Polk Audio's speakers are hands down some of our favorites, so we're pretty curious what the company's new UltraFocus 8000 noise-canceling headphones will sound like. If they can cram some of that goodness into a portable package? Aural heaven.
The UltraFocus 8000s will compete with the Beats by Dres and Boses of the world in both pricing and, presumably, quality. The on-ear, active noise-canceling headphones have 40mm drivers and Apple-ready on-ear controls that allow you to play, skip tracks, amd activate the "Push-to-Hear" feature—so you can run around doing errands without fumbling around too much every time you need to talk to someone. If on-ear headphones aren't your style, the Polk UltraFoucs 6000s are active noise-canceling in-ear headphones with the same controls on an in-line remote. The UltraFocus 8000 headphones will hit the streets sometime in the spring for $350, while you'll see the UltraFocus 6000s in March for $150.
Polk's first foray away from your bookshelf and onto your ears came in the form of sports headphones. Impressive, if slightly niche for most of us nerds. Will these more mainstream models be as brilliantly designed as Polk speakers? We'll have to try them out at CES next week to find out. [Polk Audio]