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Polk Audio Melee Headphone - Blue - Xbox-Xbox 360 by Review Summary ,  Aug 20, 2015

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Polk Audio Melee Headphone - Blue - Xbox/Xbox 360
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 203 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 9.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.8   above average
Price4.5   average
Audio4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.3   average
Gaming4.2   average
Service4.2   average
Headphone4.1   average
Music4.0   average
Headset3.8   average
Adapter3.6   average
Xbox3.5   below average
Volume3.1   below average
Controller2.5   below average
Microphone2.5   mediocre


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Adapter

Adapter:
"Will end up ordering the adapter on my own, but disappointed Amazon couldn't get the bundle correct."
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"No longer able to get the adapter for the X-box One when you register this headphones"
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"I purchased the Microsoft branded stereo adapter to see if that would work, but unfortunately that is not compatible with these headphones either."
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"Everyone is complaining about not being able to get the adapter and boom mic for free however I emailed Polk directly and they created a case for me and gave me a service rep who immediately responded asking for me phone and shipping address."
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"I received a response regarding the promotion in early December and was told they are now honoring the free adapter again (presumably due to customer complaints), and that I just needed to register the product on their website."
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"If you thought that this headset is exclusively for the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One **(with a special adapter from Polk)**, you're dead wrong."
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"polk will send you what u need for xbox one use...sent me up graded mic got it within 2 days already using it with my adapter or plug right in to controller..they are also sending me an adapter for free but on back order until feb great headset for the price"
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"Polk recommended that I purchase the Microsoft adapter (which is about $25) or wait."
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"The customer service was great though and they sent the adapter for the xbox one very quickly."
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"Polk sent me the Xbox One adapter as well and another cord with a boom microphone."
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"it is advertised as compatible with the XBOX one, Technically it could work if the adapter would fit onto the controller but since it doesn't you'd literally have to hold the adapter against the controller to have sound pass through to the headset."
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Audio

Audio:
"The sound quality is great, as expected from a Polk Audio product, but the max volume does disappoint a bit as other reviewers have mentioned."
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"It was after this last ditch effort that I decided these were the worst bit of audio equipment I have ever purchased."
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"I should clarify that the audio quality on Xbox One is NOT a deficiency of the headset or Polk Audio's fault, the fault lies in Microsoft for not being able to transmit wireless simulated surround sound at the moment (apparently, a patch will enable this in the near future).Basically, the Polk Melee headset is an amazing product when playing on Xbox 360 due to the DSP amplifier that allows for simulated surround sound and a 3D sense of immersion."
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"However i was unable to use my Tritton's because Microsoft had not updated their console's optical output to Dolby Digital 5.1 at the time, but NOW having released the March Xbox One update, i will test the Polk Melee against my Tritton 720+, and i am a bit worried, because the Polk's audio output is a bit too low for my taste...which is sad, because the sound quality is superb."
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"I knew of Polk from car audio so I figured it was a good gamble."
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"Audio is clear but bass levels are a bit low when connected directly to X1 controller."
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"Pros: fit huge heads to tiny ones, exceptional sound quality, Polk Audio support, a mic that pops out of the bottom of the left ear cup, and an included adapter that allows you to use your iPhone or cellphone mini jack."
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"Perfectly suited for that purpose, the melee acceept any 3.5mm audio cable onto the right cup and for closed full size deliver neutrality in spades with an easily driven sound stage defined by startlingly copious amounts of crystallin detail.. more so than one would expect outside of SR80i's or likewise sparkly open cans."
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"The sound is great to me: I had no trouble at any point discerning the direction of a sound and was able to pick up on a number of additional audio and musical cues that I could not using my TV speakers."
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Beach

Beach:
"Over all I liked my Turtle Beach X12's, but they are not compatible with the Xbox one unless I want to use my kinect, and I really don't want that."
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"Over the years I've had two different pairs of Turtle beach headphones that worked fine, but broke in various ways after two years of use."
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"The Turtle beaches were good but cumbersome and not great to wear for long periods."
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"I returned these with no problems at all and purchased the turtle beach x42 and I am very pleased with those."
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"One of the advantages with these over the turtle beach x12 is that you can listen to music on them with the ncluded cable."
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"They do have the upper hand in comfort over Turtle Beaches though as well as the fact that you can use them for any music needs on most any device without looking like an utter buffoon."
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"I got the melee and Polk sent me the xbox One chat adapter for free (on promotion, I don't think this is still an offer)The good:Build quality is 100x better than any of the Turtle Beach headsets I have ever owned."
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"Some of this could be the disaster that the xbox one party system is, but my friends with Beaches do not have this problem."
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Cable

