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Powered Computer Speakers: The Polk Hampden is a pair of powered
computer speakers designed for near-field desktop listening. The Hampden offers
USB connectivity to your computer, built-in Bluetooth for your smartphone or
tablet, and an aux input for a variety of analog devices. These powered speakers
features a two-way driver design with 80-watts of amplification for great
Bass-Reflex Two-Way System: Each powered loudspeaker uses a 1" soft-dome
silk/polymer tweeter and a robust 4.5" mid-woofer with a stiff, lightweight
composite polypropylene cone. The tweeter and woofer are housed in a
bass-reflex teak veneer enclosure with a downward-firing port for greater
efficiency and bigger bass response. This combination of drivers and enclosure creates a rich,
Bi-Amplification: Each driver and tweeter is driven by its own
dedicated amplifier for greater dynamic range and clarity. Individually
amplifying the drivers and tweeters adds an effortless character to the
Hampden's performance that translates into a greater sense of realism. And by
eliminating passive crossover components, Polk reduces the distortion, phase
shift, and other undesirable by-products inherent in such systems. The
amplifiers in each speaker deliver 10-watts to the tweeter and 30-watts to the
Digital Signal Processing: The Hampden's powerful Digital Signal
Processor (DSP) smoothes frequency response and creates greater bass extension.
Your music and movies will simply feel more alive.
Angled MDF Enclosure: Most desktop loudspeakers aim their sound
directly at the listener's chest, putting you in an off-axis position and
compromising tonal balance. The Hampden's "laid back" angle aide directivity,
sending all the sound to your ears. The crafted teak veneer and MDF enclosures
look great on a desktop or in an entertainment console.
USB DAC: The Polk Hampden's USB (type-B) input bypasses the lower
quality digital-to-analog converter built into most computers. A higher quality
DAC in the Polk Hampden optimizes this critical function for the best audio
possible. The built-in DAC supports a wide variety of audio file formats.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Polk Hampden 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 Hampden powered speakers. Thanks to aptX technology your wireless music will
sound "CD-like" (when streaming from an aptX-equipped Bluetooth device, like
Android OS 4.0+). 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 Hapmden.
DJ Stream App w/ Party Mode: Download the free
DJ Stream app onto
your Apple iOS (6.0+) or Android (4.0+) device from
GooglePlay for Party Mode. Now, up to 4 friends (1 host/3 guests) can create
their own playlist from the music stored on his or her device and play their
music through the Hampden powered speaker system. 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
Hampden 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 and computer audio sources, such as a
portable CD player or MP3 player.