The Gear4 StreetParty Dance is a palm sized speaker, combining LEDs with audio giving a vibrant twist to music playing.
What we think
The StreetParty Dance is a nifty little speaker. It is easy to use, and surprisingly loud for its size and weight. The LED grid on the front help to make it stand out and the equaliser effect is pretty cool. However, the sound quality lets it down when compared to other similarly priced speakers on the market.
- Cool light board
- Easy to connect
- Wireless or auxiliary
- IPX4 waterproof
- Picks up dirt
- Unimpressive sound
The StreetParty Dance is a small, square shaped speaker, with rounded corners. It roughly measures 3.75 x 3.75 inches (9.5cm x 9.5cm), is surprisingly light, has a metal grille covering the light board on the front, a plastic back, and a rubber material around the middle. It is in this rubber that the controls are set.
The fine metal grill on the front helps to protect the light board, but seems to have a habit of picking up bits of dirt.
The light board is bright, and a backing behind the grill hides and protects the LEDs, and diffuses the light to make it softer. The board lights up in a chequered pattern, with one LED per “square”. It means that each square can light up a different colour and these then create the patterns.
The charging port, on/off switch and the auxiliary port are all located on the side, under a flap of the rubbery material. They aren’t that easy to access, but it protects them from dirt and water.
The main selling point of Gear4’s StreetParty Dance is the light board on the front. It comes with five different settings, two of which react to the music playing.
The equaliser setting is the best, in my opinion. The lights dance in reaction to different levels of the music, louder bass will make more of one section of the LEDs trigger, while vocals affect another. The other reactive effect changes larger blocks of colour, and is somewhat bolder.
Following these, there is a rainbow effect, a rotating chequered effect, and a scrolling gradient effect, which repeat themselves.
A Bluetooth mode allow it to easily connect wirelessly, but an auxiliary mode, port and included wire allow it to connect to any type of device.
Helpfully, for a portable speaker, the StreetParty Dance is fairly water resistant. With an IPX4 water resistance rating, the speaker is safe from splashes and general water contact (just don’t submerge it). I doubt this rating holds up if using the auxiliary cable, or charging the device, as these ports are located under a flap in the rubber covering, a chink in the water resistant armour (also, splashing water onto anything that is charging is a really bad idea, so we don’t recommend putting this to the test!)
I have heard better sound quality on other portable speakers of a similar size and price (and, in some cases, for cheaper). Although the StreetParty Dance, running at max volume, can belt out sound a lot louder than you’d expect from its little frame, the quality didn’t really blow me away. Compared to other small speakers, the Jabra Solemate Mini springs to mind, the StreetParty Dance doesn’t hold up.
Having said that, it fills a room with sound, and coupled with the light board, it would serve to bring life to a house party, or be a good present to arm a teenager with.
It has an eight hour battery life, standard for a Bluetooth speaker of this size, and charges via a mini USB cable, so you will likely be able to charge it with your phone charger.
The speaker is available from Amazon and Argos for the price of £59.99. This is a bit pricey for what you get, and it isn’t really competitive in the market, coming in at more expensive than the StreetParty Wireless 3, also from Gear4. For the jump in price, I’d expect a jump in quality, but it just isn’t there.
I feel that the issues with the StreetParty Dance stem from an expectation of more. The light board sets up the expectations for something as flashy and bright as the LEDs, but the rest of the quality doesn’t match up, especially for the price.
Having said that, it is a well built and plucky little speaker, and the benefit of having some decent water resistance and robustness helps to put the mind at rest when chucking it in a bag and heading out.