Reviews and Problems with Polk Audio UltraFit 3000
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Polk Audio UltraFit3000
15 December 2011
Conclusion: The secure fit and laudable audio performance make Polk Audio's UltraFit3000 ideal for the gym, but some minor issues hold back its rating a bit.
Pros: Quality audio performance for the price. Exercise-focused design is moisture-resistant. Lightweight, secure fit. Comes with wide array of eartip and cable length options. Includes iPhone/iPad/iPod touch in-line controls.
Cons: Fit is always secure but can be inconsistent from ear-to-ear, affecting stereo image. Very slight distortion on deep bass tracks at maximum volume.
Excerpt: There are two cable choices, a 14-incher that’s too short, and a 41-incher that’s too long. The long one gets caught too easily, like around my knee when I bend down to put a dumbbell on the floor. I could alleviate this by using the shorter cable and attaching my iPod to my shirt with the shirt clip that comes with the 3000s, but that’s not comfortable for me. A modest quibble, considering the performance.
Pros: Fantastic sound. Design prevents buds from popping out. Color-coded cables let you tell left from right at a glance. Various ear bud sizes ensures comfortable fit. Carrying case is anti-microbial.
Cons: Microphone/remote works only with Apple products. Length of 14-inch and 41-inch cables are problematic, limiting where you can attach your iPod.
Conclusion: The UltraFits are best when complementing an active lifestyle, and particularly a sweaty one. I can’t recommend them for serious listening, as their lack of high end translated into a lack of realism and enjoyment—but their midrange bump is perfect for distorted guitars and kick drums while you’re pumping iron.