Polk enters headphone market

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  • DrenisDrenis Posts: 2,870
    edited September 2011
    The real test will come from us canucks and the upcoming harsh cold weather.
  • TECHNOKIDTECHNOKID Posts: 4,323
    edited September 2011
    Drenis wrote: »
    The real test will come from us canucks and the upcoming harsh cold weather.
    The word coming from Winterpeg! :wink: Mind you there are some pretty cold areas in the US too, ask some of the chosen frozen Polkies!
    DARE TO SOAR:
    “Your attitude, almost always determine your altitude in life” ;)
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,596
    edited September 2011
    TECHNOKID wrote: »
    ... ask some of the chosen frozen Polkies!

    Presbyterian Polkies aye!
    Stan

    Main 2ch:
    Polk LSi15 (DB840 upgrade), Parasound: P/LD-1100, HCA-1000A; Denon: DVD-2910, DRM-800A; Monster HTS3600-MKII, Grado SR-225i

    HT:
    Denon AVR-888, Polk: RTA11TL (RDO198-1, XO and Damping Upgrades), S4, CS250, PSW10, Marantz UD5005, Panasonic TC-P42S60

    Other stuff:
    Denon: DRA-835R, DCD-660, DRM-700A, DRR-780; Polk: S8, Monitor 5A, TSi100; Pioneer: CT-6R, PL-530; Onkyo CP-1046F; Ortofon OM5E, Marantz: PM5004, CD5004, Polk: RM7, Parasound C/PT-600, HCA-800ii
  • Patrick CPatrick C Web Master Posts: 404
    edited September 2011
    Vital wrote: »
    How shortly is "shortly" for 3000's?
    Or better yet when do you think Crutchfield will have them?
    I have $20 off coupon with Crutchfiled that expires Sept 25th, would love to use it on these headphones.

    To answer your question the 3000's are available NOW. Get them while they last!

    http://www.polkaudio.com/headphones/ultrafit/
  • napnap Moderator Posts: 1,319
    edited September 2011
    Keiko wrote: »

    The joke is on you, she isn't even wearing headphones. :biggrin:
  • VitalVital Posts: 747
    edited September 2011
    ^^^ U know how i know u are ****? lol
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1
  • VitalVital Posts: 747
    edited September 2011
    Patrick C wrote: »
    To answer your question the 3000's are available NOW. Get them while they last!

    http://www.polkaudio.com/headphones/ultrafit/

    Funny. I called Polk Direct and whoever i spoke to said that only orange colored ones are actually in stock. Rest is expected to come in sometime next week.

    Patrick - can you or anyone else from Polk answer the rest of questions asked here?

    1. Do 500, 1000 and 3000 share the same speaker and foam/wires/extra stuff is what drives up the price or do higher models actually have different speakers in them?

    2. What's sensitivity rating on these headphones?

    3. What frequency range do they reproduce?
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1
  • VitalVital Posts: 747
    edited September 2011
    I bet she would sell a lot more headphones then our soccer star

    Ireesha_Jogging_Click.gif
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,648
    edited September 2011
    Alright guys enough with the effin women! That thread is dead remember? Unless you are willing to give equal time to scantily clad men. I grow tired of unexpectedly coming across them in every other thread.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • napnap Moderator Posts: 1,319
    edited September 2011
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Alright guys enough with the effin women! That thread is dead remember? Unless you are willing to give equal time to scantily clad men. I grow tired of unexpectedly coming across them in every other thread.

    Sorry, you can tell it was a Friday. :biggrin:
  • arun1963arun1963 Posts: 1,797
    edited September 2011
    cfrizz wrote: »
    Alright guys enough with the effin women! That thread is dead remember? Unless you are willing to give equal time to scantily clad men. I grow tired of unexpectedly coming across them in every other thread.

    Love the fact that it only takes 2 women to keep a 1,000 guys in check :biggrin:.
  • Mon40CSMM10Mon40CSMM10 Posts: 161
    edited September 2011
    Did Polk at least put the frequency response and sensitivity on the headphones package? Makes me wonder since the specifications are not on the headphones website.

