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    I'll do the label thing this weekend, sorry been lazy and busy guys.

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    No problem. Just wanted to throw a friendly reminder out there!

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    No problem Mark. I've very much enjoyed my extra time with the HitMaster
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    Label sent to Nebborjk for Adam 2434.

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    Label sent to Edbert for Petrym.

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    Hitmaster received yesterday.
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    Hitmaster received today. Thanks!

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    Exclamation Your impressions after demo????

    Heh guys, we don't se much pros and or cons report after the demo :(

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    This isn't the place for it....that's why I provide a link to the website review area in the main body.

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    That I know of there isn't that many reviews there compared to the amount of members that participated in the demo... Sure would be nice to see what people tought of the product

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    I just purchased one for myself and am looking forward to listening to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TECHNOKID View Post
    That I know of there isn't that many reviews there compared to the amount of members that participated in the demo... Sure would be nice to see what people tought of the product

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    I could be wrong but I don't think that they are all posted on the website. I even tried re-submitting mine and it told me that I had already submitted a review.

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    My responsibility and influence ends in the thread link....the rest is up to Polk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    My responsibility and influence ends in the thread link....the rest is up to Polk.
    no debate there Doro you are doing a great job and I do appreciate, people like you are the main reason I want to be loyal to Polk ;)

    Cheers!
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    Why would Polk Audio build this?

    Dont most people already have stereo systems?

    Why would someone spend $200 on a pair of these which look like they belong in a basement or garage?

    My gaming system is in my living room......

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    Quote Originally Posted by only126db View Post
    Why would Polk Audio build this?

    Dont most people already have stereo systems?

    Why would someone spend $200 on a pair of these which look like they belong in a basement or garage?

    My gaming system is in my living room......
    Because it is a mostly untapped market in teenagers through college aged adults (and the parents that may buy one for them) who are getting all their sound through inferior TV speakers. This not only plays games and movie audio, but you can hook an iPod and other devices up to it.

    It isn't marketed to you.

    Beyond that, you don't need a pair. One gives off real good sound for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    Because it is a mostly untapped market in teenagers through college aged adults (and the parents that may buy one for them) who are getting all their sound through inferior TV speakers. This not only plays games and movie audio, but you can hook an iPod and other devices up to it.

    It isn't marketed to you.

    Beyond that, you don't need a pair. One gives off real good sound for the money.
    Mark my words....

    These will be on sale 50% off during the Christmas season and discontinued by Jan 1 if not before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by only126db View Post
    Mark my words....

    These will be on sale 50% off during the Christmas season and discontinued by Jan 1 if not before.


    Do you know how many kids anymore don't have stereo's? A LOT of them. They simply DO NOT have a stereo. They listen to music on an ipod, or play CD's through a DVD player, running through some TV speakers.

    This is the market they're trying to appeal to. This product isn't being marketed to audiophiles. This is a product that's meant primarily for a kid living in a college dorm room, or something to that effect. It's geared towards the Guitar Hero generation.

    It's a great way to get better sound than you're getting from your TV speakers, without breaking the bank. It's also a product that exposes a lot of people to higher end audio, who may never have been exposed to it otherwise. Someday when these kids are in a better financial situation, and want to put together a stereo...they'll remember how much enjoyment they got out of their Polk Hitmaster, then they'll buy a pair of RTi's or LSi's.


    Personally, I think the Hitmaster is going to do very well. It's a completely untapped market niche, and would appeal to a lot of people...gamers in particular. Despite what you may think, not everyone has a stereo or a HT system. Some people actually use their TV speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by only126db View Post
    Why would Polk Audio build this?

    Dont most people already have stereo systems?

    Why would someone spend $200 on a pair of these which look like they belong in a basement or garage?

    My gaming system is in my living room......
    Polk build the HM because Polk is smart and follow the trends of the market ;)

    No, the younger generation doesn't have stereo systems. I am speaking from experience, both of my sons in their mid 20s don't have any stereo system. My nephew (mid 20s) is a hard core gamer but doesn't have any stereo system, he uses cheap computer speakers. The HM was demoded during our family Xmas party and believe me the younger generation was very impressed by the HM along with some older folks!

    Quote Originally Posted by only126db View Post
    Mark my words....

    These will be on sale 50% off during the Christmas season and discontinued by Jan 1 if not before.
    You are totally wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablycurt View Post
    Do you know how many kids anymore don't have stereo's? A LOT of them. They simply DO NOT have a stereo. They listen to music on an ipod, or play CD's through a DVD player, running through some TV speakers.

    This is the market they're trying to appeal to. This product isn't being marketed to audiophiles. This is a product that's meant primarily for a kid living in a college dorm room, or something to that effect. It's geared towards the Guitar Hero generation.

    It's a great way to get better sound than you're getting from your TV speakers, without breaking the bank. It's also a product that exposes a lot of people to higher end audio, who may never have been exposed to it otherwise. Someday when these kids are in a better financial situation, and want to put together a stereo...they'll remember how much enjoyment they got out of their Polk Hitmaster, then they'll buy a pair of RTi's or LSi's.