Cable:
"In short, the only thing I don't love is the lack of volume control on the 3.5mm cord."
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"they do send a adapter for Xbox for free and a in-line mic cord (still not good).I would pay more for a better mic."
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"The only problem with these headphones are that the mic is not compatible with a PC unless you buy a 3.5mm Splitter Cable 1 Female 2 Male."
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"In addition to the mess the cables also create a hassle when trying to get up and move around with your controller, since all of these cables are required to be attached to your controller."
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"And the mic is pure crap if you intend on using the headset for chatting I would recommend purchasing a separate 3.5mm cord with a mic."
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"The cable that's included is a decent length."
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"They work well on my Xbox one and they come with the cord to use like regular headphones."
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"Polk sent me the Xbox One adapter as well and another cord with a boom microphone."
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"What was even more impressive, is that you CAN use the headset plus its 3.5mm cable on the PS3 and PS4 (provided you have a separate mix amp or audio decoding device that will allow a 3.5mm connection) regardless of what the information on the box states."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The depth of the ear cans is about average, so gamers with big ears might have a problem with comfort and would do well to at least try them on."
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"It does not compromise the comfort or quality of the headset."
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"Excellent sound quality and comfortable."
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"They are pretty comfortable after 2 hours plus of gaming or listening to music."
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"The ear cups are comfortable and are lined with a soft puffy trim that effectively blocks out the outside world."
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"The build quality of the Polk Melee's was excellent and they were very comfortable i cpuld seeyself wearing them for hours...but I had issues with the sound quality it was too low for my needs."
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Controller

Controller:
"If you do plan on using it for the Xbox one, you need the puck if you have the old controller and you need the boom mic or you will not have good chat function."
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"I read some reviews saying that they were no good for use with the xbox one because of the missing adaptor for the controller."
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"In addition to the mess the cables also create a hassle when trying to get up and move around with your controller, since all of these cables are required to be attached to your controller."
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"Even if you are watching a show you must have the headset plugged into the controller, which is annoying."
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"When you purchase the adapter you have to upgrade your xbox one controller which is where the problem arose for me."
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"This is due to the in-line mic jack for the Melee not being compatible with the Xbox One controller."
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"You can easily pop it up to turn it off OR on the Xbox360 controller module (that plugs into the bottom of the xbox 360 controller)."
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"and even when you do that you miss out on the high quality sound because it requires you plug it into the controller but its only compatible with the 360 controller."
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"The color is nice and not very flashy, the look of the headset I must say is very stylish, and if you really hate reaching for a volume knob the volume knobs being on the controller is very nice."
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"Best Headphone for xbox one After the newest Controller update and polk have a very good costomer service i bought 2 pairs of them"
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Fit

Fit:
"Pros: fit huge heads to tiny ones, exceptional sound quality, Polk Audio support, a mic that pops out of the bottom of the left ear cup, and an included adapter that allows you to use your iPhone or cellphone mini jack."
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"They are pleasantly heavy (to me, over half a pound), the padding is not lacking and the phones fit around my ears easily."
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"fit very comfortable and cancel all noise around me."
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"They fit really well and have a soft padding for your ears."
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"They are smaller than I anticipated, but fit well."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"These are not bad as a pair of over the ear headphones but as a gaming headset its fail you have to yell into the mic and when you are using it as a headset it is a low volume .."
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"Great price for a great headset but my volume Controll button broke in pieces so now the primary reason I bought it for gaming I can't use it for just good as eat phones now"
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"I will tell you exactly why: The success or failure of a particular gaming headset is, largely, up to the individuals expectations and what that person has determined to be their comfort zone concerning 3 things: 1) Quality, 2) Engineering and 3) Wireless or Wired."
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"Im really impressed with Polk's first attempt into the Gaming community with these headsets, and i give them alot of props."
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"They are pretty comfortable after 2 hours plus of gaming or listening to music."
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"The sound is excellent, when talking about headsets for gaming..."
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"I've been looking for a good headset for my son to use with his gaming."
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"One last point is that for a gaming headset, these still look great as normal headphones."
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"They aren't obvious that they're built for gaming, so you could easily wear these on the train or bus without getting the weird looks you'd get wearing any other headset, They also just look cool!"
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Headphone

