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on 12 April 2014
11/04/14 received the gear4 street party 2 no problem but and it's a big but, the smartlink wireless app does not work. On connecting via Bluetooth or docking your hardware to the speaker, a pop up should appear to download the smart link wireless app, it doesn't!!! Ok, maybe a bug I thought so I downloaded the app from the App Store and try to run it but all it does is show the settings menu for registration. After filling this out and pressing send then finish the app just stays on the settings page, then you get a return email telling you the gear4 email you sent has been returned by gear4.
Reading of similar problems online it seems gear4 are no longer supporting this app and there's no way of contacting them except by their online email service where it is seen that they are not responding to anyone. Gear4 are from or at least trading out of Hong Kong, says it all really!

The actual hardware, street party 2 still will connect to my ipad2 via Bluetooth and plays music through this medium fine but the non app control they are using as their selling point renders this unit a glorified Bluetooth speaker docking station, non of the extras they promise via the app are usable.
The sound is what you'd expect of a wireless speaker in this price range but I'm sure you can get better, cheaper. Another annoying thing about this product is when you have an ipad docked it covers half of the digital time display, whoever designed this must have only tested it on an iPhone or iPod though it is promoted for iPad as well.
I have never returned an item to Amazon but for the sheer audacity to keep promoting and selling this product as though the app works I am breaking tradition and returning it immediately.
Amazon, you should read peoples reviews and either stop selling items that clearly no longer work or chase the company to find out why your customers are giving the item such poor reviews.

I strongly urge anyone thinking of buying this to think again and look elsewhere.
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on 24 April 2014
I'm not sure where all these good reviews are coming from. I have had two of these and both have been returned to Amazon. I don't expect super duper hifi for less than 50 quid but I do expect better than this. All seems quite good when you take it out of the box and tune it in to fm radio, but the sound quality, and higher frequencies in particular, are lacking somewhat. No matter, you may think, install the accompanying app on your iPhone/iPad, as you are prompted to do upon first docking your device, and it will improve since you can alter the eq in the app. So choose a suitable eq setting and the high frequencies do indeed improve but sadly the lower frequencies do not, resulting in an underlying crackling type of distortion - speech, ie on the radio, particularly bad, as is piano or any low to mid frequency (the eq setting also applies when listening to fm). Bizarrely, connecting to the device from your iphone via the Bluetooth connection the sound quality is not too bad, but its when you dock your phone, or listen to fm radio, the problems occur. And the whole idea, for me anyway, was to charge the phone/pad and listen to music/internet radio at the same time. I cannot recommend this product even at Amazon's current price of £49.10. Interestingly, or not depending on your point of view, the Gear4 website shows the Houseparty Rise 2 at £129 but out of stock. Also if you try to register your purchase on that website you get a 404 page not found. Something not right there?
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 December 2015
Good speaker which is easy to connect and its very loud and clear with multi functions but the app that control through iphone is useless as it dont work
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on 3 January 2014
Was looking for just a speaker/radio system for the kitchen and this works well. Good sound (most important criteria having previously bought another one which was bad), looks great and overall very pleased. Not giving it the 5* as I would also like AM radio (not just FM) but would recommend for the price.
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on 1 June 2016
I received it in no time. good product. Good quality, not the best maybe but it does what it says!
Pretty happy with it!
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on 30 April 2014
I love the fact that it can do so many things, perfect for me as i don't need to buy all separate devices because the speaker does it all! Very good price, i looked around at what other people were selling it for and this was most definitely the cheapest one.
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on 25 October 2014
Delivery service was amazing!
My device had a slight fault where the 30 pin connector was bent so contacted warehousebargains and they replied straight away and sent a replacement within a few days!
Outstanding service.
Great quality sound and very easy to work.
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on 10 July 2014
Works well with iPhone 3 , 4S and iPad 2

the dock works well as a charger and the app is free.

also connected a nokia lumia by bluetooth to use as a wireless speaker
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on 6 November 2014
Great piece of equipment superb sound and control with futuristic extras really don't understand some other bad reviews deliverers where prompt actually missed delivery but that was my fault haha
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on 7 October 2014
as always with Gear4 excellent .. well worth the money
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