Gear4's HouseParty Rise dock has smart control

Gear4's HouseParty Rise alarm dock radio has SmartLink control so you can adjust the volume, change radio stations and select music tracks using a free iPhone/iPod app.

You can even control a docked iOS device with a second iPhone or iPod Touch using the wireless remote control feature. Nifty.

Pre-set alarms on an iPhone/iPod Touch automatically sync with the HouseParty once docked, and you can search for your favourite radio stations using the suto-scan feature.

If you keep the dock in the bedroom, you can dim the LCD screen at night via your iPhone, and there's a large snooze button if that early morning wakeup call is too troublesome.

The Gear4 HouseParty Rise is available now for around £100.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.