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When we bought our daughter a new mp3 player for her birthday, we were presented with an offer to buy this speaker dock at a reduced price with the mp3 player, and as we were really struggling trying to find gifts for her, we decided to go for it.
We were told the mp3 player would just plug in and play, just like using one giant headphone!
So, we were left slightly dispapointed when we got it home and decided to have a quick checkl before wrapping it - good job we did!!
The dock is mainly built for an I-pod - we hadnt bought an ipod!! The front of the dock has a little flip down platform with the attachment built in so you can just pop your i-pod down on top of it.
The problem was, our little mp3 player didnt have the same attachments as an Ipod!
We then had to run back into town to buy an AUX cable, that plugs into the mp3, and then into the back of the docking station.
Once we had the AUX cable, the mp3 player worked fine with the docking station. Instead of sitting snugly on the platform, our daughter does have to kind of balance hers on there, but she can get it on!
The sound quality is really good, once the music is playing through the speakers, it sounds as good as our stereo system, and we were surprised at the volume she could crank out of it! I used to own a very old (probably one of the first kinds) of mp3 speaker systems, and it was so quiet I gave up on it, so it was great that she can pump the volume up on this.
It is very simple to use, just plug in, choose your song on the mp3, and play. Theres no other buttons except the volume buttons, and its quite a neat and funky little design.
If you are buying this to go with an I-pod, it will work fine, no problems (although my husband said his old little shuffle wouldnt fit on it as its too small, so maybe its more designed for the bigger I-pods) but although it will work on other mp3 players, chances are you are going to need another cable to be able to use it.
The only flaw then is that there is another wire in the way!
The docking station comes with a manis wire adaptor, but it can also be battery operated, so you can easily move the dock out and about!
All in all we were very pleased with the dock, and I must point out it was the store we bought it from that neglected to tell us we needed another cable - as it came in a bundle deal, we just presumed thats because it was compatible!
A couple of years ago for Christmas my sister and her partner bought me some iPod docks. I had been wanting some for a while and intended to purchase some myself but thought I would wait till after Christmas. The docks that I received were the Gear4 House party 3 iPod speaker dock.
The look and the style of the dock is modern and sleek. The colour of the dock is simple but contrasts nicely using the traditional black and white look. The back of the dock is a white plastic with the speaker being black at the front. The speaker only consists of three buttons and they are placed on the top of the dock for turning on/off and adjusting the volume. The on/off button will light up blue when the iPod is playing. A digital red display appears when choosing what setting you would like the dock on, whether its iPod, aux or the radio frequency, also the volume number is displayed when adjusting the volume. A retractable iPod dock is built into the speaker; this is in the middle of the speaker and the front. A device pops out which enables you to connect your iPod to the speaker in a stand up position. The speaker is really light and small so it is easily moved about your home and small enough to put away if you didn't want it out on display.
The dock is not just useful for playing music from your iPod it has other useful features. It has a built in FM radio with auto-scan function. It has a 30W total speaker output; the speaker allows you to play your music loud but doesn't distort the music itself which some speakers can do. The dock can charge your iPod whilst you play your music, however I found that this did not work for my iPod. I have an iPod touch and it wouldn't allow the iPod to charge stating that this device was not accessible. I found that this wasn't just my dock or iPod and that the older models would charge whilst playing. It is compatible with any dock-connecting iPod and other portable music players. It comes with a fully functional remote that control both the speaker and the iPod. The remote is used to choose the setting, change of song, volume, radio station. The remote has 16 different functions in total. A problem with the remote is the distance in which you can work the remote from the dock. To use the remote you have to be right in front of the speaker which I think defeats the object of have a remote. The docking station has a USB connection which can be used for transferring data so you can plug it into your computer and transfer music to your iPod through the dock.
The Gear4 Houseparty 3 speaker dock can be purchased from Amazon at a price of £29.99. Compared to other docking stations this is a brilliant price for the quality of the product. My partner used to own a Bose docking station and the difference in price was about £200, however I didn't find anything considerable better compared to the Gear4 Houseparty speak dock for the massive difference in price.
The docking station was definitely a great Christmas present, I have had the speaker dock coming up two years this Christmas and it is still in perfect condition and working order. I would highly recommend this docking station if you are looking for something not expensive but great quality for the price.
I've had this dock over a month now and I'm very impressed by its quality. I wasn't expected much from a £35 system so my expectations weren't particularly high. Don't let the price fool you, however, the sound quality is great. The system itself looks very sleek and minimalist, without looking tacky or out of place.
I use it with my iPhone and haven't really found a fault with it yet - other than the tacky remote. The design is very simplistic and sleek, much better looking than the provided picture and looks good in my room. The bass is very good at high levels and the only real sound quality problem I found was the treble seemed to break up when you have it on max volume.
The remote acutally has a very light, cheap feel to it. I don't like the feel of it and the buttons feel a little weird & awkward to press. This isn't a problem however, as I don't mind interfacing with my iPhone manually to get the music I need up.
Like all Gear4 docks the Houseparty III is fairly priced and produces great sound quality. I highly recommend you pick one up - at £35 you really can't be disappointed either. If you don't want to spend too much, then I also recommend the Gear4 CRG-60, which is cheaper but still a quality dock.
I was bought this device as a birthday present and I can say I have been very happy with it so far.
The House party three is a stylish speaker system from gear4 that features a slide out iPod dock, auxiliary input socket and built in FM radio. This dock looks great, the black speaker plastic, grey speaker and blue LED lights give it a modern look. The dock pops out of the speaker when it's not in use. When you are using the device red LED lights display what mode you are using and what volume it is set too.
