Product Type: Gear4 in PC Speakers
Newest Review: ... and good enough to create a good noise at all levels of volume. I bought the Gear4 House Party 4. From what I understand, Gear4 have be... more
I like it loud.
Gear4 HouseParty 4
Member Name: Jenkatclaire
Gear4 HouseParty 4
Advantages: Good looking, nice sound quality for size
Disadvantages: Constant charging!
I got given these speakers as a birthday present as my laptop sound is terrible for music, and I prefer to listen to music loudly and not on my headphones.
The speakers are about 30cm x 20cm x 10cm (not measured, sorry if my estimations are off). They are mostly completely black with a silver rim around the edge. It has a tray sticking out of the front where the ipod is plugged in which has a plastic tool you can clip in to protect the connection from too much pressure - it provides you with one for ipod nano, touch and (when I bought it) and iphone 3 though this may have been updated. It also comes with a very small remote control.
The sound is very good quality for the price of speaker and goes plenty loud enough for my uses. If you want any fancy functions such as extra bass though you are out of luck. It has a radio function as well, which I have used in the past however, it is a little tricky to tune and temperamental when you actually want it to play the same station consistently.
One problem I have found is that it is constantly charging your ipod - this is very bad for an ipod's battey and my ipod has been pretty ruined due to this. If there was a function where you could choose whether to be charging your ipod or not it would be much better. This isn't such a big problem if you don't leave your ipod plugged in all day, but it is just something to watch out for.
Also, the control buttons are hard to reach, so sometimes it is hard to turn the music off (though you can do it on your actual ipod or the remote control - though the batteries to that run out quite fast). The system needs to be permanently plugged in which is a problem if you want to play music somewhere in your house/at a party where there is no plug.
Overall, I think these speakers are very aesthetically pleasing, they have a good sound quality and I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to listen to music - however anyone looking for something more hi-tech should probably shop around for something else.
Summary: Reallygood product for basic music needs