Hughes & Kettner - POLAR 10 Column Speaker System (2024)

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It ain’t a Bose but it’s pretty awesome1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Winnipeg (Henderson), Manitoba

I physically couldn’t handle all the speaker boxes, stands, cables,and sub woofers anymore. I’m sick of being a roadie. I play in an old time rock and roll legion band with real drums and guitar amps. We tried using the polar like a Bose unit behind us but it was whistling and feeding back. We put it on the side by me and used one powered Bose monitor on the other side of the stage and it was awesome. I couldn’t discern whether the Bose monitor on the other side of the stage was even on because the polar beside me was so loudGood kick drum. For a big outdoor gig we used two polar 10s and it was great. The polar is great for vocals. I’m less hoarse after a gig.I’m 63 and by using this set up I can gig for years.

Posted by Geoff Erickson on Dec 12, 2023

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HK Audio Polar 101 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Sydney, Nova Scotia

Just picked one up today. Was planning on the 12 but the more I listen to the 10, I think the low end would only over power what the tops will put out. The onboard e.q. is really easy to figure out and Bluetooth works really well. As soon as I got home, I set it up outside and played a song from my phone, I was about 50 feet down my back yard controlling the mix off my phones e.q and it was plenty for one column, I wouldn't expect anymore for what it cost. Tomorrow night I'll be playing a duo gig with vocals guitars and fiddle at times for a crowd of about 120, we'll see how it holds up. But in the end, it all comes down to making the best with the sound you have and getting firmillar with it before a live show, that's what I'm doing right now since the past two hours or so. I'd like to thank Dan & Lyndon, they are always my go to guys at L&M in Sydney.

Posted by Jason (Williams) MacDonald on Oct 20, 2023

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Great value, plenty of features, decent enough sound1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Edmonton South, Alberta

I gotta say I was somewhat skeptical about these since column speakers are notorious for sounding inferior to traditional cabinets but honestly other than lacking a little bit in the mid/upper bass frequencies, they sound absolutely fantastic for the price range and are perfect for most of the minimal-leaning electronic music I play on them.Of course due to the design that sacrifice in certain frequency ranges was to be expected, and overall it's build quality, features (built in DSP, Bluetooth, excellent I/O) and it's convenience/ease of transportation/setup are all more than enough to make up for that small caveat.I own two and use them in stereo as the mains for my home system as well as hauling them around for the odd house party or small event around town. (which is extremely convenient due to their size and weight). Obviously there are still better sounding solutions out there and by nature traditional cabs will always outperform column speakers in overall range but the combination of good value, robust quality and thoughtful design features make these worth it for me.It should however be noted than when I purchased my pair back in 2021 they were on sale for $800 a piece compared to current price of $1099 so I got quite a bit more "value" out of them but I honestly still think they're worth the current price, especially with everything else rising as well.

Posted by Code on Aug 29, 2023

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HIGH QUALITY SOUND2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Halifax, Nova Scotia

I use two Polar 10s for dj purposes for crowds above 50 people, I have been djing for 25 years, with the typical two tops and sub set up, with the polar 10, I now hear things in the same songs that I never heard before, Bravo! HK POLAR10

Posted by BRIAN AMIRAULT on Jun 8, 2023

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HK Polar 101 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Halifax, Nova Scotia

Amazing sound

Posted by Watson Pompilus on May 26, 2023

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Had to take it back1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Sydney, Nova Scotia

Nicely built system. Lots of low end bass and volume, but lacks clarity - especially at higher volumes. Had to return it for another system. Perhaps it was just this one as most seem to be very pleased with them. Price is definitely right, but couldn’t stand the lack of mid and high clarity.

Posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2023

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Très satisfaisant1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Longueuil, Quebec

Sonne bien et se transporte facilement. Bonne qualité sonore facile à brancher. Le seul bémol est le manque d'effet et d'entrée

Posted by LaguitaJoe on Jan 16, 2023

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Great for small rooms but Lacks in Large Rooms/Outdoors2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Peterborough, Ontario

I bought a pair of these after hearing how great they sounded. That was in a room that could hold about 50 people. I went to use them for a wedding of about 125 people and in the center of the dance floor it wasn't loud at all. You could still talk normal and hear each other. While that might be okay for an older crowd the younger ones were asking to turn it up. The limits kick in when blasting it loud and also doesn't sound clean when its at max volume. For events under 75 people they are great. If you are over 100 people you might want to look at bigger speakers or buying a 3rd or 4th unit to help fill the room.

Posted by Craig on Jan 9, 2023

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Great sound, lots of power.0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Regina, Saskatchewan

Haven’t gigged with it yet but will soon. Set up and tested it out with the bluetooth and my iphone. This things got a ton of headroom and sounds excellent!Mixer is intuitive enough, very rudimentary. I figured it all out in about 5 minutes before checking the manual. I guess if it had onboard effects and channel mutes it wouldn’t come at this price point, so I’m giving a 3.5 for features, but a 5 for value.Will be running my little soundcraft mixer so that solves all that anyway. The entire rig weighs less than 60lb. I’ve hiked heavier combo amps up two flights. It does have a fairly big footprint, but will fit in the backseat of pretty much any 4 door.Very happy with my purchase.

Posted by Rob on Nov 27, 2022

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Good product1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Calgary East, Alberta

I,m happy with my purchase.My biggest beef was the lack of info.I had to watch a youtube video to know how to hook it up to a mixer.Manual doesn,t give enough info.Aside from that can,t beat the price.sounds pretty good.

Posted by Luc on Oct 11, 2022

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Monitors1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario

Nothing but good things to say about these speakers. I am using them for stage monitors. Sounds very clean. Tuned down the high -6db and bass -2db. No extra graphic eq was needed. I am super happy with them. I now owned 5 HK polar 10. I would Imagine the polar would be too much bass for monitors. Happy customer and I totally tell everyone to check it out if they are in the market for column array tower.

Posted by Yeanny on Sep 4, 2022

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Incroyable qualité prix1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Longueuil, Quebec

Sonne très bien , super facile à monter et compact

Posted by Jocelyn riopel on Jul 19, 2022

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Closest Store Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

For a Dj or Band you really can’t beat the value and quality of this unit. I have now purchased two of them and my buddy has also purchased a pair after borrowing mine. We have an opportunity to pair up both sets ( 4 ) for an upcoming outdoor band gig , looking forward to hearing what we get out of them. Once you figure out all the options on the digital display the fun really begins.

Posted by Brad on Jul 11, 2022

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A beast that blasts1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Edmonton Highlands, Alberta

Let me first say I returned this because it is too heavy and bulky for me. At this price - and on sale on top of that - I really wanted to love and keep this unit. I'm using it for small to medium outdoor shows where I'm a one-man band. This means I have to carry guitars, pedalboard and the PA. I'm looking for the most power I can find in a package light enough for me to carry. The sub alone is nearly 60 lbs. After bringing this into my home and down some stairs one time I realized this isn't something I want to be doing dozens of times this summer. If only they made exactly this but 20% less tall and less heavy, I'd be sold. Heck - I'd even take 20% less powerful in the trade and it'd be well worth the money at the current price. It's heavier and larger than any line array I've used (Bose l1 compact and l1Pro8, EXM Mobile, HK Lucan Nano). That said - this sounds great and has a ton of bass. More than I remember the L1Pro8 having from renting it last summer. It's also MUCH more stable than the new Bose units and comes with cases. The bluetooth is a great addition and super handy for playing music between sets. There's not much in the way of EQ and no effects, but I have vocal effects and guitar effects before I ever send those into the unit anyways, so no big deal for me.I will say the "big beefy batmobile" aesthetic isn't for me either, but that's just a matter of taste. The design is great and I'm sure many people will love it. I don't think you can find a better system for the money - just don't forget to factor in a gym membership.

