Baltimore – An active speaker pair launched by Polk is the brand’s first active speaker pair equipped with Bluetooth and first with USB audio input.
The $399 Hampden is available at PolkAudio.com and select retailers, including Crutchfield, Stereo Advantage and Worldwide Stereo.
When connected via USB to a computer, the speakers bypass a computer's built-in DAC for the speaker’s own DAC with DSP. When connected to sources via Bluetooth, the speakers let four people at a time jointly create a playlist. The speakers also stream Bluetooth with AptX.
The biamplified 80-watt RMS Hampden features all-wood cabinets with curved teak wood veneer, all-white front, glass-filled nylon bezels, and angled-up baffle. "Hampden is part of the Heritage Collection of products whose retro design “captures the essence of a classic pair of Polk speakers,” said Michael DiTullo, chief design officer of Polk parent Sound United, a DEI company.
Each bass-reflex speaker features 1-inch, soft-dome silk/polymer tweeter, 4.5-inch polypropylene woofer with rubber surrounds, and downfiring port. Each woofer and tweeter is powered by its own amplifier with power rating of 2x30 watts plus 2x10 watts.
Frequency response is 50Hz to 22kHz. A four-pin cable connects the two speakers together.