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HK Audio: Personal PA with Polar 10

Portable PA system includes built-in four-channel mixer and Bluetooth audio streaming

The portable Polar 10 personal PA system from HK Audio.The portable Polar 10 personal PA system from HK Audio.

Personal PA systems that combine portable, telescopic or collapsible line arrays with a single powerful bass driver housing all the system connectivity have recently become very popular. Aimed at solo performers, entertainers and presenters, Polar 10 (above) is HK Audio’s fairly affordable take on the concept.

As with many of the other recently launched personal PA systems, user controls (including those that access the Polar 10's four-channel mixer) are mounted on a panel on top of the bass unit.As with many of the other recently launched personal PA systems, user controls (including those that access the Polar 10's four-channel mixer) are mounted on a panel on top of the bass unit.

Like many of the other recently released systems, it allows Bluetooth streaming, so you can perform to phone-based backing tracks, and also includes a four-channel mixer (two mic/line channels, one instrument channel, and the Bluetooth input). On the Polar 10, the upright HF/MF ‘line array’ portion of the speaker can be dismantled into two sections (the lower is merely a spacer; the top half contains the speakers). The 10-inch bass driver is driven by a built-in 2kW power amp.

The Polar 10 system is available now, priced at £629 in the UK$999 in the USA.

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