Polk Readies I-Sonic 3, Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Polk Audio is launching its first two noise-canceling headphones and the latest iteration of its I-Sonic one-piece tabletop audio system as part of a renewed effort to offer personal audio products.

The UltraFocus 6000 and 8000 noise-canceling headphones join the company’s first six headphones launched in midyear. The new models are the brand’s first noisecanceling headphones.

The in-ear UltraFocus 6000 ($149) operate off a single AA battery and have close to 40 hours of usage, Polk told TWICE. They also feature a Push-to-Hear function on the in-line remote that amplifies ambient noise, so users don’t have to remove their headphones during a conversation. Three different tips are included — single flange, triple flange and memory foam — and they come with a flat, tangle-free cable and a right-angle connector. Availability is scheduled for first quarter.

The 6000 will not operate as non-noise-canceling headphones when the battery dies, Polk said.

The over-ear 8000 headphones ($349) will be available in the spring and will also have an inline remote. These add a built-in mic, three-position iPod/iPhone controller and Skype adapter.

The I-Sonic Entertainment System 3 (IES3) desktop/tabletop system, shipping in the spring at a suggested $299.95, features AM/FM tuner, clock with a snooze/sleep alarm and timer, integrated Apple-certified iPod/iPhone dock, and an analog aux in for connecting other sources. Like its predecessors, which have been out of production for some time, it features four-speaker array to deliver stereo imaging to any listening position around the device.

The new models adds higher power amplification, audiophile-grade speakers, and new DSP processing that enables the system to play louder and clearer, with deeper bass and better imaging than its predecessors, the company said. It delivers 25 percent more amplifier power than its immediate predecessor, the IES2.

Patented PowerPort bass venting technology yields deep bass despite the system’s small chassis, which measures just more than 14 inches wide, 9 inches deep and less than 5 inches high, the company said.

A USB port is available for firmware upgrades.

The previous tabletop system, the IES2, was priced at a suggested $499 and featured HD Radio with iTunes tagging, video output and optional Sirius satellite-radio capability.


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