What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Thu, 7 Dec 2006, 5:00pm

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Tested at £100

There are much better speaker systems around than this one

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  • Weighty and detailed
  • great feature list
  • great remote


  • Rather rough sonic delivery, particularly at volume

Gear4 has always been something of an iPod innovator. Therefore, it's no surprise to find the company was one of the first to release the latest convergence product: not just an iPod speaker dock/speaker package, but also an FM/AM radio, alarm clock, with an auxiliary input to boot.

The system offers a weighty, fairly detailed sound that's let down some by a slightly scratchy, ragged tendency, especially at high volume. A fully functioning remote that can access all your iPod's menus is an excellent feature, but unless you're desperate for the radio and clock functions, there are better-sounding speaker systems on the market.

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