    Numbers definitely count in terms of headphone performance: frequency response, impedance, sensitivity.
  • pietro944pietro944 Posts: 720
    edited September 2011
    Did Polk at least put the frequency response and sensitivity on the headphones package? Makes me wonder since the specifications are not on the headphones website.

    Numbers definitely count in terms of headphone performance: frequency response, impedance, sensitivity.

    I was wondering that,also...esp the sensitivity rating...I have a pair of ultimate ears that you could drive by rubbing two sticks together(lol)....very efficient...vip,imo
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    I just ordered a pair of the UltraFit 1000s. They look like exactly what I need for running, and possibly for general use with my iPhone. I didn't want something that isolates, so we'll see how these work out. I spoke with someone at Polk Customer Service line and they shared the specs for the UltraFit 1000 with me. They are 16 ohm headphones with 118dB sensitivity. The only thing I don't remember exactly was the freq. response, but I believe it was 18Hz - 23 kHz. I'm sure you could call and get the specs on other models, if interested.
  • VitalVital Posts: 747
    edited September 2011
    ^^^ That's why i asked if speaker itself is different/better between 1000 and 3000 or is it extra foam/pads/wires that ncrease the price.
    I don't mind paying $100 for 3000s but i'm not 100% sure i want all the noise cancelations while i run as i do need to be aware of my surroundings which include sounds - cars, people, bikes... or am i expecting way too much from "noise cancelation" feature??
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    Vital wrote: »
    ^^^ That's why i asked if speaker itself is different/better between 1000 and 3000 or is it extra foam/pads/wires that ncrease the price.
    I don't mind paying $100 for 3000s but i'm not 100% sure i want all the noise cancelations while i run as i do need to be aware of my surroundings which include sounds - cars, people, bikes... or am i expecting way too much from "noise cancelation" feature??

    I'm sure I DON'T want all of the noise cancellation when running, plus I already have nice IEMs that isolate fine (Westone 3s). It would be good to know if the drivers are the same, but I figured if I hate them, at least Polk has a 30-day return policy, so I would only be out for return shipping. Also it seems that they just received the specs, when I called yesterday, so maybe they didn't have that info when you called.
  • jwhitakrjwhitakr Posts: 568
    edited September 2011
    gdpeck wrote: »
    I just ordered a pair of the UltraFit 1000s. They look like exactly what I need for running, and possibly for general use with my iPhone. I didn't want something that isolates, so we'll see how these work out. I spoke with someone at Polk Customer Service line and they shared the specs for the UltraFit 1000 with me. They are 16 ohm headphones with 118dB sensitivity. The only thing I don't remember exactly was the freq. response, but I believe it was 18Hz - 23 kHz. I'm sure you could call and get the specs on other models, if interested.

    Cool. Definitely interested to hear how you like them. Considering getting some replacements for running (currently use Sennheiser PMX 680) and these could be just the ticket.
    My HT
    HDTV: Panasonic PT-61LCX65 61" Rear Proj. LCD
    AVR: Harman Kardon AVR 235
    Video: 80GB PS3, Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD
    Fronts: Polk Audio RTi8
    Center: Polk Audio CSi3
    Amp: Emotiva LPA-1
    Surrounds: Polk Audio R150
    Sub: HSU STF-3


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  • Mon40CSMM10Mon40CSMM10 Posts: 161
    edited September 2011
    I saw a box of the Polk Audio UltraFit 500's with a price of $49.99 in the local Fry's Electronics Store.

    I looked at the box and double-checked each side of the box, and there were no specifications to be found anywhere on the box exterior, just the same marketing wording that is on the website. However, the Sony MDR J10 headphones just to the left and priced at $9.99 had all the relevant sensitivity, impedance and frequency response numbers right on the back of the package.

