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8.6 out of 10

Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000

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Overall 8

Polk UltraFocus 8000 Review

4 April 2013
  • Conclusion: While not inexpensive, there is a lot to like about the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 Active Noise-Cancelling headphones. Good engineering, excellent build quality, and superior sonic performance makes them a better alternative to the noise-cancelling models from Beats or even our beloved Audio-Technica. The headband provides a snug fit and the ear pads are comfortable enough for long listening sessions.
  • Pros: Remarkably comfortable, Solid construction and engineering, Clean midrange with good detail retrieval and soundstage depth, Excellent travel case and collection of accessories
  • Cons: If the battery dies, so does the music, Poor noise isolation, average noise cancelling, Expensive, Bass is taut but not necessarily meaty
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Expert Review

6 November 2012
  • Conclusion: During all phases of the review, the Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 headphones always provided a superior listening experience, regardless of whether it was music, gaming or watching a movie. Because of this, I believe that they will satisfy the desire in any audiophile or gamer to achieve the perfect blend of comfort, sound quality and listening experience.
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Overall 8

Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000

PC Magazine
12 September 2012
  • Conclusion: The Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 headphones feature better-than-average noise cancellation and powerful audio performance in a very comfortable design.
  • Pros: Powerful audio performance with deep bass and no distortion at top volumes. Active and passive noise cancellation. Quite comfortable. Detachable cable, plethora of adapters add value. On-ear Apple remote control and microphone for iOS devices, phone calls.
  • Cons: Doesn't output audio in passive mode. Noise cancellation adds audible hiss. Uses AAA batteries rather than a rechargeable option.
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Overall 7
Value for money 7
Features 7
Performance 8

Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review

7 August 2012
  • Excerpt: While not a company I immediately thought of when discussing headphones, has been offering a wide, innovative assortment of products to reproduce sound with amazing clarity, at attainable price points that belie the superior performance. But a visit to the manufacturer's demo room at the recent CEA Line Show in New York City enlightened me, and I was invited to test for myself a pair of their newest and best model, the .
  • Pros: Absolutely superb audio performance, Effective active noise cancellation and passive isolation, Extremely comfortable for long hauls
  • Cons: On-ear controls are nifty but require a bit of practice, Won't work at all without the noise cancellation, or without batteries
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Overall 10

Polk Audio UltraFocus 8000 headphones

5 October 2012
  • Excerpt: There’s been an explosion of options in the headphone world of late. It’s not that long ago that you pretty much bought Sennheiser for audio quality and Bose for noise- cancelling (NC) models, but now every man and his dog are making headphones and earphones.
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Overall 9

Street style meets serious sound quality with these noise cancelling cans

Good Gear Guide.au
12 September 2012
  • Summary: Polk Audio's UltraFocus 8000 headphones combine effective passive and active noise cancelling, a sturdy (and trendy) design and some of the best sound we've heard from active noise cancelling headphones. We wish the noise cancelling could be altered a bit, and that the finish was slightly more expensive, but these are small problems for an overall excellent pair of headphones.
  • Pros: Excellent sound quality, Solid design, Effective noise cancelling
  • Cons: Noise cancelling not adjustable, Rubberised plastic finish doesn't scream 'quality'
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