This device is designed primarily for the iPod series of mp3 players. I have used the IPod Classic and touch varieties with this device and both work fine. There is an auxiliary input though so you could play other devices through the speaker.
For its size the speaker can get pretty loud and fill a room with sound. However the louder it goes the poorer the quality of the sound. For just putting background music on this is a great device. For providing the life and soul of a house party it is maybe not so good.
The device relies heavily on the use of its small remote control. This is good until you lose it ... I have found that the remote doesn't work with my touch which is a let down, though it does work with my Girlfriends iPhone! Peculiar! I think the range of the remote is about 2-3 meters which is sufficient enough I believe.
Overall this is a very good speaker system and I recommend it to anyone.
I have very little fault with this product. For starters the loudness is often superior to all other docks I have experienced and at the highest of volumes is still able to retain audible sound quality. I bought this particular speaker to ask as our 6th form common room audio system and was impressed. It filled the surrounding area with sound without a problem and worked with all models of ipod (including the latest nano). What was also particularly impressive was its ability to widstand a fair amount of abuse. Despite being bashed around it never once had a hickup. Another great feature which was useful was the ability to control the ipod menu bases system remotely. This is ideal as often you can find controlling the ipod while docked can be an struggle. The dock also comes with an auxillary in (3.5mm jack) with supplied cable and also an FM radio built in. What with all its features, and build quality this dock is simply the best!
Having recently purchased an Ipod 120gb ClassicRem (see review) I decided to purchase a docking station.
I looked at a number of different docking stations and decided upon the Gear4 Houseparty 3 from Argos. The most important aspects to me were the fact it had a remote control so I could control my Ipod from the comfort of my armchair and the fact it charged the Ipod too.
But for the £45 or so I paid for it, it is so much more than I expected. The sound quality is excellent and can be turned up really high with no distortion to the music.
It is like having a hi-fi in my living room, yet about 5 times small. It has a built in FM radio which is also great. We keep this in the living room to listen to our music collection and now I can listen to the radio whilst playing on my xbox too.
Having said that the size of the docking station allows you to move it from room to room with ease. I even take it upstairs to my PC when I want to add music. This docking station has a USB connection. This means I can leave the Ipod sitting in the docking station and attach the Ipod cable from my computer to the docking station and update the Ipod this way. Therefore music I play through Itunes etc comes out of these excellent speakers, so they double up as PC speaker too!
For the money I think this docking station represents excellent value for money. I know you can spend £100+ on Bose Ipod Docks but I don't understand how much better than these can be.
The remote control is easy to use and can be used to operate the built in radio, volume and the full Ipod menu, you may have to sit quite close to the docking station to see the Ipod screen which you are operating but the remote control function is great and you don't need to remove the Ipod from the docking station to navigate it.
The Gear4 Houseparty 3 has Great Sound, Remote Control, Charges the Ipod, USB Connector, can use as PC speakers and FM radio. We don't need a hi-fi in our house with this great bit of kit.
I decided a few weeks ago that it was time that I moved with the times and treated myself to an MP4 player. As a part-time dance teacher I have to cart about an inordinate array of CD, tapes and CD players, along with all my dancing gear, so I decided to buy myself a decent player and docking station so I could put all my dancing music on, therefore reducing the amount of stuff I carry and also saves me leaving important CDs at home!
Whilst browsing for a suitable player and docking system I stumbled across this in my local Boots store, it was reduced to £39.99 and I had enough advantage card points to buy it, so I asked the sales assistant for a little more details about the equipment, most importantly for me is I need speakers with a decent output, as when you are teaching a noisy class in a large hall you need to be able to hear the music! The output of these speakers is 30 Watts which is great for the small size of this docking system.
==The Docking System==
Although made for Ipod this can be used for any type of MP3/MP4 players, which suited me as I had chosen a Sony Walkman as my player.
The product features:
* 15W per channel from 2 speakers
* Multi-iPod compatibility
* FM radio with auto-scan function
* LED display
* Charge and listen (iPod only)
* Remote control with 16 functions
* FastTrack TM technology to plug and play iPods
* 3.5mm cable included to connect with other audio devices including Laptops, DVD, CD and other MP3 players.
The built in docking station (for iPod only - there are 7 adaptors included) which pops out of the from of the device allows synchronisation, data transfer and recharging options for iPod. The remote control allows full access to iPod as well as the speaker system, for other devices the remote control is only useful to adjust volume and turn the speakers on/off, or for adjusting the radio when in FM mode.
I really like the look of this system, it is sleek and the colours are great, I have it in white but it also comes in black. There are three buttons on the top of the speakers for turning on/off and adjusting the volume when used in combination these buttons can perform other functions. A hidden digital display (red) appears at the top of the speaker when turning on where it displayed Aux, iPod or the radio frequency depending on the function required this can be adjusted either by the buttons on the top of the system or by the remote control. The display also appears when adjusting the volume, I think if using an iPod the time can also be displayed.
==How does it perform?==
So far I've only really had this playing in the house plugged into my MP4, and I have been impressed, it's very simple looking, and also very simple to use. The output is great and sound crystal clear. Unfortunately as I don't have an iPod the remote control is not the greatest of use which means every time I want to change tracks etc I have to go back to the player, however that's not a major problem. I've not really put it through its paces in a large dance class yet, but I'm sure from what I have heard so far that it will perform well.
==A great deal=
I was all ready to pay the £39.99 for the player with my advantage card but when the assistant rang it through the till it came up at £14.99!! I was told that they are getting rid of all that type of equipment and it had been reduced further, so I was mightily impressed, needless to say the last time I was in there were none left! They do have them in Tesco at half price £34.99 just now!
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