    I put the Polk Audio UltraFit 500's back on the shelf, I did not buy them. I don't want to have to call for specifications, so until Polk Audio can put those numbers clearly on the outside of the box, I won't be buying the Polk Audio UltraFit headphones anytime soon. That's too bad, because I specifically stopped by Fry's just to see about the Polk Audio headphones.
  • nadamsnadams Posts: 5,874
    edited September 2011
    Sounds like Polk Marketing has some work to do... Even my old Koss 'phones have specs listed plainly on the box.
    Ludicrous gibs!
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    I received my UltraFit 1000s from Polk direct, a couple of days ago, and there are no specifications listed anywhere on the inside or outside of the packaging. I'm still getting used to them, and will comment on my impressions of them, later, after I have a chance to run with them.
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,034
    edited September 2011
    I brought the subject of specifications for the headphones up and they will be made available on the web site very soon.
    "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available", G. Benfield
  • VitalVital Posts: 747
    edited September 2011
    nadams wrote: »
    Sounds like Polk Marketing has some work to do....

    Polk's shipping isn't too far behind:

    I ordered black 3000's on Friday AM which as Polk's customer service lady assured me will be shipped out the same day and they do have it in stock.
    Come Monday my order is still "pending" as per Polk's site/order tracking.
    I call up, guy tells me "we're sorry, it did not go out on Friday because of something something availability in different warehouses something something, I'll make sure it goes out today, you will get an email with tracking closer to end of the day today".
    No email/tracking all day long, i go to sleep, wake up this morning and see an email that was send to me at 6AM east/3AM West with tracking number linked to Con-Ways website. According to Con-Way tracking number is not valid. So I try to make sense out of it and try this same tracking number with FedEx. It works AND my city is listed as final destination and ship out date is Monday's which makes me believe tracking number Polk send to me is FedEx, not Con-Way. But again info on FedEx's site and Polk sites are different - different Reference, different Purchase order number AND Department number is EBAY, not Polk's site....

    Here's my questions:
    1. Who the hell sends stuff out at 3:00 at night??? (since it's coming from California)
    2. Con-Way is freight company, they only work with heavy cargo, pallets, not a few boxes.
    3. Is that FedEx number really mine?? Weight and dates kinda match, rest of info is waay off.
    4. How the hell does someone gets ALL that mixed up??? Imo you have to actually TRY to achieve all the mis-information I got, all that doesn't just happen as an honest mistake. Whoever's project it was did a good job, I just hope there weren't more things on his/hers to-do list.
    2008 Nissan Altima
    Kenwood DNX 5140
    Arc Audio IDX and XEQ
    Polk Audio SR6500 active and SR124-dvc sealed
    Polk Audio PA500.4 and PA1200.1
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    I had the same situation with my order. I didn't call Polk, but I never noticed that the order status changed from pending. I also got the email sent to me at 3:00 AM PDT with the Order has shipped notification. My email "track this" hyperlink also pointed to Con-way, which said it wasn't a valid number. I googled the tracking number which showed up as a FedEx number.

    FedEx did actually deliver my earbuds as promised in the tracking information on Saturday Sept. 24th. So I think you can trust the FedEx information.
  • ZitroZitro Posts: 867
    edited September 2011
    So does anyone have a review of this line? I would like to order a pair of 500's, but want to get some impressions of them first.
    - Jeremy

    Amps: Jolida FX-10, NAD 3045, NAD C320BEE, Sansui G-9700
    Speakers: Polk Monitor 7A's, KEF Reference 104aB
    Sources: ProJect Debut Carbon, Sonos streaming FLAC
  • dorokusaidorokusai Posts: 25,100
    edited September 2011
    I have a pair of each model available for demo if anyone wants to try them out. What are your ideas on sending all three to one person and so on for demo, so you can try each one? Or should I send them to three different people?

    Whatever, just let me know via PM if you want a pair to demo. First come, first serve.

