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Polk Audio UltraFit 500

In-ear sports headphones (Black and Red)

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No matter what kind of sports or exercise you're into, Polk's UltraFit 500 headphones will be right there with you. Their silicone ear tips rest gently in the outer part of your ear canals while soft, bendable ear clips keep them firmly in place, even during the most challenging maneuvers. The built-in moisture shield helps ensure they'll keep going at least as long as you do. And a high-performance driver design allows these little headphones to punch out surprisingly detailed sound, delivering the kind of performance that'll inspire you on your next workout.

No matter what kind of sports or exercise you're into, Polk's UltraFit 500 headphones will be right there with you. Their silicone ear tips rest gently in the outer part of your ear canals while soft, bendable ear clips keep them firmly in place, even during the most challenging maneuvers. The built-in moisture shield helps ensure they'll keep going at least as long as you do. And a high-performance driver design allows these little headphones to punch out surprisingly detailed sound, delivering the kind of performance that'll inspire you on your next workout.

Pick the cable length that's right for you
The UltraFit 500s include two tangle-resistant, Kevlar®-reinforced cables to match your listening style. A long 41" cable lets you wear your music player on your waist or in your pants pocket, while the short 14" cable makes a convenient connection to an iPod tucked into an armband holder or shirt pocket. Or, you can unplug the extension cables altogether, and hook the headphones straight into an iPod nano®, iPod shuffle®, or other MP3 player clipped to your shirt collar. The UltraFit 500s come with a soft, zippered case for storage, and a clothing clip to help keep them in place while you're on the move.

Great purchase. Wonderful sound and they stay in my ears!

Anonymous, Clinton, MO

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What's in the Box:

  • Sports in-ear headphones (with attached 14" cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector)
  • 41" Headphone extension cable (with a female 3.5mm jack on one end and a right-angle male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 14" Headphone extension cable (with a female 3.5mm jack on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 3 Pairs of StayFit silicone ear-tips (S/M/L)
  • Shirt clip
  • Protective case
  • Owner's Manual
  • Quick Fit Guide
  • Online product Registration

Product Highlights:

  • in-ear headphones designed for sports and active use
  • moisture-resistant construction for long-term durability
  • bendable SecureFit™ Supports help headphones stay in place during on-the-go listening
  • detachable 41" straight cord with angled stereo mini (3.5mm) plug
  • short, detachable 14" cord included for convenient connection to armband-mounted portable music players
  • StrainGuard™ Kevlar®-reinforced core and connections help eliminate cable failure
  • flat, ribbon-like cord design resists tangles
  • includes three pairs of StayFit™ silicone eartip sleeves (S/M/L) for a comfortable fit and moderate noise isolation
  • environmental awareness design allows you to hear enough of your surroundings to feel secure during exercise
  • frequency response: 18-23,000Hz
  • impedance: 16 ohms
  • sensitivity: 118 dB
  • includes soft, zippered carrying case and clothing clip
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 18-23k Hz
Sensitivity 118 dB
Impedance 16 Ohms
Weight 0.5 ounces
Cord Length 14", 41"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

UltraFit Series Sports Headphone: Polk Audio designed their new UltraFit Series Sport Headphones to enhance your headphone listening experience while enduring your most demanding workouts, comfortably. The Polk Audio UltraFit Series Sport Headphones are engineered for comfort, performance, and durability. You'll appreciate how they fit and stay put even through the roughest workouts. You'll also be impressed and delighted by the dynamic sound quality of the UltraFit Sport Headphones.

Dynamic Balance: Co-developed with the Johns Hopkins Center for Non-Destructive testing, Dynamic Balance is a design tool that enables Polk Audio engineers to pinpoint the elements that negatively impact driver performance. These same engineers then carefully control materials, interfaces, and geometries; resulting in a headphone with great sound.

