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When it comes to owning silly gadgets and devices I am always there. Over Christmas and even before my household became so busy trying to get people to hear you was a chore and it became really difficult without raising your voice. As a novelty item I saw this voice blaster in the Discovery store. I got this without having a try with it at the store and for £4 it was kind of a cheap option and also a bit of comedy as well. The voice blaster requires 4 C sized batteries which are not included unfortunately so do add that to the price tag as well. When I first used the device it was kind of hard to get it to sound louder without actually damaging your own ears. The device has a level on the back to determine how loud you wish the blaster to sound. At first I put it half way to get an idea of how it would sound and to me using it there was hardly a difference in my view on me just chatting louder than usual. When I put the device up to full blast there was a louder and much crisper sharpness to my voice and it was very evident to hear. However, if you try and speak to close or if you move the item away from your mouth whilst speaking it gives you that horrible sound effect. It sounds like someone at a concert and they are too close to the speaker's type of effect and it is so annoying and it does hurt your ears as well when it happens. It is similar to someone scrapping their nails down a chalk board and scratching there fork across a plate. The item is cheap you can tell that when you put the batteries in because you get no help on which direction they are meant to be and even which batteries your meant to use. The handle you use to place your hand through for grip and co-ordination with the way you direct the volume is pretty big but if like me you have big hands it actually hurts so this works better if you have smaller hands. Secondly you have the overall appeal it is plastic which perhaps is not a problem to most people but it is how it gives out your voice. I would hardly know someone was using this on the medium volume setting. There is a fun part at the end the last switch you can turn the dial to and this is the song option. I never knew it had a song feature or what the song was until I switch my dial to that setting. If you like football people might know the 'Ole Ole Ole Ole' song which is what you hear at football and it plays this over and over again. What is remarkable is that when you speak on full volume there is a contrast in your voice it does sound louder that's a fact but when you turn the song up to full volume your neighbours will be banging the wall at you so it is kind of weird how the song sounds louder than you can at full volume. In my view £4 I paid was perhaps about right anymore then this amount would be bad considering you need to purchase the batteries as well yourself. It is a good item but for me it is best for children to use but not too often with that horrible sound effect it does at random which is going to drive people crazy.