    Vital - If they haven't reached you yet, I'd expect them soon beings I received the ones for me today. Polk uses FedEx for residential shipments not Con-Way. I suspect it's simply an error based on the volume of emails received and a cut and paste issue....maybe not, I don't really know as it's not my department. If you have an order number, PM me and I'll look into it offline.
  • dorokusaidorokusai Posts: 25,100
    edited September 2011
    nadams wrote: »
    Sounds like Polk Marketing has some work to do... Even my old Koss 'phones have specs listed plainly on the box.

    Who cares about spec's on a pair of headphones? Seriously? It's a pair of headphones not full size loudspeakers. The frequency response range for all headphones is damn near the same from every manufacturer that makes them. 20-20 is all you need to expect, the rest is a bonus.
  • ZitroZitro Posts: 867
    edited September 2011
    I'll demo a pair of UltraFit 500's and I promise I will buy a pair if I like them :). PM sent.
    - Jeremy

    Amps: Jolida FX-10, NAD 3045, NAD C320BEE, Sansui G-9700
    Speakers: Polk Monitor 7A's, KEF Reference 104aB
    Sources: ProJect Debut Carbon, Sonos streaming FLAC
  • pietro944pietro944 Posts: 720
    edited September 2011
    Don't know if anyone posted this.....Crutchfield sent me an email today,highlighting the new Polk headphones.Nice pics.....WITH the specs......32ohm input impedance......gotta have a good head amp.
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    Zitro wrote: »
    So does anyone have a review of this line? I would like to order a pair of 500's, but want to get some impressions of them first.

    Here are my impressions. I think how much you will like them will depend on how you plan on using them.

    I have the 1000s, which are very similar to the 500s, except that the 1000s have a play/volume control and mic for iPods and iPhones. I bought them to use for two things. First, I wanted something that I could use to listen to music at background volume levels from the iPhone. The mic/remote was a requirement, because I also want to be able to use them to make/take phone calls. The second purpose for me was as a headphone to wear outside while running.

    I feel like they are ideal for outdoor exercise, and slightly less ideal for background/iphone use. The sound is nice, but seems a little laid back un-amped from my iPhone 4. They also kind of bug my ears when I'm just sitting at a desk.

    I wore them for a run yesterday, and I love them for that purpose. My running rig is a 1st Gen iPod shuffle with a DLO neoprene armband. The short flat cable is a perfect length for me with the arm band, and there is no cable noise transmitted to my ears whatsoever. The fit is astounding for running, and at times I really felt like the earphones weren't even there. Also the sound was a little more exciting from the iPod shuffle.

    The Polk Audio website states that the 500s and 1000s, have moderate noise isolation. My experience with them is that they have no noise isolation. That's fine with me, because I'm not looking for noise isolation when running outside. I haven't spent any time comparing them to my other favorite earphones (Yuin PK3s) just yet. All my listening with these headphones so far has been with mp3 files that I ripped using LAME and the V1 preset, which sounds very very good to my ears.

    In summary, if you want these as headphones for exercising outdoors, where you need to be able to hear stuff like cars, these are nearly perfect. They may be less so for other purposes. I know I didn't comment too much on sound quality, but hope to do so at some point when I have time to do some comparisons with other headphones, and after these break-in (or I acclimate) a little more. I did feel like they sound better from the 1st Gen Shuffle than from the iPhone 4, but it also could be because I was listening louder when I was running.

    HTH
    George
  • gdpeckgdpeck Posts: 844
    edited September 2011
    pietro944 wrote: »
    Don't know if anyone posted this.....Crutchfield sent me an email today,highlighting the new Polk headphones.Nice pics.....WITH the specs......32ohm input impedance......gotta have a good head amp.

    I got that email too. It's worth noting that the only headphones Crutchfield shows stats for are the UltraFit 2000s, which are entirely different from the other models, as they are not earphone/in-ear, but are over the ear with a behind-the-head headband. It's really likely that those use different drivers than the earphone/in-ear models, so the specs may not apply to the UltraFit 500s, and 1000s.
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