Polk Nue Voe in-ear headphones
Polk's stylish and light Nue Voe earbuds do an excellent job of reproducing high- and low-frequency sounds
- Excellent overall sound
- Fit snuggly without being uncomfortable
- Thin cords
- Remote only works with iOS devices
Polk's Nue Vow are a breed of in-ear headphones that will suit most types of music. We found their sound to be clear, accurate, and powerful. They also look good and fit securely. We just wish their cable was a little thicker and that the inline remote wasn't restricted to iOS.
Price$ 279.00 (AUD)
Polk recently released a couple of new in-ear-style headphones that should be appealing to the mobile crowd. Its Nue Voe headphones are the ones we're looking at here, and they have been designed in a way that makes them look more interesting than most of the other earbuds on the Australian market. Importantly, they also produce excellent sound.
The Nue Voe earbuds are supplied with differently sized tips so that they will fit most ears, and once you insert the earbuds in your ears, you need to twist them downwards a little so that they lock in place. They have little 'wings' on them that feature a pattern that’s reminiscent of a wood grain pattern from afar, though they are a see-through plastic (polymer resin). These wings sit just inside the ear and ensure that the earbuds won't come loose. As far as earbud designs go, this is among our favourites, simply because it means the earphones won't drop out of your ears each time you make a sudden movement. It also makes the seal between the earbud and the ear canal a little more secure.
As for comfort, we used the smallest tips for our ears, and didn't find them to be too annoying. They sat tightly in our ears, which meant that we did experience a little soreness after a few hours of listening, but it was nothing that couldn't be fixed with a slight re-adjustment of the earbuds, just to give our ears a little break from the pressure. In an interesting design choice by Polk, the wing part of the earbuds has a hole in it so that your ears can still get a little bit of air, and we think this plays a role in the overall comfort of these earbuds. It also makes them feel very light.
In comparison, Polk has also released a more affordable set of earbuds called Nue Era. These are solid, rather than having a hole in them, and they feel very heavy and bulky in the ears. In fact, we couldn't get the Nue Era earbuds to sit comfortably in our ears at all, even when we used the smallest tip. They were just too tight and produced noticeable soreness. We prefer the Nue Voe all the way.
The cord that comes with the New Voe earbuds is about 130cm long, and it has a four-pole, right-angled plug, which, in conjunction with the built-in inline remote on the right earbud, can be used to control an i-device (it also has a built-in microphone). You can still use these earbuds on an Android device (as we did for our testing), but it means that you won't reap the benefits of their full functionality. Only the play/pause button will work on an Android smartphone; the volume buttons won't do anything.
We found the overall sound quality of the Nue Voe to be excellent. In our tests, they produced a natural sounding output that wasn't overly biased to any particular frequency. At the same time, they still provided the necessary punch that some music required. For example, when we played Sietta's bass-heavy track 'What am i supposed to do', it sounded crisp, loud, and its heavy hits were reproduced in a heavy manner without being embellished. The Chemical Brothers' 'Under the Influence', with its long, drooping bass line that usually demolishes lesser quality speakers, was handled with relative ease, and the whole song played back as wildly as we expected.
Apart from electronica, other musical styles were reproduced equally well. Songs like Soundgarden's 'Loud love' sounded as clear as ever, with guitar riffs, growling vocals and drum hits all distinguishable, even at the loudest volume setting. All of the rock music that we played was reproduced with a good enough amount of oomph to sound pleasing to our ears. We never felt the need to play with equaliser settings except on some older material, but then again, we do that with other earbuds on those songs, too.
Basically, we think the sound of these earbuds is neutral enough to benefit all types of music. We tested primarily with a volume level of 75 per cent. That said, for older tunes, such as Gina Ravine's 'Love is a fire', we had to turn up the volume all the way in order for the wide range of frequencies in this track to be enjoyable. In the same vein, some of you might find that a lot of R&B tunes require a little more volume than other types of music, especially if they are tunes that are produced with a tilt towards low frequencies (such as some of Alicia Keys' early work, for example).
You have to remember to turn the volume down if you have a louder song in your playlist, because these headphones can really pump at high volume. The neat thing is that if you do turn up the volume, the headphones won't leak sound too far from the source. This makes them a good choice for office use when you want to block out the sound around you and just listen to a musical piece that will help you concentrate. People will only hear sounds coming from them if they are sitting uncomfortably close to you.
On the opposite end, the sound isolation on these headphones is also good — you can't really hear what's going on around you from about 75 per cent volume — though they don't totally eradicate external sound. Music with lots of lulls in it can end up exposing you to noise from your surroundings, such as people talking, or fingers hitting a keyboard in an office.
The one disappointing aspect of these headphones is the very light cord. If you are listening at a low volume and the cord accidentally hits your collar, for example, you'll be able to hear that noise clearly over the music. We would have preferred slightly thicker cord, and perhaps a little more length so that the cord could be routed over the top of your ears to stop the vibration from accidental hits being heard over the music.
These earbuds have a retail price of $279, but if you’re after a pair that’s stylish, that can sit snugly in your ear, and that can produce excellent sound, then we think they’re worth it. They work on Android as well as iOS, but their remote control will only work properly with iOS devices, so we’ll also say that you should consider these earbuds especially if you have an iPhone. They come with a soft pouch for transportation, and seven sets of silicone ear tips, including two that are flanges, and two that are memory foam.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Bose SoundLink Micro
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- Sony Offer Some Hush in the Christmas Rush For Chatswood Shoppers
- Harman ANZ relaunches AKG into the consumer market with new range
- Plantronics Expands its Award-Winning BackBeat FIT Family
- Google marries AI, hardware and software with Made By Google
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini & Max: Everything Announced At Today’s Google Event
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPProject Manager - Credit CardsNSW
- FTCustomer Support OfficerSA
- TPBusiness Analyst - SalesforceNSW
- FTDevOps EngineerOther
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTDesktop Support AnalystOther
- FTNetwork and Systems EngineerWA
- FTSenior Sales Executive ? Technology ConsultingQLD
- FTSenior Business Analyst - Data -Other
- FTSolutions Architect - Digital/WealthOther
- FTPlatform Engineer (Teradata/Datastage) - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCProject Manager - IVRVIC
- FTSenior SAS DeveloperOther
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- FTApplication Support ConsultantVIC
- CCGIS SpecialistNSW
- CCJava LeadWA
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTData Centre Support Engineer -| 6mth ContractOther
- FTSenior Java and AEM DeveloperOther
- CCExstream DeveloperNSW
- FTWireless Network Engineer - CCNA/CCNPOther
- FTSenior Wintel Infrastructure ConsultantACT
- TPSAP Technical Data AnalystQLD
- FTIntegeration ArchitectOther