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Polk Audio Hampden Speakers Ready for New & Traditional Audio Installations

In addition to its ability to work with standard audio components, Polk Audio's Hampden loudspeaker incorporates Bluetooth, USB, and the company's DJ Stream app that allows as many as four people to connect to the speakers to create playlists.

The new Hampden active loudspeakers from Polk are available for $400 per pair. They can be used for computer-based audio systems and traditional two-channel and home theater systems.
Robert Archer · June 6, 2014

Several years ago before GM decided to pull the plug on its Oldsmobile brand, the company came out with an advertising campaign that said something along the lines of, “This isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile.”

Carrying that line of thinking over to the world of consumer electronics is the 40-something speaker company Polk Audio. The Baltimore company recently announced its Hampden loudspeaker is now available. Unlike the popular manufacturer’s past products, this user-friendly audio solution incorporates options that facilitate its use in new-era, computer-based and wireless audio systems, and traditional home theater and two-channel audio systems.

Aesthetically the speaker combines retro design elements with contemporary lines that include all-wood cabinets with curved teak wood veneers, and white baffles trimmed with glass-filled nylon bezels. The active speaker incorporates convenient, user-friendly, side-mounted controls such as a rotary volume control that makes volume adjustments easy.

“With Hampden, we wanted to create a home audio solution that brings great sound and increased functionality to the desktop while reflecting the retro design aesthetic seen in our recently launched Heritage Collection of personal audio accessories,” says Michael DiTullo, chief design officer of Sound United, DEI. “Hampden captures the essence of a classic pair of Polk speakers, featuring a timeless, yet minimalist design that fits well in the home office or living room. By adding USB connectivity, Bluetooth wireless technology and compatibility with our DJ Stream App, users now have more listening options and access to an interactive element that creates a more social and sharable music playing experience.”

Inside the Hampden, Polk employs a two-way design that is highlighted by a 4.5-inch midrange/bass driver and a 1-inch tweeter. Driving the two-way system is 80 watts of amplification that helps the speaker to produce a frequency response of 50Hz to 22kHz. Facilitating its versatility, the speaker incorporates a choice of USB, Bluetooth and wired Euro-style connection options. Through the use of the company’s DJ Stream App, as many as four users can create playlists based on the content in their music libraries.

Polk offers the DJ Stream App for both iOS and Android mobile device owners as a free download. The speakers are available for $400 per pair.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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