Product Type: Gear4 speakers
Newest Review: ... hour later I was home and ready to try it out. When I first took it out the box I noticed how flimsy it looked, I suppose fo... more
Not Much Use In A Street Party
Gear4 Streetparty PG466
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Gear4 Streetparty PG466
Disadvantages: Badly Made, Poor Sound Quality
The thing that caught my eye was that it was reduced from £50 to £25. Great news as that was well within my price range. The docking station looking fairly simple and it said on the box it had good sound quality and was compatible with my iPhone 4S. So I decided I must be getting a bargain and so purchased the Gear4 Streetparty.
An hour later I was home and ready to try it out. When I first took it out the box I noticed how flimsy it looked, I suppose for £25 I should not have been expecting anything to flash, but even so it looked a little cheap. The station has two little speakers and your device sits in the middle of them upright. The little extra feature of this one is that the speakers can slide apart and you can flip your device horizontal. However, when I tried this I found that my phone did not quite fit, I hat to force it into the gap that had been created. So not very well designed as my iPhone is just slightly too big.
I decided not to let this worry me as I would rather stand my phone up vertically anyway. So I plugged the power plug in and turned the docking station on. I turned up the volume and started my music. The sound I heard coming from the speakers was quite simply..... Appalling! The sound is tinny and sounds no better than my phone does on it's own. I turned the speakers up as loud as they would go which is basically not very loud and the sound of course got worse. I tried putting on a different track but with the same result, a really hollow tinny sound that was really poor. I was very disappointed.
I decided at this point that I was not happy with the sound system I had purchased. I checked online to see what other people were saying, the first thing I noticed was that you could buy these on eBay for £20 with free postage! Ouch, I was very upset with myself as I usually do check prices online before buying things. So HMV had obviously seen me coming and the price they were originally quoting of £50 was clearly much inflated.
I had a look at the other features of the docking station. As well as running off the mains you can also use four batteries to power the system. This would of course be handy for when you wanted to take it out with you. However, the name street party implies you could play this out in the street and let people hear the music, however, unless everyone on your street is willing to crouch down over your music player, I doubt this would be any use in a street party environment. The music that my iPhone 4S plays out of it's own speakers is almost as loud as is of as good a quality.
The fact that the whole system is very flimsy, the fact that my iPhone does not properly fit into the dock when swivelled around and the fact that the sound quality is abysmal lead me to one conclusion. So a few days later I was back in HMV asking for a refund, something I detest doing, but I felt I had no choice as it was such a poor sound system that really was useless.
So if you are looking for a new docking station then stay well clear of this one. Yes it's cheap, but it is so poor it defies belief. The picture on the box makes it look very good, but when you take it out you realise how poorly made it is and how cheap it really is. There are so many better docking stations out there and this is one that I should never even considered buying.
Summary: Not Worth It's Cheap Price Tag
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