Posted by Dave Von Bieker on Jun 23, 2022

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great sound and value0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Ottawa, Ontario

bought at long&mcquade ottawa hunt club
easy to work with,simple
i use 4 different guitars
and also adding a pa mixer.

Posted by denis on Apr 10, 2022

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Amazing quality for that price point!0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Saint-Eustache, Quebec

I'm blown away by the quality of this thing! For under a thousand dollars!? Amazing! I even had to lower the High EQ a bit, it's that clear. I'm asking for a second one on my birthday. A big thank you to Gabriel and the team at L&M St-Eustache for your excellent service!

Posted by Stéphane on Mar 2, 2022

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awesome system6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Calgary Royal Vista, Alberta

After much research i bought a pair of these for my 5 piece band. The sound is phenomenal and much easier to set up and transport that the old Yorkville speakers/stands etc. We run 4 vocals, 2 guitars and sometimes electric drums (if not using acoustic drums) and also bass through our yorkville m810 powered amp going out to 2 HK arrays. At 2000w a side its more power than you will need. The sound is crazy good, vocals crisp and clear and zero feedback. I have heard others using them at the back of the stage to eliminate monitors but we haven\'t tried that yet. At $900(on sale) each they are a bargain for sure compared to the Bose array system. I highly recommend them. Its the way to go going forward.

Posted by Gregg B on Nov 18, 2021

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great sound right out of the box!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Winnipeg (Pembina), Manitoba

I am very pleased with this unit! sounds crystal clear with plenty of punch!

Posted by Darwin on May 9, 2021

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Great value2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Prince George, British Columbia

I use this as a monitor for my band use it beside my kit as i wanted a sub to hear my kick love it and the blue tooth is great when we are on breaks

Posted by Gary on Nov 23, 2020

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I'm REALLY happy with this system!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Halifax, Nova Scotia

This is THE best PA system I've ever owned. I purchased 2 HK Polar 10 units to use individually when performing solo, or in stereo when performing with my band. No shortage of volume and quality sound to fill any venue club/bar/hall.

Posted by Stewart Franck on Nov 17, 2020

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Great portable sound system5 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Calgary Chinook, Alberta

I rented the Polar 10. Absolutely love the sound. Very full. The DSP options were great. The sound was consistent at all levels. Portable but built well. Still had some substance to it. Great wide sound dispersion but was able to throw the sound to the far ends of the room. I used it to DJ for almost 50 people (covid rules) and it was more than enough. I'm sure it would handle 100. I'd love to buy a pair someday for crowds of 150. Can't beat the value here. Half point off because I can't turn the top to direct sound on the fly.

Posted by Aaron on Sep 29, 2020

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Great value and Quality5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Hamilton, Ontario

I bought one of these units. I was very pleased with the speaker.Few weeks later bought the second one.Good sound, plenty of bass, easy setup , fairly light. Priced much lower then comparable units.

Posted by Avedis on Sep 18, 2020

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Best Line Array Ever!4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Oshawa, Ontario

I own multiple speakers like Bose and QSC. But this speaker gave me a different perspective with a great price, great quality and powerful sound. I ended up trading in my Bose S1 pro. Thank you Cheryl Ireland of L&M Oshawa for your assistance.

Posted by Carene Escolano on May 29, 2020

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GREAT PACKAGE AT A GREAT PRICE4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store London North, Ontario

The sound, features, portability and power output for under 1K, you can't beat this product.

Posted by Chuck on Apr 10, 2020

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Tons of power4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Peterborough, Ontario

Picked one of these up last week in Peterborough. A/B'd it with the Bose L1 and it absolutely kills it. The 4 channels and bluetooth are super handy for practice as well. You can't beat the value - and it even comes with a gigbag and padded cover for the sub. 100% would replace if lost.

Posted by Chad on Feb 24, 2020

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Good price and awesome sound!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest Store Winnipeg (Pembina), Manitoba

The system sounds great, very loud and clear. It has a nice design and looks very strong.

Posted by Miguel Alvarez on Feb 18, 2020

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