    Personally, I think the Hitmaster is going to do very well. It's a completely untapped market niche, and would appeal to a lot of people...gamers in particular. Despite what you may think, not everyone has a stereo or a HT system. Some people actually use their TV speakers.
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    I submitted my review today, so hopefully it will be approved in a couple days.

    My overall impressions were very positive. I used it as a portable music system and as a live vocal monitor and was impressed with its performance and build quality, especially at the price point.

    Mark, I sent you a PM regarding labels last week. I'm ready to send it on to the next person as soon as I get labels.
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    Guys, I'm going to be wrapped up in the Capital Area Audiofest this week and weekend, so you'll have to hold off on labels until next weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TECHNOKID View Post
    That I know of there isn't that many reviews there compared to the amount of members that participated in the demo... Sure would be nice to see what people tought of the product

    TK
    I agree. I submitted a review when I was finished with it, and it was never put in. I actually re-did the review last night when I saw it never made it in and submitted it, and it said I needed to confirm the email that Polk was going to send me, but they never did send me anything. I'm bummed because I took over an hour last night to write a super long detailed report based on my notes and rough drafts...all for nothing :(

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    Let me know about that stuff guys and always save your words.

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    Is this demo offering still available? If so, I'd like to participate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Guys, I'm going to be wrapped up in the Capital Area Audiofest this week and weekend, so you'll have to hold off on labels until next weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    Enjoy the Audiofest (even if working) :D

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    In case my review gets lost somehow in Polk's system, thought I would at least share it here.


    Pros:

    Impressive sound for the money – excellent value

    Versatile with many possible applications

    Well-built and compact self-amplified unit

    Cons:

    Would be nice if it had the option to be positioned with drivers facing forward – perhaps a simple fold-out arm on the back to support it in the forward-facing position.

    I personally don’t care for the Hitmaster logo on the front – would prefer to just have the Polk logo.


    Review:

    For this review, I did not use the Hitmaster in its primary intended application as a gaming speaker. Instead, I used it as a portable audio system for music and as a live vocal monitor.


    Appearance and build quality:

    It was more compact than I thought it would be – this is a good thing and makes the sound quality obtained from this thing even more impressive.

    The Hitmaster is solidly built. The cabinet has minimal resonance when rapped upon with knuckles and when playing music at moderate levels.

    I don’t care for the Hitmaster logo – that could be dropped from the front in my opinion.

    It would be nice if there were a way to position it with the drivers facing forward for situations where you want to set it on a shelf or piece of furniture. A simple fold-out arm on the back (think picture frame sitting on shelf) would allow this.


    As a portable audio system for music:

    Hitmaster 1/8” input was connected to a Zune headphone output for patio use. Hitmaster RCA inputs were connected to a MSB Nelson DAC for indoor use in 18’x28’ room.

    Both indoors and outdoors, I was impressed by the punchy sound from the Hitmaster. It could play plenty loud enough without any significant signs of strain at moderate levels. The sound was surprisingly balanced with music. I was impressed by the bass output when listening outside on the patio – it provided much deeper and punchier bass than my Advent Marbl outdoor speakers.

    Nitpicks are that you won’t get any real stereo imaging or soundstage depth, but given the design, that’s to be expected. Also, although the sound was balanced, I could hear some chestiness in vocals at times and noticed a lack of shimmer and resolution in the upper frequencies. Again, these are nitpicks - the Hitmaster delivers surprisingly good sound for $100 although it won’t replace a dedicated, quality audio system.



    As a live vocal monitor:

    Hitmaster RCA inputs were connected to a Behringer XENYX 1002FX mixer and Shure PG48 mic.

    The Hitmaster did an exceptional job handling live vocals in my 18’x28’ room. I tested it at pretty loud vocal levels and could not make it distort. Vocals sounded clean (well, as clean as my voice can sound) and natural. Paired with a small mixer, it would make a perfect inexpensive system for home vocal monitoring and karaoke. With multiple singers, I would probably go with 2 Hitmasters to share the vocal load.


    In summary, I was impressed with the sound quality, build quality, and versatility of the Hitmaster, especially at the $99 price. If Polk added a way to allow it to sit with the drivers facing forward, it would open up even more versatility in terms of placement options.

    To expand on the Hitmaster concept, I think it would be neat to have the Hitmaster components and functionality in more of a home theater center channel speaker form factor – in other words – a form factor that would fit into home décor in a more traditional manor. Perhaps add a simple remote control for volume and an 1/8” input on the front, and the unit could be used as an inexpensive single box solution for those wanting to upgrade from TV speakers or for those who want a simple/portable system. I would retain the Hitmaster’s durable finish and perforated grill to maintain the rugged portability, but perhaps add grill cloth behind the perforated grill to soften the appearance.
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    Labels sent to Adam and Michael.

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    Just got the notification about labels. I was going to post that I was ready to pass the HM to the next person early this morning - well timed! Review to follow.

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    Package shipped today.
    PM sent to Reeltrouble1 with tracking info.
    Review soon.

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    Been out of town this week for work. Also got the label email and will ship tomorrow or Sat.
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