Gadget of the Day – Gear4 HouseParty Blu

'Til we get our iPhone, our music collection seems to be swimming around on about half a dozen devices. There's our full-grown iPod, our shiny new N95

'Til we get our iPhone, our music collection seems to be swimming around on about half a dozen devices. There's our full-grown iPod, our shiny new N95, our power song packed Nike+ Nano and our trusty Walkman mobile. Now we have a speaker dock that talks to them all.By cunningly furnishing its latest HouseParty boom box with an iPod dock and A2DP Bluetooth, it'll happily talk to any suitably equipped phone and pipe tunes in high quality stereo.Not being wireless just yet, iPod will still need to sit in its connector to work, where it'll have its tired batteries massaged back to full juice as the speakers pump out its contents at a satisfactory 30W.There's a full remote control that'll take care of swapping iPod tracks but won't control your mobile – then again, there's not much point having a controller for something you can hold in your hands anyway.A word of warning though; don't go using it with any non-A2DP mobiles – unless you like your music to sound like it's being played out through a 1980s cassette deck.

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