Headphone:
"These are not bad as a pair of over the ear headphones but as a gaming headset its fail you have to yell into the mic and when you are using it as a headset it is a low volume .."
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"This is a potential failure point in an otherwise solidly constructed headphone."
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"The only problem with these headphones are that the mic is not compatible with a PC unless you buy a 3.5mm Splitter Cable 1 Female 2 Male."
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"I have not yet used the microphone built into the Polk headphone, so I cannot comment on how well it works."
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"I purchased the Microsoft branded stereo adapter to see if that would work, but unfortunately that is not compatible with these headphones either."
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"Now I can still use the headphones for audio through the Xbox One by plugging them into the console, however I am unable to use the microphone built in to the headphones to talk as that functionality requires the headphones to be plugged into the controller."
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"I love that I can use these as regular headphones."
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"i love it, they are great headphones and i can hear very clearly on my xbox one."
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"I'm a huge gamer so love these headphones."
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"I don't know the sound quality of the headphones, the product feels nice."
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"I really liked these headphones, the sound and build quality are excellent."
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Headset

Headset:
"It does not compromise the comfort or quality of the headset."
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"These are not bad as a pair of over the ear headphones but as a gaming headset its fail you have to yell into the mic and when you are using it as a headset it is a low volume .."
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"- The pins that connect the headset to its USB jack are not easy to align in the receptacle, making the pins prone to being bent."
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"Great price for a great headset but my volume Controll button broke in pieces so now the primary reason I bought it for gaming I can't use it for just good as eat phones now"
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"Worst headset I've ever owned, good sound quality but the microphone is useles, which renders the headset useless."
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"polk will send you what u need for xbox one use...sent me up graded mic got it within 2 days already using it with my adapter or plug right in to controller..they are also sending me an adapter for free but on back order until feb great headset for the price"
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"Don't get this if you want a headset with a decent mic!"
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"Great headset and great price."
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"It does not compromise the comfort or quality of the headset."
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"But if your looking for a xbox 360 headset I would recommend this"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"These are not bad as a pair of over the ear headphones but as a gaming headset its fail you have to yell into the mic and when you are using it as a headset it is a low volume .."
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"I had two failed shipments from them (only contained a microphone) and it was too late to return to Amazon."
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"The headphones quality is nice, but the microphone doesn't work very well."
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"Background noise can be a bit of a problem with the mic, but it's not bad."
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"The microphone is good, but not great."
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"The mic is hidden inside and muted when not in use."
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"Don't get this if you want a headset with a decent mic!"
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"Even the sound is great but the mic chat functionality is basically nonexistent."
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"i could hear other peaple well and the functions worked but the mic is not on a boom its inline and does't work well."
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"And the mic is pure crap if you intend on using the headset for chatting I would recommend purchasing a separate 3.5mm cord with a mic."
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"While the Melee does a great job as a headphone, they are very lackluster as a headset & mic."
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Music

Music:
"Sound is great, comfortable, not sure if its the game(gta5) or the headset but its hard to hear the games voices over the gameplay and music"
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"The only beef is the mic sound, not at all good -- I take calls with them sometimes if I connect the to my smartphone streaming Pandora, Netflix, Crackle, or off my music playlist, so there lies this headset's only weakness -- the mic."
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"Not good for music use only."
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"The only problem is my wife is always borrowing these to listen to music! "
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"Works great for music and phone calls... Not so much for gaming chat."
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"They are pretty comfortable after 2 hours plus of gaming or listening to music."
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"I tested the set out pretty extensively over the weekend, listening to music and playing games on my PC and Xbox 360."
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"BO2 sounds great, and I've also listened to music and it sounds great as well."
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"So far great sound when I use it for my music and videos."
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Noise

Noise:
"Background noise can be a bit of a problem with the mic, but it's not bad."
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"If it's left in the headset, it won't be able to capture any noise."
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"My only complaint is that they are so good at noise canceling, I can't hear myself talk when using for chat and it sort of messes with me."
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"I found 10-15% to be fine given how well the set keeps out noise from without."
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"fit very comfortable and cancel all noise around me."
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"Blocks outside noise well."
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"Great sound quality, awesome noise cancellation, even if it is not outlined on the box."
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"Even though they are not noise cancelling, because of the plush cushions, it does do a great job with sealing external sound."
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Price

