling

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    Take control with the built-in rocker switch (shown in Brown)

 

Our take on the Polk Audio Buckle

by David Brown
Polk Audio

Sharp looks, smooth sound

Polk Audio Buckle headphones

Polk's Buckle headphones feature a built-in rocker switch for controlling music playback, taking calls, and adjusting the volume with your iPhone (shown in Brown).

It's not surprising that Polk Audio has successfully married function and fashion with their Buckle headphones. They've been doing this with their speakers for years, making them a favorite among our customers. Even though we've come to expect great-looking, great-sounding, affordable gear from Polk, these headphones caught us by surprise with their cool textured leatherette covering on the padded aluminum headband. And those large metallic...let's call them buckles — they provide a nice contrast from the leather, giving these headphones just the right touch of bling to offset their otherwise understated looks.

Carefully tuned for pure playback

Naturally, the Buckle's looks are just part of the story. Polk's proprietary Dynamic Balance tuning regulates the internal resonances of the drivers and housing to keep distortion from mucking up your music. Each of the 40mm drivers has been refined using Polk's Optimized Electro-acoustic tuning method. As a result, these headphones reproduce your music with natural, accurate sound that's faithful to the original recording. The closed-back earcups ensure you can hear all the smoothness and detail these headphones deliver by fitting completely around your ears to keep external noise from intruding into your musical enjoyment.

Built-in controls for Apple® devices

Rather than building a remote into the 48-inch cable, Polk added a rocker switch and microphone on the Buckle's right earcup. Press the switch to answer a call on your iPhone® or control music playback on any Apple device such as and iPod® or iPad®. Rock the switch up and down to raise and lower the volume of music and calls.

Listen in comfort, at home or away

There's one more key element to the Buckle's design: padding. There's plenty to go around on the headband and the earcups. It's plush enough to keep you listening deep into albums and playlists. Use these headphones on the go with your smartphone or tablet. Or pop the included 1/4" adapter on the mini cable and connect the Buckle to your home stereo for a relaxing evening at home.

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Highlights:

  • closed-back, around-the-ear design offers passive noise isolation to help block out external noise
  • built-in rocker switch lets you take calls, control music playback, and adjust volume with your iPhone, iPod, or iPad
  • built-in microphone for taking calls with an iPhone
  • Polk's patented Dynamic Balance tuning minimizes driver and system resonances for clear sound with low distortion
  • 48" single-sided, detachable mini cable
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • aluminum headband with stitched leatherette covering
  • travel bag included
  • 1/4" plug adapter included
  • frequency response: 10-21,500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 99.7 dB
  • impedance: 24 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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10-21.5k Hz
Sensitivity
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99.7 dB
Impedance
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24 Ohms
Weight
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12.3 ounces
Cord Length
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48"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Yes
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • Over-ear headphone (black/off white) with built-in microphone and 3-way remote
  • 48" Cable (straight 2.5mm sub-mini plug on one end and right-angled 3.5mm mini plug on other end)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" Adapter
  • Cloth storage pouch
  • Headphone manual
  • Quick Fit Guide
  • Product Model/Serial Number sheet

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Features

Overview: The Polk Audio Buckle headphones are a part of the Polk Heritage Collection. These over-ear headphones have a padded aluminum headband and soft, padded earcups. The Buckle comes with a detachable 48" cable, a 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter, and a soft, brushed cloth travel pouch.

Drivers: The Buckle features 40mm Dynamic Balance drivers. Polk Optimized Electro-acoustic Tuning (POET) delivers that legendary rich, accurate Polk sound to your ears. Dynamic Balance tuning eliminates distortion from the headphones, so you hear nothing but pure sound.

Passive Sound Isolation: The over-ear design and the padded earcups cradle your ears and create a seal to naturally block outside noise.

Built-In Remote/Microphone: The Buckle has a built-in 3-way remote control on the back of the headband near the right earcup to control your music and phone calls. The remote is fully compatible with iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod classic (120 GB and 160 GB), iPod touch (2nd generation and later, iPhone (5, 4S, 4, 3GS), iPad (3rd generation and later, iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPad), and iPod shuffle. Rotating the remote control wheel up or down controls the volume up and down. Pressing the remote control button answers and hangs up phone calls (one press), controls music play and pause (one press), skip to next track (two presses), and skip to previous track or beginning of current track (three presses). The built-in microphone is located next to the headphone cable jack on the bottom of the headband near the right earcup.

Specifications:

  • Total Frequency Response: 10 to 21,500 Hz (+/- 9dB)
  • Maximum Sensitivity: 99.7 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 24 ohms
 
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