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Gear4 StreetParty 5 review: portable speaker for Lightning devices

£49.99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Gear4

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Gear 4 StreetParty 5 offers modest sound quality but a good choice for a portable compact speaker. Read our The Gear 4 StreetParty 5 review to find out more.

Gear4 StreetParty 5 review

Most speaker manufacturers seem to have simply ignored the Lightning connector on the latest iOS devices, with many of them deciding to ditch the dock altogether and go with Bluetooth wireless connections instead. Take a look at Group test: what's the best iPod and iPhone speaker dock?

Bluetooth is fine for streaming music, but there are down sides to the wireless approach: for one thing, you can’t charge your iOS devices without a dock. Gear4 has therefore bitten the bullet and become one of the first manufacturers to produce a speaker dock with a Lightning connector. See all iPod and iPhone speaker docks.

Other than this innovation, the StreetParty 5 is very similar to other models in Gear4’s StreetParty range, consisting of a flat-panel speaker that measures 241mm wide, 140mm high and just 30mm thick. The dock with the Lightning connector folds back into the speaker when not in use, and the entire unit only weighs about 580g, so you can easily carry it from room to room at home, or slip it into a backpack when you’re travelling.

Sound quality is also similar to that of the other StreetParty models. Higher frequencies are clear and detailed, and work well with the multi-layered harmonies on some old Queen tracks. However, the thin speaker panel doesn’t produce very strong bass, and the sound lacks weight.

To be fair, you can’t expect audiophile sound quality from a speaker that costs just £50, and the StreetParty will do the trick if you just want to listen to some music over a barbecue or in a holiday apartment. You can also run it off the mains, or insert four AA batteries, which should last for six to eight hours.

Gear4 StreetParty 5 Expert Verdict »
Gear4 StreetParty 5 PG836W Scores 7.5 out of 10 based on 13 reviews
Powered by: Mains or 4x AA batteries
Product Dimensions H x W x D (mm): 140×241×36
Product Weight (g): 580
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The sound quality of the StreetParty 5 is relatively modest, and you’re paying a little extra for that Lightning connector. However, it’s still a good choice if you’re looking for a compact speaker that you can quickly pick up and carry around with you.

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