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Polk Audio UltraFocus™ 8000LE

Limited edition noise-canceling headphones

Item #: 107UF8000L

3 Reviews | 1 question - 2 answers

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Original Price: $249.99

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Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000LE Limited Edition noise-canceling headphones

The Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000LE headphones feature noise-canceling technology along with a limited edition white-and-brown color scheme with gold accents.

Less noise, more music

The engineers at Polk Audio know great sound. They should — they've been building high-performance home and car speakers for demanding listeners for decades. Now they've taken that experience and expertise and created a headphone designed from the ground up to match the clarity and detail of their famous speakers. The Polk UltraFocus 8000LE with active noise-canceling technology reproduces your music with audiophile-grade sound quality, while isolating you from the noisy environment around you. These limited edition headphones add a touch of class to your listening, with sophisticated styling that will turn a few heads with their subtle charms.

Switch between your calls and music with ease

The UltraFocus 8000LE's three-button remote and in-line microphone make it easy to answer and end calls, control the volume of your calls or music, and pause, play, or skip through your songs on your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod®. The controls are even built right into the earcup for convenient operation. For travel, the supplied airline adapter lets you easily plug in to in-flight entertainment. And a handy push-to-hear control lets you mute the audio and amplify outside sounds to carry on a conversation with those around you without removing your headphones.

Engineered for durability and comfort

Along with fantastic sound, a truly great headphone also must provide a comfortable and secure fit. The 8000LE's soft, generously padded earcups ensure hours of luxurious listening comfort. A lightweight carbon fiber headband insert provides added ruggedness while ensuring a snug-yet-gentle over-ear fit. And the ultra-flexible, ribbon-style cable helps avoid tangles.

From the review Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 noise-canceling headphones: Innovative extras give these headphones an advantage

The headphones' noise cancellation technology worked well, and the benefits of the extra processing features Polk built in were noticeable and appreciated. Whether you're flying across the country or just being a desk-jockey all day, the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 noise-canceling headphones can make the experience not just bearable, but enjoyable as well.

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog and Product Review editor

Product Highlights:

  • limited edition white-and-brown color with gold accents
  • on-the-ear design
  • closed, padded earcups with adjustable headband
  • active noise-canceling technology to reduce distracting external sounds
  • push-to-hear ambient control lets you pause the noise-canceling feature for brief conversations without removing headphones
  • built-in, three-button earcup controls and in-line microphone for hands-free use with iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®
  • 40mm Polk Dynamic Balance® drivers for low-distortion and extended, full-range sound
  • 55" tangle-resistant oxygen-free copper headphone cable
  • carbon fiber headband provides a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit
  • frequency response: 8-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 110 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Included accessories:
    • detachable headphone cord with in-line mic and miniplug connectors
    • full-size headphone (1/4") and twin-plug airline system adapters
    • protective carrying case and shirt clip
    • two "AAA" batteries

Polk Audio UltraFocus™ 8000LE Reviews

Average Customer Review:

3 Reviews

Mediocre & overpriced

Written by: Daniel from Ridgefield, WA on April 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Would not recommend these, unless you were getting them for like 20 bucks, or you like to be disappointed. Title says it all. The noise canceling feature is laughable, barely cancels any noise at all. I don't see why it matters though because the music or whatever you are listening to will cancel out noise anyway... The sound quality these headphones produce is very good, there's a lot of clarity. There is hardly any bass volume at all, it is very clear sounding bass though. I don't expect a lot of bass out of headphones nor do I want a lot of it, but I definitely expect more out of "audiophile" headphones in this price range. While they have a lot of clarity overall, there is no depth to the sound. I've experienced comparable sound quality and more bass out of less expensive headphones before. My biggest gripe about these headphones is what happens when I listen to heavy metal songs. I've listened to many different genres of music on these headphones and everything seems to sound pretty normal, except for heavy metal/death metal songs. On some parts of just about every metal song I've listened to, I'm not able to hear the lead guitar track that I have been able to hear over the years on other headphones, these headphones will only play the rhythm guitar track. Very irritating considering how much these headphones cost. Once again I definitely would not recommend these headphones unless you were getting them for cheap. They are not worth how much they cost. There are much better options out there.

Pros: Clarity, comfort, nice color scheme

Cons: Overpriced, requires batteries for a noise canceling feature that doesn't do much, not much bass, will not play the lead guitar track on some parts of songs


Written by: Derrick O from Petersburg Ak on April 1, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Beautiful all round! Very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The sound is so clear and crisp with just the right amount of bass. For the price it was worth getting, didn't want to spend more than the sale price. The help from Crutchfield was great as usual.

Pros: Everything!!

Cons: None found.

Love these headphones!!

Written by: Brandon D from McKinney, TX on January 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Great pair of headphones; well worth the money. They are extremely comfortable and have an amazing build quality. The headphones sound amazing, definitely worth buying! The noise reduction is incredible; never thought a pair of headphones can cancel out noise as well as these can.

