Reviews and Problems with Polk Audio UltraFit 1000
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Mike B, polkaudio.com
9 September 2013
Conclusion: I use the UF1000's while mountain biking , to date I have over a thousand miles of trouble free listening. I have tried several types of "buds" , and these are the best "all rounders". Yes, you do "give up" some bass responce , but i dont have to keep fiddling with the fit to re-seal the bud in my ear like others. The remote works well, but will act up if drenched, or submerged(creek crash :). just let it dry out ,or rinse with clean water.
Pros: good sound, stay put , durable. flexibility of cords for mixed usage. a set of all 3 sized tips to customise the fit , anti tangle sliders on cord(near buds), to keep the knots away...
Cons: getting the fit correct does take trial and error. Remote needs better protection from elements.
Summary: I am impressed - this is my first purchase from Polk. My ears do not hold "earbuds", so I needed an alternative. These stay in the ears even during long runs. The sound quality is very good, and the design lets in some external sound - mostly a safety concern while running. I am not a fan of the sticky, silicon coated wires, but they are tolerable. The value is not bad either!
Summary: Expensive for in-ear sport headphones. Paid up for name brand Polk Audio. The left speaker blew after first week. Not the quality I expected from Polk. These are terribly difficult to place around ear and insert due to the "flexible" ear hooks. They also do not hold the shape once in place. I did not know that the ear hooks were not rigid when i purchased them. The ear hooks are made to adjust and mold to the shape of your ear. This concept does not work - total pain.
Summary: I have had these headphones for about 4 months and I use them everyday and have found the sound quality to be as good as my Bose and love the wrap around ear design. I have heard people complain about the comfort and dont understand their point of view. I have worn them for 4 hours straight and have never experienced any discomfort.
Summary: I am a avid Mountain Biker, traveler, and live on the phone, these do it all. Getting the fit correct takes some trail and error, but once the" right" tips are on, they go in, stay put, and sound really good. The cord selection is awesome if you want to clip a "Shuffle" to your helmet, or collar, and have 3' less cord to deal with. Attach the "long cord "( with mic and controls) and use it as a" handsfree" for my I-Phone.
Summary: Love the bells and whistles, the non-tangle cord, the yur-buds style ear canals, the iPhone controls. Feels like they could do well on a triathalon. But the sound is just a little muddy. Highs are good, but it just sounds muddy. Switching to the Large ear buds helped a bit, but still weak. Going to try the 3000's.
Summary: I've been looking for a good pair of sports headphones that I can wear to the gym and while running. I am a big fan of Polk Audio, so I was excited to see that they had begun selling headphones. While the sound is pretty decent, these headphones are very uncomfortable. The over-the-ear portion is way too malleable, and is constantly bending out of shape while I'm wearing them. It should be bendable enough to find just the right position to fit your ear.
Conclusion: Really good fit they secure and don't fall out whilst running compared. For outdoor runners you get to hear what is going on around you so much safer when running in traffic (conversely this mean if you are in a gym you hear the music there too) No thumping noise as your foot hits the ground for runners. Sonically really poor, if these are your only headphones you will be disappointed - they sound muffled despite spending a bit of time with the fit.
Pros: Great fit does not work loose. Can hear the environment. No thumping when running.
Cons: Poor sonically. Even cheap/freebie earphones will beat these.
Conclusion: These headphones require some fitting to get the best sound out of them. They also need a burn-in time to get the best sound. If you have enough patience to do all this you will be rewarded with great sound and deep bass. Definitely great for dance music and techno (music with intensity). Have used it many times at the gym and for many runs and mine are still going strong.