Price:
"I got them on sale for an awesome price and couldn't be more pleased."
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"Clear and inexpensive, but a ridiculous amount of wires."
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"So instead of using you're expensive headset with MIC, you're using your expensive headphones with a cheap crappy in-line microphone."
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"polk will send you what u need for xbox one use...sent me up graded mic got it within 2 days already using it with my adapter or plug right in to controller..they are also sending me an adapter for free but on back order until feb great headset for the price"
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"Great headset and great price."
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"Reasonable price and exactly as advertised."
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"I paid a great price so it was a win win all around"
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"Feels pretty good around the ears but overall a pretty good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"It does not compromise the comfort or quality of the headset."
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"sound quality is no good"
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"The headphones quality is nice, but the microphone doesn't work very well."
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"They had fantastic sound quality but terrible build quality."
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"The sound quality isn't near as good as it is when plugged into the Xbox one, but it's decent enough for watching Netflix or youtube."
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"The look, feel and quality of the design are excellent."
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"Overall, these things are awesome but there are some notes to add:Pros: These things are good sound quality, feel great with soft padding (leatherette?"
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"It does not compromise the comfort or quality of the headset."
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"Headset Quality: No complaints here, awesome build quality."
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Service

Service:
"Polk makes good products just horrible service."
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"Polk had terrible customer service, there isn't anything else to say about them."
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"Customer Service Experience: The box I received said that it was compatible with the X1 with a free upgrade kit offer on the box."
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"These headphones feel great, sound great, and the customer service that comes with is fantastic."
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"The customer service was great though and they sent the adapter for the xbox one very quickly."
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"Overall I am pleased with the the headset and Polk customer service was easy to deal with."
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"The customer service is very friendly and quickly sent out the Xbox One adapter and the boom mic."
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Sound

Sound:
"sound quality is no good"
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"They had fantastic sound quality but terrible build quality."
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"Worst headset I've ever owned, good sound quality but the microphone is useles, which renders the headset useless."
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"The sound quality isn't near as good as it is when plugged into the Xbox one, but it's decent enough for watching Netflix or youtube."
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"Don't expect for great sound when on a call."
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"The only beef is the mic sound, not at all good -- I take calls with them sometimes if I connect the to my smartphone streaming Pandora, Netflix, Crackle, or off my music playlist, so there lies this headset's only weakness -- the mic."
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"Even the sound is great but the mic chat functionality is basically nonexistent."
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"I did not like them overall the sound is good if your just wanting to listen to your games, but the chat function is crap wasn't able to get them to work for gamechat on my end."
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"Overall, these things are awesome but there are some notes to add:Pros: These things are good sound quality, feel great with soft padding (leatherette?"
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"I don't know the sound quality of the headphones, the product feels nice."
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"I really liked these headphones, the sound and build quality are excellent."
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Volume

Volume:
"Great price for a great headset but my volume Controll button broke in pieces so now the primary reason I bought it for gaming I can't use it for just good as eat phones now"
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"In short, the only thing I don't love is the lack of volume control on the 3.5mm cord."
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"The sound quality is great, as expected from a Polk Audio product, but the max volume does disappoint a bit as other reviewers have mentioned."
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"The color is nice and not very flashy, the look of the headset I must say is very stylish, and if you really hate reaching for a volume knob the volume knobs being on the controller is very nice."
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"According to a friend, our Xbox chats are clear but, volume is a problem."
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"I would love to have the volume wheels at my thumb tips, but... alas... no dice."
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"The volume could be a bit louder, but overall they sound clear and have a nice wide soundstage."
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"The voice chat function on Xbox 360 works well and the volume mixer keeps sound balanced to my likes."
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"The color is nice and not very flashy, the look of the headset I must say is very stylish, and if you really hate reaching for a volume knob the volume knobs being on the controller is very nice."
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Xbox

Xbox:
"This Item is so misleading it says for xbox 360 and the One but it is not compatible with the one only with the 360."
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"The only problem is that they didn't work with my Xbox 360, since I have the Xbox 360 E (the newest version)."
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"Amazon did not state that these were originally for the Xbox 360, and were not compatible with the One."
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"This item is not compatible with the new xbox 360 E model which does not have a toslink (optical) input."
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"Over all I liked my Turtle Beach X12's, but they are not compatible with the Xbox one unless I want to use my kinect, and I really don't want that."
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"i love it, they are great headphones and i can hear very clearly on my xbox one."
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"but overall, i enjoy using them with my phone, ipad and xbox 360"
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"But if your looking for a xbox 360 headset I would recommend this"
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"These work great for xbox 360 and xbox one."
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