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Polk Audio UltraFocus™ 6000

In-ear noise-canceling headphones

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Item # 107UF6000

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Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio UltraFocus™ 6000

With the UltraFit 6000, Polk called upon their decades of speaker engineering know-how to create headphones with a smart, ultra-portable design. High-quality components reproduce your music with impressive clarity and detail, while active noise-canceling technology isolates you from noisy surroundings. Just insert these earbuds and press "play" to turn a hectic commute into a peaceful private concert. A handy push-to-hear control mutes the audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can carry on a conversation with those around you without removing your headphones.

Serious sound quality that fits in your pocket

With the UltraFit 6000, Polk called upon their decades of speaker engineering know-how to create headphones with a smart, ultra-portable design. High-quality components reproduce your music with impressive clarity and detail, while active noise-canceling technology isolates you from noisy surroundings. Just insert these earbuds and press "play" to turn a hectic commute into a peaceful private concert. A handy push-to-hear control mutes the audio and amplifies outside sounds so you can 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 lends itself to hours of comfortable listening. The UltraFocus 6000's silicone and memory foam ear tips come in a variety of sizes, so you can find an easy, secure fit. And the ultra-flexible, ribbon-style cable helps avoid tangles.

From the review Polk UltraFocus 6000 noise-canceling headphones: Going the extra mile

"The extra innovations Polk built in... made a big difference. If you like in-ear headphones, then the Polk UltraFocus 6000s would be a great choice for travel. They're very effective at reducing ambient noise, they come with enough tip choices to ensure they'll fit comfortably in almost any ear canal, and they don't compromise on sound quality."


— Ralph, Crutchfield blog and product reviews editor

Best I ever used .

Darry G, York, PA

What's in the Box:

  • Noise cancelling in-ear headphones (with attached 54" cableand in-line controller terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector
  • 3 Pair of silcone eartips (S/M/L)
  • 2 Pair of three-flange silicone eartips (S/L)
  • 2 Pair of memory foam tips (S/L)
  • 6.5" Mobile phone adapter (3.5mm to 2.5mm)
  • Airplane adapter
  • Clothing clip
  • Owner's Manual (En/Sp)
  • Quick Fit Guide
  • Online Product Registration

Product Highlights:

  • in-ear design
  • active noise-canceling technology reduces distracting external sounds
  • push-to-hear ambient control button lets you experience outside sounds for brief conversations without removing headphones
  • in-line mute button, 10dB volume attenuator switch and power on/off switch
  • Dynamic Balance® drivers for low distortion and extended, full-range sound
  • 54" tangle-resistant oxygen-free copper headphone cable
  • frequency response: 8-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 115 dB
  • impedance: 16 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Included accessories:
    • 5 sets of interchangeable silicone earbud sleeves and 2 sets of memory foam earbud sleeves
    • airline system and Skype adapters
    • full-size (1/4") headphone adapter
    • shirt clip
    • protective carrying case
    • one "AAA" battery
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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 0.6875" x 0.6875"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 8-25k Hz
Sensitivity 115 dB
Impedance 16 Ohms
Weight N/A ounces
Cord Length 54"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Mute
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

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 6000 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 Cancelling) 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 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 new 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.

Push-to-Hear Ambient Control: You can instantly mute audio and amplify outside sounds so you can experience the outside world without removing the headphones. The "Pus-to-Hear Ambient Control" is found on the headphones in-line controller.

Battery Powered: A single AAA battery (included) provides between 40-60 hours of listening time. The battery is inserted to the headphone's in-line controller.

Multiple Ear Tips: Properly fitted ear tips help you to eliminate extraneous noise, experience greater bass response, and enjoy better tonal balance. Ear tips that fit correctly also feel more comfortable. No two person's ears are exactly the same, so Polk includes three pair of Stayfit Silicone Tips (s/m/l), two pair of Stayfit 3-Flange Silicone Tips (s/l), two pair of Memory Foam Tips (s/l).

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 cable'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: Headphones get a lot of abuse. The UltraFocus Headphones have been designed with this in mind. StrainGuard is a protective system that addresses the areas where many 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 headphones are at transitional points between cable lengths and at connection points. In the UltraFocus Series, all transitional connections are computer designed to strengthen the points where they fail most.

Connectors & Adapters: The UltraFocus Series headphones employ a gold-plated 3.5mm connector that has been designed to fit through the opening on most portable audio player cases. A 2.5mm adapter is also included for select mobile devices, such as Nokia. In addition, an airplane adaptor is included to use during your next flight.

Carrying Case: The Polk UF6000 comes with a convenient travel case for storage and transportation.

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Great noise-cancelation and great listening

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 8/15/2013 1:03:00 PM

It was really crowded and noisy in the Labs when I tried these headphones out. I found that the UltraFocus perform admirably — if you use them properly.

It's crucial that the earbuds fill your ear completely. Polk provides seven different pairs of earbud sleeves in a variety of shapes. Take the time to find the right pair. An ideal fit will feel comfortable for a long period of time, and also seal out most ambient sound even with the headphones turned off.

The built-in controls add some practical functionality to the headphones. The microphone button switches the signal from your music to the noise around you. This means you can converse with the flight attendant (or in my case, a co-worker with a question) without having to remove the headphones.

There's another switch that drops the volume by 10 dB. This let me continue to enjoy my music, but hear a little bit more of the conversations going on around me. This can be a good thing in areas (such as airports) where you might need to be aware of your surroundings.

And the headphones were a joy to listen to. My test tracks (including some high-resolution digital audio files), had a good amount of detail, and presence. Definitely travel-friendly.

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