Reviews and Problems with Polk Audio UltraFit 3000
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Polk's sports headphones cut both ways
8 October 2012
Summary: Since they won't fit everyone equally well, the Polk UltraFit 3000 headphones will seem great to some users and not so great to others.
Pros: The Polk UltraFit 3000 is a sports in-ear-canal model (with an around-the-ear bendable hook) that offers a sweatproof design, decent sound, and comes with a plethora of accessories, including multiple eartips and two swappable cords, including one that has an Apple-friendly remote with built-in microphone.
Cons: Not everybody will get a secure fit -- if you don't, bass response will be reduced and the earphones will sound thin.
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: Sweating through a workout has its rewards, but one undeniable hindrance is when headphones continually pop out of your ears. Polk Audio’s UltraFit 3000 in-ear canal phones are engineered to stay wrapped around your ears no matter how many ounces of sweat you work up. Two plastic pieces keep the buds secure. They never fell off my ears during the month I wore them to my gym, including consistent running sessions and one rousing hour of full-court layup drills.
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.