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The Polk Audio HitMaster Monitor replicates a classic rock band stage monitor speaker, complete with carpeted baffle and faux-leather exterior. It’s awesome for posing like a rock star as you battle your way to victory in today’s most exciting rock star games. It’s engineered to take advantage of the high quality audio of these new games. The HitMaster’s fast response and superior dynamic range takes digital gaming audio to the superstar level. It rocks! 100 Watts of power! (And it really does "go to 11") Hitmaster Back Panel
Headline your way to living-room fame with a mighty 100-Watt (max) onboard amp powering a dynamic Single Point Stereo Array. The 6.5" woofer is tuned with Dynamic Balance Technology, for distortion-free mid-range and low-end even at stadium-rocking volumes. Dual 3x5 professional-style horn tweeters, with efficient Neodemium magnet structures, are aimed to provide incredible details and wide dynamic range. The HitMaster ignites your meteoric rise up the charts.
|Type||Two 2.5 x 5.5 horn design|
|Type||3"x5" horn tweeters|
|Mid / Woofer|
|Diameter||6 1/2" (16.51cm)|
|Diameter||6 1/2" (16.51cm)|
|Type||Dynamic Balance Composite Cone|
|Type||Dynamic Balance Composite Cone Driver|
|Maximum SPL||103 dB|
|Total Frequency Response||40Hz-20kHz|
|Radiation Pattern||Single Point Stereo Array|
|Inputs||Line Level analog (RCA) and 1/8|
|Outputs||Line Level analog (RCA)|
|Continuous Average Output|
|Dynamic Power||80 watts|
|Width||14 1/2" (36.83cm)|
|Depth||10 1/4" (26.04cm)|
|Mid-High Array Enclosure Type||Ported|
|Product Weight (each)||12.75 pounds|
|Unit of Measure||1|
|Included Accessories||RCA cable; 1/8" input jack for direct connection to TVs, iPod players and other sources with 1/8" headphone output.|
|Included Accessories||9' Stereo RCA Cable; Quickstart Guide|
|Speaker Warranty||1 year parts and labor (original purchaser)|
Specifications, dimensions and features subject to change without notice. For more information call us at 1-800-377-7655 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America call +1 (410) 358-3600.
13 reviews with an average of 4.5Write your own review
by Adam, June 7, 201012 out of 16 people found this review helpful.
Impressive sound for the money – excellent value. Versatile with many possible applications. Well-built and compact self-amplified unit.
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.
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.
by DJ, December 31, 200910 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
Good sound, great value, solidly built.
If you want to use it in a vertical position like a normal speaker, it's a little unstable. This is not its intended use so it's a minor quibble.
Considering you're getting a three driver speaker and amp for only $99, this speaker sounds better than it should. Bass is impressive for its size, vocals are very clear even if you're not directly in front of the speaker, and the sound is open and well-balanced. I had it hooked up directly to my ps3 and it sounded really good. Not only for music-based games but all styles of games. Vocals and sound-effects are both well produced and as loud as you would want it. Hookup is ridiculously easy and quick. Done playing games? Fine, hook it up to your tv and use in place of the tv speakers. It sounds much better and only takes a few seconds. Heading outside? Take your mp3 player and the Hitmaster and you've got your tunes with you. The Hitmaster is versatile, sounds good, built like a tank, and low cost to boot. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
by Dave, December 21, 20098 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
Big sound and range from a small device. Low price for a great value.
Vocals/Dialogue is a little bright at times.
I hooked the Polk Audio HitMaster up to my XBox 360, which was a cinch to do, and then fired up Rock Band 2. I was surprised right out of the gate with the sound in that it was really solid and had a nice range! After several songs in Rock Band 2 I put in non-music based games to see how the HitMaster would fare and it did very well there as well. I think this will be a pretty big hit for kids and college students as it eliminates the need for several components to get a big sound and at a price that's really easy on the wallet.
by Jeff, January 27, 20106 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
Can be a little top heavy if used in upright position.
Just had a chance to demo this speaker over the past few weeks and I must say I was very impressed by this unit. I have no experience with a speaker of this type, so I didn't know what to expect. Used it with my PS3 for multiple games and was very impressed with it's ability to perform with games like COD MW2, Rock Band, Guitar Hero. I was also impressed with how well it did with my Zune playing MP3's as well. Handled everything I threw at it and never broke a sweat. For around $100 it is hard to beat if you want something low profile that will perform well. Setup was a breeze and I was up and running within a matter of minutes. Great job Polk, another quality product!!
