Bush has just announced its iPod speaker system, the IP001, a name that’s either a joke or the result of a staggering lack of forethought. In any case, the Bush dock is the latest in a long and distinguished line of boom box-alike docks for the white knight and pumps out a respectable 2x5w RMS, which translates to loud enough for a small living room get together but not an impromptu, Criminal Justice Bill-contravening rave at a disused barn. Hopefully that’s cleared things up.Remote possibilityYou can either connect it to the mains or roam free up hill and down dale by filling it with batteries. Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having your IP001 just out of your reach, you can grab the remote and operate it from the comfort of an armchair. Or from your prone position, face down in a heady combo of beer-soaked carpet, crushed crisps, cigarette butts and broken glass, should your ‘small living room get together’ turn into a ‘Hello, French polishers? It’s just possible you could save my life’-style party.The only drawback we can spot is that it sups juice from 8 of those enormous D-cell batteries, which you don’t readily find at the bottom of drawers quite as often as you do the common or garden AA or AAA variety.
Bush IP001 iPod speaker systemPrice: £80 On sale: Now Contact: Alba (Bush’s parent company)