Pros: Amazing sound Incredible noise cancellation Great build quality Very cool pair of headphones

Cons: Requires batteries

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • Noise canceling over-the-ear headphones (white/brown)
  • 55" Headphone cable (straight 2.5mm plug on one end and a right-angled 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • Plug adapter (female 3.5mm-to-male 1/4")
  • 6.5" Mobile phone adapter (male 2.5mm-to-female 3.5mm)
  • 7" Skype adapter (female 3.5mm-to-2 male 3.5mm)
  • Airplane adapter
  • External attenuator adapter
  • 2 "AAA" alkaline batteries
  • Clothing clip
  • Semi-hard zippered storage case
  • Owner's Manual (En/Sp)
  • Replacing the batteries/ear cushions card (separate English and French versions)
  • Online Product Registration sheet

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 8-28k Hz
Sensitivity 110 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 8.9 ounces
Cord Length 55"
Airline Adapter Included Yes
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 LE (limited edition) is a high-performance over-ear headphone with Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and on-board controls for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Based on the UltraFocus 8000, this limited edition model adds a beautiful white finish with brown padded ear cups and headband, and comes with a semi-hard zippered storage case.

Active Dynamic Balance Drivers: Dynamic Balance is Polk Audio's patented advanced analysis of a speaker's entire electro-acoustic and mechanical system. It helps Polk to select better materials and more efficient geometry. With deep analysis, Polk engineers can pinpoint and eliminate things that reduce performance before they become a part of the finished product. The miniature polymer drivers in UltraFocus Series headphones are specially tuned to produce a flat, uncolored frequency response. This true transparency reveals a wide dynamic range, with sharp details, and no hint of strain. The UltraFocus 8000 LE employs Active Dynamic Balance drivers made 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 ANC (Active Noise Canceling) and Polk's patented Dynamic Balance material tuning process.

Optimized Active Noise Canceling: Active Noise Canceling technology uses sophisticated audio algorithms to silence distracting outside noise. Polk Audio goes one step further with UltraFocus headphones. They use Optimized Active Tuning to work in tandem with the ANC technology, enhancing audio performance beyond that of ordinary headphones. Whether you're traveling by airplane, train, or bus; walking along a busy street; or working out in the gym Polk's UltraFocus Active Noise Canceling Headphones give you a refuge from all the noise. They deliver the kind of audio performance you expect from a home audio system; expansive, detailed, engrossing, with deep bass response. Polk ANC technology is capable of up to 15dB of extraneous noise cancellation.

Push-to-Hear Ambient Control: The "Push-to-Hear" Ambient Control lets you instantly mute the audio and amplify outside sounds in the frequency range of the human voice. This allows you to carry on a conversation with another person without removing the headphones. The Ambient Control button is found on the Right ear cup. 

3-Button Remote Control + Mic: The UltraFocus 8000 LE features a 3-button remote and a microphone (located on the Right ear cup) that are compatible with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The integrated remote lets you control your music playback, including play/pause, change tracks, adjust volume, or take a call (iPhone) without touching the device. The built-in microphone supports both voice control (for iPod/iPhone/iPad) and hands-free communication (iPhone). The headphones support audio from any device with a headphone output, but very limited control with non-Apple devices.

Battery Powered: Two "AAA" batteries (included) provide between 40-60 hours of normal ANC usage. The batteries are inserted into the Left ear cup.

Note: The headphones cannot be used with dead batteries or without batteries.

Over-the-Ear Cushioned Ear Cups: The UltraFocus 8000 LE headphones features soft-cushioned over-the-ear pads and an adjustable padded headband for hours of comfortable listening.

Detachable 55" Headphone Cable: The UltraFocus 8000 LE headphones have a single-sided, detachable headphone cable. The 55" headphone cable features a tangle-free planar (flat) design with StrainGuard technology to protect stress points. The headphone cable plugs into the Left ear cup.

Connectors & Adapters: These UltraFocus 8000 LE headphones employ a gold-plated 3.5mm connector and come with an assortment of adapters:

  • 1/4" Adapter: for use with many home audio components
  • 2.5mm Adapter: for use with select mobile devices, such as Nokia
  • Skype Adapter: for use with Skype phones
  • Airplane Adapter: for use with the dual 3.5mm jacks found on most airlines
  • Attenuating Adapter: attenuates the incoming signal by -10dB in case the airline's audio signal is too high

Carrying Case: The UltraFocus 8000 LE comes with a convenient travel case for storage and transportation. It has a mesh, zippered storage pocket for your adapters and extra batteries.

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Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

greg , i appreciate your response. i plan on connecting with an online advisor. At some point i suspect i will need some very subjective opinions to get a feel for what excites listeners. [ charles  Oct 08, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Greg  Oct 08, 2014 ]  Staff