Don't call them computer speakers. The Polk Audio Hampden powered speakers deliver a near-field listening experience that will leave you amazed at the breadth and detail of the sound. When you plug the Hampden's USB connector into your computer, magic happens. The connection lets the Hampden bypass your computer's marginal digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and process the digital information through its own built-in high-performance DAC. And that means your music will sound more fully detailed and life like.
The Hampden speakers are angled to create an optimal listening environment when you're sitting at your computer.
Polk has carefully crafted the Hampden speakers to deliver superior sound. The teak-veneered MDF enclosures virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations. The speakers sit angled to position the sound field properly when you're seated at your desk. The speaker cable uses 4-pin Euro-style connectors to ensure tight, secure connections for minimal signal loss.
Four drivers, four amps
Midrange and bass frequencies are handled by a pair of 4-1/2" composite polypropylene cone woofers, while a pair of 1" silk/polymer soft-dome tweeters produce smooth highs. Each driver is powered by its own dedicated amplifier channel: the system uses 30 watts x 2 for the mids and 10 watts x 2 for the tweeters. Sound is clean, detailed, and impactful.
High quality Bluetooth audio
Want to enjoy music from your smartphone or tablet? Just pair your device to the Hampden and stream wirelessly via Bluetooth. The system features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible devices. Hampden is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too.
One system for four DJs
The Hampden speakers are ready to rock your party. 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 Hampden. The app builds a playlist, taking each tune in sequence.
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.
From the review "The look and sound of retro-cool"
" The overall sound had a quality that I found instantly appealing — perhaps because I had already received visual cues from the Hampden's appearance. Music sounded full-bodied, with plenty of detail and clarity. And yet, there seemed to be a little softness around the edges — almost as if I was listening to an analog sound source. Bass notes hit with appropriate impact — the integrated speaker stands angle the speakers in a way that allow the down-firing bass ports to operate effectively. Low tones hit the table top and bounce outward in the direction the speakers are pointed. The definition was there, without the harshness I usually associate with digital sources."
— Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Writer and Staff Review Editor