Polk HitMaster "Monitor" Means Inexplicable Faux Instrument Arms Race Actually Exists

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The disdain I harbored for that ridiculous Altec Lansing Guitar Hero "stage monitor" was fading this morning, but news from Polk that they, too, would be entering the world of fake music accessories revived those feelings anew.

This isn't to say the so-called Polk HitMaster doesn't have a bunch of extra features, which it does. There's 60 watts packed in the unit's 13-lb. frame; a pair of 2.2x5.5-inch horns; and two 1-in. tweeters. Top it all off with a 6.5-in. sub and you have yourself an impressive faux stage monitor. Oh, and there's also iPod support should you want to listen to some real musicians.

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Arrives in early 2010 for $100. [Polk Hot Hardware via Engadget]

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Still, Polk makes some good point in the press release.

"most games are played through standard TV speakers, which are dismal at best."

"Music games like Beatles Rock Band® are rightfully cited for sounding as good if not better than the original releases, so why play them through toys or TVs? A high quality recording deserves a real speaker that reveals all the beauty of the original master, and this is exactly what HitMaster provides."

They may look garish, but I have to agree with Polk on this one. #polk