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Polk Audio Camden Square
Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker system with aptX® audio streaming
Item #: 107CAMDEN
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Item #: 107CAMDEN
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There's a party going on, and it's centered on Polk Audio's Camden Square. This portable Bluetooth powered speaker does more than pump out the tunes in a 360° soundfield. When you and your friends download the free Polk Audio DJ Stream app from Apple iTunes® or Google Play, the fun can start. As host, you can authorize three other friends to stream music to the Camden Square. The app builds a playlist, taking each tune in sequence.
Polk's Camden Square speaker and DJ Stream app offer an innovative way to share music with friends.
Everyone with the app will see the playlist of upcoming tracks and get to vote “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down.” You can change DJ assignments around, so everyone has a chance to share their favorite songs. And when the party's over, the vote tally will show you which DJ had the hottest tracks.
The system features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The Camden Square is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. So you can wirelessly stream music from just about any smartphone still enjoy outstanding sound.
Not surprisingly, Polk has engineered the Camden Square to deliver rich, full sound. It features four 2" long-throw drivers, with two side-firing rectangular passive radiators strengthening the bass. Polk's Dynamic Balance technology reduces distortion and unwanted resonance, keeping your music sounding detailed and clear. The system creates a balanced, 360° soundfield. So set it just about anywhere — on a shelf in the corner of the room, or in the middle of a picnic table.
The built-in rechargeable batteries can power the Camden Square for up to an epic 24 hours. And there's even a minijack input so you can plug in an old-school non-Bluetooth device such as a portable game console or CD player.
Initially my expectations were not met by the Camden. Possibly because I was expecting the equivalent of floor standing speakers. But as the day progressed and day turned to night I became extremely impressed with its output! Great clarity, nice bass. Be sure to turn up the volume on the speaker first such that you can maximize the potential with your device.
Realistically speaking, it does its job 10x better than it should, which is stream quality music for personal use. I wouldn't attempt to throw a house party with a speaker of this size.
Pros: Great Sound! Great Batttery! Great workmanship!
Cons: None if you don't set your expectations to high. It's not a home theatre system, just a wireless speaker.
I really LOVE this speaker. The sound is Amazing! There is no distortion at the highest volume and this thing ROCKS! I own quiet a few speakers and this one is turning into my favorite. This speaker also screams QUALITY. It is very well made and I love the leather around the sides. I won;t be giving up this speaker any time soon. Well worth the money spent!
Pros: Beautiful Sound Quality Well Made Battery lasts FOREVER.
I was pumped to try this speaker after spending the past 8 years using a portable Altec Lansing iPod Dock that I purchased with my 60 gig iPod video first generation. It had great sound and great portability. It was finally done in by the broken plastic stand that held it upright. Well, having owned Polk Audio LS speakers and loving them for years I was sure this would be better than what I had been using. Plus the 24-hour battery life looked killer. Add in the DJ party app and I was sure I had a winner. Well turns out all is not as it seems. While the sound is pretty good it is not as good as that of my 10 year old Altec Lansing that cost only $150 ten years ago. The DJ software works as advertised, but the volume of the unit is far to low to make this speaker useable for any music party. Perhaps if the music is just to be background noise and not for dancing or entertaining then this would work.
The battery life is amazing, but I imagine that is because there is very little power consumption due to the moderate volume it will achieve.
Pros: Cool design. Great sound for low volume listening or for filling a small room with sound, never distorts. Looks to be very durable design
Cons: Poor bass response, does not get loud enough. Heavy at 4.2 pounds
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Six Driver Array: The Polk Audio Camden Square's uniquely engineered six-driver array, four front-firing 2" full-range speakers and two side-firing 2"x3" rectangular passive radiators, combined with Polk technologies, delivers big volume, lifelike sound projection, and surprising bass response.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Polk Camden Square features built-in Bluetooth (v.2.1+EDR) with aptX technology. The unit's built-in Bluetooth lets you stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or computer/laptop to the Camden Square. Thanks to aptX technology your wireless music will sound "CD-like" (when streaming from an aptX-equipped Bluetooth device, like Android). The unit's front-panel controls lets you operate basic playback functions; such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Previous/Next Track. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Polk Audio Camden Square.
DJ Stream App w/ Party Mode: Download the free DJ Stream app onto your Apple iOS (6.0+) or Android (4.0+) device from iTunes or GooglePlay for Party Mode. Now, up to 4 friends (1 host/3 guests) can create there own playlist from the music stored on their device and play their music through the Camden Square. Only one playlist can be active at a time, The "Host" has the ability to select which playlist is active and control the music from his or her device (the playback controls on the Camden Square are deactivated during Party Mode). Up to 128 friends can be connected via the app to vote on songs from the 4 connected playlists.
Note: Your Apple iOS or Android device will need to be connected to your home's wireless network or carrier's cellular signal.
Aux Input: The 3.5mm auxiliary input lets you connect and play music from a variety on non-Bluetooth audio sources, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player.
Front-Panel Controls: The Polk Camden Square features front-panel controls which consist of Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. Advance music navigation and Party Mode will be handled from Bluetooth-enabled mobile device and the DJ Stream app.
Vertical/Horizontal Placement + Integrated Carry Handle: The Camden Square can be placed either vertically or horizontally on a table, shelf, desk, or stand. It features an integrated carry handle to make it easy to move from room to room.
Rechargeable Batteries: The Polk Audio Camden Square features four powerful, lightweight Lithium-Ion batteries that will allow playback for up to 24 hours at moderate volume levels on a full charge. The batteries recharge quickly with the included AC power adapter.
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Out database shows that the batteries are Lithium Ion, but it doesn't give me any further details. You may want to reach out to Polk directly for full details. [ Jeff Feb 02, 2015 ] Staff