Dynamic Balance Polymer Drivers: UltraFit Sport Headphones employ dynamic drivers much like those in a Polk Audio full size speaker; they're just a lot smaller (14.2mm). To meet Polk's predetermined performance parameters, their engineers took the same care designing these drivers as Polk Audio large speaker drivers; even adding a discrete crossover filter to each driver to naturalize the high frequencies.

Ported Enclosures: UltraFit Sports Headphones are ported, since there is the port (ear piece) you put in your ear. There are also very small channels in the back of the driver enclosure, beneath the Polk logo. These are crucial to tuning the driver's frequency response peaks. And that means a better sounding pair of headphones.

Moisture Shield: The UltraFit 500 headphones employ Moisture Shield to protect the headphones during your workout. Moisture Shield consists of a thin scrim on UltraFit 500 driver screen. This filter material resists moisture that could get to the driver; so the headphones can keep performing through strenuous activity. Moisture Shield also provides an acoustic barrier to help smooth frequency response.

SecureFit Support: SecureFit Support is a flexible ear hook that wraps around your ear, so the earpiece stays in place. With SecureFit Support, you'll experience a snug yet comfortable fit. Now, you can put your headphones on and forget about them during your workout.

3 Pairs of StayFit Eartips: Properly fitted eartips help you to eliminate extraneous noise, experience greater bass response, and enjoy better tonal balance. Eartips that fit correctly also feel more comfortable. No two person's ears are exactly the same, so Polk includes 3 different sizes (S/M/L) of StayFit silicone eartips to ensure a secure and comfortable fit for optimum audio performance.

Ultra Flexible Tangle-Free Planar Audio Cable: Standard round headphone cables always coil up and twist; and are a constant source of annoyance, because they get in the way of your workout. Eventually repetitive twisting means the cable will break or pull out at the end. The UltraFit's planar design (with oxygen-free wire for better conductivity) completely eliminates coiling, so the headphone cables won't tangle up during a workout, or when stored away. The planar design also eliminates micro-phonics, the tendency of an electronic device to turn a mechanical vibration into "noise," which you would hear, in this case, through the headphones.

StrainGuard: Sports headphones get a lot of abuse. UltraFit Sports Headphones have been designed with this in mind. StrainGuard is a protective system that addresses the areas where sports headphones fail most often. A Kevlar core that houses the speaker wire provides extra tensile strength to prevent the wire from being pulled apart at common failure points. The other points of common failure in sports headphones are at transitional points between cable lengths and at connection points. In the UltraFit Series, all transitional connections are computer designed to strengthen the points where they fail most.

3 Cable Lengths: UltraFit Series headphones come with three cable length options, so you can wear your music device the way that works best for you. The attached 14" headphone cable lets you clip your portable music player to your shirt collar (with included shirt-clip), an included 41" headphone extension cable enables you to wear your music player on your waist or pants pocket, while the supplied 14" headphone extension cable lets you wear your iPod nano, iPod shuffle, or other MP3 players on a t-shirt sleeve.

3.5mm Connector: All UltraFit Sports Headphones employ a gold-plated 3.5mm connector that has been designed to fit through the opening on most portable audio player cases.

Moisture Resistant Soft Case: The UltraFit Sports Headphones include a moisture resistant soft case for storage, transport, and protection of the headphones and its included accessories (extension cables, ear-tips, shirt clip).

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UltraFit fit fine

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/15/2011 9:47:00 AM
Don't let the unusual shape throw you. The soft silicone bracing helps keep the earpiece in place just outside your ear canal. If you don't like in-ear headphones, this is a good alternative to bulkier on-ear models. The UltraFits sound pretty good for sport headphones. The bass is nice and punchy, and my rock and hip-hop tracks really hit home (especially at louder volumes). And that tangle-free cord claim isn't just talk. I've fished these out of my jacket pocket and the cord just unfolds -- no knots!
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Rather have the Klipsch headphones but my reward points came to $51.00 so I chose the Polk audio. I've heard good things about Polk. [ David  Feb 02, 2016 ]
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