Great sound, compact design. Very vesatile speaker. Simple setup.
by Randy S, April 5, 20103 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
good quality build really involves you in musical games as a stage monitor. sounds great for games sound really carries from the horns
a little lacking in bass output, but if running through a receiver via Preouts a sub could fill out the lower end Highs at really high volumes could be a bit harsh, especially during music listening, I woudln't use it for music only but that's me
I got this as review piece and when I received from Fedex I was impressed with the heft of it. Wasn't sure what its size was going to be but its quite a heavy and solid piece of equipment. I was really impressed with how it works for gaming. For games like Guitar hero Aerosmith and Rock Band 2 on the Wii, it is a really neat piece of equipment. It really adds to the experience of those games by acting like a stage monitor and blasting the sound up in front of you and into your face if you're standing right in front of it. I also used it with Motostorm on the PS3 and was quite impressed with strength of the sound it wasn't overpowering so it didn't bother my wife downstairs but it was definitley convincing enough that when completely involved with the game that I almost forgot I wasn't using my main HT system when the hitmaster was close by. If you're tv does not have Analog out, One thing you have to work around is that with a PS3 slim you need to run it through a receiver and then through any receiver preouts(zone two or main preouts) or possibly headphone outs to get the sound since the PS3 is HDMI only and needs to be converted. Finally I tested through my Ipod touch with some lossy mp3s and my CD player. I thought it was ok for this for casual use. and was very impressed with how well the sound carried upstairs. the volume was less than halfway up but I was in another room completely across the house upstairs and could hear lyrics and melody fairly clearly so the horn tweeter really allow the sound carry, even at lower volumes. Overall i was really impressed with the Hitmaster. for 99 dollars you really can't go wrong, and I think it will hit its intended demographic (gamers, teens) positively, especially if they have their own game systems in their own rooms.
by Bee, January 7, 20102 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
Awesome sound. Only 99 bucks!
ANYTHING POLK puts out to the market kicks ass. This one is no different. POLK rules. No reason not to pick one of these up. Only 99 bucks for God sakes... Another POLK winner.
by MIKE, March 5, 20102 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Has a nice range for an inexpensive portable unit. Great for playing games.
Volume could go higher. Slight distortion playing Rock Band at Maximum level compared to my Home Polk system.
I hooked this up to my mp3 player and was impressed with its sound for the price. I oringinally bought this for video gaming and especially Rock Band and Guitar Hero Games. I play with friends and some of them don't have Home Theater systems, so this works great for portable sound. We like to play loud and the only reason I give this 4 rather than 5 stars is the volume level isn't quite loud enough and slight distortion at the maximum volume level, although I may need to tweak my game settings to fix this...not sure yet. I have the polk surround bar 360 in my home and love it for gameing, but this is a nice alternative for playing when you don't have a home theater system. I would definately recommend the Hitmaster to anyone looking to use it as a portable unit, but don't expect the same sound as a nice home system.
by Michael Petry, June 23, 20102 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Small size, solid construction, ability to daisy chain, inexpensive for full sound, sounds much better than standard TV speakers.
We demo-ed this as a monitor for a miked barbershop quartet, decent performance and sound, but lacks the depth and richness of large diameter monitors. That said, it's small size is much more manageable to move than standard large monitors and will do just fine.
Overall a smart compact package; a bargain for what it does: crisp, clear, sound that is much better than what comes out of your TV via your gaming system. Usable as an on-stage voice monitor (though not for a loud rock band). Easy to set up. Highly recommend.
by walter, July 12, 20101 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
strong very well put together carys well and sounds great
bass at loud voulumes is distorted and is not stable when set up right
i got this stage moniter because i needed somthing small easy to bring around with me and loud with good bass that didnt coust to much and i got the hit master great for music and video games but rap music and other stuff with a lot of bass at loud voulumes is realy distorted when u realy listen to the music
by Ebayboy98, December 25, 20101 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Very nice components, woofer, tweeters, and a solid mdf casing. Nice grill Very nice sounding. Having a woofer provide like a regular speaker but still have bass like a sub. I dont think there is a another audio company that uses that technology yet.
Honestly I can't find any thing wrong. although It gets farily hot after a while. I think that you could live without the hitmaster logo on the front.
I got 2 hitmasters for christmas I love the hitmaster it sounds very clean and the tweeters send out very clean and crisp sound. It is also a nice feature that the woofer acts as a subwoofer on notes that it would trigger on a woofer. It can go very high in volume and still have no distortion. It still sounds very real when in the same room as the hitmasters. It sounds beter when connecting a AUX imput from a mp3 device then a 3.5 mm to RCA. The way to have stereo sound with two hitmasters is take a y split and have the two RCA go into left and right on hitmaster and for the left plug into y splitter. And the same on the right channels. I am using Monster cable Y-splitter for left and right.
by Roadrocket, December 29, 20110 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Easy to carry and take up very little space on a small stage. Decent sound if used with a little common sense.
The in your face "Hitmaster" logo will not be to everyone's liking. I may get in trouble for saying this but it is very easy to peel off leaving no visible damage. Your mileage may vary.
I now have four of them in use as stage monitors for small acoustic groups. The results so far have been great. Given the constraints of a small speaker, Polk has managed to squeeze out some very impressive performance. It would to see an up-dated version with larger speakers.
by jeff c, August 26, 20120 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE . SUPER !
I TAKE IT EVERYWHERE .
I WANT MORE !
by Animal, November 22, 20120 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Multiple ways to fine tune the sound. Back control panels and the control menue from the device plugged in to the HitMaster.
Need another one, but no where are they to be found.....what gives?
Bought this for my 12yr. son in 2010. Outstanding build quality, portability and of course the sound is incredible.
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