What sound signals your arrival home? A dog barking, a baby crying or sound of silence? You can change all that by streaming your favourite music wirelessly to the smart HouseParty Rise 2 from www.gear4.com
An app on your mobile controls the music system wirelessly – so as soon as you walk in the door the system knows you’re home and ready to, erm, party! Imagine coming home and being heralded by trumpets or, more seductively, Amy asking you to Come On Over.
You can also keep emailing, texting or surfing on your phone whilst streaming your favourite sounds.
No more docking with wireless sounds.
The HouseParty Rise 2:
App-enhanced alarm clock FM radio for iPod and iPhone
12/24 hour clock with alarm
Dimmable LED display
You can see it in action here:
Tried and Tested
The speakers are cloth front and the unit has a gloss finish. You can actualy plug in most music players with a mini jack plug or by pairing with bluetooth.
The sound quality is brilliant, the look and feel fantastic. It’s quite a length so you’ll need a long shelf to put it on, but
even though it’s a good size the build quality is great. It doesn’t feel or look cheap.
The Smart link Gear 4 app that you download is straightforward. The app allows you to set your alarms, see the weather and remotely play the music – you don’t have actually put the iPhone in the dock – it’s controlled from wherever you are in the room. If radio is important to you then you’d probably get a DAB – this has a useful FM radio – but as we are hooked to our iPhones and music and can’t bear to leave it sitting on the dock, then this does it for us. It says bedroom but we reckon you could use it anywhere in the house. Coming home has never been so good.
Rrp £129.99 from www.gear4.com