The Polk Audio Hinge Wireless Wants to Take Your Ears to Dinner
Earphones are the new sneakers and these are the new Jordans.
These days, the headphones you wear are as much a style play as a pair of shined-up wing tips. Polk’s Hinge Wireless, the first Bluetooth headphones from the acclaimed sound company, take that to heart with a vintage aesthetic that fits in everywhere from the L train to Le Cirque. The hand-stitched on-ear headphones are swaddled in leatherette and feature a rustic, two-toned color scheme inspired by the interior of classic luxury cars. They’re meant for the daily wear, with a low-profile and distinct metal hinges (get it?) halfway up the band that enable them to easily fit inside a pocket or bag. Sound-wise, they’ve been tuned for depth, balance, and a bit of low-end bite. There’s a microphone for making hands-free calls and a smart lone scroll-dial on the underside of the right ear cup lets you pause, play, and skip tracks as well as control volume. The wireless connection lasts roughly 12-hours per charge; the classic look, however, will stay fresh for a lifetime. [$200; polkaudio.com]